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    Hi there!

    I've seen a few threads about people's timetables and contact time with lecturers and other academics, but I'm curious to know what people are required to do outside of their classes i.e. coursework.

    During first year for my subject I only had 2 essays and 2 lab reports to do. I also had weekly web based assessments and a few class tests, but these didn't really require a significant amount of effort.

    I'm going into second year, and have estimated that I have two essays, two lab reports, an additional written exercise, weekly assessments and a class test in term one. In term two this increases to three essays, along with two lab reports, weekly assessments and a class test. Needless to say I feel like the workload has increased by quite a bit, but I suppose that's to be expected!

    I bet some of you will be able to put me to shame writing about how much coursework you're expected to do, so share your workload for this year here!
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    (Original post by Claros)
    Hi there!

    I've seen a few threads about people's timetables and contact time with lecturers and other academics, but I'm curious to know what people are required to do outside of their classes i.e. coursework.

    During first year for my subject I only had 2 essays and 2 lab reports to do. I also had weekly web based assessments and a few class tests, but these didn't really require a significant amount of effort.

    I'm going into second year, and have estimated that I have two essays, two lab reports, an additional written exercise, weekly assessments and a class test in term one. In term two this increases to three essays, along with two lab reports, weekly assessments and a class test. Needless to say I feel like the workload has increased by quite a bit, but I suppose that's to be expected!

    I bet some of you will be able to put me to shame writing about how much coursework you're expected to do, so share your workload for this year here!
    Going into first year doing CompSci, our exams and assessments are every semester so I'll have a set of exams in January + coursework due by then. Same again for semester two.

    But overall:
    Semester 1:
    4 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, a report, a presentation, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

    Semester 2:
    5 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Going into first year doing CompSci, our exams and assessments are every semester so I'll have a set of exams in January + coursework due by then. Same again for semester two.

    But overall:
    Semester 1:
    4 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, a report, a presentation, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

    Semester 2:
    5 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

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    Doesnt UK universities have three semesters. Are you not studying in the UK?
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    (Original post by Overses)
    Doesnt UK universities have three semesters. Are you not studying in the UK?
    3 terms, 2 academic semesters.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Going into first year doing CompSci, our exams and assessments are every semester so I'll have a set of exams in January + coursework due by then. Same again for semester two.

    But overall:
    Semester 1:
    4 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, a report, a presentation, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

    Semester 2:
    5 pieces of coursework, 2 assignments, lots of lab work and 4 exams (2-3 hour long exams each)

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    That sounds like a lot of work. Can you tell me what the distinction is between the coursework and your assignments?

    I didn't include exams in my initial post, but if I'm not mistaken I will have some exams with multiple choice aspects + an essay question, and others with short answer questions and an essay question. I believe I'll have around five to take at the end of the year.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    3 terms, 2 academic semesters.

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    Where are you studing? I am also looking to study CS.
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    (Original post by Overses)
    Where are you studing? I am also looking to study CS.
    Swansea

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    (Original post by Claros)
    That sounds like a lot of work. Can you tell me what the distinction is between the coursework and your assignments?

    I didn't include exams in my initial post, but if I'm not mistaken I will have some exams with multiple choice aspects + an essay question, and others with short answer questions and an essay question. I believe I'll have around five to take at the end of the year.
    It seems pretty heavy yeah.

    Assignments are maths problem sheets and coursework is more written work.

    Those exams don't sound too bad! How are you feeling about second year?

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    It seems pretty heavy yeah.

    Assignments are maths problem sheets and coursework is more written work.

    Those exams don't sound too bad! How are you feeling about second year?

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    I'm feeling a combination of both excited and nervous, as to be expected. I feel like there's an enormous amount of pressure on me now that the marks actually count, and because I got the best marks in first year for my subject at my university there is this worry that I won't be able to duplicate this success.

    Hopefully I'm worrying for nothing, though. I'm going to be slightly busier this year with other things such as mentoring new students and trying to be involved in one of the societies I joined last year so let's hope I can make it a productive one!
 
 
 
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