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Arts (Single Module)

BA Single Module

  • PAC CodeDC342
  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Delivery Modes Online Distance Learning
  • Duration Continuous

Professional Development for Teachers

Are you interested in upskilling? Are you a post-primary teacher who wishes to obtain Teaching Council registration for History, English or CSPE? Are you seeking to study for personal enjoyment? Then the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) programme is for you.

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option offers you the attractive opportunity to study, at an Honours degree level, an array of interesting Humanities subjects, through online distance learning, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

Sarah completed her degree in Humanities while woring full time and living in Balbriggan. https://youtu.be/zZDt3aMy9Yw

About the course

The DCU Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows student to undertake study at (level 8) degree level for personal enjoyment or professional development without having to commit to study towards an exit award.

Of specific interest to many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students is that the History, Literature and Sociology modules are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for general registration in relation to the (post-primary level) teaching of History, English and CSPE respectively. Post-primary level teachers who wish to up-skill and become registered in one of these subject areas may use the BASM programme in order to accomplish this goal.

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the academic year, you can choose from a suite of modules in English, History, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology. As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you will have access to an array of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Humanities and Social Science subjects necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Course Structure:

As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you may choose to study from a range of modules in the following five Humanities subject areas:

Each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of six modules, which cover different aspects of that subject.

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows student to undertake study of these modules for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without aiming to exit with an award.

Please note that the programme is under constant review and there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.

Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points.

Module Selection:

The modular structure of the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option gives students choice and flexibility in choosing which module(s) to undertake. Module choice may be subject to individual module regulations. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. If you wish to undertake more than one module please see the registration rules in relation to module selection. If you are returning to study after a long absence, and/or you are in full-time employment it is recommended that you should not take more than two modules in your first year.

 

Course Life

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the academic year, students are provided with access to a suite of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology  necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Patrice completed a BA in Human ities with DCU, studying from her home in Togher, County Louth

Patrice's video story https://youtu.be/oTqSouCzBWs

Students are supported academically through a variety of means: a personal tutor, the humanities programme team and DCU student supports. When studying a module students are supported by a dedicated Tutor. Each module has a blend of face to face and virtual tutorials. Tutorials are activity-based, participatory sessions where Tutors facilitate review and discussion of the material students have been studying. Face to face tutorials are held on DCU campus, usually on Saturdays, while virtual tutorials take place using 'live', online classroom technology. Students can partake in these virtual classroom tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. These tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later, and usually take place on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Attending the majority of tutorials/workshops is voluntary, with attendance at a small number of tutorials/workshops being mandatory. Students are also supported in online discussion forums. These discussion forums, which can be found within DCU's virtual learning environment Loop, is the key medium through which students communicate with their Tutor and fellow students. Regular participation in these discussion forums is very important. In addition, students have access to a number of support services that are used to find answers to questions and resolve any issues or problems they may be experiencing.

In each module students will be given several opportunities, throughout the academic year, to demonstrate their learning through assessment work. The form that these assessments take depends on the module, but may include essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires, learning journals and/or end of year examinations. All continuous assessment work is submitted online. Students can sit their May examinations in an examination center in Dublin, Cork or Galway.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, and using word processing packages like Microsoft Word.

You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.


Teaching Council:

Many people enter their studies with the ambition of becoming a teacher. The Teaching Council was established to encourage teaching as a profession at primary and post-primary levels and to promote the professional development of teachers and to regulate standards in the profession.

For further information contact:

The Teaching Council,

Block A,

Maynooth Business Campus,

Maynooth,

Co. Kildare

LoCall: 1890 224 224

T: +353 (0) 1651 7900

F: +353 (0) 1651 7901

E: info@teachingcouncil.ie

www.tcil.ie

Careers

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study allows student to undertake study at university degree level for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without having to commit to study towards an exit award.

The studying of Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) modules will develop skills such as critical thinking, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management. The knowledge, abilities and skills you will develop are highly valued by employers and will also be useful and valuable to you should you undertake any further study.

Many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students have gone on to successfully enter the teaching profession (post-primary level) and existing post-primary level teaching staff have enhanced their teaching prospects by adding another subject to their teaching repertoire.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are detailed here https://www.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml

In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university requirements for competency in the English language.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

To apply please go to: www.pac.ie/ugrad and select Bachelor of Arts Single Module (PAC Code: DC342)PAC will charge undergraduates an application fee of €35.

Recognition of Prior Learning:Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students cannot apply for recognition of prior learning (i.e. exemptions) as they are not working towards a particular award.

You can email us with any questions to: openeducation@dcu.ie or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.

Important Dates:

Study Period:  September to May.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in late September of each year.