College classes on Saturday?

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Registered: 11-28-1999
College classes on Saturday?
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Thu, 07-10-2014 - 11:36am

DS was showing me his schedule for the 1st semester and he has chemistry lab on Sat. from 1-4.  I never remember having any Sat. classes for anyone when I was in college and my DD didn't have them either (same college as DS)--although when she had nursing clinical, she had to do it on weekends sometimes, which is another difference.  I had a lot of friends who studied nursing in college and none of them ever did a clinical on a weekend.  This is a required class for nursing students so I was pretty surprised by that.  It does annoy me too that they would do something to make it hard for kids to go home on a weekend.  Not that I expected him to come home that often since we live 2 hours away but it's certainly possible.  Now it will make it so he can only be home for about 24 hours.  I sure hope they don't have this class on Columbus Day weekend which is when he would be coming home for the first time.  I know they can't have it on Thanksgiving weekend since the dorms are closed.  But I thought it was odd--do your kids have weekend classes?

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Thu, 07-10-2014 - 11:44am

DS didn't, but there were labs in undergrad classes (physics at least; that's all I was really a part of ) on Saturdays at U of I when I was in grad school (TA'ing) there.  I would think if there was a time when a student couldn't be in a given lab, they could request to sit in on a different lab session/day and just coordinate it with the instructors, as a thought.

Sue

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 07-10-2014 - 2:07pm

Is it possible that this was one option, and whether intentional or not, he picked this class schedule over another?  

Seems there would have been an option without a Saturday lab.  Just guessing, as my only experience is the local CC where of course, there was a lot of Saturday classes.  We even got free cookies and coffee.  :)

Serenity

Serenity
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Thu, 07-10-2014 - 3:46pm

No he definitely didn't pick this--but he doesn't seem too concerned about it, which is good.  Since it's late in the day, it doesn't interfere with him having fun and staying up late on Friday night (and hopefully not drinking there, we can hope.)  When DD got clinical that started on Sunday a.m. at 7:00, she was definitely not happy because no going out on Sat. nights for a whole semester.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-10-2014 - 4:31pm
Doing a quick search of the UO catalog for Arts & Admin. there were some courses that have saturday classes, but they look like they are accelerated classes, all day Friday and Saturday type classes . I had those class options as an undergrad, that would allow me to do 3 classes during the regular semester and then get one full course in an accelerated fashion the last 3 weeks of the term and that way I still was a full time student with the work spread out a bit more.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 07-10-2014 - 4:33pm
Oh, and no, mine won't do a weekend class unless its mandatory, Wednesdays and Saturdays are her 2 days off of practice each week, so other than football in the fall, the Saturdays the rest of the year are her one day reserved to be able to sleep in (since her latin classes all start at 9 a.m. and she has one 5:30 a.m. practice a week) and just hang out with friends.
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 07-10-2014 - 8:09pm

Science and engineering courses have had Saturday classes/labs for years.  20 years ago, I had A & P, and Cadaver labs on Saturday.  10 years ago, dd1 had ceramics on Saturday, because they needed to use the pottery wheel, and the kiln, and only so many people could use them at any one time.  I'm sure that is the rationale for A & P tissue, blood etc slides, cadaver viewing, and chem hood use.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 07-10-2014 - 8:53pm

Yes that could be a good reason for a lab if there aren't enough facilities for the whole class--I also think the nursing class is slightly bigger now than when my DD went there--maybe 90 instead of 70 or something like that.

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Thu, 07-10-2014 - 9:39pm

And Chem 101, or Chem for Healthcare Workers isn't just nursing students.  Since a lot of counselors are pushing healthcare fields as good careers these days (for all us aging baby boomers, ya know), enrollment is increasing across the board.

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Thu, 07-17-2014 - 9:34am

I wish my kids had had labs on Saturday. It would have made their weeks less hectic. 

At their university, the engineering lab stations were available on Saturday (by sign-up) for students who needed to work on their current lab assigments in a given course.  It was however usually for the upper years, not for the first years.  But, given the growth of the universities here, I would not be surprised that first year courses are packed,especially those in the health sciences.  The universities try to keep labs and tutorials small.

Here, the nursing students are separated from the kids in Engineering and in Science (including all the non-nursing health sciences); that means that a large number of separate labs that have to be accomendated. So, not surprising that universities have labs on Saturday.

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Thu, 07-17-2014 - 12:11pm

Same here--the nursing chem (which he is in) is only for nursing students--other science majors would have separate classes.