Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

USAGE: University "subjects", "modules", "courses", etc.

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 14:55
On 1 Feb 2005, at 8.42 pm, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> > Chris wrote: > > > > > A 10 credit module would be good though. :) > > > > What's a "10 credit module"? > > In Australian unis, and it seems in British ones as well, what I call > subjects, Chris seems to call modules, and what Americans appear to > call courses, have different weightings. When you have completed all > the core subjects and have attained the right number of credit points, > you have completed what Australians call your course and you can > graduate and get your degree. [...] The subjects have different > weightings, depending on the length of time and the amount of > work involved.
Ah, I don't think that's quite how many American universities work. I say "many", because, of course, there is no one system of education in America at any level. A "course", in American parlance, is one class. This quarter, e.g., I'm taking a seminar on infixation, a seminar on wh-movement, and the second quarter of Nahuatl. These classes are called courses. As for the rest, there's wide variation, so I'll describe how my undergraduate education at UT-Austin worked. To get one's bachelor's degree, one generally refers to credit "hours". Usually, the number of credits equals the actual number of hours one spends in the classroom per week, and at UT this was also encoded into the that course's (=class's) numeric designation. So, Ling 301 is the introductory linguistics class, it meets three hours per week, and after the end of one semester, if one passes one has earned three credit hours. Gk 606Q (the advanced Anc. Greek course I took) met six hours a week, and I received six credit hours for it. And so on. How many credit-hours one needed to graduate depended on which college one was in; I was in the College of Liberal Arts, in which one needed at least 120 credit hours to graduate, though, because I had three majors, some of whose requirements overlapped, I ended up with 160-something credit-hours. Generally, each semester one took at least four classes equalling twelve credit hours, though some classes were more work-intensive and so would increase one's overall load. (Certain financial aid packages and government programs would require at least this many hours per semester.) The program assumed that one would take at least 15 credit hours each semester, to equal 30 credit hours per year or 120 in four years. I got out of this in part because my HS was basically like a college for one's last one or two years, and so I took eight advanced placement tests and got 36 credit hours from it, which meant my overall load could be lighter each semester, and that I could have three majors instead of one or two. (Some people really make a killing off of these advanced placement tests. I have a good friend who tested out of 62 credit hours.) Anyways, like your system, 10 is a light semester, 15 is normal, and 20 is ridiculously heavy. (Though a classmate of mine from HS who was trying to get four majors [Physics, Astrophysics, Russian linguistics, Russian literature] was taking 22 credit-hours some semesters, and got like two hours of sleep per night.) At private universities like the U. of Chicago, things (can) work entirely differently: here they're on a quarter system, they don't have majors but "concentrations", undergraduates have much more uniform requirements for graduation, different language requirements, no state-specific requirements (at UT, before they would accept my US government AP test, I needed to take another "Texas-element" test on Texas government and history), many more students are in the dual-degree bachelor's+masters program, etc. Oh, on a different note: as for "chook", I will never cease to be mystified and amazed at Australian dialectology. :) ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>