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Student Expectations

Student expectations including ethics, time management, and study habits for Students in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Cincinnati

Basic Student Information

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Students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are ranked among the best at UC. Our programs are competitive and, you possess the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully graduate and forge your career. This page includes a few helpful reminders to help you along the way in your academic pursuits.

Time Management

Your academic needs have a high priority and you should manage your time accordingly. Completing a degree in EECS requires students to make school work their primary commitment. For every hour you spend in class, you should expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours outside of class studying and completing exercises. In other words, if you've registered for 15 credit hours in a semester, you should be devoting a total of at least 50 hours a week to your studies. 

Because the demands of your studies are so high, employment can be difficult while you are taking classes. If you have problems with any phase of your life at UC or in EECS, please seek help as soon as possible. Your faculty and staff are willing to work with you to help you find solutions to your problems, but do not wait until it is too late to seek assistance. It is not unusual for a student to procrastinate until they find themselves in situations that cannot be remedied by simple solutions. If you need help and are not sure about who to contact, please stop by the department office in 812 Rhodes Hall and you will be directed to the correct person.

Study Habits

Regular class attendance and successful completion of homework are just two of the things that your success in college is dependent on. Many new students at UC have difficulty making the transition to college from high school. In Engineering, you must pass your first semester of classes to progress into your curriculum.

More often than not, poor grades are the result of poor study habits, lack of preparation, unenthusiasm for your chosen major, or other non-academic problems. Bad grades does not mean lack of intelligence. However, poor grades will always result in action being taking by the Committee on Academic Standards.

Developing good study habits is the way to ensure that you perform as well as possible in your classes. There are several things you can do to help cultivate good study habits. 

  • Develop a weekly schedule. Make sure to block out adequate time to attend all your classes and complete all the work for those classes.
  • Learn how to study effectively. If you are having difficulty, UC has a Learning Assistance Center that can help you with developing good study habits and even offers tutoring.
  • If you get behind in a class, do not neglect your other classes to devote more time to the first one. You will only end up performing poorly in all of your classes as a result.
  • Remember to take care of yourself. Don't neglect your personal health--sleep, eat, and remember to make time for relaxation. There are always things going on at UC, make some time to enjoy them now and then.


ethicsThe University of Cincinnati values intellectual integrity and holds students, faculty, and staff to the highest standards of academic conduct. The University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct has clearly defined what constitutes academic misconduct including, but not limited to, cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism. The Code of Conduct also clearly outlines the sanction procedures that will occur in the case of such incidences. These are general, university-wide guidelines and procedures.

In addition, the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Ethics Committee has developed more detailed measures for prevention of misconduct and recommended actions that are consistent with the University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct guidelines. The EECS Ethics Policy includes detailed recommended measures for prevention of misconduct and recommended actions. These guidelines are recommended for use by all EECS faculty, staff, and students. Please contact your advisor if you have questions about potential academic misconduct issues.