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New Flexible Approach to Wine Study

15 Nov 2007

In 2008, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will launch a new, flexible study program for its specialist degree in viticulture and winemaking, designed for people whose commitments do not allow for traditional study routines.

The program will cater for students in regional locations or from overseas who cannot attend full or part time tuition at NMITs Epping campus in Victoria due to work and/or family commitments.

It is also aimed at people already working in the wine industry who want to upgrade their qualifications and people wanting to make a career change.

For the program, students will receive a comprehensive on-line and hard copy tool kit containing syllabus outline, study directions and an introduction to NMITs facilities such as library access.

The tool kit will also include hard copy lecture notes for each of the 24 degree subjects, relevant reference material, practical exercises and assignments for study during the program. There will be electronic delivery of supplementary material as required.

While students will be expected to complete assignments within specific time frames, the program is designed to accommodate work schedules, particularly during vintage in the case of those involved directly with the wine industry.

Classroom discussion and interaction will be facilitated by lecturers via on-line chat rooms to allow students to engage with their peers and share knowledge and ideas.

Lecturers will also be available via email or phone for students needing assistance or seeking clarification of subject material.

There will be one or two mandatory workshops per subject that will necessitate students attending NMITs Epping campus for between two to four days each. The workshops will allow students to participate in practical work such as tastings and industry visits, and provide a chance for them to interact with the full and part-time students.

NMIT senior lecturer Helen Waite said the new program was inspired by a vision to create a collegial atmosphere with a team of students and staff who could enjoy personal contact with each other as well as study at home.

It is envisaged that students undertaking the new program will study at a half load a year, which would see them completing the course in six years unless credited with prior studies.


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