Oscail - DCU Distance Education Prospectus 2012/13

 

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ollscoil chathair bhaile Átha cliath dublin city university oscail home internet first class tutors distance postgraduate excellence virtual communications web conferencing learning international oscail dcu distance education prospectus 2012 2013 students cloud computing international i.t degree time diploma dcu education masters online digital undergraduate university teaching web 2.0 flexible social networking

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welcome from the president distance education programmes 2012/13 what is distance education why oscail-dcu distance education 2 3 4 5 student services support support in oscail tutorial support library module texts and study resources online resources moodle wimba careers service 6 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 disability and learning support services dcu language services dcu sport registry counselling facilities programmes undergraduate programmes diploma/bachelor of arts in humanities diploma/bachelor of arts in english and history 10 13 16 19 diploma/bachelor of science in information technology diploma/bachelor of science in the management of information technology/information systems postgraduate programmes graduate diploma/master of science in management of operations graduate diploma/master of science in management of internet systems 24 26 28 33 30 graduate diploma/master of science in management of information systems strategy graduate diploma/master of science in management of sustainable development graduate diploma/master of science in management of clean technologies entry requirements all programmes english language requirements for non-native speakers of english application process teaching council fee information campus map getting to dcu exemptions for prior learning 35 37 41 38 42 43 45 46

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welcome from the president at dcu we believe in the transformational impact that our primary objective is to unleash the personal a university education can have on students of all ages potential in every student and to enable all students to realise their ambitions dcu develops rounded graduates with enterprising and creative mindsets and graduates that can deliver their own future these changes and last september i launched the dcu online roadmap ­ pointing to a future of blended learning for all dcu students the aim is that by 2015 some 80 of all dcu degree programmes will be in blended format graduates that are widely sought after by employers oscail ­ dcu distance education with 30 years experience of distance education and all its current programmes delivered online is at the core of this strategic development for dcu the programmes offered by oscail at both undergraduate and today dcu has more than 11,000 students enrolled on its programmes and its excellence is widely recognised for example dcu is ranked in the top 4 of universities worldwide and was recently included in the prestigious qs ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old such is the pace of change and unpredictability of the of graduates and of the university from which they postgraduate level are not only flexibly delivered but are also of high academic quality so if you choose a programme from oscail i can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed future that one of the key characteristics that is required graduate is responsiveness and adaptability to change dcu demonstrates its responsiveness in a number of ways one of the key ways is by embracing flexible the digital society in which we live fundamental online methods of programme delivery arising from changes are happening in education dcu is embracing 2 i look forward to welcoming you to dcu professor brian maccraith president dublin city university

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distance education programmes 2012/13 undertaking a university degree is a dream for many however for too many people taking up a university time in their hectic work/home lives to commit to course is impractical as they do not feel they have the studying for a university degree dcu has recognised oscail provides adults with flexible access to a university education we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes our mission is to facilitate students in achieving their educational goals whether for personal or professional reasons without the need to attend regular campus-based classes in addition this and has put in place oscail dcu distance education to help people to fulfil their dream of engaging in higher education through the highly flexible method of online distance education oscail programmes are modular in their structure this allows students to undertake the amount of studies per year for which they have time in their schedule undergraduate programmes diploma/bsc in information technology it diploma/bsc in the management of information technology/information systems itis diploma/ba in humanities bah diploma/ba in english and history baeh postgraduate programmes graduate diploma/msc in management for sustainable development msd graduate diploma/msc in management of operations mopsa graduate diploma/msc in management of information systems strategy miss graduate diploma/msc in management of internet systems msisa graduate diploma/msc in the management of clean technology mct 3

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what is distance education distance education is largely non-classroom based and on a far less restricted time schedule distance education lets you take control of your studies studies it is where you study for an award from home of our programme support team they are here to assist you with your studies and offer advice on your learning environment `moodle as well as via email course tutors can be contacted via our online virtual while our programme support team are available over phone and email students are also able to interact studies specialist student support services are also made available to you should you require them with each other online and assist each other in their it allows you to learn in your own time wherever and whenever you choose it eliminates the need to stick to academic timetables and rush into a university campus at the end of a tough day at work with oscail you will be given access to study materials and will be able to interact with tutors online in real time these tutorials are also recorded and archived distance education is all about flexibility and allowing you to take the driving seat in your studies allowing you to revisit them when you wish but while you will be left in command of your own scheduling you won t be left to achieve this on your own you will to you ready to answer your questions and offer have a dedicated team of advisors and tutors available support for each module you undertake you are you will also be given the option of face-to-face wish to attend allocated a tutor on the undergraduate programmes tutorials on campus throughout the year should you online platforms are changing the traditional teaching and learning paradigms technology is providing an enhancement of choices and flexibility learning happens any time any place you will enjoy full support throughout your professor brian maccraith ­ president dcu studies from your tutors as well as from members 4

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why oscail-dcu distance education dcu excellence oscail is the longest established provider of irish university distance education since its establishment in 1982 oscail has been committed to providing high quality third level university education in a flexible innovative way we focus on the quality of the distance students along their journey of learning and personal development oscail has a professional support system in place for its students you will have support throughout your studies with a subject tutor for each module to guide and advise you academically there will always be someone there to assist you no matter what your problem might be `learning experience for each student with this focus highly regarded both nationally and internationally on academic excellence we ensure that your degree is and that you are equipped to be successful in all aspects of your life both in the workplace and in wider society university guide proclaimed `academic excellence has seen dcu quickly establish itself among the higher education elite but don t take our word for it in 2011 the sunday times support is also offered by other experienced oscail staff flexibility in order to stay on top you have to change with the times at oscail we embrace new technologies that give you more freedom to study whenever and wherever you want it is now possible to attend tutorials online a reasonable internet connection our students enjoy dcu is a highly-rated university when choosing a university at which to study reputation is extremely important dcu is ranked in the top 4 of universities worldwide we have held the honour of sunday times irish university of the year twice in the past eight years 2004 and 2010 and we the top 50 universities under 50 years old were recently included in the prestigious qs ranking of in `real time from home work or anywhere which has an excellent teaching and learning environment with details and much more via our online learning 24-hour online access to learning materials assignment platforms this method of flexible delivery gives you a very high degree of control over your time pace and kept to a minimum place of study mandatory attendance requirements are diverse portfolio oscail offers undergraduate programmes in the area of both humanities and information technology additionally oscail provides a range of postgraduate programmes in the fields of information technology management operations management clean development technologies and management for sustainable competitive fees these days affordability is a big factor to consider when choosing to study or not when compared with other large distance education providers the fees for oscail compare most favourably in addition oscail fees can be paid in two installments the first installment of 60 is payable at registration in august/september and the remaining 40 is due the following january a focus on supporting every student distance students matter as much to dcu as our on campus students that is why we are committed to providing a highly supportive environment for our tax relief is available at the standard rate on fees for all oscail programmes above a certain level of fees further information on tax relief can be found at http www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it31.html 5

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student services and support student support in oscail module texts and study resources tutorial support moodle wimba library assessment programme support team other services careers service disability and learning support service dcu language services dcu sport counselling service registry tutorial support after you register on an oscail module you are allocated a tutor who is an expert in the subject matter of the module tutor support comes in a variety of forms on the undergraduate programmes are nearly always held on saturdays on the ba the tutors provide face-to-face tutorials in dcu which programmes face-to-face tutorials are also provided numbers permit with very few exceptions tutorials is not mandatory for some modules in ucc and nuig where sufficient attendance at these undergraduate face-to-face on all oscail programmes you can get support from your tutor at any time via the discussion forums in moodle for more information on moodle see the section below at any point during your studies you can log onto moodle and ask your tutor a question discussion forums in moodle you can also interact with your fellow students in the student support in oscail one of the concerns that many have when they are considering distance education is that they will be left alone with little support this is not the case with your tutors should you need too but we also have a is just a phone call away these support structures another form of tutorial support on all oscail programmes is `live online tutorials where you can see and hear your tutor the tutor can present relevant material on screen as would happen in a face-to-face tutorial and you can ask questions and enter discussions in real time the software currently being used to present the `live online tutorials is called wimba ­ see the wimba section on the next page for more information most `live online tutorials take place on weekday evenings oscail programmes not only will you be able to contact dedicated administrative student support team that are there to back you up and to make your learning experience with oscail as pleasant and productive as possible module texts and study resources for each module you study with oscail you are given access to a specially written module text which contains the main content of the module on most modules you will also be required to obtain selected array of academic journals and other resources provided by dcu library 6 moodle moodle is an online environment that allows dcu staff to provide students with access to electronic teaching to useful websites and activities such as discussion forums group assignments reflective journals and quizzes moodle has become very popular among and learning materials such as module texts and links textbooks you will also have online access to the vast educators around the world as a tool for creating online

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dynamic web sites for their students students access their assignments via moodle and upload their completed assignments into moodle ­ see section on online resources which are accessed via moodle wimba is also accessed via moodle we like education students assessment below many oscail courses have additional the library provides information sources and services in support of the university s teaching learning and research programmes there is also a dedicated oscail librarian increasingly the academic resources made texts available by the library are integrated into the module to think of moodle as the campus for our distance naturally as students of dcu oscail students can also have physical access to the library when they come on campus one of the key uses which oscail students make of the library is the booking of study rooms for formed study groups meetings with fellow students with whom they have wimba as part of our efforts to bring you closer to us we at wimba is a software package that allows us to give oscail have made `wimba available to our students you `live online tutorial classrooms it works in a way web-based tutorials at home work or anywhere with similar to skype video calling students can partake in a broadband internet connection students go online their tutors and fellow students ask questons etc assessment on most modules on the undergraduate programmes assessment takes the form of continuous assessment and an end-of-year examination normally the continuous assessment takes the form of three at specific times and receive instructions interact with one major advantage of this form of tutorial delivery later by students in this way if you miss an online is that these tutorials are recorded and can be viewed tutorial or if you would like to review material covered in an online tutorial you can at any time access the place on weekday evenings recording of the tutorial most wimba tutorials take assignments which have to be submitted by designated dates throughout the academic year as noted above the assignments are made available to students in moodle and students upload their completed assignments into moodle after students upload their assignments they are marked by the module tutor the tutor will also give detailed feedback on the assignments with the aim of improving future place in may with re-sits in august library when you go to university the library is one of those areas on campus that comes in very useful but just because you are studying by distance does not mean assessments the end-of-year examinations take on the postgraduate programmes assessment is by form of three assignments per module you cannot have access to it the dcu library maintains a rich and comprehensive online database of academic texts and journals the library provides access to over 100 databases the library website 30,000 online journals 5,000 e-books and more than http www.library.dcu.ie/index.shtml is designed continuous assessment only this normally takes the programme support team along with tutors providing academic support each oscail programme has a team of academics and administrators who administer and ensure the to provide intuitive and easy access to its resources services and the information you need to optimise your use of our library to access the full-text of the online library you need to be a registered student of dcu academic journals and other resources provided by dcu academic quality of the programmes the members of the team are only a call or email away and are there to which may arise support you with in particular any non-academic issues 7

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other services careers service at oscail we believe in doing everything we can to help our students succeed in their careers beyond their to a dedicated careers service which provides studies with us that is why our students have access information advice and guidance to students it also on careers postgraduate study and employment dcu sport even though you are a distance education student you should not have to miss out on the use of the campus facilities as an oscail student you can to access dcu sports facilities located on campus the dcu sports maintains and distributes a wide range of information opportunities the careers service offices are located grattan building room cg28 complex is home to a 25 metre pool tepidarium sauna steam room spa pool fitness centre workout studios climbing wall main sports hall and several outdoor found on the website at dcu.ie/dcusport in the student support development centre henry pitches more detailed information in this regard can be disability and learning support service having a disability should not be a barrier to you in achieving your full potential that is why dcu has put and learning difficulties in the form of the disability years we have seen many students with disabilities studying with us and successfully completing their contact oscail student service management at 01 7008270 counselling service like all students registered with dcu oscail students have access to the university counselling service it is provide opportunities to explore issues of concern in a non-judgemental environment the services works a professional and confidential service which aims to supports in place to cater for students with disabilities and learning support service consequently over the with you to discover/clarify ways of living and studying development life skills and self awareness the counqualified and experienced counselling psychologists psychotherapists more resourcefully by learning and growing in personal selling and personal development service is staffed by programmes if you have a disability you are advised to dcu language services ireland of the 21st century is a multi-cultural country with a diverse population as such not everyone has english as their native language from our experience we find that many students are keen to registry one of the first things that you do after you accept your course is to register with dcu the registry plays a key role in the academic administration of the university administering and managing registration student improve their language skills dcu language services language courses which may be of interest to dculs based in dublin city university offers english international applicants for further information 8 records student id cards examinations and graduation the registry is located in the henry grattan building on the dcu campus please refer to their website at www.english.dcu.ie

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undergraduate programmes

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diploma/ba in humanities bah bachelor honours degree level 8 duration type of degree apply entry requirements number of modules fees attendance assessment additional contact details undergraduate programme minimum 3 years no maximum timeframe for completion part-time/modular/online online www.dcu.ie/oscail information on undergraduate programmes see page 35 degree -12 diploma 8 see page 43 examinations in may re-sits august for modules with examinations the final module in each subject has some mandatory attendance requirements most modules are a combination of continuous assessment and examinations for more detailed information visit http www.dcu.ie/oscail t +353 0 1 700 5481 e oscail@dcu.ie understanding the course the dcu bachelor of arts in humanities is a level 8 on the national framework of qualifications honours degree programme students undertaking in each module students are given several opportunities to demonstrate their learning throughout the academic year the form that these take depends on the aspect of the module under examination as well as the learning outcomes for their learning through essays case studies group this degree choose between studying a selection of modules in history literature philosophy sociology with access to a suite of learning materials and are that module for example students may demonstrate work contributions to online forums and discussions multiple choice questionnaires and learning journals no previous qualifications are required for our undergraduate programmes if you are over 23 years forthcoming academic year must meet the normal to the programme and psychology once registered students are provided supported academically through a variety of means including tutorials and/or workshops which may be `live classroom technology our study centres are currently located in dublin city university nui galway and university college cork a virtual face to face or virtual using the most current online of age students under 23 years on 1st january of the entry requirements of the university as appropriate learning environment called moodle email etc in addition to this students have access to a number of support services and helplines that can be used to find answers to questions and to resolve any issues or problems that arise about you whether you are interested in pursuing a career in a humanities discipline for example literature or sociology or are seeking a broad-based undergraduate in humanities provides you with the means to achieve your goals the bachelor of arts hons in humanities has been designed specifically to appeal to a variety of student needs and interests this degree programme s strength lies in its flexibility in terms of time place and we know that you may have some fears or anxiety education the dcu bachelor of arts honours level 8 about starting or returning to third-level education we want you to know that those fears are perfectly normal and that we wish to aid you in settling into the programme in order that you can pursue your educational goals 10

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pace students can choose to explore a wide breadth at least one of the subject areas they find most of humanities subject areas while also specialising in intellectually rewarding by choosing to enrol on the bachelor of arts hons in humanities you will set yourself on the same path as the thousands of people since it was first accredited in 1993 this bachelor of the attractive opportunity to obtain a dcu following five humanities subject areas 1 history 2 3 4 5 literature philosophy sociology who have successfully graduated from this programme arts honours in humanities programme offers you undergraduate degree through distance education psychology each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of different aspects of that subject for example social six modules see below for further details which cover and organisational psychology in psychology or the arts honours in humanities you need to complete twelve modules with at least five modules in one subject area students may elect to exit with a diploma in arts on completion of eight modules which is more open and flexible than if you registered for a full-time or part-time campus-based programme renaissance in literature to complete the bachelor of course structure as a student on this degree programme you may choose to study from a range of modules in the literature lit 1 literature foundation lit 2 literatures of the 20th century lit 3 lit 2 literatures of 17th 18th literature centuries foundation lit 4 the renaissance history his 2 history foundation his 2 europe and a wider world his 3 land politics society in ireland 1800-1922 his 4 politics culture society in independent ireland philosophy phil 1 philosophy foundation phil 2 reading philosophers sociology soc 1 sociology foundation soc 2 the changing social environment psychology psy 1 psychology foundation psy 2 social organisational psychology psy 3 development educational psychology psy 4 cognitive psychology psy 5a indiviual differences physiological psychology foundation intermediate intermediate soc 3a phil 3 power social order philosophy of crime deviance values ethics work employment aesthetics phil 4 language mind phil 5 philosophy of religion phil 6 contemporary philosophy soc 4 social inequality intergroup relations soc 5b language culture society intermediate advanced lit 5 his 5 literature of the women in irish 19th century european society romanticism to 1780 1915 victorianism lit 6 literatures of the late 20th century his 6 researching local history people place time advanced soc 6b psy 6a research methods research methods project project 11

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each module is awarded 15 european credit transfer system ects credit points these points are accumulated towards your award of degree 180 ects credit points are required for the ba for the diploma in arts hons and 120 ects credit points are required career prospects the bachelor of arts hons in humanities programme facilitates those interested in pursuing any kind of work that requires critical thinking skills high-quality written expression and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management all skills and abilities that are highly valued by employers the knowledge and skills you will develop are valuable and useful to have no matter what path you take once you successfully complete your dcu degree programme as it is a broad undergraduate degree many graduates from the bachelor of arts hons in humanities have gone on to a variety of postgraduate programmes and careers for example one student has gone on to complete postgraduate studies in literature and is now a published author working in an irish university and is a member of the programme board of the ba in humanities helping to shape the development of the degree similarly several graduates of the programme have in addition to their other work as third-level academics in other institutions returned to oscail to work as distance education tutors bringing their experience as distance-learning students to that work 12 my study with oscail has been a guiding light for me and hope of a better life for my children i have not been disappointed and believe my study has been a milestone in my life william mcevilly ba

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diploma/ba in english and history baeh bachelor honours degree level 8 duration type of degree apply entry requirements number of modules fees attendance assessment additional contact details minimum 4 years maximum 8 years part-time/modular/online undergraduate programme online www.dcu.ie/oscail information on undergraduate programmes see page 35 degree -12 diploma 8 see page 43 examinations in may re-sits august for modules with examinations the final module in each subject has some mandatory attendance requirements most modules are a combination of continuous assessment and examinations for more detailed information visit http www.dcu.ie/oscail t +353 0 1 700 5481 e oscail@dcu.ie understanding the course the dcu bachelor of arts in english and history is a new level 8 on the national framework of qualifications honours degree programme course of education in english and history programme in order that you can pursue your educational goals in each module students are given several which provides students with a focused tailored opportunities to demonstrate their learning throughout the academic year the form that these take depends on the aspect of the module under examination as well as the learning outcomes for their learning through essays case studies group once registered students are provided with access to a suite of learning materials and are supported tutorials and/or workshops which may be face to face or virtual using the most current online `live classroom technology our study centres are academically through a variety of means including that module for example students may demonstrate work contributions to online forums and discussions multiple choice questionnaires and learning journals no previous qualifications are required for our undergraduate programmes if you are over 23 years of age students under 23 years on 1st january of the forthcoming academic year must meet the normal entry requirements of the university as appropriate to the programme currently located in dublin city university nui galway and university college cork while all modules have face-to-face tutorials in dcu as it depends on the number of students selecting a study centre there are face-to-face tutorials for a more limited range of have access to a number of support services and modules in nuig and ucc in addition to this students helplines that are used to help to find answers to about you this course is designed to develop students knowledge and understanding of the english and questions and resolve any issues or problems that arise we know that you may have some fears or anxiety about starting or returning to third-level education we want you to know that those fears are perfectly normal and that we wish to aid you in settling into the history subject areas and is therefore tailored to be suitable for anyone who wishes to focus specifically on these subjects in their studies whether for personal or professional reasons this bachelor of arts honours 13

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