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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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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What to learn regarding websites while doing courses [on hold]

Im studying LINQ and MVC, I studied ASP.NET, C# and SQL. Im oriented towards Backend but I would want to study some frontend technologies and fortify other knowledge. The idea is to fortify my ...
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How do departments evaluate and update their course requirements?

To begin with the main question: how do academic departments evaluate their course requirements? By that I mean, how do departments decide if they are requiring too many classes, not enough classes, ...
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What does “auditing a course” mean?

I am visiting an American university for a year. In my invitation letter and further instructions, it is written that I can audit any course that I want (subject to the agreement of its professor). ...
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Taking courses beyond requirements in a Ph.D. program

As I'm starting to look to put together my plan of study, a question popped into my mind: are there, generally speaking, rules against taking additional courses beyond what is required for a Ph.D., or ...
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Is it rude not to take a course with your adviser?

This semester I need to take a course that is offered in two sections, one of which will be taught by my M.Sc. thesis advisor. The problem is that I personally prefer to take the course with the ...
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Is it reasonable to request an exemption from certain degree requirements?

I am a physics student at a small North American university. As part of the requirements for my degree, the current policy dictates that all students must take 6 humanities courses before graduation. ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor to waive the prerequisite for a course?

Should I mail the professor? Should I meet him in person? I am a MS student in CS who wishes to take a graduate level course in Statistics department. The course is Machine Learning and I did cover ...
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Is it rude for me to ask professors for assignments in advance of the class starting?

I will be starting my first semester of an online graduate program in ~20 days. Because of my full-time position, I am expecting things to be quite chaotic over the next month or so and I have ...
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How are “workshop style” lectures conducted?

Descriptions of graduate (and advanced undergrad) courses sometimes indicate that the lectures are going to be conducted in a "workshop style". I am unsure what a "workshop style" lecture entails and ...
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How to mention a course that you haven't taken yet in an application

I am preparing to apply for an internship that strongly favors people with CUDA-programming skills. There is a course in exactly this that I won't have taken by the time I apply for the internship, ...
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Why do universities force students to take unrelated classes for a diploma? [closed]

I have my B.S in Marketing and for my degree I was required to take 2 science classes. These 2 science classes were the only unrelated classes I had to take in my entire 4 years of Uni. While I ...
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How will my CLEP credits be viewed?

I have taken 12 credits total in CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams on order to bypass some general education requirements in humanities and basic sciences. I am in a program majoring in ...
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Is it professional to put coursera courses on my CV? [duplicate]

I wanted to improve my knowledge in certain areas, since coursera gives a certificate after completing a course can I put this on my CV?
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What is the rationale for not allowing auditing students to participate in class discussions?

I have been considering returning to university to continue my education and further my knowledge. I have a strong interest in finance, but before I dive in to a second degree/diploma at this stage in ...
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Finishing the physics graduate curriculum as undergrad

I am a year ahead of my physics curriculum, but I plan to stay as an undergrad for the 4th year to increase my chances at top graduate schools in physics. In this 4th year, I will take all the ...
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Why are cumulative tests typically weighted so high (U.S.)?

Is there an academic justification behind most U.S. classes weighting exams at very high percentages of the overall grade in a course? So if a student does exceedingly well throughout the course in ...
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Does it make sense to list Ph.D.-level coursework in industry-focused CV?

I recently defended my Ph.D. dissertation (Information Systems) and now it's time to apply for some positions. While I would love to stay in academia, my current highest priority is to find a good job ...
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What are the pros and cons of coursework at the doctoral level? [duplicate]

This is a debatable issue given for me to make inquires on: some people said that coursework should be introduced at the doctoral level while others insist that it should not be introduced, as a PhD ...
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What can a student do if a professor makes special allowances for one student in a course?

In one of my software engineering course. The syllabus includes 2 exams (midterm + final), daily quizzes + participation mark, spot quizzes and a group project. A lot of us asked the professor to ...
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If you work at a university and take courses, is the degree the same?

I know someone who works at a university and is considering taking courses there (which the university allows and subsidizes for its employees). If they take enough courses to make up a masters ...
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How to avoid sleeping in lectures?

It's not that I cannot hold my attention - I find it a lot easier to put in sustained effort during research - literature surveys, practising derivations, and coding. I also find myself actively ...
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Duration of courses: hours to weeks and self-study time

I'm trying to apply for a Master's program and on the application form I have to list all subjects I have taken for my Bachelor's degree. For each one, they are asking for the duration in weeks and ...
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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 online 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 ...