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Technical Communication & E-Learning

Overview
This programme will be offered both on-campus and in an online/blended mode.

The purpose of this programme is to equip graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions. The need for this type of expertise is expanding rapidly as more and more companies and institutions use information and communication technologies (ICTs).

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
•Design online learning environments.
•Design and deliver instructional materials.
•Evaluate instructional tools and programmes.
•Evaluate design and development software applications.
•Use multimedia applications.
•Deploy and use Web 2.0 technologies to collaborate with peers.
•Manage complex writing and design projects.
•Communicate effectively in online and face-to-face environments.
•Write clear, correct, precise content.

Programme Content
The MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning is offered as a one-year, full-time course taught over two semesters, or as a two-year, part-time course taught over four semesters. Part-time students attend classes during the day with the full-time students.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in any discipline (2.2 honours or higher at Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants who do not have a primary degree can apply to be considered through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

Applicants must have a high standard of written English, and will be required to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying, as part of the application process. Applicants are expected to be proficient in using standard office applications (e.g. MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). They must also be proficient in searching the Internet and familiar with using electronic communication tools (including email, chat rooms, and discussion forums). Applicants may be required to attend/ participate in interviews to determine their suitability for the programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved.
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Duration

1 Year Full-Time (MATCELTFAD) Or 2 Years Part-Time (MATCELTPAD).

Careers or further progression

Careers
Graduates will be unique in Ireland, qualified to work as both instructional designers and technical writers, and in a variety of related roles such as editing, web design, interaction design, and technology journalism.

Graduate job titles include:
Technical writer
Instructional designer
Digital project specialist
Learning developer
E-learning support specialist
Information designer
Information developer
Content developer
Publication manager
Trainer
Content curator
Information development manager
Content specialist
Digital editor
Web content strategist

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Yvonne Cleary
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202466
Email: yvonne.cleary@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Full-time Structure
Autumn Semester:
*TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design
*EL6041 Instructional Design
*TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication
*RM6011 Research Methodology in Applied Language Studies

Spring Semester :
*TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
*EL6052 E-Learning Theories and Practices
*EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop
*EL6082 Learning and Collaboration Technologies

Summer Semester:
*EL6013 Dissertation/ Project

Part-time Structure
Year 1
Autumn Semester:
TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design (9 ECTS)
EL6041 Instructional Design (9 ECTS)

Spring Semester:
TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication (9 ECTS)EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop (9 ECTS)

Summer Semester:
No modules

Year 2
Autumn Semester:
TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication (9 ECTS)
RM6011 Research Methodology in Applied Language Studies (3 ECTS)

Spring Semester:
EL6052 E-Learning Theories and Practices (9 ECTS)
EL6082 Learning and Collaboration Technologies (3 ECTS)

Summer Semester:
EL6013 Dissertation/ Project (30 ECTS)

Comment

The programme equips graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions. The need for this type of expertise is expanding consistently as companies and institutions worldwide rely increasingly on information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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