Thanks for the reply Terry!
I have one Duemilanove, an Uno, a few breadboards, mutli meter, soldering tools, couple of sensors motors and a lot of small components such as resistors, opto-triacs, buttons H- bridges, LEDs etc.
Thanks for that list! Really helpful to those new to the Arduino world!
I doubt whether I could suggest books to the uni (Some of these academics are a bit bureaucratic!), but what I am trying to do is get a couple of the Com Sci, Mechatronic, EE and Informatics students together to start a Algorithm Circle/ Think Tank group together where we can help each other out and share the costs of some bigger Arduino projects. I think some of the books in your list will give us a great start because so far none of us are overwhelmingly experienced, we have just done simple projects like line followers, and I have built a few things for my camera and currently working on a mock seg-way. So nothing too extreme. Yet