School of Business & Management Studies

Rationale for the Programme

The programme was designed for the development of skills in research and evaluation skills for open and distance learning practitioners. Graduates will be equipped to manage specific DE projects in their area of operation and to develop a comprehensive perception of the link between ODL practices and national areas of interest such as alleviation of poverty, increasing access to  vocational training, and enhancing opportunities of employment.

Programme Structure

The curriculum is arranged into two parts as follows:

Part1: Fundamentals of Open and Distance Learning.

Part 2: Research in Open and Distance Learning.

Each Part is to be completed in one semester

The programme carries 120 credits

 

PREST - Curriculum Structure

Semester 1

Credits

Cluster 1:

20

Defining distance learning

 

Open and distance learning in new environments

 

Managing the distance education system

 

Cluster 2:

20

Open and distance learning study materials

 

Supporting the distance education learner

 

Communication in distance education

 

Cluster 3:

20

Distance education systems in Southern Africa

 

Challenges and the future of distance education

 

Facing the challenges, the Malawi experience

 

Semester 2

 

Cluster 4:

20

The distance education practitioner

 

What is research?

 

Why do research?

 
   

Cluster 5:

20

Research or evaluation?

 

Different methodological stances

 

The range of research areas and topics

 

Cluster 6:

20

External forces that shape the evaluation agenda

 

Starting to map out your own research project

 

Research paper or article

 

Total Credits

120

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