Archive | March, 2013

Are you working to become -> happy? Or happy-> to work better?

23 Mar

Click here.


How cool is that? I get to design my own exam question!

22 Mar


For mom, and others

21 Mar


Their room


My room

Btw I have been asked to participate in an online chat representing my specific engineering field with a group of first year engineers so that high school applicants can ask us questions. I remember like it was yesterday, that dad and I used this service to ask questions of these mysterious foreign Guelph students…


Pi day!

15 Mar


Help me choose a distance ed course to take this summer! (complementary elective)

15 Mar

I have posted information about courses that I could take this summer that would count toward my degree, and are of interest:

MCS*2100: Personal Financial Management

Course Topics

Week 1

      • Personal Financial Planning: An Introduction
      • The Time Value of Money

Week 2

      • Money Management Strategy: Financial Statements and Budgeting
      • Planning Your Tax Strategy

Week 3

      • The Banking Services of Financial Institutions
      • Introduction to Consumer Credit

Week 4

      • Choosing a Source of Credit: The Costs of Credit Alternatives

Week 5

      • The Finances of Housing

Week 6

      • Home and Automobile Insurance
      • Life, Health and Disability Insurance

Week 7

      • Fundamentals of Investing

Week 8

      • Investing in Stocks

Week 9

      • Investing in Bonds

Week 10

      • Investing in Mutual Funds

Week 11

      • Retirement Planning
      • Estate Planning

Week 12

    • Review

MCS*1000 Introductory marketing?


An introduction to the Canadian economy: price determination, market structure and resource allocation; the behaviour of consumers and firms; market intervention by government. Some of the economic issues addressed may include agricultural price supports, rent control, the NAFTA, environmental regulation, price discrimination, pay equity, and taxation.


Introduction to Canadian Business Management:

Canadian & Global Business Environment; Entrepreneurship & Small Business; Ethical Business Practices & Social Responsibility; Management – Organizational Structure, Motivation & Leadership; Human Resources- Hiring and Training Employees; Operations – Improving Productivity and Quality; Marketing – Pricing, Distribution, and Advertising; Accounting & Financial Management – Basic Financial and Accounting Principles, managing risk.


**MCS* 3040 Business and Consumer Law**

This course introduces students to statutory and common law concerning business and consumer transactions. An overview of the laws of contracts and torts forms the basis of business and producer/consumer relationships. Discussion topics include sale of goods and consumer protection legislation; debtor-creditor relations; competition law; intellectual property rights and manufacturers’ product liability.





Still busy, looking to finish strong

14 Mar

Here are the immediate tasks.

1130 Pre quiz
1130 Quiz 10%
1130 lab Tuesday & Monday
1010 Assignment due Monday 3%
1010 Formal lab report Wednesday 5%
1010 online homework due Sunday 1%
2500 Lab exam on Wedneaday  10%
1210 Mechanics quiz tomorrow 2%
1210 test next Thursday 7.5%
1210 Calculus Midterm next Friday 20%

Life update – School is almost over

8 Mar

I dressed up in a suit today, I attended the job fair this morning and got a free professional head shot for my linked in profile following class.

School is still grueling but this week feels like heaven after last week, I am going to try and get my 100% on physics before the weekend, so I can concentrate on my linear algebra exam next Thursday and do some programming this weekend. I would like to get a 90+ in that course, so far I have 94. I had an 80 on math which I wrote on the same day as Electricity and Magnetism (66%), with a failing class average. Very tough exam that I actually felt quite confident about, but unlike many people I stuck around after we were handed back the exam in tutorial to get clarification instead of complaining about how hard it was. I have noticed that it is really important to find out what your mistakes were and understand them in ALL courses, more so than in highschool. The material really builds on itself.

I have started to do my work around the schedule of my TA’s. They mention that often times no one comes to their office hours (often due to the timing of assignments) so I am going to try and take advantage of that by running into problems early by doing certain things earlier than I normally would/should.

Random fact: My mechanics professor knows me by name, how cool is that! (Class of about 250)

Hopefully this kind of post is interesting to you guys, let me know if there is another aspect of the university life you would like to hear about.

Back to work!