Support from your tutor
Your learning takes place within a tutor-facilitated group of approximately 20 students. Your tutor provides individual tuition, professional advice and support, mentoring, assessment and regular feedback on your performance throughout the module. You'll learn by working with your group and individually online in structured activities. These are supported by a wide range of resources including specially designed books, a world-class online library and face-to-face opportunities including a residential school. Activities generally require online participation over two to six week periods and contribute to your reflective practice and your assessment.
We aim to provide face-to-face tutorials in a range of locations students can travel to, though we cannot guarantee availability close to where you live. Online alternatives may also be provided, and recordings of these will typically be made available to students.
Student numbers on the module, and where tutors are based, will affect the locations of where tutorials are held, and what online alternatives are provided. We cannot guarantee that face-to-face tutorials will be hosted in specific locations, or locations that have been used previously. While you’re not obliged to attend any of these tutorial events, you are strongly encouraged to take part.
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The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).
Tutor-marked assignments are scheduled at regular intervals (approximately every six weeks) throughout the module and are based on the work you do during the relevant block. Extensive guidance is given on all assignments submitted.
Satisfactory participation at a three-day residential school in the UK or the 14-day online equivalent is required. The residential school has long hours (one day runs from 09:00 to 20:30) but with regular breaks. If you participate in the online version you should expect to spend about 1.5 hours per day on various tasks and activities.
The residential school is an opportunity to meet other managers, tutors and to work in small groups. The focus is on integration of module themes, leadership, ethics and the end of module assessment (EMA). There will also be a session to engage you in developing digital skills.
Both versions of the residential school (face to face and online) have been devised to deliver the essential learning outcomes for this module, however past experience shows that the majority of students prefer to attend a face-to-face school if they can. The cost of the residential school (excluding travel) is included in the module fee.
At the face -to-face residential school, a portable device such as a laptop, tablet or smart phone is useful for participation in some activities.
Please note that if you start this module in May, the residential school is likely to be towards the end of August. If you start in November, the residential school is likely to be towards the end of February/early March 2021. (These dates are subject to change).