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Hey Aberdeen, I've been trying to figure out how my course works for the last few days and I've finally come to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea. I was just planning on arriving on the 6th and figuring it out from there but I'd actually like to know before I arrive now. I'm doing an English Degree which means I have compulsory modules of 'Reading Writing' and 'Controversial Classics' but also an additional 90 points to spend. I know since I'm doing a single honours that 15 of that goes to Enhanced Study, but there's no other English modules to pick in level 1 (which I presume are the only ones I'm supposed to be applying for) so what is it that I do? Am I free to pick any course I want in any discipline? I've been browsing the site for a while now and I still don't know, any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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hey there,

Im a new undergraduate student and I have the exact(!!) same problem at the moment. However, im enrolled in a joint honours programme. The course catalogue is so confusing and I dont seem to find any other level 1 courses than the compulosory ones. so frustrating :mad:

I hope some experienced UoA student will reply soon about this matter.
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Hey guys, well in first year you have compulsory courses for your degree and also additional courses. Each course is usually 15 credits and for each semester you need 60 credits overall (120 a year). For the additional courses you can usually study modules from other disciplines. E.g. I study psychology and in 1st year I had two compulsory courses which left me to take two other courses which I filled with Philosophy and International Relations.

The electives you take will also depend on your degree types i.e. arts or science. If its arts like English will be then the majority (I think 3/4) of the additional credits are made up by choosing arts courses such as IR, Philosophy, French. There are also six century courses to choose from.

For joint-honours, students usually have only one additional course to select and the same applies as above for selecting an additional course.
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(Original post by rosenhan73)
Hey guys, well in first year you have compulsory courses for your degree and also additional courses. Each course is usually 15 credits and for each semester you need 60 credits overall (120 a year). For the additional courses you can usually study modules from other disciplines. E.g. I study psychology and in 1st year I had two compulsory courses which left me to take two other courses which I filled with Philosophy and International Relations.

The electives you take will also depend on your degree types i.e. arts or science. If its arts like English will be then the majority (I think 3/4) of the additional credits are made up by choosing arts courses such as IR, Philosophy, French. There are also six century courses to choose from.

For joint-honours, students usually have only one additional course to select and the same applies as above for selecting an additional course.
Aah, that cleared up a lot for me. I very much appreciate your reply.
Thank you so much!
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Just to echo what has been said above and to give further reassurance. Most MA and BSc courses have only two modules available in first year so you need to select modules from outside subjects to make up your remaining credits. (There are some exceptions in more specialised and tailored programmes e.g. Engineering and Medicine but this doesn't apply to you both). Ideally, you want an equal work load each semester i.e. 60 credits, which is typically made up of four 15 credit courses (some are 30 credits, but this is more common in later years!).

For example, my friend studied English and in her first year selected:
1st semester: EL1008: Reading and Writing; FS1006: Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience; LW1004: Literature in the Classical World; KL10F1: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 1. = 60 credits.
2nd semester: EL1513: Controversial Classics; FS1506: Introduction to Visual Cultural; LW1504: Encountering Global Change; KL15F7: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 2. = 60 credits.

Try out new subjects in your 1st year as there are so many which aren't covered in school! You're also allowed to attend as many courses as you like in the first week to 'test' them out - you can then change to them or stick with your chosen modules. In principle you can take a mixture of art and science modules (there are some restrictions which you'd have to ask about!) but it's generally recommended that the outside modules somewhat complement your main degree.
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(Original post by rosie9391)
Just to echo what has been said above and to give further reassurance. Most MA and BSc courses have only two modules available in first year so you need to select modules from outside subjects to make up your remaining credits. (There are some exceptions in more specialised and tailored programmes e.g. Engineering and Medicine but this doesn't apply to you both). Ideally, you want an equal work load each semester i.e. 60 credits, which is typically made up of three 15 credit courses (some are 30 credits, but this is more common in later years!).

For example, my friend studied English and in her first year selected:
1st semester: EL1008: Reading and Writing; FS1006: Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience; LW1004: Literature in the Classical World. = 60 credits.
2nd semester: EL1513: Controversial Classics; FS1506: Introduction to Visual Cultural; LW1504: Encountering Global Change. = 60 credits.

Try out new subjects in your 1st year as there are so many which aren't covered in school! You're also allowed to attend as many courses as you like in the first week to 'test' them out - you can then change to them or stick with your chosen modules. In principle you can take a mixture of art and science modules (there are some restrictions which you'd have to ask about!) but it's generally recommended that the outside modules somewhat complement your main degree.
Thank you so much! I am to enroll in a joint honours programme ( economics and IR), so I have 2 compulsory course, both of 15 credit each. If I am not wrong, should I then not pick 2 additional courses (of 15 credit each) to make up the 60 credits, rather than 1 additional course?
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Thank you so much! I am to enroll in a joint honours programme ( economics and IR), so I have 2 compulsory course, both of 15 credit each. If I am not wrong, should I then not pick 2 additional courses (of 15 credit each) to make up the 60 credits, rather than 1 additional course?
Sorry, I've just edited my post as typed three instead of four courses making up 60 credits which has probably confused you!

But I've just had a look on your course website and it says that the following courses are compulsory, correct?

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006)
Introduction to International Relations (PI1013)
The Global Economy (EC1506)
Introduction to Political Science: British Politics and the EU (PI1516)

This makes up 60 compulsory credits. Therefore you need to select four additional modules to make up another 60 credits. Sociology and Politics are popular additional choices with your degree. You just have to make sure you hit 120 credits in total for the academic year.

This document also explains it very well: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/docume...structions.pdf
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(Original post by rosie9391)
Sorry, I've just edited my post as typed three instead of four courses making up 60 credits which has probably confused you!

But I've just had a look on your course website and it says that the following courses are compulsory, correct?

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006)
Introduction to International Relations (PI1013)
The Global Economy (EC1506)
Introduction to Political Science: British Politics and the EU (PI1516)

This makes up 60 compulsory credits. Therefore you need to select four additional modules to make up another 60 credits. Sociology and Politics are popular additional choices with your degree. You just have to make sure you hit 120 credits in total for the academic year.

This document also explains it very well: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/docume...structions.pdf
No worries!

Yah, sorry, I only took the first half-session into consideration in my previous reply. I have 4 compulsory courses in total, of course.
Thank you sooo much! My mind is all cleared up now.
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