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A 3-semester hour Master’s tutorial (M.A. Math)

  1. Jun 18, 2014 #1
    I've emailed the M.A. Math program director about this, but I'm just wondering what exactly this entails - generally speaking of course. Is it like a mini-thesis? Or is it more akin to a research paper? How would I select a topic? Fortunately, I know that my interests are in set theory and analysis.
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  3. Jun 18, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    So am I ... what are you referring to by "this"?
    But asking the person who set "this" up is a good start.

    Note: if by "this" you mean:
    ... then that is not grammatical English. What are you talking about?

    Is a "semester hour" like a "man hour"?
    Are you asked to attend or give a tutorial?
    Is it a tutorial given at masters level or a tutorial at some other level to be completed as part of the requirement for a master's degree?

    It sounds like the problem statement is incomplete.
    Back up. Start at the beginning.
  4. Jun 18, 2014 #3
    I assumed the term would be familiar. It's a requirement in the MA program along with 30 hours of coursework.

    Of course, it's grammatical English. How are you not familiar with "semester hour"?

    Let me see what else I can dig up on the website about "this." There's little to go by.
  5. Jun 18, 2014 #4
    Ah. I was able to find this.

  6. Jun 19, 2014 #5

    Simon Bridge

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    That would be a poor asumption then ;)
    ... when someone ask what something you wrote means, it is faster just to tell them.

    ... perhaps I live in a different country to you? ;)
    But why not just answer the question?

    Something like:

    That would be "a 3 semester hour..." or "a 3 semester-hour..." rather than "a 3-semester hour"
    (But hyphens can be like that...)

    That's a good source too.
    It looks like you are well on the way to answering your own question.

    ... and there you go.
    It means whatever you manage to negotiate with your supervisor.
    This sort of thing allows more self-motivated students to make a study that is not otherwise covered in the standard syllabus - like a personal interest. The effect is the lessons are somewhat informal, probably just you and your supervisor meeting in an office, hence "tutorial". Different colleges will call it different things, and the details will vary from college to college too.

    Bottom line: the only person who can answer this is your supervisor.
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