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ProMod: Project-Based, Modular Learning

What is ProMod?

ProMod is a one-of-a-kind program at Arizona State University that allows students to work closely with faculty and peers by engaging in projects that apply their learning to real-world situations.

Through this innovative program, students earn credits that satisfy their general studies and degree requirements. But more importantly, they gain real-world experience and develop a deep understanding of the course material.

The 2016 Sustainability ProMod offers projects for both freshman and sophomore ASU students. Projects vary by semester.

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The Freshman Project

Freshman students who enroll in the Fall 2016 Sustainability ProMod program will work together with the Tempe Academy of International Studies to address local food systems and health issues. Students will assist the academy with the development of its garden – helping it to secure funding and begin implementation of the initiative.

Tasks may include team coordination; planning and running meetings; developing informational materials; creating, presenting and implementing strategies; as well as evaluation and reporting.

Students in the freshmen sustainability project will attend field trips and conduct fieldwork with various policymakers, farmers, educators, students and families at the selected school site. These experiences will create opportunities for students to work in teams, engage with stakeholders and apply their learning in real-world situations.

Fall 2016 Freshman Courses

  • SOS 101 – Introduction to Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (3)
  • SOS 111 – Sustainable Cities (3)
  • ENG 105 – Advanced First-Year Composition (3)
  • ASU 101-SOS – The ASU Experience (1)*
  • ASU 140-SOS – Local Food Systems and Schools (1)*

* Course or section for ProMod students only.

In consultation with their advisor, students may also enroll in non-ProMod courses. To enroll in the ProMod program or for more information, contact the advisor at sosadvising@asu.edu. Deadline to enroll is August 17, 2016.

The Sophomore Project

Sophomore students who enroll in the Fall 2016 Sustainability ProMod program will work with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to address issues of food waste and distribution across Maricopa County. They will be tasked with assessing how St. Mary’s can effectively and efficiently reduce the amount of food it sends to the landfill while continuing to deliver fresh, healthy food to those in need.

In particular, this project will focus on strategic future thinking as it relates to the many paths St. Mary’s can take to address their current food waste issues. Students will also explore the greater themes of food and waste justice while continuing to develop their professional competencies in team-based settings.

The sophomore cohort will have two major roles during the semester: project managers and mentors. As a result, ProMod will consist of 2 credits, with 1 credit given for each of these roles.

Student project managers will work closely on the St. Mary’s group project along with students from a separate professional skills class. Student mentors will provide guidance to the freshman Sustainability ProMod cohort throughout the semester, helping them to navigate their ASU and ProMod experiences.

Tasks for both roles may include team coordination; planning and running meetings; developing informational materials; creating, presenting and implementing strategies; as well as evaluation and reporting.

Students in the sophomore sustainability project will attend field trips and conduct fieldwork with various policymakers, farmers, educators, professionals, students and families. These experiences will create an opportunity for students to work in teams, engage with stakeholders and apply their learning in real-world situations.

Fall 2016 Sophomore Courses

  • SOS 310 – Equity, Justice and Sustainability (3)
  • SOS 311 – Futures Thinking and Strategies (3)
  • SOS 294 Topic: Local Food Deserts and Systems-Project Mentoring (1)*
  • ASU 240-SOS Topic: Local Food Deserts and Systems (1)*

* Course or section for ProMod students only.

In consultation with their advisor, students may also enroll in non-ProMod courses. To enroll in the ProMod program or for more information, contact the advisor at sosadvising@asu.edu. Deadline to enroll is August 17, 2016.