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One of the advantages of Honors College is its well-planned 20-credit honor courses offered exclusively to our students, not elsewhere on campus in a whole. In the syllabus they belong to the University Honors category. Completion of all honor courses are one of the graduation requirements in order to graduate with honor. A brief introduction to the honor courses are listed as follows.

UHN 101 Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Design (2 Credits)

This course is intended for students majoring in engineering who need basic understanding of the engineering fundamentals. It is a compulsory course for first-year undergraduate students in Fan Gongxiu Honors College. This course is a beginner course that brings students into engineering field as a basis for understanding the engineering essentials, ubiquitous units, scrupulous worksheets and punctilious programming. It lays a foundation for further studies in engineering fields, and other engineering courses.

The course covered throuout the Fall semester introduces the three threads of engineering essentials, dimensions (what these are and how to use them to analyze engineering situations), as well as effective tools to solve engineering problems, such as Excel worksheets and MATLAB Programming, etc. A cornerstone project will also be introduced to each student team in this semester and last till the end of Spring semester. Students are expected to have a good understanding of engineering fundamentals, an effective application of computer tools, and a complete methodology for engineering design and solutions.

UHN 102 Science and Engineering Colloquia (2 Credits)

Science and Engineering Colloquia in the Honors College is built upon a commitment to student success in the university community. It is designed to create a learning community and a foundation of skills and knowledge that will help students develop the habits of thinking and learning necessary in a complex, technologically sophisticated, and multicultural world. It is also designed to help freshmen develop support systems to ease their transition to the university.

Specifically, this course provides students with an introduction of the university engineering programs in the form of colloquia organized by professors in engineering colleges and departments. Each colloquium will be focused on the fundamental contents, features, curriculum, research fields, and career paths of the engineering program. Major engineering disciplines, such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Environment Science and Engineering, Software Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, etc., will be included in the colloquia. This course meets the width requirements of the student outcome in their educational objective. Upon completion, student should have a general and tentative in-depth understanding of major engineering disciplines, and be able to preliminarily identify their interest fields.

UHN 103 Engineering Ethics and Academic Writing (2 Credits)

This course is intended for professional engineers, engineering students, and students in other technical disciplines. It not only addresses important writing concepts that apply to professional engineering communication, but also deals with the content, organization, format, and style of specific kinds of engineering writing such as proposals, reports, technical papers, business letters, office memoranda, and e-mail. This course also covers professional presentations, writing for resumes for engineering career advancement, as well as how to find engineering information.

UHN 201 Research Methods for Engineers (2 Credits)

This course is intended for sophomore students who have successfully completed the Cornerstone Projects, and who are about to launching the next-phase Keystone Project. It is a compulsory course for the second-year undergraduate students in Fan Gongxiu Honors College.

Curiosity is one of the characteristic innate qualities of all human beings across all ages from infancy through adulthood. Although human’s curiosity is said to be driven by the passion for knowledge, further steps towards creative innovations require a profound understanding of the current nature, a reliable plan out of careful design, and a route through information interpretation and recreation.“Introduction to Research Method” therefore attempts to serve as an essential course to walk you through the Keystone Project. Research methods used in everyday lab work are introduced, including literature review, proposal initiation, hypothesis testing, data analysis as well as condition optimization, and output demonstration in the form of papers and presentations. In addition, cutting-edge trends in scientific and engineering field will be introduced and discussed.

UHN 099 Self-study Massivc Open Online Courses (2 Credits)

To be implemented.

UHN 289 Summer School (4 Credits)

Attending a summer school in a study-abroad program or a domestic first-tier “985” higher institution is required in the honros curriculum. In the past two years, most students enrolled in the Summer in Silicon Valley program, administered through San José State University, where they spend three weeks taking courses and working on projects with international students. Through trips to local companies, lectures, and team projects, the students gain valuable insight into the United States, business, and technology.

UHN 199 Cornerstone Design (3 Credits)

The Cornerstone Project at Fan Gongxiu Honors College is your opportunity to complete a major research or creative project in your freshmen year, in partial fulfilment of the requirement of the University Honors Course UHN 101 & 102, Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Design. It is how you fulfill the Honors “breadth” requirement. You choose the topic yourself in major engineering disciplines; you have the resources of a major research university at your disposal; you are mentored by a faculty member you have asked to supervise you; and you complete a project that serves as the “Cornerstone” of engineering majors: the foundation of your entire undergraduate career. For many it also marks the beginning of a serious research or professional trajectory. It is an exciting, pivotal project.

UHN 299 Keystone Design (3 Credits)

The Keystone Project is designated to open to sophomore students at Fan Gongxiu Honors College who have completed major fundamental courses and started core courses in the fields containing their prospective program choices. Such required courses include, but not limited to, Calculus, University Physics, Introduction to Engineering Basics, Engineering Graphics, Circuits Analysis, Mechanics, Electronics, etc. The goals of the Keystone Project is to further expand the design capability, hands-on experience, and project management of the students in their own fields of study. The project, accompanying two University Honor courses of Research Method (UHN 201), and Project Management (UHN 250), also trains the students systematically in solving real-world problems in their broad engineering disciplines.