Campus students who take this course as an official course on their study program, have to submit weekly reports. The due date is always on Sunday early morning (UTC). This is to make sure that there is sufficient time for the instructors to prepare the feedback webinar, one day later. It is definitely allowed to run ahead of the due dates. For instance, if you foresee you won’t have much time in week x+2, but you have less work in week x, it would be wise to cover the material of two weeks during week x.
International volunteers who take this course in sync with the live feedback webinars are strongly encouraged to observe the same due dates. This makes sure their questions too will be addressed during the feedback webinars. The richer the pool of questions is, the more all of us can learn.
International volunteers who take this course self-paced, should not care about the due dates.
For students from Ghent/Flanders: 4 out of the 20 exam points for this course are given for timely submitting your answers/reports. You get these 4 points already at the start of the term. If you submit your answers/reports before the due date, you keep them. Every week you do not submit your answers/reports in time, one of these 4 points is subtract (with a floor of zero). Correctness of your answers does not matter (it’s the learning phase, hence it is allowed to make mistakes). Points will be subtracted only if a report is missing, or is clearly copied or made without fair effort.
Due dates for the academic year 2022-2023
Be aware that times are given in UTC (use this site to convert UTC to your local time zone). Mind the change after a few weeks, which is due to the transition from Daylight Saving Time to Winter Time in Europe (nothing changes for local students, due dates are always at the same time on the local clock).
week 01: 26/09/2022 : start of the course, nothing to submit yet.
week 02: 02/10/2022, 05h00 am UTC : all tasks for before we start / setting the stage
week 03: 09/10/2022, 05h00 am UTC : all tasks for density functional theory (part 1) + sign up for project for whoever chose this
week 04: 16/10/2022, 05h00 am UTC : all tasks for density functional theory (part 2)
week 05: 23/10/2022, 05h00 am UTC : all tasks for crystallography + project work plan (for whoever chose this)
week 06: 30/10/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for geometry optimization 1
week 07: 06/11/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for geometry optimization 2
week 08: 13/11/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for electronic structure + project status report (convergence tests) (for whoever chose this)
week 09: 20/11/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for chemical bonding
week 10: 27/11/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for elasticity
week 11: 04/12/2022, 06h00 am UTC : all tasks for supercells and precision and accuracy
week 12: 11/12/2022, 06h00 am UTC : project paper and project video
week 12+: 19/12/2022, 06h00 am UTC : self-evaluation and peer feedback project
tentative exam dates (only for students from Ghent/Flanders — please block those days in your agenda, and defend them when negotiating about exam dates for other courses) : 09/01/2023 (afternoon), 10/01/2023 (afternoon), 16/01/2023 (afternoon) and 17/01/2023 (afternoon). We’ll pick one of these dates in due course, when the exam dates for the centrally organized exams are known.