Full-time and part-time study
Full-time study typically follows a schedule of two evenings a week although this can vary depending on the programme. Part-time study is normally based on the same timetable as our full-time programmes in a convenient pattern consistent with a two-year completion period. Part-time study involves an average of four evenings attendance at the School per month during term-time between October and May. For both full and part-time students a non-assessed enrichment programme can also be arranged, including attendance at our professional themes lectures and research seminars.
How will you learn?
Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. These also aim to promote continuing professional development. Some of the key learning approaches that you will experience as a student in the School will include:
Group work This is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to, or continuing in, a professional role. You will be supported in learning how to form and maintain group cohesiveness to achieve clearly defined outcomes, such as a report, a group presentation or a combination of both. Group work will be managed through different ways reflecting approaches you may well experience in the work place. In some cases you will be grouped by the lecturer and at other times you will have the task to form your own group.
Research and Case-studies You will be presented with different case studies that reflect the reality of research design, decision making and problem solving activities in today’s organisational environment. The case studies are selected to reflect the specific needs of your programme or module of study.
Learning alongside other students Throughout your time with us you will be working alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerful resource and we are particularly keen to encourage you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at Southampton. You will be expected to learn to communicate with each other as well as your lecturers in a variety of contexts. During group lectures you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups, often with people who are sitting alongside you. The possible answers would be shared
by the group as guided by your teacher. You will be an ‘active’ learner through taking part in small group discussions and offering your views on many occasions.
E-learning E-learning facilities are provided through a learning environment called ‘Blackboard’ which enables access to many additional resources and supporting learning materials. The School also provides a dedicated website
with links for online learning support.
Student Support Service for Learning We will help support your learning needs throughout your time of study. We will provide an induction programme as well as individual support in study skills, where appropriate. You will also be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic development.
Each of your taught modules will normally be assessed by one or two assignments totalling the equivalent of 4000 words. You will be required to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a range of key educational concepts in conjunction with an appreciation of how such concepts may be integrated with practice. Assessment methods may include:
- Oral/electronic presentations
- Authored materials (e.g. an audio of video podcast, a learning resource or educational game)
- Artefacts.(e.g. the application of specified learning outcomes in relation to selected learning objects e.g. photographs, costume, uniform, video, puppets, plus Religious items such as Kara bangle, Kangha comb etc.).