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Frequently Asked Questions:

Learning Related Questions:

1. How much time will I need to commit each week?
Everyone will study the course at their own rate of learning but is anticipated you will need to commit an average of around 4-6 hours a week for the Undergraduate Certificate Course and 10-12 hours a week for the postgraduate courses. This can be done at any times to suit yourself.

2. How long is the course?
For the Undergraduate Certificate course a total of 40-44 weeks. The course is broken down into three, 12 week modules, with a 3 week break between modules. The Postgraduate Certificate Course takes 12 months of part time study, the Postgraduate Diploma 18 months of part time study and the MSc 24 months of part time study.

3. Will I have a personal tutor?
Yes - Each student will be appointed their own tutor who will act as your day to day contact for all issues related to the course.

4. If I get called away on business, can I catch up later?
Yes - If you find you are unable to commit time at certain periods of the course it is possible to catch up when you are able. Just arrange an extension with your Tutor before the appropriate work deadline.

5. How will the course be taught?

All the Sustainable Aquaculture distance learning programmes are modular and taught part time via an online e-learning platform offering online tutorial support, direct email contact with tutors, video streams and access to student bulletin boards. This structure allows you the maximum flexibility to complete your studies while continuing in your employment.

Classes are taught through a combination of weekly lectures and tutorials and are assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.

The courses are taught using a variety of on-line tools and downloadable material.Each topic will have a set of key learning objectives which will be taught via an interactive flash based presentation In addition, you will be required to do some reading and research from listed materials.

IT Related Questions:

6. How good does my computer need to be?
You do not need a powerful computer to complete the course. Any computer less then 5 years old should be suitable.

7. What screen resolution do I need?
Your screen should have a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels to ensure you can view the flash based learning modules. However a screen resolution of 1024 pixels wide is recommended as this will enable you to view the web site without scrolling. Modern screens (< 5 years old) are likely to meet or exceed this requirement.

8. Do I need any special software?
No - You will need a web browser (Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox, Chrome or Safari are recommended), Adobe Flash Reader, Adobe PDF reader and Microsoft Word Reader. These programs are all available as free downloads and are generally installed on most computers.

9. Can I do the course on a MAC?
Yes - The course is web based and can be completed on any computer platform that is capable of viewing a web site.

10. Do I need a broadband connection?
Whilst it is not necessary, it is strongly advisable that you have a reliable internet connection speed of 128k or more (dial-up is 56k). Much of the learning material requires the downloading of files up to 2 Mb in size, and the interactive presentations are delivered as Adobe flash files (one per slide), thus a slow connection will require patience (and/or forward planning).

11. Will I need any special IT equipment?
Not to take the learning elements of the course. However, the formal examinations will be conducted under monitored conditions and a web cam will be required for security. These are low cost items and will only be needed during the exams.