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Old Mar 1st 2006, 9:41 am
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Yet another Vetassess question I'm afraid, I am just about to send off my online form and I have a few queries.

Length of semesters, do they mean actual teaching (which for me was 12 weeks) or going up to the end of exams and assignment deadlines?

Hours per week, do they mean actual contact time (eg lectures and seminars) which can seem quite minimal or total study time (including personal study time which you are supposed to do to get the qualification)?

Is this information essential to getting the assessment? I know that New Zealand has a definitive list of UK institutions which it will accept qualifications from, is Vetassess the same?

I have emailed Vetassess this morning as well but thought that someone on here may have done theirs recently and could let me know what they did.


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Old Mar 1st 2006, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by Flutterby
Yet another Vetassess question I'm afraid, I am just about to send off my online form and I have a few queries.

Length of semesters, do they mean actual teaching (which for me was 12 weeks) or going up to the end of exams and assignment deadlines?

Hours per week, do they mean actual contact time (eg lectures and seminars) which can seem quite minimal or total study time (including personal study time which you are supposed to do to get the qualification)?

Is this information essential to getting the assessment? I know that New Zealand has a definitive list of UK institutions which it will accept qualifications from, is Vetassess the same?

I have emailed Vetassess this morning as well but thought that someone on here may have done theirs recently and could let me know what they did.


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Answering your questions in your order...

Teaching time, but also including up to end of exams if not to large a gap between the end of the teachingtime and the exam. 12 weeks seems short for a semester. The standard in Australia is 18 weeks. But a "term" is 12 weeks in Australia, so maybe your course was over 3 terms to a year rather than 2 semesters to a year?

Teaching contact time (lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations).

Yes. Vetassess is guided by the Country Education profile for the UK prepared by the National Office of Overseas Qualifications (NOOSR) in the Australian Department of Education, Science and Technology (DEST). But it is not necessarily an entirely black and white issue.
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Thanks Glenn

12 weeks would be the actual teaching time for a semester and is pretty standard here I think as my husband is a lecturer and his students have 12 weeks of scheduled seminars/lectures per semester (2 semesters per year) at 2 hours contact time per module. Normally only 3 modules taken per semester.

I would imagine that at least 6 weeks would be added on for assignment deadlines and exam timetables. I will look at what the University I went to is doing now to get the info as they have not changed since I was there.

I thought that this would be the easy bit!!

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Thanks Glenn

12 weeks would be the actual teaching time for a semester and is pretty standard here I think as my husband is a lecturer and his students have 12 weeks of scheduled seminars/lectures per semester (2 semesters per year) at 2 hours contact time per module. Normally only 3 modules taken per semester.

I would imagine that at least 6 weeks would be added on for assignment deadlines and exam timetables. I will look at what the University I went to is doing now to get the info as they have not changed since I was there.

I thought that this would be the easy bit!!

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Originally Posted by Flutterby
Thanks Glenn

12 weeks would be the actual teaching time for a semester and is pretty standard here I think as my husband is a lecturer and his students have 12 weeks of scheduled seminars/lectures per semester (2 semesters per year) at 2 hours contact time per module. Normally only 3 modules taken per semester.

I would imagine that at least 6 weeks would be added on for assignment deadlines and exam timetables. I will look at what the University I went to is doing now to get the info as they have not changed since I was there.

I thought that this would be the easy bit!!

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Hi F, I just rung my old uni and asked them... they broke it down for me. Took two mins. Good luck with vetassess
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Hi F, I just rung my old uni and asked them... they broke it down for me. Took two mins. Good luck with vetassess
Thanks, I was trying to avoid doing this as their admin is so horrendous! But will probably end up having to do this I think.
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Thanks, I was trying to avoid doing this as their admin is so horrendous! But will probably end up having to do this I think.
Have you had a look at the course on the website?? thats if they have one. It normally gives the semester breakdown as well as the course outline... well in some instances.
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