Online Courses Guide 2013

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Description of online, distance learning courses offered at Robert Gordon University

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  • STUDY ONLINE WITH RGU

    ONLINE COURSES 2013/14FLEXIBLE ONLINE STUDY THAT FITS IN WITH YOUR BUSY LIFE

    WWW.RGU.AC.UK/BETTER-ONLINE

  • As a distance learner, the course offered me the flexibility to earn a living and maintain my home life with less disruption than studying on campusIan Morgan MSC PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

  • ONLINE LEARNINGFLEXIBLE STUDY THAT FITS IN WITH YOUR BUSY LIFE

    If you are unable to attend classes on campus, online distance learning is an ideal way to gain a qualification.

    You can study online from any location throughout the world, at a time and place thats flexible and convenient for you.

    We recognise that flexible learning can be challenging at times and we aim to provide a solid network of support to all students.

    We continually update and review our online distance learning programmes to ensure that they meet the needs of both students and employers and have very close connections as a University with industry and practitioners.

    We also have a dedicated team who work on e-learning tools and who respond to new technological developments and seek student feedback to evaluate existing systems.

    Our distance learning courses are delivered online through Campus Moodle, the Universitys virtual learning environment.

    You will have access to teaching materials including lecture notes and course guides, and you will be able to interact with lecturers and other students.

    93% of our distance learning students feel it has been worth the investment of their time

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    WWW.RGU.AC.UK/BETTER-ONLINE

  • WHAT IS ONLINE LEARNING?

    You dont have to be in Aberdeen to study for one of our degrees. Many of our courses are flexible and available online.

    Study online through Campus Moodle, our virtual learning environment, and interact with lecturers and fellow students from around the world.

    The distance learning mode of delivery has study material divided into learning topics that directly reflect the taught syllabus.

    A learning, team-centred model is used where the online tutor engages with teams and individuals through the discussion forum, group email, virtual tutorial/chat rooms and confidential email.

    All distance learners must have:

    Good internet access

    Microsoft Office

    Although our distance learning mode provides flexibility as to where and when students study, our delivery model does not permit full flexibility and pace is controlled to enable membership of a student cohort an approach that feedback shows enhances student success and experience.

    All study materials are available on Campus Moodle. These include:

    Study topics and activities as well as some audio/video materials which provide the equivalent content of lectures for an on-campus student

    Discussion forums and team areas for group study

    Presentations equivalent to full-time on-campus classes

    Access to a bank of online library and e-book resources

    Each module has its own discussion forum on Campus Moodle for use by the students and tutors as well as its own homepage.

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  • As a distance-learning student, for the majority of our courses, you are not required to attend on campus, although we are delighted to meet those who do decide to visit. You will have full access to the library and University facilities as a student.

    The only courses that do require attendance are:

    MBA programme Students are required to attend a 10 day workshop in the UK during the second year of their studies, usually around May/June. This is a standard requirement for an AMBA accredited MBA and the workshop focuses on strategic management and leadership.

    Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Students are required to attend a short residential period of five consecutive days of training within the Schools professional skills centre to allow for a shared learning experience.

    Nursing Some of our nursing modules will require attendance on-campus. This will depend on which course you are studying. Please see individual course pages on our website for further details.

    www.rgu.ac.uk

    As an IT Manager at Wood Group Ltd, being able to study when Im travelling is a great benefit to me, as with access to offline material I can take my studies anywhere

    Richard Urquhart MSC IN Information Technology Management

    If flexibility and great course content are important to you, RGU is the perfect option. One of the biggest risks in selecting an online course is the credibility of the school. RGU has proven to be more than great and it is accessible from anywhere in the world

    Dave DaCosta MSC IN International Marketing Management

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  • IRELAND

    NORWAY

    CANADA

    NIGERIA

    USA

    UK

    ALGERIA

    SPAIN

    FRANCe

    GHANA

    Venezuela

    CARIBBEANMEXICo

    COLOMBIA

    BRAZIL

    We provide an extensive range of distance learning facilities via Campus Moodle, supporting over 8000 students from 113 countries studying online.

    STUDY ANYWHERE

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  • KazakHstan

    RUSSIA

    GREECE

    UAE INDIA

    KUWAIT

    CHINA

    SRI LANKA

    PHILIPPINES

    PAKISTAN

    CAMEROON

    MALAYSIA

    THAILAND

    TAIWAN

    VIETNAM

    KENYA

    ROMANIACZECHREPUBLIC

    POLAND

    ANGOLA

    AUSTRALIA

    ITALY

    SAUDI ARABIA

    Online distance learning, is not restricted by time zone differences. Most of our distance learning courses do not require students to be online at a specific time or on a specific date, however there will be submission deadlines and certain activities may require you to be online or submit/post something at a particular time.

    Some courses or modules require more regular interaction than others and you are encouraged to look at the course information for the particular course you are interested in for this.

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  • HOW TO APPLY

    Apply Online

    You can apply for your course directly via our online application form which allows you to upload documents in support of your application.

    It is quick and easy to use, allowing you to complete pages in any order and you may save your progress and come back to the form as many times as you like.

    All supporting documents (certificates, transcripts of qualification) should be scanned and ready to upload.

    You will have the option to upload your CV and any references that you wish to provide.

    www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

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    It is clear that the commitment of the University to deliver a first class learning experience extends to all students, regardless of their mode of learning or physical location

    Paul Waters LLM/MSc Construction Law AND ARBITRATION

  • GETTING STARTED

    To be able to login and access your online learning materials, you will need to know your RGU username and password which will be provided by our Admissions team when you are invited to enrol.

    You will use these to access your learning materials.

    THE STUDENT PORTAL

    The Student Portal is a gateway to information and services for all students. It provides links to Campus Moodle, email, iLink library catalogue, personal files on the University network, help and advice information, exam results, academic regulations, how to update your address, tuition fee and accommodation information to name a few.

    This is where you will go to access Campus Moodle and your RGU email account.

    CAMPUS MOODLE

    Campus Moodle is a collaborative learning environment for students. Not only will learning material be available online, but there will also be areas for discussion, group work, formative quizzes and the uploading of assignments.

    You will be able to access your online learning environment anytime and anywhere, as long as an internet connection is available. The learning material can take a wide variety of formats from MS Word and PDF documents to podcasts or wikis. You will submit your assignments via Campus Moodle in the electronic dropboxes which you will find here.

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  • Once logged into Campus Moodle you will see a page with two headings:

    General Study Area: This gives access to course materials, library and IT information and induction modules. This is a good place to begin and provides a general induction to Campus Moodle, the University and in some cases there will be a course induction module.

    Current Study Module Area: This is where you will access the module or modules which you are studying in a current semester.

    www.rgu.ac.uk/campusmoodleintro

    MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

    All communication from the University throughout your studies will be directed to your RGU email account so we do encourage students to check this regularly.

    You will also benefit from access to our global address list which holds contact details for University staff and student email addresses of others on your course.

    THE LIBRARY

    The library services and resources are available to all students of the University, including distance learners, and there are some additional services we offer students who are enrolled on distance learning courses who cannot come in to visit the Library on campus. These include:

    Postal loans

    Photocopies

    Access to other libraries in the UK

    Access to libraries outside the UK

    You will have access to services such as:

    iLink (the Library Catalogue)

    Electronic full text databases

    Journals

    Useful weblinks for your subject