Online Courses FAQs

The Online Courses FAQs offer insights into how these Courses and Programs are conducted and how are they evaluated.

How are the Programs conducted?

Who are the Programs meant for?

  • For those genuinely interested in learning and practicing.
  • For those wishing to explore new areas of knowledge.
  • For those wishing to engage in an integral culture and living.

The programs require an in-depth and original engagement and are quite unsuited to someone who is merely seeking a Degree or is comfortable with falling back on rote-learning, cut and paste or copied answers, passing off undigested readings/lecture notes as assignments or responses.

 How & Where are the Programs conducted?

  • Programs are conducted Online (Moodle e-learning platform
  • You can take the programme from any part of the world as long as you have access to Internet.
  • Learning materials, Assignments, Student-Facilitator interactions, Classes are Online – these can be accessed through a unique username and password that is allocated to you upon admission.
  • Students also receive support documents, audio files, video(s) in the form of CDs/DVDs through post, once the programme begins.

What is the duration of the Programs?

  • Pre-requisite course – 2 months
  • PG Certificate level is minimum 6 months – extendable up to 1 year.
  • PG Diploma level is minimum 1 year – extendable up to 2 years.
  • MA level is minimum 2 years – extendable up to 4 years.

What does a Program comprise of?

  • Normally a 16-Credit Certificate level Program is sub-divided into 3 Courses – two of which may be Theory/Integrated Courses of 6 credits each – combining conceptual inputs with reflection, assimilation and application; and one may be a Practical course of 4 credits – primarily a research practicum.

 How often are the classes held?

  • No classes! The Program has a number of Study units and each unit has its own learning materials as well as assignments. There is a submission date for each unit – that is the outer limit for the student to complete that unit – the readings as well as assignments. The Programme calendar is available online in the course area once it begins.
  • Occasional Skype (online interaction with the facilitator and peer group) sessions are scheduled as per mutual convenience.

How much time do I need to put in?

  • On an average 6-8 hours a week should see you through – however, it varies from student to student and course to course. The study units are generally 10-day each – hence you have at least one week-end to catch up and complete in case you are unable to devote time daily or during the week. In case of more number of credits per unit, the time available is also more.

 How can I contact co-students and the facilitator?

  • Through online Forum Discussions and postings
  • Through Skype sessions
  • Through direct e-mail / call
  • In case you are in the same town, a face-to-face meeting can be arranged with the facilitator

 How will these Programs benefit me?

  • High standard of academics is combined with Self-development techniques and Societal Issues – leading to a holistic education.
  • Emphasis is on practice and reflection, not merely on an intellectual understanding. This ensures an actual shift in one’s life and work.
  • New areas of Knowledge are taken up with cutting edge technology – giving you an opportunity to be amongst the pioneers of upcoming fields such as Consciousness studies, Future studies etc.
  • In addition, you obtain a postgraduate degree without going anywhere – learning at your own pace, in your own time, from your own base.

How will I be evaluated

You will enroll for the non-accredited option leading to Certification from ICIS itself, upon successful completion.

What must my answers reflect? The Evaluation Criteria

The Evaluation Criteria reflects the shift from rote-learning to original and sincere engagement with the learning process and materials. The assignments are framed to deepen the student’s understanding and reflection. Mechanical answers, cut and paste jobs, extensive use of quoted text, copying from others (joint writing of answers, for instance), plagarisation is not acceptable – the responses must reflect understanding and assimilation and in certain cases even application.

  • Conceptual clarity
  • Self-reflection leading to application in life
  • Growth of consciousness
  • Sincerity and Application
  • Coherence and rigour in presentation of ideas
  • Originality of thinking
  • Power of expression
  • Wideness of scholarship and ability to synthesise diverse ideas

Academic Honesty

  • This is the norm rather than an exception in GCE (ICIS) programs and the student must adhere to a most rigorous discipline in being true to the spirit of the programs – in keeping with the Evaluation criteria described above.
  • All work submitted by a student must represent the student’s original endeavour. Where outside sources are used as references, work submitted by the student should identify the source to make clear the extent to which the source has been used. ICIS considers plagiarism and falsification of documents a serious matter which may result in appropriate sanctions that could involve loss of all or part of credit for the work, suspension for a specific period of time, or even expulsion from the course(s) depending upon the severity of violation.

When & Where do the Examinations take place?

  • Assessment is continuous through various assignments which are available online. Students do not have to go anywhere for assessment – it is all online.
  • The Facilitator checks the assignments online and posts the feedback as well as grades online itself. The students can see them on the site.
  • At the end of the course, GCE (ICIS) issues a Certificate of Professional Studies, with a Grade sheet.
  • The final assessment takes place twice in a year, i.e. at the end of each semester.

Which aspects of my coursework are graded?

  • Every aspect – If a Program comprises of three courses with n number of study units, each course amounts to 100% by itself. The final grade is arrived at by taking into account the Grades received for each of the courses (i.e. all the assignments, webinars etc.) and practical/research work.
  • Theory/Integrated courses are generally assessed through Continuous Evaluation (assignments built into each study unit) (weightage 90%) and through Summative Evaluation (term-end assignment or Webinar) (weightage 10%).
  • Practical courses are generally assessed through Dissertation/Project work/Webinar etc. (weightage 100%).

 What is the passing Grade?

  • 90% to 100% – Grade A with distinction
  • 75% to 89.9% – Grade A
  • 60% to 74.9% – Grade B
  • 50% to 59.9% – Grade C

Note: Below 50% is F grade (i.e. Fail).