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> College/university Kids, What are your courses like?
Jim
post Nov 1 2005, 12:23 AM
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I was just wondering what some of your guys courses are like. I am going to go out on a limb and wager that most of the guys here who are in collge/university (I am going by the American deffinition here, so like 19-22) are getting a magor that constitutes as "nerdy."

Personally I am a Computer Science major. WOOT! So this semester I am taking a course on Design and Development and a course called "Intro to Operating Systems" but don't let the intro fool you. Its a 4000 level course and we are doing all the back end unix stuff with processes and memory managment.

I am just cerious what other guys around here are taking, I don't even know how many of you guys are in school still.


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post Nov 1 2005, 08:03 PM
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Being just a Sophomore (Computer Science major as well), I'm still focused on getting my required general education classes out of the way. "Damn you Comp2!! *Shakes fist in the air*" But this semester's course list follows:
- Intro to American Govt.
Just an absolute annoying class to convince yourself to continue attending.
- Intro to Sociology
Pretty interesting. Never knew that children really cant recover from absolute isolation. Maybe I shouldn't tell her parents...
- Computer Science 2
Fun class. Teaches methodology as opposed to the actual syntax of a single language. Although, it will tend to primarily use Java.
- Calculus I
It's calculus. Gotta do it.
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post Nov 2 2005, 10:55 AM
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Perhaps someone can define the following terms for me: (SInce none of them are used here in England)

"Semester" (I think it's waht we would call a "term")
"Sophomore"

So, you are at uni, but you do multiple classes? I don't think it works quite like there here, instead we take just one course to University.

From 11-14 most people take every subject offered by their senior school and then take exams in Maths, Science and English at 14. Most people then take between 8 and 10 GCSEs (everyone does MAths and English, but the rest depend on your choices and your school), which are examined at 16 (although you can take a GCSE at any point in your life). After that, if you want to, you can continue to do AS (advanced subsidiary) or a vocational course (Called AVCE or GNVQ) for a year (normally a vocational course is the equivalent of two AS courses). Thae goes on for a year, after which we take more exams. Then most people drop one or two subjects (and maybe start another AS) for a year, after which there are more exams. Following that, people can go to university where they take one course, which lasts 3 or more years.

So, at the moment I do 4 A2 (the bit after AS) courses and GCSE Japanese at college. When I start university, I should be taking computer science.

I don't think we have an equivalent to "Intro to American Government" although it wouldn't be a bad idea, since I'm not entirely sure how all the bits of govenment fit together. I don't think we have specialist calculus classes either, that would normally come under a maths course (having said that, there are hundreds of differnt qualifications in just about everything, so there might be something like it).

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post Nov 2 2005, 12:37 PM
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Semesters are half a year, and a year being from about September to May-ish depending on your school. So like here Fall semester runs from September to December, then Spring term runs from January to May. We also have summer semester that runs between May and August, but most students don't take courses during the summer.

In the American system both high school (your 9th-12th year in school) and college/university (your 13-16th years) are four years, so we have words to describe what year you are. Freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior for 1st year to 4th year. So if you're a sophomore in college then you're two years into your college education, and in America that means about your 14th year in school and your some where around 20 years old usually.

In American Colleges and Universitys your studies are broken up into a series of classes, so ya we take "multiple classes" but you also have your "major" which is what you are getting a degreee in. So I am a Computer Science major, so I will take variety of classes to educate me in the ways of comptuer science ranging from hands on programing, to design, to systems architecture to math. I also will take "liberal education" coures that are supposed to broaded my horizons and make me a "well rounded person" those are your Into to American Government, Sociology, Politics, Language, English all those good fun stuff, and we pick those from a list of accepted courses.

Who knew this tread would turn out to be such an educational exerience on the different school systems around the world.

And one more question D, when you said "I don't think we have an equivalent to "Intro to American Government" " did you mean you wanted to take one for British Government or ours? Because I want to take one on British. A friend of mine took a "Into to European Government" course and then went over the governments of Britian, Germany, France, Spain, and a few others over a semester, that sounded interesting.


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Mainly one on the British government, we have a few different houses, and i'm not sure how they all fit togther. I know the lords look at things the commons do, but it's not really explained to us.

We have 3 terms a year here, each divided into two. The first erm is september-decmeber, with a "half term" holiday near the end of october. The second term is january to easter (so the term actually varies in length depending when easter is) and then the last term goes up until july. Apart from school/college leavers who stop after exams in may/june, everyone else continues until the end of the year. University students get considerably longer holidays, but I don't know if they get half-term holidays.

What age do you start school? Some people are surprised when they find out education becomes compulsory at age 4 in england (although you dont start until the term that you turn 5 in).


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your term system is similar as our trimester system which some schools do use here in the states, but they are the minority.

Our "proper schooling" starts when you are about 5 or 6 and that is referred to as 1st grade, you then go 1st through 12th grade in a local school system. However, before first grade, most kids enroll in both kindergarden and preschool, each taking one year. So we also start at around 4 or 5 but you aren't really "learning" much really till 1st grade, and pre-school isn't compulsory so not everybody does it. Pre-school is kind of over glorified day care.


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