October 06, 2004

Management of the course..

我这几天一直在研究关于选课,什么时候上什么课,该去哪里上课的问题。其实很简单的事情,但我却一头雾水...虽然这些问题基本上解决了,但请允许我在这里抱怨一下吧...

1. 先说课程的安排。一门课在5天时间里上完真的是好的安排吗?

第一次看到课程介绍上说,duration: 5 days,觉得好奇怪啊...后来以为所有的英国研究生课程可能都是这么上的,但事实是似乎只有我们WMG是这样的...

我认为在这5天时间里,新的内容一小时接一小时的教给我们,第一天的内容还不一定就弄懂了,第二天又有新的内容下来了。一点消化吸收的时间都没有。这就好比把七个星期的饭都在头一个星期里一下子吃完一样...

另外这一个星期里都是从早上9点,除了午饭,就一直上课到晚上6点半,不是说人集中精神的时间最长20分钟吗?那这一天的课就算我再认真听又究竟能听进去多少?更别说是这样连着的5天了...

2. 我们的选修课是别人的必修课,可我们究竟什么时候去上课?

我们的专业只有18个人,而发给我们的课程安排上只有必修课的时间表,但是有些选修课一年上好多次,我们应该去上哪一次呢?

3. 密密麻麻的课程表...

房间的安排表是如此得密密麻麻,上面全部都是缩写,光看那缩写我怎么知道是那门课?我们又不是在这里工作了很多年的老师,对课程的名字都很熟悉,我们才刚来,只能靠猜了...比方说我一开始把ECRM当作是eCommerce的简称,但实际上应该是eCustomer Relationship Management。而直到我今天去问了才知道原来eCommerce的安排还没有写在这张安排表上,怪不得我找不到,而理所当然的把它当作eCommerce,因为我又怎么知道还有eCustomer Relationship Management这门课呢?而且从来没有人事先跟我们说明这个情况,你们觉得没什么大不了的事情,给我们学生造成了多大的迷惑呀...

这让我想起另外一件事情。去年在WBS里写的功课,我花了很长的时间,很多的精力写的文章,得到的feedback上的字却是出奇的潦草。我几乎看不出一个单词来。这让我十分气愤,在我们尊重老师的同时,(中国学生比任何地方的学生都更尊重老师)老师是否也该尊重一下我们学生呢?换句话说,我们付了那么昂贵的国际学生学费,难道不应得到一份清楚的作业feedback吗?

These days I am soaking myself in choosing optional courses, deciding which time is for us to attend the lectures, and where we should go. The problem seems to be quite simple, but unfortunately I got totally confused…Although most of the following problems have been solved, but please allow me to relieve my feeling here…

1. The arrangement of the modules. Most modules are completed in 5 days. Is this really a good arrangement?

The first time I saw the basic introduction of each module in the handbook, it said, duration: 5 days., I thought how wired is that…After that I thought, ok, maybe this is the conventional arragenment in all postgraduate courses. Actually I am wrong, because it seems WMG is the only department which has this kind of course scheduling.

In these 5 days, new things are thrown at us hour by hour. I haven't quite understood the contents of the first day's lectures, and the second day's lectures have already begun. We haven't got enough time to digest and absorb all these. It's like eat all of the food for 7 weeks just by one meal…Is this called engorgement?

In addition, the lectures start at 9:00 am everyday, and last until 6:30 pm. Isn't it true that the maximum time one can totally concentrate is 20 minutes? In spite of how serious I am during the lectures, how much things have actually gone into my mind? It's even harder to continue concentrating for a whole week..well..but of course I will try my best..

2. Our optional module is others' core module, so when should I attend these lectures?

In the schedule of my course, there are only timetable for core modules. However, several modules run more than once a year, so which one should I attend then?

3. Thickly dotted room schedule...

On that sheet of paper of room schedule, there are abbreviations for everything. Part of them are explained, but the rest are not. How the hell am I suppose to know what these abbreviations stand for? I haven't been working here for many years so that I could be very familar with the module titles. For instance, at first I thought ECRM stands for eCommerce, but in fact it stands for eCustomer Relationship Management. Until I went to the department and ask, nobody has ever told me that the schedule of eCommerce is not on that sheet of paper. So that's why I made this stupid mistake, because how am i suppose to know there is a module call eCustomer Relationship Blah Blah. Sometimes a very small thing, which you staffs think it's not worth mention, can cause a lot of trouble to us.

This reminds me of something else. When I was in WBS last year, I spent so much time and effort on a piece of essay, and finally got a feedback which had ridiculously crabbed handwritting on it. I could barely understand a word. (I mean maybe it's much easier for a native English speaking student to read those.) This made me really upset. While we respect our tutors, should tutors also show some respects to us? (I believe Chinese students are most respectful to teachers than students in any other country) In other words, after paying this amount of international student tuition fee, don't we deserve a clear feedback just with several lines of words?


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