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1 .Excuse me, I was told to come here for advice about, erm, Management Diploma courses?
1 .You've certainly come to the right place.
2 .Hi, my name is Monica.
1 .Nice to meet you.
2 .My name is Andrew, Andrew Harris.
我的名字是Andrew, Andrew Harris。
1 .So, Andrew, have you seen our diploma course prospectus yet?
1 .Yes, I've already looked at it.
2 .In fact, I thought the information on course content was really useful, but I'm afraid I'm a bit confused by all the different ways you can do the course: full - time intensive, part - time and so on.
1 .Well, let's see if I can help.
2 .I think each course type has its advantages and disadvantages, so it really depends on you - your own study habits, and your financial circumstances, of course.
3 .Are you working at the moment?
2 .I've been working in the administration section of the local hospital for the last three years.
3 .And before that I worked in the office of a computer engineering company for two years.
4 .So, I've got about five years of relevant work experience.
5 .And what I'm hoping to focus on is Personnel Management.
1 .I see.
2 .And are you planning to leave your current job to study, or are you thinking about just taking a year off ?
1 .I want to know what my options are, really.
2 .I don't want to quit my job or anything and my employers are keen for me to get some more qualifications but obviously, it would be better if I could do a course without taking too much time away from work.
1 .Right, so you don't really want to do the full - time course, then?
1 .No, not really.
2 .It's also a question of finances.
3 .You see, my office have agreed to pay the cost of the course itself, but I would have to take unpaid leave if I want to study full - time and, well, I don't think I could afford to support myself with no salary for a whole year.
2 .Well, you have two other possibilities: you could either do the part - time course - that would be over two years and you wouldn't have to take any time off work - or you could do what we call a 'modular' course.
3 .You could do that in eighteen months if you wanted - or longer, it's quite flexible and it would be up to you.
2 .So what does the part - time course involve?
1 .For that you would join an evening class and have a lecture twice a week.
2 .Then, you'd have to attend a seminar or discussion workshop one weekend a month.
1 .What kind of coursework would I have to do?
1 .Well, it's a mixture.
2 .You'd be expected to write an essay each month, which counts towards your final assessment.
3 .You have a case study to do by the end of the course, which might involve doing a survey or something like that, and also you need to hand in a short report every four weeks.
1 .So, that's quite a lot of work, then, on top of working every day.
2 .It sounds like a lot of studying - and really tiring.
1 .Yeah, you certainly wouldn't have much free time!
1 .What about the 'modular' course?
2 .What would I have to do for that?
1 .That's where you get the opportunity to study full - time for short periods.
2 .That way you can cover a lot of coursework and attend lectures and seminars during the day.
3 .And each module lasts for one term, say, about twelve weeks at a time.
4 .There are obvious advantages in this - the main one being that you can study in a much more intensive way, which suits some people much better.
1 .And how many of these 'modules' would I have to do to get the diploma?
1 .The current programme is two modules - and then you have to choose a topic to work in more depth - but you can base that on your job, and so you don't need to be away from the office, and how long it takes is up to you.
2 .The important thing is that you don't have to study and work.
3 .You can focus on one thing at a time.
1 .Yes, I can see that.
2 .It certainly sounds attractive!
3 .It would be more expensive, though.
4 .I mean, I'd have to support myself without pay for each module.
1 .That's true, so that might be a problem for you.
2 .Look, why don't you talk this over with your employers and...