The Higher Education Megathread

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by Saigon Slick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:42 pm

We have +/- 10% on word counts. My Msc dissertation is 15,000, so I can reasonably go between 13,500 and 16,500 but it's not nailed on, they don't sit and count every word. I guess it's different depending on who is marking your work.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Sleighamorph » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:51 pm

To be honest, writing enough for the dissertation isn't really the problem with them, it's the submission.

I had to submit two written/printed copies, so that's two copies of a hundred page or so document printed out twice, in colour for pages with images. Then of course there's a third copy because I wanted to keep a copy for myself as well (All that work, you would want a copy of your own wouldn't you?). Then, once you've got your three 100 page documents, they all have to be professionally bound (again, this was a requirement, not something optional) and then submitted. I think it must've cost a good £50-60 for printing and binding costs for my MSc submission.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Saigon Slick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:54 pm

I didn't have to get my undergrad dissertation professionally bound but I think I will for the masters. Mine won't be 100 pages either, 15,000 words will probably work out at about 50 or 60, but I completely agree with that to be honest. With the amount of research you need to do for the dissertation, the word count shouldn't be a problem whatsoever.

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by Dual » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:55 pm

Well you've all given me something to think about. I'm actually a part-time student (my employer pays for my fees + day release) so I'm trying to get that work done when I'm doing a 9-5 four days a week.

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by Saigon Slick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:57 pm

Dual wrote:Well you've all given me something to think about. I'm actually a part-time student (my employer pays for my fees + day release) so I'm trying to get that work done when I'm doing a 9-5 four days a week.


That's brutal. I work one full day a week and two half days on top of uni and I find that hard enough. Good luck mate.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Sleighamorph » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:02 pm

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Dual wrote:Well you've all given me something to think about. I'm actually a part-time student (my employer pays for my fees + day release) so I'm trying to get that work done when I'm doing a 9-5 four days a week.


That's brutal. I work one full day a week and two half days on top of uni and I find that hard enough. Good luck mate.

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by Stig » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:09 pm

Lagamorph wrote:To be honest, writing enough for the dissertation isn't really the problem with them, it's the submission.

I had to submit two written/printed copies, so that's two copies of a hundred page or so document printed out twice, in colour for pages with images. Then of course there's a third copy because I wanted to keep a copy for myself as well (All that work, you would want a copy of your own wouldn't you?). Then, once you've got your three 100 page documents, they all have to be professionally bound (again, this was a requirement, not something optional) and then submitted. I think it must've cost a good £50-60 for printing and binding costs for my MSc submission.


I think my BSc project last year was about £45 for two copies! No point in getting a copy for myself, I have it on PC if I ever feel the need to read it again (I haven't; and won't) and printing it will mean it will get thrown out in 30 years time without having been read anyway.

So far on my MSc thesis I have 4.5k words after the literature review so still a lot to write about (I need to get the programming part done first). This year I won't include the source code in the appendices like I did last year though, so it might end up actually being cheaper!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Dual » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:10 pm

Thanks chaps :) I've booked next week off just to spend it in the library - once I get going I'm golden and can do 500+ words in a night but it's just getting my flow I find difficult. A lesson for life I'm sure.

To meet my deadlines in 2nd year I used to: leave the office - go straight to Uni - spend 5 hours in the library - go home - sleep - repeat

I didn't see my GF for 2 weeks :lol: :fp:

I actually got my highest marks ever on those courseworks (all in the high 70s) the coffee and intense pressure must bring out the best in me.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Dual » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:10 pm

The benefit of working in an office is I get all my Uni stationary including binding, printing in colour etc all for free :D

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by Stig » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:13 pm

Dual wrote:The benefit of working in an office is I get all my Uni stationary including binding, printing in colour etc all for free :D


Nice; the binding at my Uni is actually pretty cheap (£3 I think for wire bound per copy). It was the colour printing that got me last year.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Saigon Slick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:13 pm

Decent! :lol:

I find pressure often brings out the best in people. Nobody in my department ever seemed to start working until the night before the deadline. :lol:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Dual » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:21 pm

Yeah for sure. Like the coursework I finished yesterday is OK at best - because I've given myself so long to do it I kept getting distracted and reading it back it's very choppy and unstructured. It sounds counter intuitive but I can't explain it really.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Igor » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:25 pm

hey guys i'm revising for my first year exams man the pressure is so intense

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by Saigon Slick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:30 pm

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by kiera229 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:39 pm

Lagamorph wrote:To be honest, writing enough for the dissertation isn't really the problem with them, it's the submission.

I had to submit two written/printed copies, so that's two copies of a hundred page or so document printed out twice, in colour for pages with images. Then of course there's a third copy because I wanted to keep a copy for myself as well (All that work, you would want a copy of your own wouldn't you?). Then, once you've got your three 100 page documents, they all have to be professionally bound (again, this was a requirement, not something optional) and then submitted. I think it must've cost a good £50-60 for printing and binding costs for my MSc submission.

I had to spend a good $400 on printing and binding of my PhD thesis. Totally strawberry floating ridiculous. (Nine copies in total: two for submission to the university, one each for the four staff members in my lab group, one for me, one for my parents, and one for my grandparents.)

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Sleighamorph » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:23 pm

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Lagamorph wrote:To be honest, writing enough for the dissertation isn't really the problem with them, it's the submission.

I had to submit two written/printed copies, so that's two copies of a hundred page or so document printed out twice, in colour for pages with images. Then of course there's a third copy because I wanted to keep a copy for myself as well (All that work, you would want a copy of your own wouldn't you?). Then, once you've got your three 100 page documents, they all have to be professionally bound (again, this was a requirement, not something optional) and then submitted. I think it must've cost a good £50-60 for printing and binding costs for my MSc submission.

I had to spend a good $400 on printing and binding of my PhD thesis. Totally strawberry floating ridiculous. (Nine copies in total: two for submission to the university, one each for the four staff members in my lab group, one for me, one for my parents, and one for my grandparents.)

Sometimes I wonder if Universities make more money from printing and binding than tuition fees.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by kiera229 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:47 am

Lagamorph wrote:Sometimes I wonder if Universities make more money from printing and binding than tuition fees.

We actually got ours done at a printing company, it was cheaper :/

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by 1cmanny1 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:37 am

My spelling is so gooseberry fool sometimes :lol: Especially at night.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Sleighamorph » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:23 am

kiera229 wrote:
Lagamorph wrote:Sometimes I wonder if Universities make more money from printing and binding than tuition fees.

We actually got ours done at a printing company, it was cheaper :/

:fp: The Universities really don't do themselves any favours sometimes.

I did my actual printing at the university because it was simply more convenient (and faster) than a printing company. But I believe it was something around 7p/sheet for Black & White and 12p/sheet for colour, so it soon racked up when you're printing 300 odd pages. The binding I got done at a small store just around the corner that must've made an absolute fortune when hand-in time came around since virtually the entire University went there, but it was just this tiny little independant place.
Whoever chose that location was a strawberry floating genius.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rodders9 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:05 am

Igor wrote:hey guys i'm revising for my first year exams man the pressure is so intense

I'm in a similar situation. Revising for exams that will decide whether or not I can get into university. Nerve wracking stuff but I feel alive so that's good.

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