Each module at CLC contains a number of lessons, each lesson will include a Set Task which is an opportunity to either put into practice the material taught in the lesson or engage in networking and building resources. Set Tasks are not graded. In addition to the Set Task is an written assignment, the assignment will sometimes ask you to report on the Set Task, and will also give you a series of questions that you will need to answer.
The assignments are considered formative assessment tasks. Largely we give you feedback on your answers, suggestions on where to find more information if necessary as well as assistance and guidance where required.
We find the students who are successful generally follow these five simple guidelines:
- email your tutor if you have questions about the content and the expectations for your assignment.
- finish one assignment at a time, wait for feedback from your tutor before submitting the next one.
- Don’t rush your assignments! They appear deceptively simple and, like any study the more you put in the more you will get out of it.
- Only submit your own work. We do not accept plagiarised work (see our plagiarism policy here), you will be asked to resubmit your assignments, so its a waste of our time and yours.
- Make a schedule and do your best to stick to it. Try and submit one assignment a month.
Quite a few of our courses have a PBL (Problem Based Learning) task in place of an assignment and set task.
WHAT IS PROBLEM BASED LEARNING?
Traditionally, students learn by listening to lectures and reading, and are assessed on their ability to recall and communicate what they have learned. With problem-based learning, students are assessed on their ability to go through a problem solving process.
Research shows that PBL gives the learner greater long-term benefits than traditional learning, and many successful and progressive universities around the world use it in their courses. Graduates of PBL courses advance faster and further in their careers.
- Other benefits of PBL:
- Develops critical and creative thinking;
- Creates effective problem-solvers;
- Increases motivation;
- Encourages lateral thinking;
- Improves communication and networking skills;
- Is based on real-life situations.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Every PBL project is carefully designed by experts to expose you to the information and skills that we want you to learn. When assigned a project, you are given:
- A statement of the problem (eg. diseased animal; failing business; anorexia case study);
- Questions to consider when solving the problem;
- A framework for the time and effort you should spend on the project;
- Support from the school.
The problems that you will solve in your course will relate to what you are learning. They are problems that you might encounter when working that field, adapted to your level of study.