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Questions tagged [coursework]

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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Can auditing students attend consultation hours?

Assume a university allows students to audit classes informally, so they're not enrolled and don't pay, but they attend classes anyway. Obviously, no one has obligation to allow these students to ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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As a course lecturer, should I excuse late assignment submissions if I wrote the assignment deadline slightly wrong?

I am the course lecturer of an undergraduate course. For a recent assignment, I had written the assignment deadline as 23 November 2018 (Saturday). Unfortunately, 23 November is actually a Friday, and ...
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What would go wrong if we were to implement the following education system in universities? [closed]

I think, in our current education system in universities, there are lots of problems, some of which are listed below, and I think we are wasting lots of time by repeating (possibly a worse version of) ...
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Interested in research, not in coursework

I am in the last semester of my undergraduate degree in computer science. I plan to apply for masters and PhD positions thereafter. I did not have a good classroom experience in my bachelor's ...
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Undergrad overwhelmed by a graduate math class [closed]

I'm an undergraduate studying math and I'm taking a graduate math class for the first time this semester. I've taken the undergraduate prerequisites, but it's still very challenging, which I was ...
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Is it possible to sit in a class without registering it? [closed]

I wanted to know that whether it is possible to sit in a grad-level course or undergrad course without registering? What should I do before going to the class? should I talk to the professor? Is it ...
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Showing proficiency in a subject without taking a course

I want to communicate to graduate admissions committees that I know the equivalent of a standard course in machine learning as a result of my self-study. If possible, I would like to avoid taking the ...
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How to ace the final home take exam? [closed]

I am an international grad student studying at a Canadian university. I have a home-take exam. It is the first time that I am taking this type of exam. How should I prepare for this exam? Will it be ...
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when and how can I write a thank you letter for my professor?

I took a course with my supervisor this semester. the class is finished. I really enjoyed every moment in class. I could ask all of my questions very easily and he always was available to answer them....
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What should I consider when making a complaint centrally to the university regarding the quality of a subject?

Background I recently was enrolled in a science course where I believed that the lecturer had a really poor understanding of the material at hand. I have had some bad lecturers before but this ...
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How to make clear tasks for students about resolving paradoxes?

Question When creating questions for coursework, exams, and similar, I sometimes want to task students with explaining counter-intuitive results or dissolving paradoxes, as I consider this is a good ...
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Is it OK to re-submit my own work to the same class that I am retaking? [duplicate]

I'm retaking a class because I flunked the final which was worth most of our grades. The papers I'm resubmitting will be slightly edited, but mostly the same as I got good grades on them. Would this ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for course notes ahead of time?

I am taking a course in Computer Science next semester (it is currently a vacation period for my university) and I would like to email my future lecturer and ask them for the set of course notes for ...
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How can I avoid the requirement of using friends or acquaintances to complete coursework?

A friend of mine recently sent me a game he made as part of his coursework and asked me to make a Youtube video of it. He was supposed to get 3 people to do the same in order to get a better grade. I'...
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For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets?

For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets? In the United States it is typical for the professor to write them. I am curious what ...
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During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career?

During a UG physics degree , what other certificate/diploma courses can i simultaneously pursue which would be of use in a physics career ? I hear many colleges offer such optional courses along with ...
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Selecting a Thesis - Are there lists of interesting or open questions?

Is there an aggregated pool of potential thesis topics that are available for exploration across universities for different concentrations? Perhaps there would be some that have been pre-vetted by ...
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Taking a graduate version of a course I took in undergrad

I am currently a second year masters student that will be applying to PhD programs in CS Theory. I have finished all of my required coursework for graduation, but my tuition is essentially free and I ...
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How to study better when underprepared for grad level theory course

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the area of digital communication networks. I am taking an information theory class and we had our midterm last week, which was open book, open notes. I did poorly on it-...
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How can I balance the reading requirements for a large survey course?

I'm currently developing the lesson plan for a large (~100 students) survey course in history for the fall semester. Since this is my first time as instructor of record for the course I'm having some ...
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The meaning of “paper” in the context of undergraduate students

The word "paper" on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers. Now I am coming across its use by students ...
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Professor creates assignment making students advocate for a bill being presented to Congress. Is this legal?

I attend a public university in Kentucky (USA). My professor has assigned an advocacy assignment that requires students to write three letters of support for a certain House bill that will soon be ...
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How should I structure exams when individual problems could use up the entire class time?

I am currently preparing for a new class in an area in which the individual problems can be very long. (My writeups for individual homework problems were often three or four pages long when I took the ...
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Homework is to be submitted according to a guideline that is nowhere to be found [closed]

I am a new transfer student from a much, much smaller university to a semi-prestigious one. The first set of homework has been assigned (due in three weeks) and says it should be “submitted according ...
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Should I delete my question on Stack Exchange to reduce my own plagiarism?

I created a new account and posted a question on Math Stack Exchange asking help for a specific part in an exercise from class. It was duly answered. That question went on to gain a lot of hits and ...
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Should all computer science courses from a reputable university contain programming?

Right now, I am taking a BSc in computer science from a more reputable online university. Courses from there are transferable to most major Canadian universities. I would have preferred to take it ...
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As a lecturer, can I use the same problems used in another course in my own course?

I will be teaching a new course for the first time. Fortunately, I found a massive open online course (MOOC) on edX which is similar to the course that I want to teach. However, the difficulty of the ...
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How to deal with inactive students in undergraduate projects?

I am in the field of computer science, and I have noticed a trend among a group of students when dealing with undergraduate programming projects. The situation is that there are some students that ...
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How do I handle my teammate who does his task related with project very late just before the deadline?

Scenario I am in college and in group projects. We have to work together with other team members to architect the design and dividing the tasks. Once the tasks are assigned to each person and when it’...
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How to work with teammates who shoot down ideas in order to avoid work?

I am working with two fellow graduate students on implementing some algorithm for data extraction. We are in the mid-phase of our project and we still have roughly a month (20 days to be precise) to ...
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Professor Isn't Teaching the Course we Signed up for

Okay, so it is kind of a weird situation and we don't know what to do. The situation is this: I am currently doing a math major and some of courses have two different (but equivalent) options -- ...
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What is the reason that once a student has passed a university course, the student cannot take the course again?

This question geared towards STEM but can definitely be expanded for courses in the arts as well. Imagine the following scenarios: A student has taken a course, but passed the course with barely a ...
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Do graduate students typically finish coursework?

I'm taking a pretty high workload class this term and I also have a paper deadline coming up. I'm wondering if graduate students typically finish all their coursework, or if they often have to hand in ...
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What topics should one master if one wants to pursue a Master's degree in mathematics at a top university?

This fall I am starting the 3rd year of my bachelor's degree and I intend to continue my studies with a Master's degree and possibly a PhD. The university I study at is a respected institution in my ...
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Tools to help retain knowledge from coursework? [closed]

As second year undergraduate student, I've realized that I sometimes have a hard time recalling the core concepts from coursework in previous semesters. I imagine this would only gets worse as any ...
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Is it okay to mention college mate/ friend who is already graduated from my interested institution in Statement of Purpose?

One of my college mate, who was 1 year junior has completed masters coursework in Computer Science from a top university in North America, I want to attend now. That person did masters from 2013-15 ...
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How can I decide on taking four classes for first year in graduate school? [closed]

I just finished undergraduate degree from a mediocre liberal arts college. I am attending a graduate school ranked about 30. I feel that I am lacking a little in my basic knowledge. Therefore, I was ...
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In teaching, what do we actually mean when we say “syllabus completed”?

In my university, every faculty member has to submit a handout at the semester beginning for his(her) course. The handout is basically a list of topics (a syllabus) that needs to be taught to the (to ...
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Can I hand in an essay which I have written last year, but not as part of a course?

I have written an essay last year, as a personal exercise. I now have a course at uni on the topic and could basically just hand in this essay now, the topic fits perfectly. I have also never ...
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Are there any practical reasons at keeping record of my past university work?

After graduating from university is there a practical reason I would want to keep record of my previous assignments? I have a hard-drive full of them. Are there more practical reasons I don't see ...
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What to say when a first year PhD student can't handle basic courses?

One of my first-year PhD students wrote to me saying that she is desperate as she is not handling her course load well (she is in the middle of her first semester), and she is afraid she will fail the ...
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Should I ask my professor to change my project group? [closed]

I am a grad student. I am taking a course wherein we were asked to do a group project. I asked around a few people but people seemed "paired up". I found a group of two people willing to take me in. ...
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Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? [duplicate]

Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? The lectures make sense if and only if the lecturer tells more than in the book(s) and in more detail (or at least,...
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What to do when a professor hasn't uploaded course content for an online class?

I'm a student in an online class at university, and we're now a few weeks into the course. So far, only two lectures have been uploaded—there should be six or seven. On the course discussion board, ...
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What can I to improve my grades in MS in computer science and engineering, when they are poor because of inadequate background in math? [closed]

I am studying Graduate MSc in CSE. Due to inadequate knowledge in Statistics/Calculus, my grades are getting bad. What would be the best way to save my grades? I am considering, skipping this ...
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Does a professor need a student's permission to cite the student's unpublished essay in their own work?

Would professors keep an undergrad student's essay to contribute to knowledge in a certain field? I mean keep for the purpose of citing and using it as a reference when conducting further research on ...
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How many credit hours of mathematics does an average successful student take before applying to graduate school? [closed]

I'm a senior in mathematics at the University of Illinois (Urbana). I will be graduating sometimes in 2017, and I would like to go to grad school straight after graduation. How many credit hours of ...
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How many courses should I take in my PhD

I finished my masters at University X and I am continuing my PhD in the same university which allows me to transfer up to 20 credit hours of my masters coursework to my PhD course requirements which ...
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What Math Courses are required for pursuing Economics Phd in US?

I have completed the following mathematically inclined courses offered at LSE: 1) Mathematical Methods (Which includes Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus) 2) Elementary Statistical Theory ...