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UPEI First Year Experience

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  • UPEI First Year Experience courses provide a gateway to continued academic success at UPEI.

In response to feedback obtained from faculty and students, UPEI began a review of our Global Issues offering—a mandatory course for first-year students—in September of 2012. As a result of this review, the Senate authorized an expansion of the choices available to incoming students at its recent meeting on June 14, 2013 to reinforce UPEI’s commitment to deliver a quality “First Year Experience” to all students.

Students now have the option of choosing between one of three mandatory first year courses that prepare them for the academic experience at UPEI. UPEI 101: Writing Studies, UPEI 102: Inquiry Studies, and UPEI 103: University Studies.

These courses represent the best of our long tradition of introductory courses here at UPEI. UPEI 101 is cross-listed with English 101, our well-established introduction to academic writing, rhetoric, and critical thinking; UPEI 102: Inquiry Studies is a retooled and improved version of Global Issues; and UPEI 103: University Studies, which is a new name for the well-loved University 103 course that has been offered at UPEI for many years.

Current first-year students (beginning classes in September 2013) who have registered in English 101 will remain in English 101. Registrations in Global Issues 151 will be updated to the new UPEI 102, and registrations in University 103 will be updated to the new UPEI 103. Students in first year who have yet to register now have the choice of the three UPEI 100-series courses in order to satisfy their “First Year Experience" requirement. All other students who have not yet taken Global Issues will also fall under this new regulation.

Note: Students must complete one of the three First Year Experience courses and a writing intensive course in order to graduate.

 

Overview

In response to feedback obtained from faculty and students, UPEI began a review of our Global Issues offering—a mandatory course for first-year students—in September of 2012. As a result of this review, the Senate authorized an expansion of the choices available to incoming students at its recent meeting on June 14, 2013 to reinforce UPEI’s commitment to deliver a quality “First Year Experience” to all students.

Students now have the option of choosing between one of three mandatory first year courses that prepare them for the academic experience at UPEI. UPEI 101: Writing Studies, UPEI 102: Inquiry Studies, and UPEI 103: University Studies.

These courses represent the best of our long tradition of introductory courses here at UPEI. UPEI 101 is cross-listed with English 101, our well-established introduction to academic writing, rhetoric, and critical thinking; UPEI 102: Inquiry Studies is a retooled and improved version of Global Issues; and UPEI 103: University Studies, which is a new name for the well-loved University 103 course that has been offered at UPEI for many years.

Current first-year students (beginning classes in September 2013) who have registered in English 101 will remain in English 101. Registrations in Global Issues 151 will be updated to the new UPEI 102, and registrations in University 103 will be updated to the new UPEI 103. Students in first year who have yet to register now have the choice of the three UPEI 100-series courses in order to satisfy their “First Year Experience" requirement. All other students who have not yet taken Global Issues will also fall under this new regulation.

Note: Students must complete one of the three First Year Experience courses and a writing intensive course in order to graduate.

 

Careers: 
UPEI First Year Experience courses provide a gateway to continued academic success at UPEI.
Course Level: 
UPEI 101
Courses: 

UPEI 101 WRITING STUDIES (cross-listed with English 101)
This course offers an introduction to university writing and rhetoric, aimed at the development of clear, critical thinking and an effective prose style. 
Three hours a week.

Course Level: 
UPEI 102
Courses: 

UPEI 102 INQUIRY STUDIES – Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
This course is for students who want to explore a broad array of issues and ‘big’ questions that are related to human culture and the natural world from a local to a global perspective. This course emphasizes and cultivates critical inquiry, writing and reading skills through an analysis of texts/topics of contemporary significance.
Three hours a week.

Course Level: 
UPEI 103
Courses: 

UPEI 103 UNIVERSITY STUDIES – Engaging University Contexts and Experience
This is a course for students who seek a well-supported, strongly integrated adjustment to life and learning within the university environment. This course is designed to create a cohesive learning community for students, connecting them to each other and to their instructors in the classroom and beyond. The curriculum focuses on helping students to develop the attitudes, study strategies, and broad communication and research skills they will need to thrive throughout their post-secondary experience.
Three hours a week.

Calendar Courses

UPEI 101 WRITING STUDIES (cross-listed with English 101)
This course offers an introduction to university writing and rhetoric, aimed at the development of clear, critical thinking and an effective prose style. 
Three hours a week.

UPEI 102 INQUIRY STUDIES – Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
This course is for students who want to explore a broad array of issues and ‘big’ questions that are related to human culture and the natural world from a local to a global perspective. This course emphasizes and cultivates critical inquiry, writing and reading skills through an analysis of texts/topics of contemporary significance.
Three hours a week.

UPEI 103 UNIVERSITY STUDIES – Engaging University Contexts and Experience
This is a course for students who seek a well-supported, strongly integrated adjustment to life and learning within the university environment. This course is designed to create a cohesive learning community for students, connecting them to each other and to their instructors in the classroom and beyond. The curriculum focuses on helping students to develop the attitudes, study strategies, and broad communication and research skills they will need to thrive throughout their post-secondary experience.
Three hours a week.