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Frequently Asked Questions: Additional


Is my online course an instructor led course?

No. They are self-paced courses. Your instructor will be available via email to respond to any queries you may have.

Will I be able to see my online instructor or communicate with him/her via telephone?

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, all communications with your instructor will be done through email and the announcement board. The instructor at his option may from time-to-time schedule a webinar. Please do not expect your instructor to telephone you or meet with you in person. We strongly encourage you to use these modes of communications, as faxed or mailed assignments are not accepted except on a pre-approved exception basis.

Who do I contact if I am having problems with the instructor?

Please contact sbutcher@berkeley.edu immediately to help us determine the problem. Your instructor should be very explicit on the course syllabus or welcome message in regards to his or her availability. If the instructor is going out of town or will be away from the computer for an extended period of time, he/she must notify each student. However, we do request that you be understanding because holidays are not the same in all countries, the time zones are likely to be very different, and even the day of the week may be different depending on your global location.

How many hours are required outside of class time to complete reading assignments and homework?

You should expect to spend up to a minimum of 3 hours of outside study for every class room hour. For example, for a course with 30-hour course length, you are expected to spend at least 90 hours in study. The actual time required for each course will vary from student to student.

What happens if I fall behind or complete the course early?


The online courses are self-paced within the time frames allowed. Thus, it is recommended that you sign-up for the online version of this program only if you can commit the time to complete it successfully.

Where can I find out more information about the UC Berkeley Extension’ Semiconductor and Innovation Leadership Programs?

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