Coursework is the generalized term for the required participation of a student during a high school or college class. It may involve written papers, laboratory projects, speeches, practical demonstrations of the class material, or a combination of all of these. The coursework may be obligatory to satisfy the specific requirements of the major field of study, or it may be of an elective nature, providing enrichment for the general diploma or degree program. When combined with examinations, coursework is the principal means by which a student is evaluated in standard, adult, or continued education.
Types of Coursework:
Traditionally, coursework involves the student preparing an assignment for the instructor, who uses it to evaluate their research, organization, and presentation skills.
- Direct Coursework:
Direct coursework is done in response to a specific set of instructions in the class assignment. It can involve responding to questions or a detailed framework for research.
- Elective Coursework:
With instructional guidance, the student embarks on a field of research, experimentation, artistic expression, or hands-on experience in an area that complements the main subject matter and enriches the student's comprehensive education.