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Preparing to Study Online

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All successful applicants must participate in an orientation programme designed to assist you to develop the skills required for studying online as well as at the graduate level. The programme is divided into two parts. The first part is a one-week course that introduces you to the UWI Open Campus online environment. You will become familiar with the Student Portal and you will also explore Moodle, the Learning Management System that the OC uses for teaching and learning online. This course will be available during the period TBA.

The second part comprises a series of study units based on a range of general learning skills. These units are intended to assist you in strengthening your own capabilities as an online graduate student, studying online.

For example there will be units on academic writing, report writing, skills for managing one’s own study, skills for learning in an interactive environment. You will be required to undertake the second part during the period TBA.

Further details about both parts will be provided closer to the respective dates.

This is a non-credit programme. Nonetheless, it is compulsory for all incoming students.

Technical Requirement

The following list indicates the minimum requirements needs to complete a course either fully or partially online.

Some courses may have additional hardware, software or skills requirements and these will be listed on the individual course information page.


Pentium IV 2GHz or faster

Windows 2000 or above or MAC OS 8.0 or above

Internet Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 +

Mozilla Firefox

Additional Software

You may also require recent versions of the following:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Macromedia Flash/Shockwave Player

Apple QuickTime

Additional Requirements

Are you connected to the internet?

Are you able to navigate?

Can you use the print and back buttons?

Internet connection using a 56KByte modem as a minimum, however ADSL Broadband is the recommended option

Sound/video card with speaker or headphones connected


Colour Monitor set to 800 x 600 resolution, or greater.

CD ROM Drive/DVD drive

email facilities including

--email address

--attachment facility

--ability to save email