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(including information on whether a Pass mark is a bad mark or not)

Last updated 1st December, 2005

To stay up-to-date with your study:
Make sure you read 10 pages a day
(6 days/week).
And average one page of summaries each day.
(Read more about this at the end of the page.)

Right click and choose "Save Target As".
Some documents may take a little while to download.
You can download more than one document at a time.

  1. Would you like a really simple way to calculate words?
    If you're using Internet Explorer then there's a very simple way you can calculate the words you're reading. All you'll need to do is to highlight the text you want to calculate - and then click on a link in your browser.

    All you need to do:
    Make sure you have the Links toolbar showing. (i.e. Make sure View/Toolbars/Links is ticked. And drag the links toolbar up a level so you can actually see the links.) Then drag the
    --_WORD_COUNT_-- link to the toolbar. (i.e. Drag the link that's shown on the previous line.) Now, whenever you highlight some text and click on the link it will tell you how many words you highlighted.

    For full instructions, look at --word_count--How_to_set_it_up.htm

  2. If you have any difficulty reading World University CD's then you might like to download the latest Firefox browser. This works particularly well with WU CD's; and has a number of other advantages such as tabbed browsing etc.

  3. Not sure what you need to read for your Conflict Resolution module?
    The new Conflict Resolution CD makes it clearer what you need to read and what's optional. You can look at the front page of the new Conflict Resolution CD here (and print it if you wish).

  4. Not sure how many pages each of the U.N.D.P. Human Development Reports are?
    The new UNDP HDR CD tells you how many pages each report is. You can look at the front page of the new UNDP HDR CD here (and print it if you wish).


  5. The newest Summary Methods document ( 5 Nov 2003 )

  6. Additional Summary Methods for use with Development Studies related materials

  7. Sample answers for some of the summary methods - including Mind Mapping (Examples are given for different summary methods for part of the Leadership Guide)

  8. Answer sheet for Module 3, Chapter 2 - Human Behaviour (on Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs etc).

    The full text of Module 3, Chapter 2 - Human Behaviour including some additonal information on Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, which may not be on your CD.

  9. A summary of the answers you need to provide for the half-module: "A New Approach to Development Studies"

  10. Important notes about summarising the Small Business Guide

  11. For the Management Development Program:
    - Introduction  (i.e. FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the program)


    - A sample assignment for the first half module "Getting the Most from this program"

    - A sample assignment for the "Strategic Planning" module

  12. Students who would like to study the Money Manager Guides as a free choice module for a Business Leadership degree can do so over the internet by clicking on the link above. (Make sure you stay within the site though.)  P.S. Your syllabus might mention the option of studying the CNBC Step-by-Step Guides. However the feedback on the Money Manager Guides is far better.)

  13. Students who would like to study from the Presenters' University courses as a free choice module can do so over the internet by clicking on the link above. (Make sure you stay within the site though.)

Students are assessed in the following way:


Firstly, - did the student correctly follow the instructions for the particular summary method they chose?

If not, the student will be given a Please Resubmit / Fail grade. However the marker may be lenient for new students depending on how the student deviated from following the instructions.


Students are then given grades for each of the following four criteria, and these are then averaged to give an overall grade.



1/ How well does the student seem to understand the material?


2/ The depth of thought demonstrated through the summary: the writings, the observations, the questions asked, the perspicacity of thought demonstrated.


3/ The originality of thought - and/or the degree to which the student has looked at how they could apply the teachings and put them into practice.

(This element isn't normally assessed for summaries using Method 1or 9 as these methods focus on summarising the writer’s message, rather than analysing or applying it.)



4/ How well the ideas are expressed: Is the summary easy to read, or does the spelling, the grammar, or the lack of good English skills make it hard to understand?


Many universities use the rather obvious: "Pass means a passable performance.  Credit means a creditable performance.  And Distinction means a distinguished performance.". You can use this as a guide, but probably the table below is more helpful 

75% +
(or just below excellent)
65 74.9%
Very Good

(or just below very good)

50 64.9%


Good / Satisfactory


(or "Please Resubmit")
Less than 50%

Note: A student can only have a module re-marked twice. If they fail this second re-mark they fail the module. If the module is a compulsory module (as all non-free-choice modules are) then they will be unable to complete the degree, and therefore will be unable to continue with their studies.

We would like to stress the importance of scheduling time for your study. Students should schedule 18 hours per week.
(e.g. 3 hours x 6 days; or 2 hrs x 5 days + 8 hours on the weekend).

If you wish to complete the degree in half the normal time (e.g. 1 yr for a Masters Degree) then you'll need to schedule 36 hours per week.

If you went to a standard university you would make sure that you always set aside the time to attend the lectures each night. In the same way, you need to set aside time which you commit to even though you have the freedom to be more flexible if you need to.

By studying through distance education you can save 1 - 2 hours travelling each night, and you also save on the cost of transport (although you may spend this on internet cafes if you haven't yet invested in your own computer - which you can buy from as little as US$200.) But if you don't discipline yourself by having a study schedule that you keep, then you will find yourself dropping behind.

Feel free to benefit from the flexibility of distance education, but make sure you always study ahead so that you can then relax a little when you need to, rather than relaxing now and hoping you'll catch up in the future.

To stay up-to-date with your study
Read 10 pages a day
(6 days a week).
And average one page of summaries each day.

If you can do this in less than 3 hours, then either:
  • Work till you've finished the 10 pages and 1 page of summarising, and then finish for the night.
  • Keep studying until you finish the module
    and then take the rest of the month off.
  • Get sufficiently ahead so that you can take some time off during the month whenever you'd like.
  • Study more and do the degree in less time.

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