What is meant by “actual weekly workload”?
For every business course, from MBA, certificate, diploma to bachelor’s degree, there are hidden hours outside of class that may interfere with your work, family life, or other commitments. It is essential to have a realistic understanding of the type of workload you are signing up for before signing up for a course.
The actual course workload includes the hours of:
- Scheduled lessons
- Study the material,
- Homework outside of class
- Placements in the workplace, applied learning or internships required by the course.
It is important to note that the weekly workload of a course is under your control, due to the various flexible options you can choose from.
- If you choose a part-time course, you will have more hours each week for the rest of your life outside of school than if you enroll in a full-time course, but your course will take longer to complete .
- If you choose a crash course, it will require more hours of commitment to your classes per week, but you will finish sooner.
- Online or blended classes can save you time by reducing travel and gaps between classes in your schedule.
What about the weekly workload of a diploma compared to a diploma or an MBA?
There are many different options for studying business courses at Torrens University, such as:
- Graduate Certificate,
- Graduate Diploma,
- Master or
With so many options on the table: full-time or part-time, degree or license: how do you know how many hours you’ll spend studying each course?
How to calculate the weekly workload of a Business course?
With this simple student life hack, you can now easily get an idea of how many weekly hours your course will actually take.
Here’s how it works.
Each subject = 10 hours per week.
Typically, almost every business subject at Torrens University equates to approximately 10 hours of total study per week: 3 hours of facilitated study, such as lectures or classes, and 7 hours of independent study.
This rule applies to all business subjects and courses, whether it is an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), or Event Management degree.
Topics per term = topics per week.
Commerce, Hospitality, and Blended Hospitality and Business courses are typically delivered over three terms.
Each Business lesson plan tells you the required number of subjects you must study each year in order to complete the course, in the section called “Subjects and Units”.
This number changes based on full-time, part-time, or expedited delivery options.
A typical business course will require you to complete:
- 8 subjects per year, i.e.: 2 to 3 per term, full time.
- 4 subjects per year, i.e.: 1 to 2 per term, part-time.
On a weekly basis, this usually means you will study:
- 2-3 topics per week on each full-time term, or
- 1-2 subjects per week on each part-time term.
Number of subjects per quarter x 10 = hours per week of actual study time involved.
Now you can just do a simple calculation: the number of subjects per quarter (i.e. per week) x 10 hours, and you will have the total actual hours of weekly work you can expect to do for your course.
The typical weekly workload for a business course
- A full-time trimester load of 2-3 subjects per week requires 20-30 hours of total class and independent study.
- A part-time trimester load of 2 subjects per week requires 20 hours of total class and independent study.
- A part-time trimester load of 1-2 subjects per week requires 10-20 hours of total class and independent study.
Add all required additional hours of industry placement
Each course description will also indicate whether or not your course requires you to complete any number of industry placement hours.
The good news is that industry placements can be paid, and if you’re already working part-time in an industry job while studying, those hours can be counted as your industry placement hours. As a Torrens University student, you can contact your Success Coach to find out more.
Most industry placement units are designed to be completed over the course of a term and during that term you will generally have less other material to complete, leaving you with a bit more time in your week to the placement.
So simply take the total number of hours required for this unit of industry placement, divide it by the number of weeks in the quarter, and add it to the total number of weekly hours you have already calculated.
That’s it. You can now calculate all the weekly hours of your course.
Of course, this is just a guide to give you an idea of how long it will take to complete a standard course. At the start of your course, you’ll get better at managing different tasks and schedules, and you’ll discover new ways to save time along the way.
Juggling school, work, and life is a challenge, but many students and graduates find it worth it. In the long run, studying will accelerate your entire professional trajectory and save you valuable time by propelling you up that ladder faster.