The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, work based learning and workshops/presentations.
Lectures: These will be delivered on line using the university’s virtual learning environment Blackboard and Wimba Classroom. This allows learners to access live lectures at the time of delivery or as archived files if the time or date is not convenient.
Tutorials: Tutors operate a system of tutorials in order to assist students in the integration of taught material, to monitor progress and offer advice and support as necessary. These will also be held by webinar
Work based learning: This is seen as an innovative and impactful element of the course with students agreeing with their employers and the University on areas that could be studied and consequently will provide bespoke and timely benefit for the individual organisations
Workshops/Presentations These will be held in the university and will give the students an opportunity to discuss the subject matter and present their work based projects .The workshops provide an opportunity for the students to learn from each other and share knowledge and experience.
Before the programme begins, there is an induction course to introduce the students to each other and their lecturers. They will have an opportunity to learn about the university and the facilities that it has to offer .The students will be given instruction on some of the basic skills that they will need particularly with the virtual learning aspects of the programme. Students without recent experience in full time education will find this particularly helpful.
The starting point for each module is the University Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), where all teaching materials can be found and support features accessed. The introductory lecture for each module commences with a description of the modules overall structure and instructions you will need to be aware of, prior to commencing your studies, together with a video introducing the lecturer.
The online programme requires students to study independently using the comprehensive course materials provided upon enrolment, this necessitates students to be motivated and disciplined in organising their personal study at a pace and time which suits them.
Course materials are specifically designed for the purpose of online learning and are delivered via the Internet through the Blackboard.
The standard lecture covers approximately 3 hours of teaching material and consists of slides with audio support and detailed explanatory notes, recommended further reading (web-based material, papers, publications, etc…), tutorials and self-assessment exercises.
The accompanying audio support of lectures helps facilitate the learning process by:
bringing alive onscreen content contained within slides
provides supplementary information and detailed explanations of issues/topics covered during lecture
giving additional structure to lectures and guide students though material
helps convey material contained within slides to students
The multimedia nature of the online lectures enables for students to pause and replay particular sections of the lecture so they can recap on topics covered.
Online seminars are tutor led discussions held at specific times during the time you are enrolled on a module.Wimba Media will be used as a communication tool for this purpose. The module discussion area is available to all students registered for that module and facilitates the flow of ideas, opinions and questions in relation to that specific module.
In addition to the lectures theBlackboard facilitates access to a number of helpful features. Special supporting lectures, which contain supporting information, are provided for some modules in order to enhance your understanding of specific parts of the module content.
Module lectures act as a study guide that lead and encourage the student through the subject, promoting further reading and individual thinking. How the resources are used is entirely at the students’ discretion. The mode and manner of study can be completely adapted to personal circumstances, by the student, with help and advice from the staff team, whenever required.