IPSAS Self-Study Modules - How do they work?
An IPSAS self-study module is a short training experience devoted to a single topic. For example, that topic might be Current Assets, or Employee Benefits.
If you only need to fill in a particular gap in your knowledge then taking an individual module is ideal. Or, you can use a selection of modules to build your own customised training package that exactly meets your personal needs.
Modules are self-paced. You start them when it suits you, you devote as much time to them as you find convenient, and you complete them in your own time - within a limit of one year! As you are working at you own pace you have no class-mates. If you prefer to learn as part of a group then try our IPSAS Essentials online course – see How the instructor-supported course works.
Most modules will take about 1 or 3 hours to complete and consist of a number of activities. These activities include:
- Lessons: Several short topics which not only inform but allow you to test your understanding with embedded questions and feedback.
- Case Study: A realistic situation in which you can apply the knowledge you have gained.
- Practice Quiz: The practice quiz has the same structure and question types as the final exam. The main difference is that you can take the practice quiz as often as you like and you will always get detailed feedback on every answer you provide. You can then decide for yourself when you are ready to take the final exam.
- Final Exam: The final exam has a pass mark of 70%. One re-take is permitted if you don't achieve the pass mark the first time.
All these activities are backed up by a bank of downloadable digital resources and a linked glossary.
Certification and Digital Badges
Once you have passed the module you will be awarded a certificate of completion. As you get a certificate for each module you can build up evidence of your knowledge by taking as many modules as you wish.
We would also like to reward our learners for their achievements throughout their learning journey. This is why you can also collect digital badges when taking IASeminars IPSAS online courses and modules. For example, we will award you a badge if you complete a module or receive 100% grade on any of the quizzes in your course.
A digital badge is much more than just a pretty picture. It is a guarantee that a recognised authority, in this case IASeminars, set published criteria, and that there is authenticated evidence that the badge holder met those criteria. Each of these badges are linked to a public page which displays a brief description and the criteria for obtaining the badge.
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