Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You learn through two inter-related methods. First, using a range of specially-written study materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments and through a range of multi-media material. Secondly, you are allocated a tutor who contacts you individually and arranges group sessions for all their students. This tutor is your first and main point of contact. The tutor answers queries on the materials, grades and comments on your work and arranges and runs tutorials, face to face or online.
Samples of tutors’ marking and comments are monitored by members of the central module team or experienced tutors who provide feedback to support and develop tutors’ assessment and grading of assignments.
Your assignments are usually summative, i.e. they count towards your module result. Modules may also include an end-of-module assignments or three-hour examination.
Evidence of key skills will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of skills as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.
You are also encouraged to participate in online forums at both national and local levels. This gives you a chance to share and resolve issues with fellow students as well as tutors and the course team.
Formative assessment in the form of informal self-assessed questions allow you progressively to assess your own progress and understanding. Formal assessment of knowledge and understanding components of the programme is achieved by a series of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) typically three for each 30-credit module. These assignments are marked and assessed by the module tutor. They are central to the teaching of the module since they allow you an opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding – and in consequence any issues concerning either – and so enable tutors to identify and comment on your knowledge and understanding. Tutors receive detailed marking guidance from the module team.
Cognitive skills in the programme are developed through a range of activities within the programme’s courses. Case studies and residential school activities allow students to engage with the issues around management and develop appropriate analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
Skills associated with working with others in a group are developed at the residential schools, which are compulsory components of the compulsory modules within the diploma.
Students entering the programme are expected to have work experience in management. As such, you should already have gained some of these skills. The programme will however allow you to demonstrate and develop them further.
Evidence of practical and professional skills will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of skills as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.