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AusPrEP: Austin Pre-freshman Engineering Program

AusPrEP Classes

AusPrEP encompasses two programs. Course description are listed after the table.


Years 1, 2, 3, & 4


4 weeks 7 weeks


July 5 – July 27 June 12 – July 27


8:30A – 12:00P 8:30A –3:15P


Math Fundamentals




Problem Solving

Career Awareness

Research and Study








Written Communication 1






Algebraic Structures



Written Communication 2









Computer Science



College Algebra



College Statistics



Topics in Super Computing



 Water Science




This new half-day program began the summer of 2007. It is primarily for incoming 6th graders and students that may not yet be Algebra ready. The purpose is to strengthen math skills. Placement in this program will be based on testing and academic performance. This Institute is limited to 45 participants.

Introduction to Algebra:
Participants will study to improve their skills in integers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, averages, substituting values, setting up equations, polynomial basics, factoring, linear equations, and exponents.

2) AusPrEP ALL YEARS (7 weeks):

Career Opportunities Awareness:
Invited speakers from the industry, government, and academic sectors will discuss current and future professional engineering and science opportunities; their own work, professional development and experiences; and technical presentations.

Topics in Problem Solving (Levels I, II, and III):
To strengthen the students’ math and problem solving skills, they learn approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content, formulate problems, and develop/apply different strategies to solve problems. Students will be placed in the appropriate section based on their test scores and the level of math they have completed. Subjects to be covered in the three levels of Problem Solving include Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus.

Research and Study:
During this period, students work on assignments and projects, standardized test skills, writing skills, consult with instructors and program assistants and have study time.

AusPrEP First Year

Logic and its Application to Mathematics:
Statements, Compound Statements, Truth Tables, Rule of Inference, Quantifiers, Paradoxes, Elementary Set Theory, and Switching Circuits.

Introduction to Engineering:
Philosophy, History and Ethics of Engineering, the Engineering Workplace, Engineering Career Preparation, Engineering Principles, and Engineering Team Projects: airplane designs, egg drops, bridge design, solar reflectors, etc.

Effective Written Communication Level 1: T
his class concentrates on the writing fundamentals. Topics that will be covered include grammar, developing a thesis sentence, paragraph formulation and writing mechanics.

AusPrEP Second Year
Second year applicants must have received credit for the first year PrEP program.

Introduction to Physics:
Students will investigate mechanics, units and physical quantities, equilibrium of a particle, motion in a straight line, Coulomb’s and Ampere’s Law, electric fields, electromotive force, friction linear track and resistors in series and parallel.

Algebraic Structures:
This course gives a basic knowledge of groups, rings, and fields using the system of integers and rational numbers as models, the derivation of algebraic properties of these systems, set theory, and properties of abstract mathematical systems.

Effective Written Communication Level 2:
This class concentrates on writing good essays like those expected on exit-level TAKS tests. Topics of focus include outline and augment development and writing mechanics.

AusPrEP Third Year
Third year applicants must have received credit forthe first and second year PrEP programs.

Introduction to Statistics (Research Project Focused):
Students will gain an understanding of basic probability theory, generate statistical tables and charts, and measure center and spread for distributions. In this project based course, students will apply their knowledge to conduct research. Formal report and presentation of their research methods, data, and results is required.

Introduction to Technical Writing:
This class concentrates on the writing skills applicable to the engineering and science fields. Students will learn to report original research and produce clear, persuasive, and effective technical reports. This course focuses on purpose and audience, organization and development, editing, style, grammar, and mechanics.

Introduction to Computer Science:
An overview of capabilities and applications of computers, basic hardware and software concepts including definition of system components, development of algorithms through the use of flow-charts, and Visual Basic and C ++ programming languages.