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Learning Method

MEDIU METHOD OF COURSE DELIVERY

In delivering an academic course, there are four major elements involved, namely:

a) Teaching Activities :
i- Lecture
ii- Tutorial
iii- E-Lecture(Courseware)

b) Learning Support Activities :
i- E-Consultation
ii- E-Forum
iii- Assignment

c) Self Study :
i- Quizzes
ii- Reading from master text and other relevant resources

d) Examinations :
i- Mid-term examination
ii- Final examination e of study

Method of Course Delivery I: Full Online

Activities Frequency & Learning Hours Description Mode Status
A) Teaching Activities
1. Lecture
Minimum 2 hours per subject per semester
The 2 hours of the lecture are delivered in the following manners:

1) 1 hour at the beginning of the semester – to set the class direction and to give general overview of the subject, its objectives and learning outcomes, tips to excel in learning the subject and other related matters.
2) 1 hour towards the end of the semester – to wrap up what have been studied throughout the semester and to guide students for the preparation for the final examination.
Lecturer to students’ ratio at maximum 1:350.
Synchronously implemented in the following order:

a) Physical face-to-face

b) Online face-to-face through video conferencing (utilising ALIM). The session is accessible through students own PC and internet connection.
c) Online face-to-face through video conferencing. Students are required to attend the session at a designated location such as at a rented hall, etc.
d) Video streaming (recorded lecture), followed by interactive sessions (teleconferencing, chatting, etc) with students.
Compulsory Attendance: not less than 80%
2. Tutorial Minimum 4 hours per semester per subject The 4 hours of the tutorials are delivered in the following manners:

1) 2 hours before mid-semester examination
2) 2 hours after mid-semester examination. During tutorials, the following subjects are normally discussed:
a) Emphasising on some
important topics.
b) Clarifying some ‘difficult’
topics.
c) Current application of
some selected topics.
d) Case study.
e) Others.
Tutor to students’ ratio at maximum 1:25.
Synchronously implemented in the above orders. Compulsory Attendance not less than 80%
3. E-Lecture Average 1.5 hours per week per subject
Learning materials are prepared and posted onto ALIM on week by week basis.
Online asynchronously through ALIM
Compulsory at students’ own convenience
B) Learning Support Activities
1. E-Consultation 1 hour per week per subject
E-consultation is a platform of communication between students and lecturers. Students may, at any time, send any query to their lecturer through e-mail.
Lecturer must respond to the e-mail within 48 hours or less.
An interactive session can also be initiated by lecturer or student to discuss matters that cannot be answered through one way communication.
All questions and answers during e-consultation will be kept in ‘eConsultation Bank’ for future reference through search engine by both students and lecturers.
Online asynchronously with the following arrangements:
a) Students will send queries to lecturers through e-mail.

b) Lecturer will respond through one of the following methods:

i. One way communication through e-mail, pre-recorded voice or pre-recorded video

ii. Interactive session (if needed). Lecturer will initiate appointment with student for one of the following session: chit-chat, teleconferencing or video conferencing (through ALIM) This interactive session can also be requested by students on an appointment basis.

Optional at students’ own convenience
2. E-Forum 1 hour per week per subject
E-forum is an important method for tutor and lecturer to ascertain the followings:
a) Students understand the subject.
b) Learning outcomes of the subject are achieved.
c) Students are able to apply the knowledge gained into current situations.
Illustration: From 1st to 7th of April, an e-forum is open to discuss on a specific topic. Within those seven days, student can read and participate in the discussion. He may open the e-forum and participate at any time and as many time as he wants. The tutor will have to monitor the discussion and to guide students in the discussion in case the discussion goes outside the given topic.
Online asynchronously with the following arrangements:
a) Tutor will prepare topic(s) for e-forum. The topic must be suitable for discussion such as a case study, newspaper cutting for relevant event/incident, etc. The topic is also related to the learning outcome of the subject.
b) Lecturer will have a look at the suitability of the topic.
c) Upon obtaining lecturer’s approval, tutor will post the topic onto ALIM and determine the beginning and ending time for the forum.
d) Tutor will ensure that the discussion is within the subject matter. Guidance from the tutor may be needed during the running of the forum.
e) At the end of e-forum session, tutor will:
i. Give participation mark.
ii. Give summary and
comment about the

discussion.

Compulsory at students’ own convenience within stipulated range of time. Participation marks given.
3. Assignment 1 hour per subject per week
The main objective of the assignment is to ensure that students have gone through the courseware (through ALIM), the master text and other relevant resources.
It is up to the tutor and lecturer on whether to have a weekly assignment or at any other interval.
As general guidelines, a weekly assignment requires about one hour research and writing time. It is expected that the average length of the answer/essay from students is half a page to one page.
A fortnightly assignment or assignments at any other interval must take into account the learning hours that students must spend to complete the assignment.
Online asynchronously with the following arrangements:
a) Tutor will prepare topic(s) for assignment. The topic requires only short answer/essay from students.
b) Lecturer will have a look at the suitability of the topic.
c) Upon obtaining lecturer’s approval, tutor will post the topic onto ALIM and determine the last date for the submission of the assignment.
d) Upon receiving the assignment, tutor will give participation mark and comment (if any).
Compulsory at students’ own convenience within stipulated range of time. Participation marks given.
C) Self Study
1. Quizzes 1 hour per subject per week
Most quizzes and exercises are designed within ALIM.
Online asynchronously through ALIM. Students answer the quizzes and exercises. Students may know the correct answers through ALIM. Optional at students’ own convenience.
2. Reading from master text and other relevant resources
Average 4 hours per week
In addition to e-lecture, students are given master text for each subject. Each master text consists of the followings:
a) Discussion about the topic in detail.
b) References to some relevant resources.
c) Voice over (for some master texts).
Offline asynchronously through CD. Students are required to study the master text. Compulsory at students’ own convenience. No marks given.
D) Examinations
1. Mid semester examination Average of 1 hour per subject per semester Students are required to take the examination that carries 20-30 marks respectively. Online or offline at:
a) Learning centre
b) Other designated place
Compulsory at stipulated time.
2. Final Examination Average of 2 hours per subject per semester Students are required to take the examination that carries 50-60 marks respectively. As above Compulsory at stipulated time.
Total Learning hours; Approximately 10.5 hours per subject per week

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