A: Horizon Business School is an internationally recognized business school which focuses on procurement and supply qualifications.
A: Through distance learning and face to face teaching provided by Horizon Business School, the School will be able to respond better to the demand for quality higher professional education.
A: Horizon Business School “seeks to provide wider access to quality higher professional education.” It shall adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence and encourage social responsibility among its faculty, staff and students.
- To provide opportunities for alternative access to quality higher education by offering professional programs through distance learning and face to face teaching.
- To develop a system of continuing education to sustain professional growth and improve technical skills especially for those who cannot leave their jobs or homes for full-time studies; and
- To contribute towards upgrading the quality of the educational system of the countries where the business school has learning centres.
A: Face to face teaching is any form of study which is under the continuous, immediate supervision of teachers present with their students in lecture/classrooms. Its main characteristic is the physical presence of the learner and teacher.
A: Horizon Business School espouses a philosophy of distance learning which differs in degree and dimension from institution to institution. For Horizon Business School, its philosophy of distance learning is evolving into borderless classrooms where teaching is done through internet platforms. Its emphasis at present is on widening access to quality higher professional education programs.
A: The main feature of DE is a pre-dominance of an independent self-learning style which takes place outside a formal classroom. Students study in their own places of residence using specially designed learning materials.
While students basically study at their own pace, DE does not mean an open-ended schedule for going through the courses. Learning materials are designed in such a way that these require a specific time period to finish. Thus, students in DE also conform to a semester schedule.
Two-way communication between teacher and students exists through such means as mail, the telephone when available, or through electronic communication like the computer, teleconferencing, video or computer conferencing.
Examinations are given in the Learning Centers under the supervision of trained tutors.
A: Willingness to undertake independent, self-motivated study.
Possession of good time management which includes daily study hours.
Ability to contend with many hours of studying alone with occasional interaction with “classmates” and peers.
A: A learning centre is a place where DE students come together for study sessions (also called tutorials) facilitated by a trained tutor. The center may be located in a cooperating institution like a state college or university.
A learning center is equipped with library and other facilities which the students can use to enhance self-learning.
The learning center serves as a venue where students register and receive their learning packages, avail of counseling service, submit their assignments and take supervised examinations.
- Copies of certificates and transcript earned.
- Completed application form.
- Letter of recommendation from employer/supervisor in case of students seeking exemption onto CIPS qualifications.
- Two identical 2″x 2″ photos.
- Proof of payment of application fee: Postgraduate: US$200, CIPS qualification admission fees US$100.
A: With the advent of online tutorials, it now becomes possible to do course work even if you are in another country.
A: Online study sessions are a bit different. For the most part, students and tutors communicate asynchronously, meaning not in real-time. A tutor or student leaves messages on a discussion board and the rest of the class interacts by replying to these messages. Real time communication is done using Skype and slides.
A: Yes, the students need to take examinations. The students sit for supervised examinations in the learning centers. All exams are taken in this setting, whether the student is part of a face-to-face or online tutorial class.
The number of examinations per course varies but all courses require a final examination.
Students studying CIPS and other professional qualifications will have to take their examinations at approved examination centres.
A: The assignments and examinations form the basis for students’ final grade. These assignments are marked by the tutor and the results are reported to the faculty in charge. The faculty in charge marks the examinations and computes the final grade of the students on the basis of the scores for the assignments and the examinations.
Students studying CIPS qualifications will receive notices of their results directly from CIPS. For CIPS qualifications, examinations are set and marked by CIPS.