9. Course Format and Timetables

August 18, 2013
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9.         Course Format and Timetables

PAD 771 is a hybrid class, meeting partially in classroom settings and partially online. The reason for the online component is that a substantial portion of the course is the drafting of the capstone project, during which there is considerable one-on-one interaction between the faculty member and each student. The online format facilitates the interaction while assuring that the faculty member can also offer general advice and announcements to the entire class as circumstances warrant.

Each course section will have a specific timetable set out in the syllabus for the section involved. However the following general guidelines apply according to the format of the course. Campus courses are typically in the 15-week format. West Point program courses are typically in the 10-week format and summer courses are typically in the 8-week format and never in the 5-week format.

Project Deadline

15-Week Format

10-Week Format

8-Week Format

Topic and Method Selection

2

2

2

Project Definition Approval

4

3

3

Detailed Outline and Tables Submission

6

4

4

Pre-Final Draft Submission

8

5

5

First-Round Project Submission

10

7

6

Second-Round Project Submission

13

9

8

Portfolio Review

14

10

9

Third-Round Project Submission

16

12

10

Students are encouraged to complete preliminary version of the tables for the stakeholder analysis, options specification and options assessment when the detailed outline is submitted.