This course focuses on the application of engineering and business concepts, analysis and design methodologies, modeling techniques, and interdisciplinary teamwork through real world cases in Mendoza, Argentina. A primary area of emphasis will be developing deeper intercultural competence through the real world cases with Argentine clients. In addition, students will gain experience and skills with identifying system goals, formulating requirements and performance metrics, creating and evaluating alternative solutions, and presenting recommendations to clients.
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Course Goals and Objectives
Students shall gain a fuller understanding of the cultural differences inherent to working within an international context, while expanding their knowledge of business and systems engineering concepts through a short project, or case study, with a client in Mendoza, Argentina.
After completing the course, students shall be able to:
Explain differences between U.S. and Argentine cultures with respect to engineering practice and business.
Identify customer needs through a variety of methods, including interviews, surveys, observation, and action research
Develop goals and performance metrics for a system
Generate and evaluate alternative solutions to a problem
Deliver effective oral presentations to clients
Write effective technical reports for a client
Students on this program elect which type of credit (SYS 2054, SYS 3054 or COMM 4270) they will earn as part of the program application. To take SYS 3054, students must have taken one of the following pre-requisites: SYS 2001, APMA 3100, APMA 3110, APMA 3120, or Instructor Permission. There are no pre-requisites for SYS 2054. COMM 4270 has the following pre-requisites: Commerce standing or Instructor Permission. All coursework and lectures are conducted in English. There is no language requirement.
The location of the program is Mendoza, Argentina. Over the course of two weeks, students will gain particular insight into cultural differences from living in a different culture and working directly with clients from Mendoza. Working with Argentine clients to identify their needs and obtain data will provide students the opportunity to combine their analytical skills with direct interactions with people from another culture. The students' work will culminate in a final oral presentation and written report for their Argentine clients.
The group will stay in Hotel El Portal Suites in downtown Mendoza. Students will stay 4 per suite. The hotel offers free wi-fi, a phone and TV in each room, a bathroom and a kitchen in each room, and a business center. Complementary breakfast is offered each day. El Portal offers a good location for walking to locations in Mendoza, including a grocery store, laundry, and restaurants.
System Case Studies
(SYS 2054/3054; 3 credits)
or GCI: IT Project: Practicum in Argentina
(COMM 4293; 3 credits)
Learn more at the SEAS Program homepage and Commerce Program homepage.
This program is open to all UVA undergraduates, regardless of major. Students outside of SEAS & COMM are encouraged to apply. There are no language requirements. Students will work in teams and a diverse set of skills are necessary to form strong teams.
Study Abroad Policies
Education Abroad Workshop
Students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please refer to the Education Abroad Workshop homepage for more information.
Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
No refund or credit will be given to students who are suspended and/or dismissed from any UVA study abroad programs for conduct and/or academic violations reasons.
Andes over Mendoza Skyline
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. In addition to these, students are responsible for the following expenses:
Most non-breakfast meals
Some local transportation costs
Language Jumpstart: Spanish
November 1 and 8, 9:30am - 12:30pm at OpenGrounds
Prepare for your study abroad by learning beginner Spanish. You will learn everyday phrases, greetings, basic grammar, cultural customs, and more. More information is available on the Language Jumpstart page. Space is limited to 12 students. Acceptance into the program is first-come, first-served, so apply early online:
Program Director Reid Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Professor and Assistant to the Chair in Systems and Information Engineering, has been teaching engineering design since 1999. He was the Lockheed Martin Assistant Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Arizona, where he led the first-year engineering design course and taught interdisciplinary and mechanical engineering capstone design courses. Since arriving at the University of Virginia in 2006, he has taught throughout the undergraduate engineering curriculum; this includes teaching the first-year design course, a third-year systems evaluation course focused on design of experiments and decision analysis, and the fourth-year systems capstone design course. He is coauthor of Becoming a Technical Professional, a design-centered textbook for first-year engineering students. His research is focused on understanding how, when, and what students learn about engineering design.
Stefano Grazioli, email@example.com, is an Associate Professor with the McIntire School of Commerce. His areas of expertise are the design and management of business information systems. Professor Grazioli understands study abroad, as he completed his undergraduate college education in Europe and has taught IT and business classes in three continents. At the McIntire School of Commerce, Professor Grazioli teaches grad and undergrad classes that focus on how to use Information Technology to generate business value.
Read the blog of the UVA in Argentina 2013 J-term program!