Frequently Asked Questions

LEARNING EXPERIENCE

General learning experience questions

What is the graduate school experience like?

Recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we designed the FINESt solutions which stands for Flexible, Integrated and Nimble Education delivery. This education solution offers flexible learning or learning from home delivery which is faithful to our mission of continuously finding ways to build outcome-based skills and competencies of our students.

How is FINESt or flexible learning delivery different from learning on campus?

This is a great question! Previously, we are used to learning in a classroom inside our university campus. Our flexible learning delivery will not be that different. You will still have the opportunity to interact with your classmates, faculty, administration and our support staff. You can use our learning management system powered by Neo, video calling and conferencing platform, and other social media environments such as Facebook which are good as face to face communication and learning. Since our FINESt solution is not tied to a fixed schedule, it will give you the freedom to learn the right amount of information wherever and whenever you want.

Can you tell me more about Coursera?

The graduate school will give you access to the Coursera learning platform which is the leading online education provider in the world. Through Coursera, you will learn in many different ways through a combination of video lectures, quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, final projects or exams. Additionally, you will also have the chance to earn course certificates issued by Coursera partners which include prestigious universities and organizations across the globe. As you can see, there is always something from us to keep you engaged.

What is Neo? Can you tell me more about it?

Neo is the learning management system being used by the graduate school to provide students everything they need in their learning process. This is an online learning environment where you will take your courses, chat with your classmates and faculty, submit assignments, and receive feedback. Whenever you log in to Neo, you will see your dashboard which will contain all the courses you are enrolled in. We encourage you to click around and explore this learning environment to achieve the best results.

Is there an orientation?

Yes, we will conduct an orientation to make you feel confident and comfortable in navigating our learning solutions. In the first week of your term, expect an email from us about the details of this orientation.

How is each course structured?

The assigned faculty for each course will provide you a list of the Coursera courses that you will take which will help you attain the expected course outcomes of the course. Coursera courses can be done within four to ten weeks through a combination of video lectures, quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, final project or exams.

How long does each course take?

You will need 54 hours to finish a 3-unit course for the whole term, that is 5 months for a semester and 3 months for summer term. However, if you spend more time learning, you may finish the course earlier.

How will I be assessed?

Basically, your assessment results from your Coursera courses will form part of your final grade. Assessment in Coursera can be done through quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, final projects or exams. Your faculty may also discuss with you other assessment activities to be undertaken in your course, if any.

Can you tell me more about the Master Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation?

Your master thesis is considered as the final project for your program. This is designed to tie all the knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your program. You are required to come up with a research proposal during the first semester of your first academic year and have it approved by the graduate school research panel.

How will I get feedback for my thesis/dissertation pre-works?

Your faculty supervisor will help you in developing and improving your thesis/dissertation based on the recommendations of the research panel. Communications about feedback for your thesis/dissertation can be done online (emails, learning management system, or social messaging platforms) or face to face.

Can you tell me more about thesis/dissertation defenses?

You will have three opportunities to defend your thesis or dissertation. The first defense is your title defense which will give opportunity to the research panel to examine, improve and finally approve your research proposal. Once you are done collecting data and writing the research report for your approved proposal, you will have the opportunity to present its results to the research panel during your review and final defenses.

Can you tell me more about the required research publication?

Aside from the thesis/dissertation report submitted to the research panel, students in the graduate school are also required to publish the results of their study to a reputable research journal. This is one of the requirements for graduation starting May 2021.

On FINESt Solutions

What is FINESt Solution?

FINESt solutions stands for Flexible, Integrated and Nimble Education delivery. This education solution was our university response to the recent health crisis and was designed to offer flexible learning or learning from home delivery which is faithful to our mission of continuously finding ways to build outcome-based skills and competencies of our students.

Do I need to attend classes, or can I learn around my schedule?

With the FINESt solution, students can study the lessons in their respective courses whenever and wherever they want. However, occasionally, students may be required to attend live sessions (online or face to face) during the semester. This is to reinforce the learning activities in the flexible delivery.

I'm having trouble balancing work, study and family. Who can I turn to for support?

We understand that life may get busy for you. Thus, if you feel like you are overwhelmed with the course tasks, talk to your faculty supervisor. They are always ready to help you develop your study plan, manage your time and finally get back on track!

On your online campus

Can I reset my password for Coursera and Neo?

Yes. If fact, for security reasons, we encourage students to change their password once in a while. To change your password for Coursera and Neo, head to these learning platforms and update your password and login details.

How do I find my login details for Coursera and Neo?

We will send to your registered email your log in details for these learning platforms once you officially enrolled in graduate school.

How do I log in to Coursera and Neo?

To log in, just head to these learning platforms and provide your log in details to get started.

I can't log in. What can I do?

Sorry to hear this! Please check if you are providing the correct log in detail for you. If you still encounter difficulty, contact your faculty supervisor and send an email to sgs@unc.edu.ph

What if I don't have a device to learn on?

If you don’t have a device such as smart phone and laptop, we might be able to help you. Send us your concern through our email sgs@unc.edu.ph

What if my internet drops out when I'm learning?

This is a common problem. Don’t worry, the FINESt solution is designed for this since we do not follow fixed schedule. If your internet drops out, you can log on another time. You will have the whole term to finish your courses. Additionally, you can use our library facilities and be connected online to continue your courses.