Faculty of Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When are the Semesters in 2016?
  2. This course is completely online. What do I need to be able to study?
  3. I haven't studied at University before. Is this course suitable for me and do you offer extra assistance for students in my situation?
  4. Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Advanced Standing?
  5. I am working full-time. Should I do full-time study?
  6. How will I be assessed?
  7. Do I need to be online at set times?
  8. How do I find my unit outlines?
  9. Do I need to participate on a weekly basis?
  10. I'm going on holidays for 6 weeks mid semester and will not have access to the internet for this period, will I be still be able to study this Semester?
  11. If I am accepted for a place in the Bachelor of Dementia Care, can I delay my start?

When are the Semesters in 2016?

Semester 1 (22 February 2016 - 27 May 2016); Semester 2 (11 July 2016 - 14 October 2016); Spring School Extended (31 October 2016 - 3 February 2017)  Please see http://www.utas.edu.au/key-dates for more information.


This course is completely online. What do I need to be able to study?

You will need

  • A desktop or laptop computer. This course cannot be successfully completed using a tablet or smart phone.
  • An adequate and reliable broad band (ADSL/ADSL2), or satellite internet connection that provides approximately 5GB of data download per month. Mobile internet may be adequate however be aware that data allowances are generally more expensive than an ADSL/ADSL2 connection.
  • Windows 7 operating system, or later.
  • Apple Macintosh OSX10.6 or later.
  • The use of a web camera (recommended) and headset.
  • Other operating systems are not supported by the university. Any alternative system must be able to run Java, and in some cases Flash (IOS devices do not run Flash; i.e. iPads, iPhones). Older computers may not accommodate various components of this course.

I haven't studied at University before.  Is this course suitable for me and do you offer extra assistance for students in my situation?

The course is designed for people who are returning to study after a break or who haven't studied since they left school.  There are no formal pre-requisites for the course and the Bachelor of Dementia Care includes 4 foundation units at the beginning of the course to help prepare you for successful online study at University. If you have studied at University before, or have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing for some of these units. We have dedicated Student and Learning Skills Advisors as part of the Bachelor of Dementia Care Team to assist you with any learning enquiries or issues you may have regarding your transition to University study. We offer a broad range of support and can be contacted during business hours via DementiaCare.Support@utas.edu.au or via telephone (03) 6226 6911.


Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Advanced Standing?

If you have successfully completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or any University level study in the past, you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning-RPL) in the Bachelor of Dementia Care.  In some cases workplace experience may also be considered.  Once you have accepted your offer for study in the Bachelor of Dementia Care, please contact Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au for more information.


I am working full-time.  Should I do full-time study?

This course is offered as either a full or part-time course, however if you are working more than 20 hours per week it is recommended that you enrol as a part-time student. Full-time load is considered 3-4 units per semester and part-time 1-2 unit per semester.  Although everyone's study habits and circumstances differ, it is estimated that approximately 8 hours study time will need to be allocated to each unit per week in order to successfully complete the unit.


How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. Rather than a final exam at the end of each unit of study there will be ongoing assessment during the course.  Throughout each semester there will be a variety of activities and assignments such as online quizzes; written assignments; case studies; oral presentations; participation in online discussion forums; group assignments; keeping a reflective journal and research projects.


Do I need to be online at set times?

No, you do not need to be online at set times. Course materials are usually released on a weekly or fortnightly basis and you can complete the course work at any time within this period.  When you are undertaking group work or live chat sessions you may be required to be online at set times, however this does not happen frequently and all sessions are recorded for access after the session.


How do I find my unit outlines?

Each unit has a unit outline document that contains all the essential details for the unit.  When study commences unit outlines will be available on the student course website My Learning Online (MYLO).


Do I need to participate on a weekly basis?

Yes.  Consistent and regular time commitment to each unit each week is required as, depending on your unit, course material is released on a weekly and fortnightly basis.


I'm going on holidays for 6 weeks mid semester and will not have access to the internet for this period, will I be still be able to study this Semester?

Unfortunately, no, the way the course is designed is for information to be released on a weekly or fortnightly basis and continual engagement with your unit is required weekly.  As there is no formal examination at the end of the unit, a considerable emphasis is placed on regular and continuing commitment to assessment tasks and engagement throughout the Semester.


If I am accepted for a place in the Bachelor of Dementia Care, can I delay my start?

Please contact one of our Student Advisors at DementiaCare.Support@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 6911 for advice relating to Leave of Absence and the possibility of deferring your course.


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