Pathways to Admission in Unitech is through:
a. Grade 12 School Leaver (HSC Level)
b. Matriculation (Upgrading) Level /Dodl centres
c. Diploma Certificate Level
d. Equivalent level of academic qualification attained as deemed appropriate by the respective department.
DEPARTMENT OF OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING(DODL)
To `continue transforming dreams of willing learners’
The Department of Open and Distance Learning (DODL) mission is to become a leading provider of open and distance-based learning programmes that are prestigious, affordable, accessible and appropriate in PNG and abroad.
To actualize its mission DODL aims to:
- Provide quality tertiary education to the masses at an affordable cost through distance mode.
- Design tertiary level courses that meet the real needs of the market place and the nation’s development goals and aspirations.
- Increase accessibility for courses and programmes to reach a wider section of the country’s population and its immediate neighbouring countries by installing an effective mode of delivery arrangements and mechanisms.
- Harness and maintain a vibrant course/curriculum development and research unit in collaboration with client department/faculties.
- Install and Instil pride among its clients [both learners (students) and course owners (departments within PNGUOT)] in ensuring certification and accreditation requirements are met and their certification to be among the best qualifications available.
- Install the best operational and logistical centre that is self-sustaining with a qualified human resource capacity offering the best student and staff support systems and network.
Towards fulfilling its mission by achieving the six goals DODL will specifically
Provide quality tertiary education to the masses, most of who are adults, at an affordable cost through distance mode;
- Through ensuring all (current and new) programmes meet existing university (faculties) quality and accreditation requirements.
- By ensuring that all DODL courses are designed specifically for student-centred learning through distance and flexible mode.
- Through devising courses and delivering them at affordable costs to the clients (students).
Design tertiary level courses that meet the real needs of the market place and the nation’s development goals and aspirations;
- By targeting client communities of students and tailoring courses that meet their career, professional and organizational needs.
- Contributing to provide and expand qualified Human Resource base through offering courses that address real developmental issues with specific reference to rural development programmes in PNG.
- By involving all stakeholders in the design and delivery of these courses.
Increase accessibility for courses and programmes to reach a wider section of the country’s population and its immediate neighbouring countries by installing an effective mode of delivery arrangements and mechanisms;
- Through seeking partnerships, franchise arrangements and networking with sister institutions and other education providers in the county.
- By establishing a network of university centres at regionally central locations within PNG and abroad in partnership, alliances and consortia with state and provincial/local governments, sister institutions, industry and other organizations including churches, non governmental and community based organizations and education providers.
- Through installing user/learner friendly and appropriate asynchronous technologies as well as classroom based face-to-face learning facilities.
Harness and maintain a vibrant course/curriculum development and research unit in collaboration with client departments/faculties;
- Through building Human Resource capacity within DODL to enhance the development of new courses with other faculty deparments.
- In identifying courses and programmes from within the university’s faculty departments to be marketed and offered through DODL.
- Through research and seminars promote and create awareness of flexible, open and distance learning theories, methodologies and examples of good practices.
- By facilitating the design, development and implementation of flexible, open and distance learning programmes.
Install and Instil pride among its clients [both learning (students) and course owners (departments within PNGUOT)] in ensuring certification and accreditation requirements are met and their certification to be among the best qualifications available;
- Ensuring all quality, assessment, accreditation and certification procedures and requirements are satisfied.
- Producing graduates of equal standing to fulltime university students anywhere.
Install the best operational and logistical centre that is self-sustaining with a qualified human resource capacity offering the best student and staff support systems and network;
- Through increasing operational capacity by improving physical infrastructure to facilitate DODL operations.
- By recruiting appropriately qualified staff.
- By devising an efficient and effective student and staff support system that is tailored specifically to handle distance education processes, challenges and issues.
- Thus serving as a means in generating income for the university and for its operations by continuously exploring new opportunities and expanding to new clients.
Through DODL, learning opportunities are extended to those who may not otherwise have had access.
Because learning is a social function and obligation and inherently tied to context, distance learning experiences must support interaction, recognizing the contributions of all staff as well as learners.
Commitment to Service
Distance education enables learning to be a lifelong process, critical to building productive citizens for a productive community and country.
DODL recognizes diversity in that learning opportunities must be structured to meet the diverse needs and circumstances of individuals.
Excellence in distance learning is derived from structuring learning to achieve demonstrable learning outcomes, assisting the learner in achieving those outcomes, assessing learner progress, and constantly revising the curriculum.
Quality curriculum and Instruction
Distance learning must be supported by an institutional commitment to instructional quality and effectiveness.
Creating and delivering distance-learning programmes involves teaching and management commitment of the highest professional standards.
Matriculation Programmes – grade 11/12 courses.
The following courses are offered in the Adult Matriculation programme:
Part One Courses Part Two Courses
(Semester 1) (Semester 2)
Introductory Language Skills Introductory Language Skills
English 1 English II
Basic Maths Maths II
Maths I Physics II
Introductory To Economics
This schedule enables centre coordinators, franchisees, schools and departments as course advisors, to assist and advise students in completing the Matriculation program in an organized manner.Students may enrol in part 2 subjects in semester 1 or Lahara if they are (1) upgrading their marks or (2) if they are repeating or (3) similar.All science part 1 subjects require practicals where fully equipped laboratories are required. Hence these are scheduled for Lahara when full time students are not using the labs. However other study centres may schedule these subjects during the normal semester if (1) they have fully equipped science labs and (2) it does not inconvenience their normal usage.
The Adult Matriculation programme is offered to the following category of students:
Grade 10 school leavers
These students come from a number of systems and backgrounds:
- Most come from the conventional and permitted secondary/high schools under the National Department of Education curriculum.
- Some come through the College of Distance Education (CODE) programme.
- Some come from other private schools and institutions run by churches, Non Governmental Organisations and overseas based institutions.
- Some have not completed grade 12 (they may have passed out during grade 11 or before sitting for grade 12 exams) and are considered as grade 10 leavers and fall under this category.
- A good number of students also have completed their grade 10 many years ago and are now Teachers, Policemen, and Health workers or some are even unemployed.They enroll to upgrade their minimum high school certificate qualification level to grade 12 through this programme.
All these groups of students enroll in/for the entire Adult matriculation programme which qualifies them for a grade 12 level/equivalent certificate. Currently (2003) there is no an entry restriction or exams. Entry to the programme is by the provision of a grade 10 certificate. From year 2004, this will change with possible entry with a minimum grade requirement or a pre-entry exam pass mark.
Grade 12 school leavers
These are students who have completed their grade 12 and have scored low marks in one or a number of subjects. These students enroll in the relevant part 2 subject of the programme in order to upgrade their previously scored low marks. Unlike the grade 10 school leavers, they need not do the entire Adult Matriculation programme. Under this there are also a number of ex DODL students who repeat to upgrade their low marks.
There may be other categories of students enrolled who are mature and are deemed to be eligible for this programme.
As of March 2004 the adult matriculation courses are offered in the following centres:
- Taraka Campus-Tutorials (Classes) are conducted after hours between 4:00 – 6:00 PM on campus. PNGUOT staff are mostly engaged.
- Valley High School Centre-Tutorials (classes) are conducted on Saturdays using the high school facilities. Qualified (with minimum first degree) teachers are engaged.
- University of Technology Centre-Tutorials (classes) are conducted after hours between 4:00 – 6:00 PM on campus. University centre staff are mostly engaged.
- Popondetta General Hospital Centre-Tutorials (classes) are conducted at the hospital’s training centre between 4:00 – 6:00 PM each day. Qualified (with minimum first degrees) teachers are engaged.
- Church of Manus High School Centre-This school has timetabled matriculation studies students along with their normal high school students. The normal teachers (who are qualified with a minimum first degree) are teaching them.
- Secondary School – Lae, Morobe Province-Started this year.
- Secondary School – Madang, Madang Province-Started this year.
- Secondary School – Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province-Started this year.
- Hagen Secondary School – Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province.-Started this year.
- High School – Port Moresby, National Capital District-Started this year.
- Teachers’ College – East New Britain Province-Started this year.
- Mountain Community Learning Centre – Tabubil, Western Province-This is a franchise study centre (see types of study centres for details). Started this year.
- Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies-This is a franchise study centre (see types of study centres for details).
- Summer Sessions (Christmas Lahara)-A six-week residential laboratory based courses in the sciences are offered at the end of each year. Mostly PNGUOT staff are engaged.
- Distance Mode-A very small proportion of students who do not have close access do this programme strictly on distance mode.
Diploma in Commerce (Accounting)
Part 1 subject: Part 2 subjects
Basic Accounting Financial Accounting (Year Long)
Accounting Cost Accounting and Budgeting (Year Long)
Say It with Figures
Elements of Information Systems
Currently this course is offered at the main Taraka Campus only with a few students on distance mode through correspondence. Entry level is at grade 12 or equivalent (work experience and/or other qualifications acceptable to the university).
The Bachelor of Agriculture and Rural Development (BARD) is a two-year degree program. The program is delivered through distance learning modes during semesters and 6-week Residential Sessions on-campus every end of year (November-December). Since this is an externalized degree program, much of the administrative and logistic requirements are administered by the Department of Distance Learning (DODL) of this University.
The BARD program essentially caters for agriculture professionals who have had training up to
Diploma and Post Certificate Diploma (PCD) levels, but for reasons, haven‟t had the opportunity to further their agriculture education. The curriculum of BARD has been developed with a blend of knowledge in agricultural science and production, rural development and extension. The graduates of this program are guaranteed to have attained the core concepts of the profession as their counterpart graduates from the full-time on-campus program.
Upon completion of the course, it is expected that the trainees will have acquired the knowledge and skills relating to: (i) The establishment and management of activities in sustainable agricultural production systems. (ii) The current developments in science and socio-economic aspects of agriculture and appreciate their roles in impacting change in both urban and rural communities. (iii) Planning and implementation of agricultural programs in secondary and intermediate learning institutions, and rural farming community. (iv) Planning and conducting research into temporal and spatial agriculture problems for necessary changes. (v) The processes involved in agricultural project planning, implementation and evaluation for efficiency and continuity. (vi) Overall analysis and mitigation of challenging agricultural issues for positive progress in the sector.
Students enrolled into the BARD program, with enthusiasm and academic potential also have the opportunity to be admitted into higher degree (PGD, MSc, MPhil and PhD) studies offered in the Department.
Most graduates are employed by Government Departments and private companies. In the past, many graduates were taken into the Department of Primary Industry and Division of Primary Services in Provincial Governments. Opportunities in private sector such as plantations, Ramu Sugar etc. are excellent. Because of the importance of agriculture in this Country, it is expected that opportunities for employment and advancement should remain bright.
Post and Undergraduate Programmes