Natiional University course structure

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by dhs320, May 29, 2012.

  1. dhs320

    dhs320 New Member

    Looking to take a class at National to finish my degree quicker. Anyone who has been to NU, what is the course structure like? All I know is that the courses are approx 4 weeks. Are there weekly assignments, tests, etc.? Any info appreciated.
  2. jam937

    jam937 New Member

    I spoke to NU recently about their Masters in Computer Science and was told there are online exams but they are not proctored. There were also writing assignments. I am not sure if this applies towards BA/BS degrees. They were very open on the phone. Just call and ask them about the structure.
  3. dhs320

    dhs320 New Member

    Thank you jam..anyone else with personal experience there?
  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Rich Douglas holds his MBA degree from National University. Maybe you could PM him.
  5. dhs320

    dhs320 New Member

    Just pm'd him..thanks Ted
  6. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    Sorry to hijack this thread, but does anyone know about their graduate English courses? I have a colleague that needs to take one course to get enough hours to teach our dual enrollment courses. I thought this might be a good option to get him a class by the fall. Of course, if the school is awful, I won't recommend it.

  7. dhs320

    dhs320 New Member

    Anyone else with experience at National University??
  8. NMTTD

    NMTTD Active Member

    I would be interested in knowing more about this school and what others think about it since my husband is seriously looking at attending here.
  9. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    I know that SurfDoc attended this university for his Masters. You may want to ask him.
  10. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    <--- NU "washout" here.

    Four week classes. Not enough time to get a rhythm, get to know the instructor or his/her expectations. A lot stuffed into wayyy too little time.

    If you work only part-time or have no post-8-hour-day commitments, knock yourself out. Otherwise, seek longer courses elsewhere.
  11. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Got my master's there. It's a great school and I really enjoyed it. Like Petedude said, it moves really quick. You have got to be a quick reader and writer. Personally, I liked the 4 week classes because I could concentrate on one class at a time. It's been awhile since I attended, but it was fairly expensive in those days. They could have become more competitive since then.

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  12. lawsonry

    lawsonry New Member

    Just wanted to resurrect this to say that I'm about done with a MA in English from NU -- if anyone has any specific questions, please PM me.
  13. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I'm considering their online MPH. While I'm sure your program involved a considerable amount of reading/writing, can you shed some light on the amount of coursework at the graduate level? I took 5 classes with them as an undergrad, but I ended up taking a break from school and never went back (I later obtained my B.S. from another school). Were you able to still have a life while attending NU?

  14. lawsonry

    lawsonry New Member

    The classes are quick -- four weeks to cram in about 16-weeks worth of information down your throat means that you need to be 1) a self-starter, 2) a self-organizer, and 3) self-motivated.

    Writing requirements:

    Since the degree is online, you'll be writing a lot. I love writing, so this isn't a problem for me. Including assignments and discussions in forums, I write an average of 12 pages worth of well-cited, academic content per week. This varies depending on the class, but the average comes out to about 12. In one class -- my research methods class -- I was averaging 30 pages per week (this class is to prepare you for your thesis topic and research requirements, so naturally it's incredibly intense). Yes, I basically wrote most of my literature review in that class. Another class in post-modernism had be doing lots of discussions one week, then more discussions and a 10 page paper the next week. I'm sure you could get away with writing and working less, but I'm sitting with a 3.98 GPA right now and don't intend to let it slip.

    Reading requirements:

    I can't read fast. I don't know why. It might be because I'm a writer at heart and when I read stuff I'm constantly trying to put it into a picture in my head (like I do with my fiction). I'm also an "active reader" -- I've never been able to read a book for school and *not* write in it. Books for me are exogenous representations of my mind; when I create marginalia, I'm fusing a link between the content I'm reading and the new ideas in my brain. Each class has about 2-3 textbooks that you'll have to read. My current class in modern rhetoric has 4, with additional articles and videos to watch (speeches from former presidents). In my postmodern class, I read one (fiction) book every four days and then 8-10 article-length book chapters every two weeks. It varies with each class, but plan on reading and writing a lot.

    Free time:

    I spend about 4-6 hours per day on this stuff, which includes reading and annotating, writing essays and discussion board posts, and responding to other students. I notice that at he end of the week I'm on the high end of the participation, and I know there are people who are doing this program who are just doing the bare minimum. In my opinion, if you can spend one solid hour per day reading and one solid hour per day writing, you will be golden.

    I hope this has helped. Do you have any specific questions about the programs?

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