Assessment and Self-Study Expectations

Assessments

Studying at The Management School Sydney (TMSS) comes with a range of responsibilities that a student can expect to abide by. Of these, an important element is the time required for the completion of assessments, self-study and in-class exercises. It is common for there to be a commitment level of 1-2 hours of external study for every 1 hour of in-class study. This means that by studying 20 hours a week, you will need to be able to commit to another 20-40 hours a week of additional study time. This is for you to be able to complete assessments, self-study exercises and to absorb and reflect on what you have learned in class.

Monitoring Assessment Results

The college adopts a policy of monitoring both course progress and attendance. To successfully complete the assessments and self-study, you will also need to attend classes (class time includes 15 hours face-to-face plus 5 hours of self-study).

Type of Assessments

The nature of the assessments you will need to complete as a student is varied. There are case studies, short answer questions, long answer questions, portfolios, presentations, research, readings and other written and verbal assessments. These can range from a few words to several hundred words in length and will have an expectation of well-written work that is your own. Remember that you are investing significantly in studying at the college, so we want this investment to be worthwhile and for you to succeed in your studies and be able to tackle the challenges of the workplace with reasonable vigour. Writing, presenting, reading, working in groups, researching, summarising information, analysing cases and a range of other skills will all be needed for you to attempt your studies. While different levels of qualifications will require different extents of application of these skills, you will need to work hard at every level to achieve success. We will support you in this journey.

Self-Study

Self-study is a written set of exercises that are in addition to your in-class study and in addition to the assessments. Self-study is designed to allow you some time to reflect and to research the unit you are studying at a deeper level and in your own time. Self-study is a weekly activity and you will be expected to commit 5 hours of self-study every week. This commitment is demonstrated in your completion of the weekly self-study exercises and handing in those exercise to your trainer/assessor. You will not be able to progress to the next unit if you have not completed your self-study, even if you have completed all your other assessments.

Academic and Personal Support

The college offers a range of academic and personal support services including academic help classes, one on one academic support, in-class support and regular academic seminars. We also use intervention strategies to help you in the case you are not making academic progress or you have missed classes. This can be as simple as helping you with academic writing skills or as involved as developing an Individual Learning Management Plan for you with agreed outcomes and dates.

Final Note: Your Success is Our Success

The assessment and the support processes are not intended to be scary or difficult. We understand the challenges of study, work and life, so we will not be placing unrealistic expectations on you. Our assessments and our support are designed to ensure that you gain a return on your invested time, money and effort by being as good a professional as possible by the time you graduate, so your chances of success in your chosen career are enhanced. We want you to enter your desired course with “eyes wide open” knowing that there are commitments that we make to you and there are commitments that you make to us. Knowing your assessment workload can help you determine if our college is the right choice and whether the course you are interested in provides you with sufficient attraction that you decide to enrol it. Ultimately, your success is our success.