제 9 호 New Semester, Modified Academic Plan
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New Semester, Modified Academic Plan
by Nam-HoYun, Reporter
No one knew 2020 would start with a global pandemic. Still, we cannot go back to the normal days: going out without a mask, going to concerts, meeting new people, and many more. Even though the current situation might look bad, Sangmyung University is trying its best to support students with their needs, and a modified academic plan is one of them. According to the Department of Academic Management, this semester will be basically based on the level 2 of social distancing.
On & Offline Classes Based on Face-to-face lectures
Although this semester is based on having face-to-face lectures, students will be able to participate in the way they want to between attending classes on campus or on e-campus. The classroom can take students up to 30% of its maximum capacity, with two meter distancing and constant ventilation. Live lecture via Zoom or Webex, or recorded one will be provided for the students who attend lectures on e-campus. If you go to the Sam-mul portal and send an absent form stating the fear of infection, you can attend lectures online without any trouble or penalty.
On & Offline Exams
Just like the last semester, midterm and final exams will be either online or offline exams based on each student and professor’s preference. It will vary from class to class, so make sure to check it out on the first lecture of each class. No one can force students to have an exam on campus, or on e-campus.
Grade Based on a Curve
Professors will determine students’ grade on a curve. However, this semester will start off with type Ⅱ relative evaluation, which students have a higher chance of getting better grades than type Ⅰ. In type Ⅱ, up to 40% students in a class can get a grade of A+ to A, compared to 30% on type Ⅰ. Students who try their best will be more likely get a higher grade this semester.
Rapid Change Based on Social Distancing Level
The notice also states that the academic plan can be changed based on the government’s level of social distancing. Details regarding this change were not introduced, but it will not drastically change the way this semester is planned.
Wearing a mask, temperature checks, and registering QR code before entering a campus building will still be required. With the start of vaccination, the future will be brighter. Until the last day of the global pandemic, Sangmyung University will keep fighting against the virus and providing a good quality of education for all.