What is Required for Workshops or Workplace Projects to be Satisfied?
Essentially we will accept anything that constitutes “learning in a real world relevant situation”, as distinct from our “normal” way of delivering a distance education module.
- These requirements can be undertaken anywhere, and any time.
- Each student will be treated as an individual and the path they follow will vary according to their own situation.
- It is impossible to say exactly what any one student will be doing for this part of their course until they reach that part of their course. It all depends upon their circumstances at that point in time.
The term “Workplace Project” is often used to embrace any type of learning experience that is real world oriented, this includes:
- Attending industry meetings (conferences, seminars, study tours, committee meetings, etc.)
- Work experience (paid or voluntary)
- Attending workshops run by another institution, or supervised by a professional person working the student through our “workshop curriculum documents”
- Undertaking any of the following modules: Workshop I, II, III or Research Project I, II, III or IV. (These are modules with Subject Guides that take you through well structured, very practical projects)
- Undertaking, where appropriate, other PBL based modules including Editing Practice I, or Journalism Practice I or II
- ADL does not organise and conduct workshops.
- The student DOES NOT need to sit exams for any of the above, but they do need to show documentary proof.
- In the cases of 1, 2 or 3, fees apply.
- For 4 and 5 (but not 1, 2, or 3) the fee is incorporated into the qualification fee.
Industry Project or Work Experience
This is the final requirement that you must satisfy before receiving your award. There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:
If you work in the industry that you have been studying, you may submit a reference from your employer in an effort to satisfy this industry (i.e. workplace project) requirement on the basis of RPL (i.e. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.
The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.
If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.
Procedure for a Workplace Project
This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.
This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.
Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.
For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.
Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.
If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).