Teaching / Learning Method

The central element of the self-study is the printed material that offers the student the equivalent of lectures in a conventional university. They also provide a series of carefully designed activities and self-assessment questions, which help the student to develop analytical skills and independent thought. Printed material are supported by, audio-visual material, day schools (face to face discussions), tutor clinics, laboratory work, fieldwork, on-line component and seminars.

Laboratory work and field work form an integral part of most courses in technology and are compulsory.

Pre-scheduled day schools and tutor clinics are conducted by the academics of the Faculty for groups of students at Regional and Study Centres of the University. In these day schools, students can discuss difficulties that they have encountered in the self-study materials of a particular course.

The OUSL is meant primarily for working students. Therefore, it should be possible for a student to study while working, without much difficulty. While the University is making every effort to schedule as many activities as possible during weekends and public holidays, certain activities such as laboratory classes and examinations may have to be scheduled during weekdays. Since the activity schedule for the whole year is given to the students at the beginning of the academic year, it is hoped that they can plan their work well in advance.

Course Credit System

The Faculty of Engineering Technology uses a new course credit system with effect from the academic year 2010. This will not affect the existing course codes, but the interpretation of the course code to derive the credit value will be different.
New Credit Definition

  • 1 Credit (new)  = 25 hours of academic work
  • 1 Old Credit = 450 hours of academic work
  • 1 Old Credit  = 18 Cedits (new)

The academic work may include all activities related to a course such as study of given lesson materials, lab classes, face to face teaching, field work, tests, final examination and the any other activites decided by the course team.The new credit value of a course is derived from the course code by multiplying the second digit by 3.