Related to the work carried out by students at university or middle/high school that contributes towards their overall grade, in the form of dissertations, book reports, assignments or essays.

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The book suggested for a class has bad reviews, should I use it or another?

I 'm at the start of my second semester of college and I don't have any real practical experience with programming, but I have to take a class on OOP that is usually taught to juniors. My OOP class ...
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Can a professor refuse to introduce any textbook for a course?

In a technical course, our professor refused to introduce any textbook. He officially stated (included in the course syllabus) that all the course content will be discussed in the class, and cover all ...
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How PhD classes are different from undergraduate?

PhD program is new in our department, and first experience of the faculty members and department head. Our PhD classes are exactly like undergraduate classes: monologue lecture, strict attendance ...
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What are the effects of not taking any humanities courses? [closed]

I am in high school but soon I will be going to college. I already have a hard time dealing with the silliness of high school (on an intellectual level), and in particular I have 0 interest in ...
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Does writing code for an assignment after seeing similar code online count as plagiarism?

In my compilers class assignment, we were asked to write some MIPS code. One of the problem involved implementing fact() function as a sub-problem. I wanted to implement the standard recursive version ...
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What is the origin of the “underwater basket weaving” meme in Academia?

"Underwater basket weaving" is often used as a placeholder for "irrelevant, useless university course." (Despite the fact that it's an actual thing.) More generally, "Basket weaving" and related ...
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Expletives in academic writing for coursework?

I was just wondering if I should include an edited expletive in an essay I have to write for a Software Development class. I'm currently writing a paper about debugging techniques and I wanted to talk ...
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Math Undergrad Wants to do Master's of Statistics

BACKGROUND I am a Canadian who is just finishing my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I enjoy mathematics, but I have recently realized that I would rather study statistics in graduate school, ...
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What are positive and negative outcomes of requiring Ph.D. students to take a pedagogy course?

My mathematics department (where I am employed as faculty) is considering requiring its Ph.D. students to take a two-semester course in pedagogy and educational theory. All of them also TA lower level ...
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I have a lot of extra room for classes. What should I take?

I'm currently in my second semester of college at university in the United States, and am currently majoring in Computer Engineering. I passed a lot of AP tests in high school, all of which gave me ...
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Is it better to go to class, or watch the recorded lectures?

I'm in a large class where lectures are recorded and posted online. The lectures are difficult enough that I benefit a lot from being able to pause the videos and stare at the slides for a few ...
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Is it appropriate to attend a class one is not registered for?

Is it appropriate for a student to attend a class s/he is not registered for? I am a CS student and I am almost done with my degree, but there are some very interesting electives that I will not get ...
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How do instructors grade a one-person project when everyone else in the class worked in pairs?

I shall note up front, I am myself a student looking for insight from any lecturers or professors who have had a class with this situation and what I might expect in my case. I am on a "Computer ...
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Does GPA/Transcript matter for academic jobs after the PhD?

Courses taken and GPA can matter quite significantly for undergraduates, both for applying to graduate school and applying for jobs. What about courses taken and GPA during PhD? Do they matter at all ...
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Is it considered plagiarism if I use my OWN answers twice

I am re-doing a module that I have failed, My first assignment have some questions that are identical to the ones I answered last year, would I be violating any laws or academic practices by copying ...
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Effective use of a “learning narrative” assignment in a gen ed science course

This spring I will be teaching a physics course that is new at our school. Titled "Relativity for Poets," it's a nonmathematical freshman gen ed course on Einstein's theory of relativity, and ...
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Combinatorics or Linear Algebra for Computer Science/Applied Mathematics Degree?

I'm looking to graduate in the upcoming Spring with a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and was curious on which of the two courses would be most applicable moving forward. I'm only able ...
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How free are you to take mathematics courses as a computer science graduate student?

Does anyone know the restrictions one might face if they are a graduate student in a computer science program (let's say doing theory) and they become interested in taking a course from the ...
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Completing premed requirements after Bachelors

I'm thinking about applying to medical schools in the USA. Many medical schools require a two-year course in chemistry including organic chemistry and a year long course in biology, as well as ...
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What grading policy applies to undergraduates taking graduate courses?

I have heard that the range of grades in graduate school shrinks and grades mostly range from A to B-. What if an undergraduate student takes a graduate course, what is the grading policy for him/her? ...
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What to do when asked to do something that seems unethical by a co-advisor which might result in losing credit for my work

I am doing a course project, and my co-advisor contributed to my design with tips and comments - nothing major. When the system started working he told me no to reveal all the details while presenting ...
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Has anyone failed coursework requirement and got terminated from PhD program?

I'm doing a PhD in Economics, a 3-year program. I am required to do 4 coursework and receive a grade of B+. The thing is I didn't meet the grade requirement of all four courses, although I didn't fail ...
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How to resolve disagreement with project teammates over which professor to work with?

I would like some advice about a conflict I am having in a graduate course taught by two professors. I am pursuing a masters (MS) degree in Finance and for the capstone course in the program, each ...
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Should a formal academic grievance list what an action the student hopes will occur?

I have a problem with a course, but my informal communications with the instructor and chair led nowhere. My student handbook shows a policy for filing a formal grievance, which seems more like a ...
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Pros and Cons of Enrolling in coursework units during a PhD

In my university PhDs are assessed purely on dissertation, there is no coursework component or oral defence or anything else (this is not unusual for Australia, as I understand). There are no units ...
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What to do when instructor not giving meaningful feedback on research project?

I am enrolled in an on-line graduate course (US public university). I do not live near the campus, so I cannot attend office hours (which aren't even offered). For 3 months, I've been working on a ...
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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 ...
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Should I list all of my scientific writings and technical reports (including those written for coursework) on my resume?

I am an undergrad preparing my resume for grad school application. During my undergrad I have done many projects, including a few real research projects and also those for courses as final projects, ...
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Can the tutor test for plagiarism under these circumstances?

I have been trying to get into college, but there has been a lot to catch up on. I told the tutor that my friend, who is already doing the course, would be able to help me with my work if I was stuck. ...
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What is the relationship between credits and course hours?

Why can courses at the same department have an apparent disproportionality between credits and hours? For example at my French university my department offers a 12 credit course with 48 hours of ...
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When and how should you talk to a professor if you think you deserve a different grade?

I recently was returned a midterm I wrote. One question I interpreted differently than what was intended. As a result I got 0.5/3 marks, which isn't a big deal but considering the test was only out of ...
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CC-licensing course slides

I would like to share under a Creative Commons license some course material (slides) I created. However, I used (abused?) of duly cited non-cc sources such as books etc. to prepare the course ...
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What to do when on-line instructor is ignoring questions?

I am enrolled in an on-line graduate course. The course is not available in the classroom format. For the past few weeks, the instructor has ignored every question I sent him. I've asked for: help ...
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what is the best strategy to deal with a situation where a student asks all of homework problems on an online forum [duplicate]

I teach a course, every week I assign homework. I put several hours to choose the right homework problems which cover the course material and permit them to be prepared for the exams. I encourage ...
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Does taking graduate course as an undergraduate increase chances of getting into graduate school?

I would like to know does it help if I take a graduate course related to my major in engineering as an undergraduate and do very well in it? will it increase my chance of getting to graduate school in ...
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If co-instructors gave different syllabi with different grading schemes, is this generally considered a valid reason to challenge grade?

Summary: I am a STEM graduate student taking a soon-ending class that was divided into 3 parts each under different professors, Alice, Bob and Carol. There is a conflict in the grading schemes set ...
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How to prepare for a math exam in a course without homework or tests?

Here are the features of an advanced graduate mathematics course: 24 hours of optional lectures over the course of the term; No homework, labs, guided assignments, quizzes, tests, previous year ...
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What can I do, as a student who dislikes attending class in a program where attendance is compulsory? [closed]

I don't know whether this is the right place for my question but I didn't find any other SE website to which I may ask this question. I am currently enrolled in a college in India. But the problem ...
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What should I do if I've enrolled in a badly organized course?

I am nearly finished with my master's degree. Recently, I enrolled in a required course that is a terrible mess. I'd like to wait another year, and take it again with an instructor who has their stuff ...
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Should you mention your ranking in specific courses in statement of purpose?

I would like to know if it is good to talk about your outstanding ranking in important courses in your statement of purpose. For example, is it good to say I took "Quantum physics" in the second ...
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Most Effective Note-taking Practices

The new school year is starting, and I am enrolled in a pretty intense World History class. We are running through a TON of material each day and have lots of notes each night (6-7 pages with REALLY ...
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Do students need traditional books?

Do students need books to learn in courses? For example, I found that books often contain some mistakes and therefore it is better for me to study those things on the Internet where I can concentrate ...
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What is an effective way to copyright my teaching material?

I am an adjunct instructor at a technical college in the US. I was tasked with creating a new class which I would teach in the spring. I have finished all of my course materials (.pdfs, lab sheets, ...
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Colleague erroneously got a grade that is too high

I know that for a certain project a colleague with whom I have worked on the project erroneously got a grade that is higher than he should have gotten (the administration made a mistake is my guess). ...
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How do tuition and credit accounting work in an independent study course?

I've been talking to one of my professors at a Master's program about enrolling in an independent study course under his supervision. (An independent study course is a course in which a student ...
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I have noticed GPA calculation “bug” in our University, what should I do?

University X offers course Y with Z credits. The course is mandatory, and very important. It lasts for more than one semester with heavy workload. The University awards Z credits for the course Y, but ...
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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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Got Ph.D Degree from India on the basis of Ph.D Comprehensive Exam + Ph.D Thesis now thinking of doing Course Work in another university

I applied for a teaching job. I was told by the selection committee that I didn't do coursework in my Ph.D program. I replied that the university Ph.D program requires two years of Independent Study ...
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Should I put my marked assignments online?

I am working my way through an Masters and as assignments are completed and results have come back, I would like to put them online as a way of contributing back to the community. However generally ...
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How to set the threshold below which students get a failing grade in a university-level course?

What criteria (in light of the best practices or teaching experience) should one consider when deciding the passing percentage of the course? (By the passing percentage I mean the grade threshold ...