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15-06-2015, 16:52   #241
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I've just finished the leaving cert and still considering different courses at this point. If anyone has any information or experience of Global business-Germany in DCU or international business with german in DCU it would be greatly appreciated as I am thinking of applying for one of these at least.Thanks!
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Thanks so much! Another quick question if you don't mind, how did you find the exams compared to LC exams? I know they're obviously different but for me anyway, I always did well in small exams based on a few chapters rather than an actual full paper covering everything.
No problem at all the exams are certainly more manageable than the LC, though of course do require a fair but of work. All of my biology exams were multiple choice,which certainly helps, though some had negative marking (so you would get +1 mark for a right answer, and -0.25 marks for a wrong answer, for example). The maths modules are perfectly doable, and much easier than the LC in the aspect that they are more focused on one area; linear algebra in the first semester and calculus in the second semester, and are not too much more in depth, though linear algebra does have some new concepts. Chemistry exams are a little tougher but past exam papers give a really good idea of what to expect. The best thing is that each exam examines only 12 weeks worth of material, nothing like the 2 years worth of the LC! Also continuous assessment is a godsend, you'll have anywhere from 15% to 75% (in my experience) of your modules already assessed before the final exam, from labs, assignments and mid-term exams, which takes off an awful lot of pressure and not all modules have a final exam as they are 100% continuous assessment, so you'll have at most 6 exams a semester, but sometimes less. I had 5 each semester

Also, exams are either 1 or 2 hours long.
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No problem at all the exams are certainly more manageable than the LC, though of course do require a fair but of work. All of my biology exams were multiple choice,which certainly helps, though some had negative marking (so you would get +1 mark for a right answer, and -0.25 marks for a wrong answer, for example). The maths modules are perfectly doable, and much easier than the LC in the aspect that they are more focused on one area; linear algebra in the first semester and calculus in the second semester, and are not too much more in depth, though linear algebra does have some new concepts. Chemistry exams are a little tougher but past exam papers give a really good idea of what to expect. The best thing is that each exam examines only 12 weeks worth of material, nothing like the 2 years worth of the LC! Also continuous assessment is a godsend, you'll have anywhere from 15% to 75% (in my experience) of your modules already assessed before the final exam, from labs, assignments and mid-term exams, which takes off an awful lot of pressure and not all modules have a final exam as they are 100% continuous assessment, so you'll have at most 6 exams a semester, but sometimes less. I had 5 each semester

Also, exams are either 1 or 2 hours long.
How good would you need to be at maths for UCD science ideally?
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Sorry everyone, I have posted this a few times but in the wrong place.......

I am interested in doing an undenominated engineering course in either UCD, NUIG, UL, UCC or Trinity and was wondering does anyone have any feedback? Are all the colleges considered equally as good? Or does any of the colleges specialise particularly well in that field?

NUIG includes computer science so that's a plus as I think this is an area I might be interested in.

Does it matter which college you have obtained your degree when going for a job?

Any feedback gratefully accepted good, bad or indifferent? I have no preference as to where I will do the degree but would love to hear other experiences so I can choose.

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I have just completed first year of the Undenominated course in NUIG. what would you like to know?
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16-06-2015, 20:03   #245
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Would you mind telling me how many points you got to get on this coursr, did you hear of many that didnt get on it, thanks.
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How good would you need to be at maths for UCD science ideally?
I just finished first year in UCD science and based on my experiences you wouldn't need to have a ridiculously high standard of maths. There are a lot of students who come into the course with ordinary level maths and they manage perfectly fine. They also have an introduction to maths module in semester 1 for those who did not achieve a minimum of a C at higher level or an A at ordinary level in the LC. According to people in my course it is a nice module because you start off going through the basics again (even going through fractions) and you supposedly build your way up. Also, in the Linear Algebra module, it is taught using a lot of matrices which is unlike the LC so everyone is on the same page (i.e everyone is basically learning it for the first time).
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I just finished first year in UCD science and based on my experiences you wouldn't need to have a ridiculously high standard of maths. There are a lot of students who come into the course with ordinary level maths and they manage perfectly fine. They also have an introduction to maths module in semester 1 for those who did not achieve a minimum of a C at higher level or an A at ordinary level in the LC. According to people in my course it is a nice module because you start off going through the basics again (even going through fractions) and you supposedly build your way up. Also, in the Linear Algebra module, it is taught using a lot of matrices which is unlike the LC so everyone is on the same page (i.e everyone is basically learning it for the first time).
I did that intro to math course 2 years ago, its great, it starts from the very basics. I got through with a very low initial maths level (hadnt done any maths in 10+ years), so even with ordinary level maths you will be fine.

The linear algebra was tricky, but you dont have to do that until second year.
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The UCD Science course was 515 points last year, up from 505 (I think) the year before, so I'd say some people were caught out but not any that I know of!
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Hi, im struggling with the order for my cao. I want to do computer science and I have UCD first at the minute. I cannot decide what is the next best course, TCD, DIT or NUIM? TCD computer science is a good course but leaves you with an arts degree which may not be the most favorable when looking for work, DIT computer science is accredited by the british engineers society and seems like a practical based course and NUIM computer science and software engineering seems to be good for software developement and it has a new computer science department? If anyone can give me any further information or share knowledge which is the best course please let me know, Thank you in advance!
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Don't worry about the fact the TCD degree isn't a Bachelor of Science; employers and/or other universities will not be concerned either way. In actual fact I'm pretty sure TCD Computer Science is an integrated MSc. program now anyway so you'll end up with a Masters in Computer Science at the end of it.
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No problem at all the exams are certainly more manageable than the LC, though of course do require a fair but of work. All of my biology exams were multiple choice,which certainly helps, though some had negative marking (so you would get +1 mark for a right answer, and -0.25 marks for a wrong answer, for example). The maths modules are perfectly doable, and much easier than the LC in the aspect that they are more focused on one area; linear algebra in the first semester and calculus in the second semester, and are not too much more in depth, though linear algebra does have some new concepts. Chemistry exams are a little tougher but past exam papers give a really good idea of what to expect. The best thing is that each exam examines only 12 weeks worth of material, nothing like the 2 years worth of the LC! Also continuous assessment is a godsend, you'll have anywhere from 15% to 75% (in my experience) of your modules already assessed before the final exam, from labs, assignments and mid-term exams, which takes off an awful lot of pressure and not all modules have a final exam as they are 100% continuous assessment, so you'll have at most 6 exams a semester, but sometimes less. I had 5 each semester

Also, exams are either 1 or 2 hours long.
This helped so much, thank you!
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Has/does anybody here study occupational therapy (preferably UCC but doesn't matter), and if so could you please PM me I have a few questions? Thanks.
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