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Updated: 18th Nov 2008 Australian Quality Distance Education Degree Programs With Tutorial Support Info Sheet For [Prospective] Students in Ghana Academic Calendar/Enrolment Dates Trimester Time Frame 1A January - April 1B March - June 2A May - August 2B July – October 3A Sept – Nov 3B Nov – Jan/Feb URL: www.edictech.com/deducation.html Email: email@example.com Tel: 0245 810 959, 0285 093 991; +64 277 415 371 We deliver Australian Distance Learning Education degree programs through selected private universities and polytechnics Program Length & Workload: Bachelor degree comprises 24 units/subjects Masters degree comprises 12 units/subjects Standard duration: 36 months for bachelor 18 months for Masters Average workload: about 7-10 hours per week per unit Current Programs On Offer Details at: www.iota.edu.au Institute of Technology Australia (IOTA) Business Programs: Diploma of Business – 8 Units Associate Degree in Business – 16 Units Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – 24 Units Graduate Certificate of Business – 4 Units Graduate Diploma of Business Administration – 8 Units Graduate Diploma of International Business – 8 Units Master of International Business (MIB) – 12 Units Master of Business Administration (MBA) – 12 Units Information Technology Programs: Diploma of Information Technology – 8 Units Associate Degree in Information Technology – 16 Units Graduate Certificate of Information Systems – 4 Units Graduate Diploma of Information Systems – 8 Units Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) – 24 Units Master of Information Systems (MIS) – 12 Units We email to a student the login details needed to access any IOTA study materials available for the subjects enrolled into when the trimester is about to begin. Fee payment is treated on a unit basis. Hence, please sort out your enrolment & pay your fees well in advance to guarantee receiving your study materials before a trimester begins. Enrolment Cut-off: We admit students at all times. However, applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the commencement of a trimester to start studying in that trimester. Fees & Payments (What you Pay): Admission/Application Processing Fee: GHc50 (non-refundable) • Undergraduate (Dip, BBA & BIT, etc.): US$280 per Unit Cost per year: US$2,240 (8 Units, full-time study load) Total costs: US$6,480 (Full Bachelor Degree Program) • Postgraduate/Masters (GradCert, MIB, MIS, MBA, etc.): US$ 430 per Unit Cost per year: US$3,440 (8 Units, full-time study load) Total costs: US$5,160 (Full 1.5-yr Masters Program) Package included in Fees: • Unit outline & IOTA prospectus • Study guide (accessible from IOTA servers online) • Textbook(s) from EdICTech library & access to ProQuest online • Assessments (exams, assignments, etc.) • Administrative support & optional tutorial support • Online collaborative learning environment Entry Requirements: Undergraduate: Completion of Senior Secondary School (SSS) or its equivalence or equivalence of Australian Year 12 Masters: Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institute or its equivalence. English Language requirement: Ok if (Senior) Secondary School or undergraduate education was taught in English, otherwise minimum score of 550 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS) Special background: Those who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements should submit their credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org for assessment Contact Persons at Study Support Centres (SSCs): Accra Study Support Centre (ASSC) Contact Person: Mr Owusu Tel: 0285 093 991, 0243 436 848, email@example.com Kumasi Study Support Center (KSSC) Contact: Dr George Ampong Tel: 0244 811 446; 0208 187 127 Email: Kumasi@edictech.com Sunyani Polytechnic Prof K. Nsiah-Gyabaah and Mr Jones Arthur, Tel: 0244 597 296, firstname.lastname@example.org Other Study Centres: Details at www.edictech.com/partners.html Relevant Info (incl. Prospectus & course brochures) for all students can be found at: IOTA student centre: http://www.iota.edu.au/student_centre/ EdICTech Education & ICT Technologies Ltd For exact dates please visit www.edictech.com/deducation.html Program Features/Advantages: • Good quality Australian degrees, but low fees • Flat all-inclusive single fee per unit, no hidden costs • Can migrate to work in Australia with IOTA degree • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): get credit for your past learning You pay much less fees altogether if you obtain credits through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Details at http://www.iota.edu.au/student_centre/ • Diploma, HND & CA holders welcome, this is the end of your isolation. ACIB & CA III holders can start masters degree straight away • Modular units in each program & pay as you go • Do as many units as you can afford in each trimester • Gateway to the world, IOTA degrees accepted worldwide • Study when you want, at your own pace & at where you live • You can work and/or keep family as you study • You can study 3 trimesters per year to reduce your duration of candidature • Multiple exit points with interim awards after passing a set of 8 units • You can spend some time in Australia at your own extra costs • You have IOTA’s international student cohort as your classmates • All academic issues handled in Australia • You can move between campuses/LSCs at the begin of trimesters Accreditation Status Our programs are fully accredited both in Australia & Ghana by NAB. Our graduates are issued an Australian certificate/degree 1 of 4 2 of 4 ADMISSION / ENROLMENT PROCEDURE FOR IOTA PROGRAMS IN GHANA The ordered steps below are meant to facilitate enrolment into IOTA Study Programs by suitable prospective applicants in West Africa. Please read through carefully. PLEASE NOTE: Every payment must be made directly into either of the two Ecobank accounts indicated below. No payment must be made otherwise. Thank you. 1. Applicant can contact us for help on suitable program based on career aspirations. 2. Applicant downloads the admission form and IOTA prospectus from www.edictech.com/deducation.html. Please contact us should you need assistance while completing the admission form. 3. Applicant completes (a) the admission form, (b) pays the non-refundable one-off admission fee, (c) makes photocopies of his/her certificates and transcripts (if any), and (d) any other essential documents as listed on the last page of the IOTA admission form under “Application Checklist”. 4. Applicant certifies his/her photocopied documents listed in (3c) and (3d). The certificates/transcripts can be certified by ONLY an IOTA representative, a representative at an EdICTech/IOTA Learning Support Centre, the headmaster of an SSS, the registrar of a recognised tertiary institute, a registered engineer, a reverend minister or a lawyer/solicitor. 5. The admission application package comprises: (a) completed admission form, (b) copy of bank receipt of admission fee payment, (c) certified copies of certificates & transcripts (if any). The admission fee must be paid into the GHc account below. Applicant’s name must appear on the payment for identification purposes even if someone else pays the admission fee. The admission application will NOT be processed without evidence of payment of the NON-REFUNDABLE admission fee. 6. Applicant scans the entire admission application package and email to email@example.com. 7. Applicant then call our Administrative Office in Kumasi on 0245 810 956 or 0244 186 326 to arrange submission of the hardcopy application package. Please note that your application will not be processed without fulfilling this last step. Nothing submitted to EdICTech/IOTA will be returned to applicant. Hence, please do NOT submit originals. Applicants living outside Kumasi usually send their applications to us via STC or OA transport companies after arranging with our contact person in Kumasi. Please address your package to: Education & ICT Technologies Ltd, PO Box KS 6906, Kumasi Students and prospective students pay their fees into the appropriate bank accounts below. Fees are USUALLY paid in United States Dollars (USD). However, we allow students to pay the equivalent fees in local currency. As conversion rate between USD & GHS changes over time, please email us for our current exchange rate at the time of subject registration if you want to pay your fees in Ghana cedis. Please do NOT use your own exchange rate. New Ghana CEDIS (GHc) Account US Dollar (USD) Account Ecobank Ghana Limited Ecobank Ghana Limited Harper Road, Prempeh II Roundabout, Adum, PMB Kumasi GHANA Harper Road, Prempeh II Roundabout, Adum, PMB Kumasi GHANA Education & ICT Technologies Ltd Education & ICT Technologies Ltd 0213 0344 1484 5901 0212 1044 1484 5901 GHANA, Swift code = ECOCGHAC GHANA, Swift code = ECOCGHAC 8. Admission application is forwarded to IOTA in Australia for processing, and if successful, admits applicant and email admission letter to him/her. Please note that the Student ID is issued AFTER enrolment into the first set of subjects, which also validates a student’s admission into our programs of study. 9. With the help of IOTA representative the student registers subjects/units he/she wants to take for the particular trimester using the form “SubjectEnrolmentForm.pdf” and pays the equivalent tuition fees into the appropriate bank accounts with the details as above. Students can opt to pay their tuition fees in GHc into the Ecobank cedi account above but MUST ask us for the current exchange rate as this changes over time. Please remember to state your name, student ID and codes for the subjects you’re paying for. 10. Upon reception of subjects’ registration info through the “SubjectEnrolmentForm.pdf” from student, IOTA sends Internet LOGIN account to student to enable student to access all IOTA learning resources for the subjects/units registered and paid for. Any textbook(s) required for the corresponding subjects will also be ordered for the applicant. 3 of 4 TEXTBOOKS Visit the webpage http://www.iota.edu.au/student_centre/current.html#textbooks for the list of IOTA textbook(s) for each subject. Usually, the acquisition of textbooks is the responsibility of the student. However, EdICTech Ltd has started to build a library system to support IOTA students and their facilitators. This library will take some time to build up as some of the textbooks are expensive. Currently, the EdICTech Ltd Library system stocks books in: 1. Accra (with Accra Study Support Centre) 2. Kumasi (at Edictech Ltd office in Ayeduase near KNUST) 3. Sunyani (at Sunyani Polytechnic) Students living outside the above cities can also access the books by contacting the contact persons at any of these SSCs. Students willing to maintain personal copies of the textbooks can buy them from sources such as: 1. Vidya Bookstore, Accra, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 021 781 005; 021 762 704; 0244 262 0981. 2. Abebooks UK, www.abebooks.com (ships books directly to Ghana) 3. Amazon, www.amazon.co.uk (UK, may ship books to Ghana), www.amazon.com (does not ship books to Ghana) Students are advised to order their books at least one month in advance to ensure they obtain the books prior to the begin of the trimester for which the books are to be used. Contacts & Partner Institutes in Ghana - IOTA Offices in Ghana Kumasi Office: Education & ICT Technologies Ltd (aka EdICTech) PO Box KS 6906, Kumasi, Ghana Office Location: Ayeduase/KNUST boundary. Directions: Ayeduase near KNUST, turn right at the first street immediately after exiting KNUST gate when entering Ayeduase then turn left into the 2nd street. Tel: +233 (0)245 810 959; +233 (0) 273 779 422 (The Administrative Officer) Accra Office: Education & ICT Technologies Ltd (aka EdICTech) Office Location: Please ring 0245 810 959 or 0273 779 422 for instructions EdICTech Ltd, the educational company supervising IOTA degree programs in Ghana, has partnered with the tertiary institutes below, referred to as Study Support Centers (SSC), through which we deliver world-class degree programs to students across the country. Our students can receive tutorial support from qualified learning facilitators/tutors/lecturers at these institutes and sit for exams there. Of course, as our student, you can opt to study purely over distance as attendance to face-to-face facilitation is optional. In which case the only thing you will do with your SSC is to sit for exams there. As usual, it is the responsibility of the student to make effort to access the services and facilities available at his/her chosen SSC to support IOTA/EdICTech students. 4 of 4 Reminders (These reminders do NOT replace IOTA policies): 1. In your own interest, please study IOTA’s policies at www.iota.edu.au and http://www.iota.edu.au/student_centre/ as there is no pardon for failing to obey these policies 2. It is up to the student to seek to register him-/herself at the local institute [i.e. study support centre (SSC)] through which s/he is studying. 3. If you need to request for an extension of assessment item’s submission deadline for any reason, then it MUST be done prior to the deadline. If you’re sick and unable to contact IOTA by yourself then please ask someone to contact IOTA on your behalf. Please send email on such issues directly to IOTA over email@example.com and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Understand IOTA’s policies on fee payment and violation of deadlines, etc. Students repay the tuition fees if they fail a subject and have to repeat it. 5. Every trimester lasts 12 Weeks. Some of the subjects have mid-semester exam, which occurs between Weeks 5-8. Please seek to know the time table for the subjects that you’re studying. Final Exams are written usually at the end of every trimester, from Week 13. Contact your local study support centre (SSC) for exact time and dates for all your exams. Please email email@example.com if you’re unsure of anything. 6. Send every continuous assessment item directly to IOTA by uploading them at www.moodle.iota.edu.au when you log in with your account. Please note that all assessment items are marked & graded by IOTA, NOT your local SSC. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all issues on assessments. 7. Send enquiry on academic issues including assessments to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and enquiry on login problems to email@example.com 8. On the first day of trimester, please login and ensure that you are enrolled in the correct units/subjects. If you have any problems, please do contact IOTA administrator over firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that subject enrolments for a trimester are not instantiated until the trimester is about to begin. 9. For subject specific issues please contact IOTA subject coordinator directly. His/her contacts can be found at the Moodle webpage for that specific subject.