Workshop I

Learn practical problem solving skills. Develop all the benefits of attending a workshop, without needing to leave home. Gain the knowledge and skills to perform workplace tasks.

Course Code: BGN103
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn Practical Skills by Home Study: Distance Education IS Practical -more than most people think!

Workshops may normally be something you attend in person; with the purpose of gaining some very practical knowledge and skills, relevant to the subject which you are studying.
 
This course achieves much the same as what you would achieve by physically attending a  workshop in a face to face situation; but without needing to travel.
 
By using tried and proven educational techniques combined with modern technology; it is possible for you to be guided through a series of learning experiences by our academic staff; to achieve the same general outcomes that would normally be achieved in attended workshops.
 
Our Workshops
Our three workshop modules were originally developed in the mid 1990's, as generic courses to provide practical learning that would compliment any discipline. Curriculum documents were written and accredited at the time. The three workshop courses which we offer today, have been developed so as to meet all of the requirements originally specified in those curriculum documents.
PBL's
PBL is an abbreviation for "Problem Based Learning". 
Problem Based Learning is a learning methodology that was originally developed in USA universities; and is now commonly used in some university courses -particularly in medicine; but also in horticulture and other disciplines. This school began using PBL in 2004, basing it's methodology on documentation from and discussions with staff from a number of universities. 
We experimented with and modified the PBL concept to create our own approach which worked successfully with distance education.
 
PBL projects have been developed in a way that satisfies the requirements set down by the curriculum documentation for these modules; but also in a way that can be achieved from wherever you live, without travelling to attend face to face workshops.
 
CONTENTS
There are 3 lessons, each involving a PBL project, as follows:

1. Workplace Tools, Equipment and Materials
This covers; identifying and describing the operation of tools and equipment used in the workplace; routine maintenance of tools and equipment; and identifying and comparing materials used in the workplace; using different materials to perform workplace tasks.

2. Workplace Skills
This covers: determining key practical skills in the workplace; identifying and comparing commonly-performed workplace tasks; determining acceptable standards for workplace tasks; implementing techniques for improving workplace efficiency.

3. Workplace Safety
This covers: identifying health and safety risks in the workplace; complying with industry  WH&S standards; developing safety guidelines for handling dangerous items.

What is PBL?

Problem-based learning has been defined as: “A learning method based on using problems as a starting point for acquisition and integration of new knowledge.”



What Does a Project Look Like (Example)
 
A typical project involves investigating and solving a "hypothetical" problem.
The project involves working a part of a team. Commonly, this team may involve yourself, a friend or colleague (who volunteers aq little time to work with you) and your  tutor or a member of our staff; who interacts with you over the internet, or perhaps by phone.
While a team may be involved, you will be the one doing most of the work. The other team members may be contributing as little as an hour or two over the course of the project.
 
A typical problem to be solved might be:
You have been given a three-month contract to upgrade and expand the operations of a small business. The business normally employs three staff:
  • A manager
  • An office assistant
  • A technician

The manager’s position is currently vacant as the previous manager left at short notice. You will be temporarily filling this role during your three-month contract.

After making an initial assessment of the workplace, you realise that essential equipment and tools for the businesses operation are outmoded and will hamper the planned expansion. You decide to purchase or lease the necessary items, but firstly you must justify your acquisitions to the owner of the business.

To do this, you will need to do the following:

  • Determine the range of tools, equipment and materials commonly used in the workplace in your industry.
  • Compare the tools, equipment and materials in terms of availability, cost, suitability to use in your workplace, ease of use, maintenance and storage requirements.
You will then need to prepare a proposal for the business owner that explains or justifies the items you wish to acquire for your workplace. As part of your proposal, you will need to physically demonstrate the use of one item each that the office assistant and the technician will commonly use in the workplace. For example, if you are basing your project on a nursery business, you might choose to demonstrate how to use a software package and a grafting knife.
 
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Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course has been designed to cover the fundamentals of the topic. It will take around 100 hours to complete, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and anything else that is contained in the course. Our short courses are a great way to do some professional development or to learn a new skill.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

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We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

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We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exam and you will be able receive your course certificate- a Statement of Attainment. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

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Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

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