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How Quickly Can I Finish The Course? Each of the Distance Computer Science courses are designed to be semesterlength courses, based upon the "Carnegie Unit" model of :
The common "Carnegie Semester" is 14 weeks. This course design is targeting an "average student". In actuality, the amount of time each student needs to spend on this course material varies greatly from student to student. Some students, who can learn the topics of Calculus/Computer Science very quickly, may only need 34 hours per week to accomplish the pace shown above. Other students, who may have a weaker background in mathematics, or a student who simply likes to go at a slower pace, may need or want to spend more than the planned 912 workload hours per week. In a traditional lecturebased course, you keep up to the pace set by the instructor, or you fall behind and usually drop the course (or receive a poor grade). Often, the pace set by the instructor is too slow for many students, which makes the course boring for these quicker students. In Distance Computer Science, you can go at whatever pace you want, with the approval of the instructional team. At the beginning of these courses, we ask you the following questions:
If you need to finish quickly, and you have the time required to dedicate to the course to meet the requirements of the pace that will be set by a quick finish date, that is certainly fine with us. [Note: The world's record thus far for finishing any of the Distance Calculus and/or Distance Computer Science courses is 5 weeks. The few students who hit this world's record time basically did nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe Calculus/Computer Science for these five weeks!] As Distance Calculus/Computer Science is taught in the Mastery Learning model, one requirement of progressing through the course materials is mastery of the materials. You must complete one module at 100% understanding before moving to the next module; each Distance Calculus/Computer Science course contains approximately 815 modules. The pace you take through your Distance Calculus/Computer Science course is really up to you: you may go as fast as you like, so long as you maintain the 100% understanding goal as you progress through the course. Alternatively, you may go as slow as you like, taking twice or thrice as long as an "average student". A slower pace may be less stress for you, and more enjoyable. The only restriction on how slow you set your pace is the 1 Year Rule : you must finish your Distance Calculus/Computer Science course by 1 year from the last day of the semester in which you first enrolled in the course. This usually amounts to 1 year and a few months from your enrollment date. This is a good rule, because taking too long in a course is not beneficial.

Distance Computer Science is offered through the Mathematics and Computer Science Department
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