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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What should I do when a professor is teaching inaccurately?

I have a professor who is teaching an upper class man renaissance art history course. I am very passionate about this subject so I already have lots of prior knowledge. I found some inaccuracies in ...
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Can someone with poor coursework record but decent research profile fit in academia? [duplicate]

I want to try to enter academia by doing 2 postdocs after my PhD. However, I am bothered by the fact that I have been consistently poor/average in my grades during my undergrad, master's and PhD ...
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Academic policy does not let me earn credits from certain past courses. How can I challenge it? [closed]

I have read the policy below: No undergraduate courses taken to satisfy prerequisite requirements for admission to a graduate program may be included in the minimum number of units required for that ...
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Will taking basic courses missed during undergraduate now as a non-degree student help for my PhD applications?

I am an international master student and I have an unconventional background. I want to apply for PhD programs in field X, which is closely related to my degree now, but not exactly. I missed some ...
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Am I allowed to give a gift to a fellow student for helping me in a very direct way?

Due to the COVID situation our lab course only allows one of two students in a partnership to run an experiment during a session while the other observes via Zoom. I can't make it to the next session ...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Should I retake a course for an easy A or focus on research?

I’m an incoming PhD student deciding on courses to take. A normal course load is 3. There aren’t many being offered this semester, the only third option is a course I took as a MS student last ...
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How to feel confident with knowledge if I have not taken relevant classes during my postgraduate degree?

Taking relevant courses builds up confidence, exposure and depth. I managed to get my master's degree and PhD degree in computational chemistry without taking any graduate level mathematics and ...
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Benefit of having more than required courses on a Ph.D. transcript

I am in the second year of my Ph.D. in computational Physics I have already fulfilled the course requirement according to the university doctoral school. However, I am interested in two more courses ...
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How can I communicate that the word limit prevents you from elaborating something in an essay?

Let's posit: You're a university student. I don't posit degree level; you can be undergraduate or postgraduate. You must not overstep the essay's word limit, whatever it is. You lose marks if you ...
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Graduate coursework for graduate admissions [closed]

I’m a rising senior in a mathematics program, and I’m planning to apply to top US schools in maths in the fall. I’ve completed most of my undergrad coursework requirements, and I’m looking into what I ...
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Taking PhD course with potential advisor?

I have been told by other grad students that it is a good idea to take the Ph.D. course given by a professor who you would want to be advised by in the future and even joining their lab. In my case, ...
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Can I take master's level courses if I decide to do my PhD in Germany (astrophysics/particle physics)?

I know that it is not compulsory to taking classes during the PhD (in Germany). But if I want to take some classes in subjects that I missed during my master program, is it possible to take some ...
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Why lab sessions are handled by TAs?

Consider a course (say machine learning). Professors attend to deal with a theoretical part and then does not involve in the coding part. The task of handling the coding part is left to the TAs of the ...
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Is it a good idea to provide course detail in teaching statement?

I am applying for Assistant Professor position at a technical university which requires teaching and research statements as a part of application. In my teaching statement, I have suggested two ...
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What to do when there are no courses available to help with my research? How will it affect me?

I am a first-year mechanical engineering PhD at a Canadian university. I had by undergrad and a master's degree in materials engineering. My previous master's research was mostly experimental with ...
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Is having my essays proofread inappropriate?

English is not my first language. My pronunciation and grammar are not perfect. I tried to write an essay in my own words. After that I asked for help from my friend to proofread the essay. She told ...
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Deciding between cursive and print handwriting [closed]

I was taught cursive in elementary school but was discouraged from using cursive by an English teacher in in a non English speaking country. At least I took his/her comment that “not many people use ...
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What is the difference between the MBA and EMBA?

Somewhere I found Executive MBA degree program. How this program is different from regular Master of business administration, and which one is better program?
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Pursuing PhD with no relevant coursework. Is self study and publications sufficient to show competence?

I am from metallurgical engineering background. I am doing PhD in mechanical engineering. I have an average of B+ in my undergrad advanced mathematics and programming courses. I have no past exposure ...
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Appeal on overpunishment for exceeding word count was denied – how to proceed?

I made an academic appeal over the marking of an essay, which was 13 words over the word limit. The mark on the word-count section was unexpected, but was not consistent with the formal university ...
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Retaking an undergraduate course due to poor grade before graduate school applications

Due to poor performance on a midterm for an advanced major class I am currently taking, I am expecting to earn a lower grade than I would like to (around a B/B-). I have earned A's in all my other ...
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Imminent unemployment, I have a screwed up CV; incompetent in my own field of PhD. Hoping for some perspective and advise? [duplicate]

I did my PhD recently and it took 5.5 years to complete. I had just 2 courses in my PhD, so the timeline is excessive owing to my lack of motivation during my 2-3rd year. I have also not taken any ...
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Is there a website that will tell you what class number on one campus is equivalent to what other class number but on a different campus? [closed]

The Problem: I'm trying to finish up my teaching credential this semester, but one of the last classes I need isn't offered by my campus. But they say if I can find an online version of the class ...
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Can the lack of credit based coursework be compensated by published works for faculty applications?

Due to lack of foresight, I did not take any graduate level advanced mathematics or numerical analysis course. Nor do I have good grades on the subjects during my undergraduate studies. However, I ...
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How to self study effectively post graduation?

I would like to know details about how one self studies entire courses or new areas of research post graduation? For example, I am an experimentalist with little exposure to numerical analysis (finite ...
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Poor grades in courses related to my PhD thesis. Is that an indication to my research and future academic career potential? [duplicate]

My PhD research will be in numerical modeling of Selective laser melting (SLM) process. I will be using finite element method, Fortran and python programming and a bit of machine learning in my ...
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Self studied courses during my PhD. How to fill the relevant courses section in the CV?

My PhD thesis is on numerical modeling using finite element methods and non-linear continuum mechanics. My university did not offer these courses during the first two years of my PhD. So, I had to ...
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I had performed mediocre in my core subjects during my PhD, is it justified for me to think about a future in academia?

I am a final year PhD in mechanical engineering. I did average/below average in my core courses, during my undergraduate, and PhD coursework. My research area involves using finite element and volume ...
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Which is the more competitive path to grad school for mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student studying mathematics at a well regarded university in the United States and am wondering which of these two (for the sake of simplicity, I recognize it's not so simple in ...
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Is there something between auditing and taking for credit? [closed]

Is there a system in place that is in between auditing a course and taking it for credit? I have audited a course before and I didn't learn enough material to prepare for the actual course.
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Are unimpressive grades in core courses an indication of not being competent for a career in the field?

I have recently passed my qualifiers and research proposal. My research is in computational mechanics. I had two courses (continuum mechanics and finite element method) as part of my research related ...
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Study technique for courses that involve reading and understanding research papers?

Previous quests for the ideal study technique usually led me to "solve problems" (mathematics courses) or use spaced repetition (+ e.g. ANKI) for courses which require at least some level of ...
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Where to get a certified “graduate level course work”?

I'm interested in applying for a certain PHD. However in the requirments they are asking for graduate-level course work. I don't understand this exact terminology as I didn't found any course labeled ...
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Should such CS coursework be subject to plagiarism?

I just joined a new CS course and have some trouble understanding whether I should be worried that my coursework is to be considered plagiarized or not. The following is the situation. I am doing a ...
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Submitting a trivial correction to a CS assignment/coursework (i.e. source code)

I am a University student. I had some course work which I had to submit. This work is a computer program, a very large codebase. Due to technical reasons, which are entirely my fault, I submitted the ...
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Is it fair for a professor to grade us on the possession of past papers?

My English professor recently asked us to bring in all of our graded essays from the whole semester in order to fill out a 'rubric' of sorts which tallied the various types of mistakes we had made. ...
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Drop a Course After Add/Drop Deadline

I am a graduate student working on a double major, one in mathematics and the other in geology. The minimum required workload/semester for a grad student in my school is 9 credit hours/semester. This ...
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Project guide asks for authorship without any contributions – how to proceed?

Our computer-science curriculum mandates that we produce a paper about a research project: We set the topic. We get a professor assigned as a project guide. The paper has to be published at a peer-...
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Would it be better to drop a class or receive a D? [closed]

I have hit a wall. I will receive a D in a math course (my major), C- but doubtful. D is passing according to university. It would drop my gpa from 3.6 to 3.3. Two more courses after this to take, ...
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Graduate course taken during undergrad: counting them for the course load in Phd [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student in Turkey, and am planning to do my Phd in US/Canada/Europe. I've taken various graduate courses from my departments - Physics and Mathematics - in following status: I ...
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Including critical feedback about a course on exam paper

There was a subject in our university, regarding Web Designing. Under that, we were given a group assignment to build a website using HTML, CSS and PHP(we were allowed to use additional technologies ...
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how to deal with this prof when he gives you his lowest grade? [closed]

Now our marks came out and the average is 94 and he gave me 2 marks less than the average of the class. (This means that I have got the lowest grade in the class) I am overthinking these days and ...
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Is it proper etiquette to keep religious content on official course page?

Is the course site property of the university or the person engaging it such as a teacher, teaching assistant etc.,? Is it proper etiquette to add religious contents such as quotes from religious ...
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Do I have “the right” as a grad student to take a class just for fun?

I'm currently doing a PhD in computational biology, but I have other interests like music and ceramics, and I'm lucky enough to be at a university with excellent programs in both. I've wanted to take ...
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I'm afraid of chemicals. How do I handle my required uni biology class?

I have a freshman requirement as a science student for at least 3 core science classes, and I picked physics as often as I could. However, I must choose either chem or bio as my third. I chose bio. ...
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Is it normal to have a hard time comprehending academic papers?

I am starting my PhD in statistics program next year, and I have some concerns. In my institution, there is a mandatory course that every PhD student has to take in lieu of taking one qualifying ...
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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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