5. The master's program revisited

The computer science master's program revisited, reflection seminar in September 2015

Preparations for the reflection

The written reflection

Write a reflection document based on reading above and the following questions. The document should be 500-600 words, not counting quotations of learning outcomes.

Reflect on the fact that the majority of courses within the master's programme are on the "advanced level". This could mean that the courses cover more advanced topics, but perhaps also that the course contents may be left open for the students to define and explore. Also consider the pedagogy and the assessment.

  • Only first year students (prosamm15):
    • What do you expect to differ from your earlier studies?
    • What would you like to be different?
    • What should remain the same?
    • What is your experience from the first weeks of the semester?
  • Only second year students (prosamm14):
    • In your experience, what is different? Examples?
    • Are courses with small classes different in this respect?
    • Are you exposed to more "open questions"? Is this good?

Hand in the reflection, read the group members' reflections and comment on them

Your written reflection must be handed in before 24.00 on September 17. There is a video showing how to upload the document to Google DriveThe link to the document should be put (not earlier than September 12) in a file with your name in the AFS directory
/afs/nada.kth.se/info/prosamm15/seminars-1516/period-1/group-X
where X is your group's number.

You have to comment on all the other group members' reflection documents using the Google Drive comment functionality (Comment in the Insert menu) before September 21, at 12.00. The comment should have some sort of content, not just "I agree".

Participate actively in the seminar

Find your group number in the table below and lookup when and where your seminar is. The seminar is about 50 minutes, and it is important to be on time. Notice the odd starting times (10 minutes past)! Instructions on how to find the rooms can be found in the menu to the left.

Date and time 1537 4523 1625 523 F0
September 22, 8.10-9.00 9 13 3 15
September 22, 9.10-10.00 1 14 4 11 17
September 24, 15.10-16.00 10 5 12 16
September 24, 16.10-17.00 2 6 18
October 1, 15.10-16.00 7
October 1, 16.10-17.00 8

Teacher Viggo Kann created page 8 September 2015

Viggo Kann edited 8 September 2015

The computer science master's program revisited, reflection seminar in September 2015 Preparations for the reflection
* Read the general instructions for the seminars in the menu to the left.
* Find which group you belong to by looking up your results of the course in the Rapp system (Group number, fall, between 1 and 18). If this is your second year of the course, then the group number is the same as it was during fall 2014.
* The European Bologna agreement of higher education.Read the two first sections (the introduction and Three degree cycle) of Bologna-an overview of the main elements. The second cycle in the Bologna system is called avancerad nivå (advanced level) in Swedish. Master's programs belong to the second cycle. Therefore you should read Qualifications that signify completion of the second cycle on page 3 of Shared descriptors for ... second cycle... awards. This text is known as the Dublin descriptors, since the agreeement was signed in Dublin.
* Read the objectives of the master's program.
* Read about the contents, courses and tracks of the master's program in the program syllabus.
The written reflection Write a reflection document based on reading above and the following questions. The document should be 500-600 words, not counting quotations of learning outcomes.

Reflect on the fact that the majority of courses within the master's programme are on the "advanced level". This could mean that the courses cover more advanced topics, but perhaps also that the course contents may be left open for the students to define and explore. Also consider the pedagogy and the assessment.


* Only first year students (prosamm15):
* What do you expect to differ from your earlier studies?
* What would you like to be different?
* What should remain the same?
* What is your experience from the first weeks of the semester?

* Only second year students (prosamm14):
* In your experience, what is different? Examples?
* Are courses with small classes different in this respect?
* Are you exposed to more "open questions"? Is this good?

Hand in the reflection, read the group members' reflections and comment on them Your written reflection must be handed in before 24.00 on September 17. There is a video showing how to upload the document to Google Drive.  The link to the document should be put (not earlier than September 12) in a file with your name in the AFS directory /info/prosamm15/seminars-1516/period-1/group-X where X is your group's number.

You have to comment on all the other group members' reflection documents using the Google Drive comment functionality (Comment in the Insert menu) before September 21, at 12.00. The comment should have some sort of content, not just "I agree".

Participate actively in the seminar Find your group number in the table below and lookup when and where your seminar is. The seminar is about 50 minutes, and it is important to be on time. Notice the odd starting times (10 minutes past)! Instructions on how to find the rooms can be found in the menu to the left.

Date and time 1537 4523 1625 523 F0 September 22, 8.10-9.00 9 13 3 15 September 22, 9.10-10.00 1 14 4 11 17 September 24, 15.10-16.00 10 5 12 16 September 24, 16.10-17.00 2 6 18 October 1, 15.10-16.00 7 October 1, 16.10-17.00 8

commented 9 September 2015

Would it be possible to clarify the prosamm14 questions a bit? Especially the second question, different in what respect?

commented 14 September 2015

Hi,

The link to the Bologna overview seems to be broken.

Best,

Carl-Johan

Teacher commented 14 September 2015

The URL to the Bologna overview at the EUA website was changed today! Now the links above have been updated.

Teacher commented 15 September 2015

Arvid: The task is to reflect on the fact that you have now taken several courses on the advanced level ("second cycle"), and wa want you to compare with first cycle courses. Are things different and, if so, in what ways? You could bring up differences in course contents but also how classes are organised, what is the role of the teacher, etc.  The second question is specifically to reflect on if there are differences that mostly have to do with the size of the classes; assuming that many of the courses on the advanced level are smaller in terms of participants.

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