Sunday, April 29, 2012

A - Z: Zombie Apocalypse Survival 201

Instructor: Faculty                                                              Class Meeting Days: MWF
Office: ENG3 0412                                                             Class Meeting Times: 10:00 -11:20 AM
Office Hours: Mon, Wed 3:30-5:30 PM & by appt.             Lab Hours: M, W, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

ZAS 101 or Department permission. 
Health screening: clear status on forms 301A, 810A & 810B.  See Health Services.
Liability waiver form 17 signed and notarized.
Emergency contact form 10A and Next of kin form 19
Recommended: Form 82-1: Last Will and Testament

I. Course Overview
A continuation of the principles laid out in course ZAS101. Survival candidates will build on skills and knowledge gained for increasing their chances of survival after the one week period trained for by ZAS101.
The goal of long term survival for individuals and small groups will be focused on as well as general theory for the rebuilding of a population base and civilization.  

Students will learn to recognize major Z threats as well as those from fellow humans.  
Students will learn both hunting and farming techniques as well as methods to hide the signs of civilizing endeavors from hostile bands. 
Students will master intermediate mechanics and weapon crafting. 
Students will master intermediate medicine as well as biology for both humans and zombies. 
Students will receive an introduction to calming philosophies and Zen for enhanced chances for mental stability.
Finally, students will learn the communication skills of assessment, negotiation, manipulation and intimidation and when best to apply these techniques. 

II. Advanced Lab Overview
1. Advanced shotgun use.  How to maintain the weapon and create ammunition. 
2. Advanced carpentry: In lab hours students will learn how to build and maintain a tree house for more reliable survival.  This will also include building zip-line escape routes. 
3. Advanced Guillotether use.  How to use, build and maintain a Guillotether.  A high tension spring powered staff mounted piano-wire tether used to capture and decapitate zombies quickly and silently.

III.  Credits
Class: 4
Lab: 2

IV.  Course Materials and Books
The Way Things Work, D. Macaulay 
Built to Last, D.Macaulay
Old Farmers Almanac
Medicine for the Outdoors, Paul S. Auerbach
Farming for Dummies
Carpentry for Dummies
Zen in the Zombie Age, Dr. S.Banyaga

V.  Course Grading
Course Item                                                             Percentage of Final Grade
Assignments                                                                              10%
Mid-term exam                                                                           20%
Field work                                                                                   10%
Sudden Challenges                                                                    30%
Final Project                                                                               30%
Grading Scale
95%-100% : Pass with confidence: Student exhibits an excellent chance to survive the first week A.Z. and a fair chance to survive the first year A.Z.
85%-94% : Pass with caution: Student exhibits a good chance to survive the first week A.Z. but further survival chances are moderate. 
Below 85%: Fail : Evaluation is the student has a very low survival chance for any length of time.

A Grade of 95% or higher is required for ZAS301: Introduction to Advanced Survival Techniques for Zombie Apocalypse: Long-term Deep Ocean Shipboard Survival.

See instructor at the end of this course if you wish to enroll assuming there is still time.


I have decided to post this a day early, because when survival is in doubt, every second counts.

Also, Shirtwoot has a fun art-nouveau style zombie shirt up today, and they're cheaper for the first day, and may go away if not enough are sold- so it may be gone by Monday,.
the shirt design:

This has been an A-Z Challenge post. 
For the month of April there will be an update for each letter within the theme of: Things that influence and inspire me, or the converse: things which I find distressing or make me want to rail at the world.
Some of these will pertain to the miniatures hobby, but many will venture off to atypical territory for the duration of the challenge, then it will be back to normal with mostly minis and an occasional blithering.
You can find out more about the A-Z challenge my clicking the logo at the top left of the page. 



Amanda Heitler said...


You owe me a keyboard due to coffee snortage.

ColKillgore said...

How do I get a suggestion to the Instructor to add the book "Ditch Medicine" to the course materials?


Anne said...

I'm taking this class Ferret and I'll pass too. I can build a treehouse and really good with a gun, know my biology and medicine and am willing and eager to learn how to make a Guillotether. I'm not good at negotiation but excel at intimidation and manipulation (I have children).

Congratulations for finishing the A-Z challenge and thank your for making it a great read for the last month.

Zippidy doo da, zippidy ay, my oh my what a wonderful day.... (2 Z's for you today).

Geeky Daddy said...

I still a department approval and write my Last Will and Testament. I wish that I would have stopped over here more often throughout the challenge.

How can one not end the challenge with Zombie. I do like your take on the Zombie post. SO why not get people trained to deal with the cult of the mindless.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Dang this was AWESOME. My favorite post of the day, for sure.

I've really enjoyed reading all your A-Z posts. It's been a highlight of the challenge. I'm looking forward to your non-alphabetic posts in the future just as much! COngrats on making it to the end.

Laughing Ferret said...

Amanda: haha, worth it for that result ;)

ColK: sounds like someone's bucking for extra credit!

Anne: sounds like you have a good survival chance! I always thought it was dumb you don't see people staying in trees. Zombies can't climb, it's safe up there, it's why primates live in trees to begin with, a wonder we ever came down, and with zombies everywhere, time to go back up! Glad you enjoyed the month! :)

Thanks Geek Daddy! I know I tended to take what would be a small update and turn it into an epic effort, but they're not going anywhere :) I was hesitant to end with Zombies since I know it is well covered, but I couldn't resist.

SL: Thanks, glad you liked it :)
Much appreciated, and your A-Z was the highlight for me: great stuff.

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