IT Online programmes available in 2016
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Online learning: How it works
All IT Online programmes are taught entirely online, with the support of an online facilitator, as part of a paced learning cycle. You can study where and when you want, within the overall structure of each module, giving you more control over your study and working life. You will have access to online study materials for each module. Students can expect to spend at least 20 hours of study time per week on the programme.
The role of the facilitator is to facilitate discussion, answer student queries and provide individualized feedback. The facilitator is the person you go to if you have questions on a module.
Online study materials are accompanied by research activities and participation in weekly online discussions with fellow students and the module facilitator. Online discussion is an integral part of each module, providing an opportunity to develop the concepts covered in the course and to ask questions and exchange ideas with fellow students and the facilitator.
You'll be provided with individual registration and login details to the Learning Management System which enable you to access study materials and initiate contact with module facilitators. You are expected to log in throughout the week, but the interaction is not required at any set time - you choose your study schedule for each week. Many students log in to study and participate during the evenings and at weekends.
You can expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours of study time per module per week.
IT Online programmes use a thin-client technology (Citrix) through which all programme software applications are delivered. In some modules, you will have access to programming and database languages including C, SQL, Java and Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools through Citrix. You will not be required to purchase any software locally to participate in the programme.
To participate fully on an IT Online programme, you should have your own personal dedicated computer.
- That computer should use a Windows or Apple Operating System.
- If using Windows, use an Operating System of Vista or a more recent Operating System.
- Avoid firewalls and high security settings. During the course of your studies, you will need to install software on your computer. A computer with firewalls and high security settings can cause complications when installing software.