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Business students can get smarter faster with I-mode


Zuleika Henderson
18 December 2009
Help is at hand for would-be business students struggling to find the time to take up long-term studies, with Southern Cross University’s Graduate College of Management offering two Intensive Mode, or I-mode units beginning January and March next year.

I-mode enables students to fast track their studies and complete an entire unit of study in eight weeks via distance and online learning, with two compulsory weekend workshops at the University’s Riverside campus, in Brett Street, Tweed Heads.

New students can attend I-mode as a one-off course to brush up their business skills, or they can take advantage of advanced standing toward a graduate certificate or Masters degree, such as an MBA.

Southern Cross University MBA graduate and self confessed ‘I-mode junkie’ Karina Samperi said the I-mode units had made all the difference to her study and learning experience.

“I completed about half of my MBA units via I-mode, studying a normal unit and an I-mode unit each trimester, enabling me to complete the course in two and a half years, instead of four years part-time,” said Karina.

“At the weekend workshops we worked as individuals and on group projects and I found I really benefited from having face-to-face time with the lecturers to understand their thinking process and receive their immediate feedback.

“The result is a far superior learning experience, and something that you can’t achieve by reading a book on your own.”

Karina, who was located in Sydney when she undertook her MBA, is now based in Cairns, working as a management consultant specialising in process improvement and change management.

She has now also begun a Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development through Southern Cross University.

Karina said there were other unexpected benefits to the I-mode course.

“Being able to meet other students and learn from their experiences was invaluable, as were the friendships that developed,” said Karina.

“At the time, there were four of us from Sydney travelling regularly to the campus in Tweed Heads in order to attend I-mode units and it was a wonderful time for all of us to experience the I-mode way of learning.

“People who are unaware of the I-mode units really are missing out on a very good experience that could improve their learning - I would highly recommend it to anyone.”

The I-mode unit titled ‘Management of Small Enterprises’ will run from January 18 until March 12, and the unit ‘Accounting and Finance for Managers’ will run from March 8 until April 30. Applications for both units close on January 8. For more information call (07) 5506 9300.

Photo: Karina Samperi (high resolution image available on request)