Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) 

COURSE 1: Introducing Distance Education

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Course Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Defining Distance Education
  • Chapter 2: Open and Distance Learning in New Environments
  • Chapter 3: Managing the Distance Education System
  • Chapter 4: Open and Distance Learning Study Materials
  • Chapter 5: Supporting the Distance Education Learner
  • Chapter 6: The Communication Issue in Distance Education
  • Chapter 7: Distance Education Systems in Southern Africa
  • Chapter 8: Challenges and the Future of Distance Education
  • Chapter 9: Facing the Challenges: the Malawi Experience



COURSE 2: Starting Your Own Business

This course, which has six units, will provide you with all the essentials you will need to know for you to start your own business.

Is this course for you?

The contents of the Starting Your Own Business course have been written for:

    1. anyone who wishes to start their own business; 
    2. anyone who already owns a small business, but would like to grow it while learning more about the planning process and the business aspects fundamental to sustainable growth, such as marketing, customer care, financial management etc.;  
    3. any pre-university learner or mature learner who would like to get a formal introduction to entrepreneurship and business planning.

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Course Contents:

  • About this study manual
  • Course overview
  • Getting around this study manual
  • Unit 1: Is Entrepreneurship for you?
  • Unit 2: What Is Entrepreneurship?
  • Unit 3: Planning For the Business
  • Unit 4: Analysing Your Marketplace
  • Unit 5: Funding Your Business
  • Unit 6: The Marketing Plan
  • Readings
  • Appendices

 

COURSE 3: Disaster Management

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Course Contents:

  • About this course manual
  • Course overview
  • Getting around this course manual
  • Unit 1: Overview of Disaster Management
  • Unit 2: Disaster Management Cycle - Phase I: Mitigation
  • Unit 3: Disaster Management Cycle - Phase II: Preparedness
  • Unit 4: Disaster Management Cycle - Phases III and IV: Response and Recovery
  • Unit 5: Education and Public Awareness - Part I: Community-Based Initiatives
  • Unit 6: Education and Public Awareness - Part II
  • Unit 7: Education and Public Awareness - Part III
  • Unit 8: The Role of Technology in Disaster Management
  • Unit 9: Media and Disaster Management
  • Unit 10: Disaster Associated Health Issues - Part I: Emergency Health Services and Communicable Diseases
  • Unit 11: Disaster Associated Health Issues - Part II
  • Unit 12: Physical and Socio-economic Impacts of Disasters
  • Unit 13: Emotional Impacts of Disasters
  • Unit 14: Vulnerable Groups in Disasters


 

COURSE 4: Life Skills Development (not available yet)

  • Module 1: Intrapersonal Relationship Skills
  • Module 2: Interpersonal Relationships
  • Module 3: Communication
  • Module 4: Money Management
  • Module 5: Employability Skills


 

COURSE 5: Linux for IT Managers

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Course Contents:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Linux
  • Module 2: Linux Installation and Configuration
  • Module 3: The Linux Command Line Structure 1
  • Module 4: Linux File Management
  • Module 5: Linux Post installation Activities
  • Module 6: Devices and Linux File System Management
  • Module 7: Process Management
  • Module 8: Groups and User Management
  • Module 9: Text Manipulation
  • Module 10: The Linux Kernel
  • Module 11: Advanced Bash Scripting
  • Module 12: Software Package Installation
  • Module 13: Linux Windowing Environment
  • Module 14: Linux System Administration
  • Module 15: Linux Networking Services
  • Module 16: Setting up Basic Networking Services: DNS, DHCP and LDAP
  • Module 17: Setting up the Internet Gateway and Web Services
  • Module 18: Email Gateway
  • Module 19: Linux Network Security



COURSE 6:
Successful Project Management
Insights from Distance Education practices


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Course Contents:

  • Chapter 1: The Evolution of Project Management
  • Chapter 2: What is a Project 
  • Chapter 3: Interaction for Successful Project Management 
  • Chapter 4: How to Plan the Project 
  • Chapter 5: Structuring and Scheduling the Project 
  • Chapter 6: The Project Team 
  • Chapter 7: Project Baseline and Aspects of Management 
  • Chapter 8: Project Control and Evaluation 
  • Chapter 9: Managing Project team meetings 
  • Chapter 10: Case Studies



COURSE 7: Tour Guiding
  

This certificate course is intended for people who are already tour guides or who are aspiring to become tour guides.

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Course Contents:

  • About this course
  • Introduction to this course
  • Course structure
  • Margin icons
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Tourism
  • Unit 2: The Tourism system
  • Unit 3: Developing Effective Communication Skills for Tour Guides
  • Unit 4: Customer Care
  • Unit 5: Tour Guiding
  • Unit 6: Health, Safety and Security Procedures
  • Unit 7: Legal and Ethical Issues in Tour Guiding



COURSE 8:
Training Educators to Design and Develop ODL Materials

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Course Contents:

  • About this Facilitator's Guide
  • Workshop overview
  • Getting around this Facilitator's Guide
  • Before the workshop
  • Module 1: Principles of Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
  • Module 2: Instructional Design Models
  • Module 3: Needs Analysis
  • Module 4: Developing a Learner Profile
  • Module 5: Methods of Delivery (including learner support)
  • Module 6: Developing Content for Open and Distance Learning
  • Module 7: Assessment in ODL
  • Module 8: Developing a Student Guide
  • Module 9: Relevant Technologies
  • Module 10: Course Evaluation
  • Module 11: Other Key Issues Associated with ODL Material Development