The course is split into 3 modules.
Each module has 8 “sessions” of online content, one per week.
Each session of online content typically includes 6-10 topics.
Each topic includes:
- A video – these are typically 5-10 minutes long and deliver 80% of the course content
- A set of course notes – these provide additional depth to the video content.
- Two self-assessment questions – one before the new content to recap relevant prior learning; and one after the new content has been delivered, to help you assess how well you’ve taken on this new material. The purpose of these is to have you to consider what you have learned and identify any gaps in your knowledge. If you cannot answer these questions, you should revisit that topic’s learning materials. These questions are not marked by course advisors but you should really view them as sample interview questions, these are the sort of questions you’ll need to confidently answer to get a job in the industry. It is extremely important that you take the time to consider them and write great responses.
- A visit to the class discussion forum – after each topic you should spend some time on the class discussion forum where you can chat to other students about the topic, about any difficulties you had or to explore ideas further. This discussion board is monitored by a lecturer so you’ll have any technical questions answered by them.
- Some modules also provide the opportunity for a live Q&A tutorial with your lecturers. But always remember your course coordinator is on hand to help with any problems you might experience.
In total, you should plan for approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete each topic, depending on your previous academic and professional experience.
You have access to the online course material 24/7, with new course material being released weekly. We recommend that you create your own study timetable to work around any other commitments you may have and ensure enough time to finish each week’s work before the next is released.
At the end of the module there is an assignment (see below for more information).
We check activity logs weekly to make sure that you’re managing to keep up with the work. This helps us to spot any potential issues early. You have a course coordinator who will check in with you (via email or phone call) if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind.