Syllabi Project

When analyzing the all the syllabi throughout various professors in 100 level courses, some of the basic words came about such as this, assignments, the, and, etc. This did not shock me because as a college student, when reading a syllabus, we see these words all the time. A syllabus is used as a tool and a reference for students to look on through out the semester in order to keep track on their school work and to understand the various assignments that are coming up. Professors use this tool as a unofficial contract between themselves and students so that both are at an understanding to what is expected of them throughout the semester.

I ran a PCA analysis on the syllabi for the 100 level classes. It is however unclear as to why these classes are so common through the PCA. I first analyzed the 1,000 most frequent words. I thought that by giving a broader spectrum to analyze, the results will be much greater in difference but that did not show to be true. Each class may be the same level and number, but when thought by a different professor who has the ability to decide the topics, the classes differ between each other. It does not matter the grade scale or whether the classes are the same level, they have different points on PCA 1&2 in the graph.  The differences are made clear through the various colors on the graph. Most of the graph contains a green color, and then there is a burgundy colors that is spread out through the graph as well. One prediction or inference that I can make towards this would be that there is a chance that certain professors teach various classes and they sometimes recycle the material or books that is read during the duration of the semester. As an English major, this has been shown multiple times through the semesters.

When looking at the PCA symbols, it become easier to see which classes are most common and least common throughout the graph. It became most apparent that English 110 classes correlate more within the 100 level courses in the English department at Queens College. Through the symbols graph that is shown below, the English 110 classes has taken over all four quadrants of the graph. The question that remains is, what are these professors teaching in English 110 that is being spread throughout all the other courses? The only educated guess that I can infer is that English 110 is a core requirement that all Queens College students need to take before embarking on any other English classes. Also, it does not matter what your major is in Queens College, all students are required to take English 110. Therefore, maybe English 110 is required to make the class as diverse in topics and readings.