Course Details

Course Code:
MATCELTFAD/MATCELTPAD
Duration:
1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time
Award:
Masters
Qualification:
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name: Dr Darina Slattery
Address: School of English, Irish & Communication Email: Darina.Slattery@ul.ie

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Brief Description

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).

This programme will be delivered completely online.

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.

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. Both the part-time and full-time programmes can be undertaken on-campus or online. Both the 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time MA also provide an exit award of Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication and E-Learning for students who meet the academic requirements of the taught programme and do not proceed to the dissertation (30 ects).

Regardless of whether they attend on-campus classes or take the programme online, all students will access content and interact with lecturers and classmates through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The summer dissertation/ project will combine self-directed work and liaison with a project supervisor.

FULL-TIME STRUCTURE

 Autumn Semester

 Spring Semester

Summer Semester 

  • TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design (9 ECTS)
  • EL6041 Instructional Design (9 ECTS)
  • TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication (9 ECTS)
  • RM6031 Research Methods in Technical Communication and E-Learning (3 ECTS)
  • TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication (9 ECTS)
  • EL6052 E-Learning Theories and Practices (9 ECTS)
  • EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop (9 ECTS)
  • EL6082 Learning and Collaboration Technologies (3 ECTS)
  • EL6013 Dissertation/ Project (30 ECTS)

Part-time structure:

PART-TIME STRUCTURE
Year 1 Year 2
Autumn Semester
  • TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design (9 ECTS)
  • EL6041 Instructional Design (9 ECTS)
Autumn Semester
  • TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication (9 ECTS)
  • RM6031 Research Methods in Technical Communication and E-Learning (3 ECTS)
Spring Semester
  • TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication (9 ECTS)
  • EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop (9 ECTS)
Spring Semester
  • EL6052 E-Learning Theories and Practices (9 ECTS)
  • EL6082 Learning and Collaboration Technologies (3 ECTS)

Summer Semester

No modules

Summer Semester
  • EL6013 Dissertation/ Project (30 ECTS)

 

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
 

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.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Personal Statement
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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Full Time:

EU - €7,057

Non- EU - €16,901

Part Time:

EU - €3,815 

Non- EU - €9,090

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email student.fees.office@ul.ie.)

 

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

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


Below is a testimonial from a recent graduate of the programme.

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Joy Siegel “For someone who loves learning and technology, the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning is a great fit. I smile as we preview upcoming assignments and marvel at what our lecturers will have us know by the end of a year. After countless hours on the computer, evaluating information, double checking if I avoided American spellings, and completing assignments, I happily return to the work each day. I am forever grateful for this experience, and it’s one that I would recommend to anyone interested in the field”.