Question: What is the difference between taking MA403 for 3 or 4 credits.
The 4 hours option is intended for graduate students taking our
upper level undergraduate courses for graduate credit,
which is measured at credit hour units. But lately, the University allows
undergraduates to contract for the 4th credit hour too, at the
discretion of the instructor. The latter works best with honors students,
and worst with seniors trying desperately to make up for earlier
sophomoric dissipation in order to graduate on time.
In my course (and that differs by instructor), the fourth credit hour
is for a substantial geometrical termpaper/termproject. Our grade management
system is incapable of separating the grade into 3 and 1, so there's a
risk if the student fails to do the extra work. 4 hours of B is much worse
than 3 hours of A.
In all of my courses students master master basic LaTeX and learn to
prepare decently composed and illustrated math, including their homework.
The documentation of the this termpaper/term project is therefore in
proper LaTeX. All other specifications are negotiated with the students
and may range over a wide spectrum of geometrically relevant topics.