Conversion MSc: General Advice
Coursework submissionIt is very important to submit coursework before the deadline. There are officially two deadlines. The "early" one is the date by which you are advised to complete the work; the "late" one is the real deadline. If you submit (the majority of assignments is submitted electronically online) even one second after the late deadline you will get no marks for that coursework. In this case there is nothing I can do, so please don't ask!
Most coursework is worth a large proportion of the marks for the unit, so if you get no marks for it you may well fail the unit. If you fail too many units you will fail and need to resit all of them. There have been students who have failed because of one late submission. Please avoid this.
The answer is to organize your work so that you submit something well before the late deadline. If you make more progress you can submit again before the late deadline and your submission will replace the previous ones.
If you have a good reason to miss a coursework deadline, e.g., serious health or personal problems, you must provide suitable written evidence before the deadline. Note: there is an online self-certification form that can sometimes be used; see here
PlagiarismThere have been several cases of students copying coursework from each other, from previous years' students, or from web sources. This is very easy to detect these days, and the penalties are severe. At the very least, you would get no marks for the coursework concerned and therefore probably fail the unit, and possibly the whole course.
BackupsLosing data is not a good reason to get a coursework extension. If you use the Dept. computer systems your files will be automatically backed up, but if you use your own machine, you must remember to make backup copies yourself. You can do this easily by (e.g.) uploading to the Dept. system or using a "key drive" device, etc.
In previous years there have been several incidents with students' laptops: hard disk failure, accidental dropping, etc. as well as cases of laptops being lost or stolen.
EnglishEnglish is sometimes a problem on the Conversion course. Sometimes people have trouble understanding the lecturers (who have strange accents or talk very fast) at the beginning of the course. You will get used to this eventually, with practice.
The other problem is that the standard of written English is important in essay-type coursework and in project reports and dissertations. I advise you to get these things polished by an English-speaking person before submitting.
Holidays, etc.This MSc course is really a full-time course. The course is worth 180 CP, which is officially equivalent to 1800 hours work, in just under a year. People who are less proficient in English or unfamiliar with the English education system might need longer. Therefore, you will need to work on it for an average of at least 35 hours/week for a whole year, with no holidays, in order to pass the course.
Some times of the year are busier than others. For example, the first term tends to start slowly but become very busy later. You will need to work much more than 40 hours/week in the busiest times of year.
You can see from this that it will be very difficult to work part-time or take holidays if you want to pass the course.
QuestionsIf you have any questions about the Conversion course, look at the Conversion home page, especially the Frequently Asked Questions. General questions may be answered in the Dept. website, especially the Handbook, of which you should also have received a hard copy. If you can't find the answer, ask me.
ProblemsAny problems can be solved more easily if you raise them at an early stage. Problems with a particular unit should be discussed with the lecturer or unit director. For other problems, contact me.
There is also a formal mechanism for dealing with problems (too slow to be of everyday use). The course representative(s) gather views from students on the course and raises them with the Teaching Committee at regular intervals.
ContactI am usually in the office. If you want to be sure of finding me in person, email me first.