Teaching Methodologies

Teaching Methodologies

CTI realises that students have different preferences regarding their method of learning and that specific fields of study may require different approaches.

Due to this, CTI has developed two study methodologies: the Mastery Learning Methodology (MLM) and the Lecture Based Learning (LBL) methodology. Students studying in the Information Technology Faculty have the decision between the MLM or the Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) methods, whilst the other faculties offer studies through the Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) method.

Mastery Learning Methodology (MLM)

One of the cornerstones of CTI’s success in the Information Technology sector is its superior study methodology. Numerous studies over the years have shown that traditional classroom methodologies are inferior to individual study methodologies. Students have different levels of prior learning and different learning abilities and therefore learn new material at different speeds. These studies show that there is a significant difference in a student’s learning performance and skills mastery between the modular approach of the MLM route and the lecture-based approach.

Students studying the Higher Certificate in Information Systems qualifications and short learning programmes (IT Engineering, Basic Programming and Internet Development Specialist) learn via the MLM route. These students can pace their studies to suit their experience and ability. This means that students can focus on sections that they find challenging and progress more quickly through other sections. Monthly reports keep both students and parents/sponsors updated on the student’s progress.

Due to the unique nature of the MLM route, students can start in any week of the year. The methodology is modular, and courses are completed and examined sequentially. A student qualifies when all the courses have been successfully completed.

The MLM route offers both full-time and part-time study options. Due to the intensive nature of the qualification, full-time students must be on campus for six to seven hours per day. Part-time students attend campus for three hours twice a week, and the course duration is increased proportionately.

Latest trends incorporated into the study material

  • HTML 5: Latest trend used in the IT industry for a higher level of web development. It improves the HTML language, with support for the latest multimedia, while remaining easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices.
  • CCS3: The latest standard used for Cascading Style Sheets, which enhances the design structure of websites. Its most common application is to style web pages written in HTML.
  • JavaScript: A client-side scripting language that allows interaction with users. This type of online interaction is widely used in industry. Having this module available to students provides them with many opportunities once they are employed.
  • Android development: An introductory module based on android development, which is highly sought-after in industry.

General benefits

  • Students studying the MLM route determine the pace of their studies themselves and spend less time on work that is mastered easily. The student’s progress is thus not limited to the pace of the group.
  • Studying through the MLM route dramatically increases retention of knowledge.
  • The practical nature of the learning material provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to enter the employment market with confidence.
  • A student can fast-track his or her progress from being a student to obtaining employment within eight to twelve months after starting studies.
  • The study model enables the student to study for one year and obtain employment and then to continue studying towards a BSc in Information Technology. Please contact an Academic Coordinator for more information.

Lecture-Based Learning (LBL)

Some students prefer, adapt to, and excel in a more traditional lecturing environment, where learning is enhanced with information and debate with the lecturer and fellow students. We understand that some students need structure and therefore we provide exactly this. With the LBL methodology, students attend lecture-led classes, complete research projects and write regular tests to build up a continuous assessment in specific courses. This continues for a full semester and culminates in biannual exam.

They are offered ongoing support from their lecturers and peers and therefore are able to excel in no time!

CTI’s small classes provides the opportunity for students to receive individual attention and optimise learning. 
Students wanting to attend the LBL route can start the first semester at the beginning of February each year, whilst the second semester starts mid-July. This is only offered on a full-time basis.

Students learn according to a set structure, ensuring that all learning outcomes are thoroughly covered by lecturers, class-based discussions, tutorials, assessments and/or research reports.

The student will gain valuable knowledge through interaction with the lecturer, fellow students and class presentations.

With the length of the course spread over one to three years, a student’s knowledge and understanding of the interrelatedness of subject matter and personal skills development is enhanced.