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Technical Communication & E-Learning MA

Course Details

Course Code: MATCELTFAD

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

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Yvonne Cleary, Course director
Address:
School of English, Irish and Communication, University of Limerick
Email:
yvonee.cleary@ul.ie
Tel:
353-61-202466
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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 offered both on-campus and in an online/blended mode.

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. Part-time students attend classes during the day with the full-time students. 

Alternatively, it is possible to pursue this qualification through online/blended study (either full-time or part-time). In this mode, students come to campus for orientation and occasional workshops, but they access content and interact with lecturers and classmates primarily through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment: 

  • Lectures combine podcasts, learning objects and other resources.
  • Students participate in online chats, online discussions, webinars, and peer-supported activities.
  • Students are on campus for short periods each semester for orientation and block delivery modules.
  • The dissertation combines self-directed work and liaison with the 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)
  • RM6011 Research Methodology in Applied Language Studies (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)
  • RM6011 Research Methodology in Applied Language Studies (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 (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education for advice.

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.

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”.

"I really enjoyed the challenge of the MA program. It was well thought out and structured.  Further, the modules covered are very relevant to current industry needs and have been instrumental in helping me and classmates secure employment."

"I really enjoyed my year studying at UL. The modules were relevant, challenging and absorbing, and the lecturers were supportive and helpful. The MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning helped me get back on the career ladder after being home with my kids for a few years. I got a job as an Information Developer as soon as I completed the course."

"This MA improved my writing, design and development skills immeasurably. The one-year full-time course was challenging; however, the content of both the technical communication and e-learning related modules was extremely relevant and provided invaluable preparation for me for a variety of career options. I would recommend the course highly."

“I really enjoyed the MA in Technical Communication. The course introduced me to the latest industry software, taught me practical writing skills and alerted me to the career options in the technical communication profession. The decision to undertake the MA has been invaluable; this qualification enabled me to execute a career change in my thirties in the midst of a recession! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in technology and writing.”