Question for Shotojuku

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Gail, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Gail

    Gail New Member

    I was wondering about your Masters program at CCU. I remember a discussion here a while back where it was in question how the courses in the Masters program are administered. Perhaps you participated in that discussion. The search function here is freezing up on me for some reason.

    Someone posted that they were informed that there would be a couple hundred written assignments in the program, however, on a listserve, I read that the courses in the program were in the same format as their undergrad degrees.

    Can you tell me how the Masters program at CCU is structured? Also, how long are the courses taking you to complete?

    Thanks so much!
  2. Tylin

    Tylin New Member

    I was wondering the same. How is the MS psych program so far? :)
  3. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    The CCU - M.Ed. program consists of a couple of hundred essay's which would take me forever, so I opted for the M.S. Psychology program that consists of 4 (25 question) unit exams, 3 essays, and 1 (100 question) final.

    Everything is open book and straight forward. It has been taking me 2-3 weeks to complete each course; I started in December and am in the middle of another course number (8 of 13). I should have my 7th final completed in the next few days.

    Here is a basic breakdown of how I complete each course:

    The 4 (25 question unit exams) approximately 1 week. You submit you answers online and receive your results the next day. After I complete all 4 unit exams I then request that the final be sent to my proctor which takes about a week for it to arrive.

    During that "wait week" I write the 3 required essays, usually in 3-5 days, and then send them off for grading. When the final arrives a few days later I will take it over the course of a few sesions (2-3 with my proctor of course) and the send it in via fax for grading.

    Like the unit exams the grade is posted the next day. By that time my essays have already arrived and have been read and graded allowing all of my work to be graded for the final grade. I then start all over again with the next course.

    Sometimes, like now, I can start another course while still waiting for the final to arrive. I wrote my essays for course number 7 in just 2 days and thhenbegan the unit exams for course 8 as my final for course 7 was still in the mail. It arrived yesterday so I will start it later on when my proctor is available.

    Good Luck!!
  4. techdiva

    techdiva New Member

    I searched for this answer first. Is ccu N/A or R/A
  5. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    NA - DETC....
  6. macattack

    macattack New Member

    2-3 weeks, open book exam. For a MASTERS degree? come on.
  7. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    How long should it take, is there a set duration? Why would this sound absurd if I devote a considerable amount of time (many hours) per day, seven days a week? If everyone does not have to proceed at a snails pace, and I choose not to, then why can't it be accomplished faster than slower?
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  8. macattack

    macattack New Member

    I'm sorry, I should not have picked on you, its just that most graduate students, or any college students for that matter, studies several hours per day, 7 days per week for an entire semester.
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  9. worthingco

    worthingco New Member

    Not unusual. It's a flexible DL program. If he or she wants to go "full guns" and complete a course quicker than his or her colleagues then all the power to him/her. Personally, I do not prefer open book exams because instructors tend to expect more from students (i.e. quality and content) when marking tests, projects, papers or whatever the case may be.
  10. Mundo

    Mundo New Member

    I agree; most people associate self-paced programs with longer times for completing a degree. But such programs also allow for a faster tempo if desired.

    Two to three weeks to complete one class would be too fast for my taste but to each its own. As for open book exams, they are not uncommon either. I find them a bit more challenging because they tend to test understanding more than memorization.

    Accelerated MBA's are also common; one such program is the 5 1/2 week program at South university

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  11. macattack

    macattack New Member

    "The 4 (25 question unit exams) approximately 1 week." How in the heck does someone learn and pass a college course in 1 week? Legitimately that is. I'm an accountant, so I'll relate it to me. Emagine somone passing Financial Accounting and Corporate Taxation in one week each. I can't. The only possible situation I could see this happen is open book exams - straight forward open book exams.
  12. macattack

    macattack New Member

    So, you should be able to study and pass your UoL exam in 1 week then. ;)

    No, your program is rigorous, as should other DL programs, in order to ensure the integrety of our DL degrees. Our degrees will become under the microscope more and more with every passing day. We need to show "outsiders" that our programs are just as rigourous as FT B&M programs.

    Look, emagine if I went to my local bookstore and picked up the books for one of the MBA classes at my local AACSB school. Emagine that I steped into class on at the end of my ONE week of studying and took all the exams for the semester, including the final exam and PASSED! It would be pretty extraordinary accomplishment, especially if I repeated this over and over for my entire degree.

    Oh, and it would be super-dooper amazing if there were tough open-book exams, right?:p
  13. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    Yes, I emagine it would - :eek:

    E cannot emagine why you have such an entense enterest en this post? :confused:

    Cheers! :rolleyes:

  14. macattack

    macattack New Member

    Your right, I will will not post on your thread again. I started a separate thread with my concerns. Thank you.
  15. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    You're Welcome!! ;)
  16. macattack

    macattack New Member

    Ok, so I'm not an english major :p

    Thank goodness E, that is I, have my mom proof-read my papers :D

    No, really - best of luck to you.
  17. BryanOats

    BryanOats New Member

    I am a student in the MBA degree program at CCU and, I must say, I have never gotten through a graduate course in a week or two. The average course has taken me 10 weeks to complete – studying 15 to 20 hours per week. Three courses, BAM 517 Management Science, BAM 560 Strategic Management, and GRM 697 Research Process were extremely rigorous, and each one took me right around 12 weeks to finish. After reading this thread I inquired of three other MBA students at CCU, asking each of them how much time they spent completing their previous coursework. The consensus of these three students was that it took about 9 weeks to complete each MBA course.

    With that, I have only heard of one other graduate student getting threw CCU coursework so quickly, and that was Dr. Jimmy Clifton. And his speed I figured, as he himself has said, was probably the result of his many years in the counseling field. However, like Jimmy Clifton, ShotoJuku enrolled in the MS in Psychology program at CCU and was able to complete the coursework in a very fast time-frame. Thus, it seems to me that the MS Psychology program courses in particular may have problems with thoroughness and rigor.
    Therefore, it is my intention to raise these concerns with CCU.
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  18. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    Perhaps there is another variable that has nothing to do with rigor and that is that the student is not only hard working but also quite familiar with the subject matter as well as I am with Psychology.

    For me, it's not that the work is easy, as in less rigor, but more familiar and thus easier to tackle.

    Hard Work + Extensive Familiarization = Timely Results
  19. BryanOats

    BryanOats New Member

    Hi ShotoJuku,

    Now your last post makes sense.

    My concern with your earlier posts was that you may have left persons interested in CCU graduate programs with the wrong impression, thinking CCU coursework is easy, or that anyone could finish the courses as quickly as you. Thank you for clarifying for us that your extensive experience in psychology has facilitated your rapid progression through the coursework.
  20. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    Absolutely, that is the only way that I, or anyone for that matter, could progress as quickly as I have thus far. Know this too; I am crawling through my current course so it seems that I am no longer progressing at warp speed at the moment.

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