Advising Syllabi

Advising Syllabi

  1. ECST Advising Center Advising Syllabus
  2. Civil Engineering Advising Syllabus
  3. Computer Science Advising Syllabus
  4. Mechanical Engineering Advising Syllabus
  5. Electrical Engineering Advising Syllabus
  6. Industrial Technology Advisingt Syllabus

ECST Advising Center (EAC) Syllabus

Mission Statement

The ECST Advising Center (EAC) is committed to furthering the educational mission of Cal State L.A. by empowering lower division engineering students to fulfill their educational objectives, take responsibility for their educational, career, and personal goals, achieve personal, leadership, and professional potential, encouraging the successful completion of the degree, and facilitating the transition to their major department in a non-threatening environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance.


Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004)

Personal Advisement

Personal advisement is the assistance to students with non-academic issues which may impact their educational progress and the referral to appropriate campus resources.  These issues often relate to time management skills, study skills, transitioning and adjusting to college, stress management, financial aid, and family and relationship issues among others.  The primary emphasis is on supporting students to achieve their educational goals. Students are referred to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus for further support.

Career Advising vs. Career Counseling

Career advising is an interactive process that “helps students understand how their personal interests, abilities, and values might predict success in the academic and career fields they are considering and how to form their academic and career goals accordingly” (p.12). Career counseling that seeks to assist students with the complex career-related personal concerns. (Gordon, 2006).

Advising Model

The EAC utilizes a developmental advising model defined as: a systematic process based on a close student-advisor relationship intended to aid students in achieving educational, career, and personal goals through the utilization of the full range of institutional and community resources. Developmental advising relationships focus on identifying and accomplishing life goals, acquiring skills and attitudes that promote intellectual and personal growth, and sharing concerns for each other and for the academic community. (Ender, Winston, & Miller, 1984, p. 18-19)

Practical applications include the establishment of integrated services including orientation, advising, experiential opportunities, and career planning.

Contact Information

Location: E&T Building, A-127

Phone Number: 323-343-4574


Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Advising Resources

ARC Syllabus

Golden Eagle One I.D Card

Golden Eagle Territory (GET):

University Catalog:

Schedule of Classes:

College of ECST Website:

ECST Curriculum Sheets and Major Roadmaps       

GE Worksheet for ENGR, CS, and Tech Majors

Lower Division General Education Semester Requirements

We Serve

  1. All first and second year ECST students majoring in all engineering, computer science and technology majors CE, ME, EE, CS, TECH programs (ITEC, AVAD, and FPAT) in need of academic and personal advisement.
  2. Computer science and technology majors starting their major courses are also referred to the department for additional personal and career advisement.
  3. Transfer or prospective students may be referred to the ECST Academic Advising Center by the department for academic or personal advisement.
  4. Prospective students seeking general information regarding ECST degree programs, program requirements, and transfer admission requirements.
  5. Faculty and staff seeking information about university policies and procedures.

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the ECST Advising Center is to provide quality academic advising to students by:

  1. Monitoring student academic progress toward degree completion.
  2. Increasing student awareness and influencing use of campus support services.
  3. Providing opportunity for interaction with staff and peer advisors out of class.
  4. Offering connections to peer mentors and student organizations.
  5. Affecting student satisfaction with the college.

Services Provided

The ECST Advising Center provides the following services:

  • One-on-one and group academic advisement including general education and major academic requirements
  • Academic plans to monitor progress toward meeting academic, leadership, professional, and personal goals
  • Goal-setting and identifying strategies for academic success
  • Semester course schedule planning
  • Assistance completing appropriate department and campus forms
  • Personal advisement and referrals to appropriate campus resources
  • Academic intervention, probation, and disqualification advisement
  • University policies procedures, deadlines, forms, and campus resources
  • Self-efficacy  and personal development workshops
  • Academic overview and academic advising during Freshmen Orientations
  • Information about degree options in the College of ECST
  • Information about Admission Requirements
  • Assistance in facilitating the academic process a little easier!

Meeting with an Academic Advisor

Academic advising appointments are strongly encouraged.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students must make an appointment in advance to guarantee advisement time with a Staff Advisor or Peer Advisor.  Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes and must be scheduled in advance.  Students should consult with the faculty advisors in the department during the posted office hours.

Students may make appointments in one of the following ways:

  1. Call the ECST Advising Center’s front desk at 323-343-4574.
  2. Send an email to  Students must make sure to include their First Name, Last Name, CIN, Major, and Class Level (freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior) in their email. 
  3. Request an appointment by visiting the College of ECST website at:  Students will receive an email confirmation of their scheduled appointment within 24 hours.
  4. Drop by the ECST Advising Center in person and request an appointment.

Appointment Cancellation

  • If students are not able to keep their appointment they must call the office as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule for another time. 
  • Students may have their appointments cancelled if they are 10 minutes late.

Drop In/Walk In Academic Advising

  • Walk-in advisement appointments are available on a first-come-first-serve basis provided a staff advisor or peer advisor’s schedule permits it.
  • During busy times (first two weeks of every semester and registration periods), wait times may vary extensively.  To avoid long wait time, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment.
  • If students need assistance with only quick questions (“where do I…how do I…where is…) or a referral, they may drop in the advising center without an appointment.  If the staff advisor or peer advisor believes that a student’s question or inquiry cannot be satisfactorily addressed in a few minutes, they may be directed to schedule an appointment instead. 

Student Preparation Before the Academic Advising Appointment

In order to maximize the advisement experience, students are highly encouraged to do the following:

  1. Bring their Golden Eagle One I.D. Card to the advisement appointment which is needed to sign-in and out from the advisement appointment as well as logging into GET. 
  2. Come to the advisement appointment prepared with a list of questions or concerns that may be discussed.
  3. Bring a tentative plan and be prepared to identify and discuss obstacles with a staff advisor that may have caused academic difficulties.  The staff advisor will complement the plan by providing strategies for success.
  4. Bring any previous documents (curriculum sheet, GE worksheet, yearly plan, forms, etc.) regarding their academic plans to review and answer questions they may have.

Responsibilities & Expectations of Staff/Faculty Advisors and Peer Advisors

Students may meet with either a professional advisor or a peer advisor when the professional advisor is not available. The peer advisor is a graduate or upper-division undergraduate student).  Students are encouraged to visit their faculty advisor for any additional academic advising or career counseling.  The following are responsibilities of professional advisors and peer advisors.



Peer Advisors

  1. Providing students with academic advising every term to help meet their academic goals.



  1. Providing students with personal advisement as needed throughout each term.



  1. Assisting students in developing an academic plan that takes into account university requirements, major requirements, and term course schedules. 



  1. Assisting students with their understanding of major academic requirements.



  1. Administering, monitoring, and documenting student progress toward their educational, leadership, professional, and personal goals.



  1. Assisting students develop strategies and goals for academic success.



  1. Assisting students on academic probation by developing a plan to correct any academic difficulties. 



  1. Educate students about their responsibilities at Cal State L.A. concerning university policies, procedures, deadlines, forms, and campus resources.



  1. Maintaining accurate and complete student academic records.



  1. Provide students with information and strategies for utilizing available campus resources and services.



  1. Empowering students to be responsible for their educational and personal choices and achievement.




Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Through the academic advising experience, students will be able to do the following:

OUTCOME 1:  Students will explore and identify their academic and career goals.


  • Advisor s will work with students in developing a list of academic and career goals.
  • Advisors will refer students to faculty advisors and/or industry advisors to further explore career options and provide them with opportunities to interact with faculty during strategic events and programs.


OUTCOME 2:  Students will develop educational plans and semester course schedules to achieve their academic and career goals.


  • Students will meet with the advisor at least once per semester.
  • Advisors will assist students in selecting courses to achieve their goals.
  • Students on probation will be required to meet with an advisor prior to registering.
  • Advisors will review


OUTCOME 3:  Students will take responsibility for making informed decisions and actively participate in the advising process to achieve their goals.


  • Advisors will provide students with a list of expectations
  • Advisors will review graduation requirements, and how they impact the choice of courses.
  • Advisors will review university policies, procedures, and campus resources.


OUTCOME 4:  Students will effectively utilize GET for class registration, verify and accept financial aid awards, review unofficial transcripts, check for holds and pending “to do list” items, and update personal information.


  • Advisors will assist students navigate GET as needed.
  • Advisors will review campus resources and services to enhance educational and personal success and refer students as needed.


OUTCOME 5:  Students will develop a rapport with their advisor (s) through advising appointments.


  • Advisors will ensure the academic advising experience is non-threatening experience based on trust and mutual respect.
  • Advisors will strongly encourage students to make an advising appointment to ensure availability, planning, preparation before the appointment, and a more pleasant and productive experience.

Department Advising Handbooks

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Handbook

Computer Science Handbook

Electrical Engineering