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    • Profile picture
    Oct 28, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend the course because it gives you so freedom to plan your work schedule. Rather than having 2-3 large and stressful assignments and exams, the course has smaller assessments such as forum contribution posts (where you need to post at least 1 question and 1 answer on the forum for every module or every two modules.) One module spans over 2 weeks and the amount of content to learn is not overwhelming at all. It is entirely up to you when you want to complete the lessons (basically lectures but you read,) and they are not difficult to understand. Also, answering other people's forum questions help you to revise the content (and I found myself answering quizzes or activity questions more easily when it comes to topics that I've written about in the forum!) There are activities to complete (basically mini quizzes) for each lesson, but they aren't difficult and are solely based on the lesson's content. Overall, the course is enjoyable because you get to choose when you want to complete things, and I felt like every mark that I received truly reflected the amount of time and effort I chose to put in, and you will definitely be rewarded for your effort if you try.

    Course highlights:

    When I first started this introductory course I had no knowledge on Astronomy or even physics. After completing the course I definitely found myself appreciating the field of study a bit more and I understood how space research and projects were worthwhile and interesting. The best part was probably learning about conditions for habitability, and interestingly this knowledge accumulated naturally more and more throughout the course. Another highlight of this course is the interaction with the cohort even though it's taught online, you can ask any question you were curious about and have someone else answer it for you, and can further knowledge outside of what's taught in the lessons by answering other people's forum questions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Time management/planning: technically you can complete the lessons and activities whenever you want up until week 13 (for my cohort, please check your course outline if you enroll in this course.) It might be tempting to just do what's due by googling and then ignoring all lessons and activities until the end (which is possible) but it is much easier on you if you actually do the lessons and activities on the week that they're due. Personally I did almost all the activities in 2 at the end of the course and I definitely regretted it. It doesn't take long at all if you do them throughout the course, even if you slack off during your assessment week.

    • Winter 2017
    • Lucyna Chudczer
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Aug 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

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    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

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    • Summer 2016
    • Bailey
    • Background Knowledge Expected

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