Curriculum - Term Overview

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Choosing what to study is an important decision, it takes time and dedication. The more information you have and the more you know about the careers, the better you will be able to decide and the more you will enjoy your studies. There are many careers and many times the same careers have different focuses. One of the big mistakes when choosing what to study is wanting to make a decision rashly and without enough information. It's impossible to choose without knowing. There are certain key elements that you can research about each of the options before making the decision.

There are some who think that by studying computer science, they will spend all day developing video games or they will become hackers. But this isn't so. During the first year, they have more math subjects than computer-related things. Do not get any surprises! Do not keep the name and description of the race only. It's important to go a little deeper into all the aspects that one wants to study. To know if what we want to study fits what we like and what we need, it can be useful to analyze and read the CURRICULUMS.

The curriculum is the program that institutions have to ensure the teaching-learning process in a career. It allows us to know the sequence of subjects, as well as the requirements to obtain a degree.

What to analyze in the curriculum?

Global Vision: The curriculum allows us to have a global vision of the career we want to study. Generally, it includes a generic description of the degree. It's important that when reading it, we can understand, in general terms, what it consists of.

Duration: it will allow us to know how long we are going to be studying. It must be clarified that it's the estimated time that the race is expected to last. Depending on the personal situation of each one, whether one works or not, one may take longer than the curricular time established by the institutions.

Subjects: it's important that you take the time to read all the subjects included in the curriculum since this will give you a better idea of ​​what you will see during the years that you will be studying. In general, one does not like 100% of the subjects included in the curriculum, but at least 70% of the subjects included have to like or interest you. In the curricular structure of the career, we will be able to identify:

Dedication: here we will be able to identify if the subjects are taken all year long (yearly) or if they take a semester (semesters). In the case of the latter, in most curriculums it's specified in which semester they are studied.

Correlativities: refers to the fact that at the time of taking or taking the final exam of a subject, all the subjects that are of the same must be taken and / or approved as appropriate. In the curriculum, it's specified which subjects are correlated with each other.

Electives: in some careers and universities, in order to obtain the degree during the course, one must take some elective subjects, which are subjects that have an added value to the academic-professional training. In the curriculum, it's identified which are these subjects, the amount and the year to study them.

Hourly load: depending on the university, it's specified if they are weekly or total.

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