Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding are acquired through studying distance-learning materials, including specially written study materials, study guides, assignments and project guides; through a range of computer-based activities; through CD-ROM, web- and text-based resource materials; through personal research; and through tutor feedback on assignments. Online forums provide an environment where you can deepen your understanding through discussion with other students and tutors.
Cognitive skills are developed through a range of activities including self-assessment exercises and computer-based investigations. They are supported by tutor-led discussions and activities online and by tutor feedback on assignments.
Practical and/or professional skills and attributes relate to the vocational relevance of the diploma. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to the workplace, whatever combination of modules you take.
Key skills are taught and developed within the learning materials. They are explicitly assessed throughout the diploma and are supported by tutor feedback on assignments. Key skills also have strong vocational relevance and can transfer directly to the workplace.
In all modules, one component of the assessment comprises tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), set at intervals through the module and submitted electronically. All modules have either an end-of-course examination or an end-of-module project. The final, compulsory module project involves assessment of your individual work and of the work of your project team collectively.You will also be required to attend two residential school weekends as part of the compulsory project module.