Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I contact my Tutor?

A. Contact can be by email, phone, or old fashions letter via the postal service. We also regularly use online interactive tutorial systems, Skype and other contemporary methods of online education delivery. We will use whichever method works best with each student.

Q. Who should I contact if I am having difficulties with my course?

A. If you are experiencing a problem with the contents of a module unit you should contact your tutor. If you are having any general problems or difficulties you should contact Dr Tim Drew, the Distance Learning Section Course Organiser.

Q. Should I inform anyone if I won't be able to devote any time to my studies for a while?

A. If you find yourself in the situation where you can't study for a while it is best to let the Course Organiser know. Please inform us in writing giving the reasons why you are unable to study. This will be noted and will be taken into account should the need arise for your period of study to be extended.

Q. What should I do if I am unable to contact my tutor at the designated times?

A. If you are unable to contact your tutor when they are available you should write, fax or email your questions or queries and he/she will reply as promptly as possible.

Q. Do I need to come to Dundee at any time during the course?

A. Examinations are held in Dundee every March for the ORT Course, although examinations may also be held at suitable locations throughout the country and overseas, by arrangement. MSc students are required to attend the University for an oral examination in connection with their project.

Q. How do I travel to Dundee if I am sitting exams there?

A. Dundee is well-served by air, road, rail and coach. For further details see University Travel Information.

Q. Do I have to sit all the examinations at the same time?

A. The examinations for the ORT Course can be taken all at once or individually, or two at a time etc. The only requirement before sitting an exam is that you must have completed all the coursework for the relevant examination beforehand.

Q. What do I do if I am unable to complete my module in time for the next completion date?

A. If you are going to miss the module completion date by more than a few days you should complete a re-registration form so that you can continue with your studies up to the next scheduled completion date.

Q. Will I need to buy textbooks?

A. The study materials supplied for each module unit contain all the information you require, but for each module further reading and references are also recommended. This is mainly recommended for the clarification of points and for further reading