A Handbook of KUSOED Online Programs

Program Overview     

The Online programs at KUSOED are intended to the working professionals who may not be able to attend face-to-face classes on a regular basis. However, to ensure that students meet the rigor of the program, some contact sessions, whether they be face-to-face or synchronous online, are made mandatory. Some courses may demand more contact sessions, whereas some may even not require them.

Course Format

Each of the courses has mostly five modules. The modules are loaded with key readings, multimedia materials (including video lectures), PowerPoint slides (including class lectures), and integrated online exercises (including interactive quizzes). There are also some relevant assignments and tasks wherever appropriate. The courses also have one or many project work(s) and/or peer assessed assignment(s).

Study Materials

Readings come from a range of different materials from book extracts to case studies, journal articles and blog posts. Complementary copies of the required course readings are made available on the website. Links are also provided to further readings.

Study Plan

You are supposed to spend at least three hours every day. The completion of each course takes seventeen weeks. Fifteen weeks are allocated for you to study and complete all assignments. The sixteenth week is allocated for you to review/revise the course and to have peer and tutor support in view of preparing for the end-semester exam. And end-semester exam will be given to you in the seventeenth week. This is subject to amendment if a distinct end-semester examination schedule for all courses is notified by the School. Even in that case, a week will be allocated for review and revision.

There will be at least five assignments in each course. Submitting and obtaining grades for all assignments is mandatory. If you fail to submit the designated assignments within the time slot, you cannot sit for the end-semester examination. In that case, you need to take the end-semester examination in the next round of semester completing all the remaining tasks for which you need to wait for at least six months.

A tentative program schedule for August intake is presented below:

August Intake


Admission process


One year programs

Two year programs

First semester begins


End semester exam


Second semester begins


End semester exam


Third semester begins



End semester exam



Fourth semester begins



End semester exam




Posting on the online discussion forums and communication with the course instructor either via email or via Moodle messaging assure your participation and engagement in the course. Participating in and even initiating discussions is a crucial part of the courses. Students are also expected to offer insightful, constructive criticism throughout the course, both for themselves and for their classmates. You will lose points for not actively participating in and contributing to the discussion. 


E-mail correspondence with your instructor is a form of professional communication.  Any e-mails to your instructor should be polite and formal. Also, please note that many of the instructors do not check email on the weekend, so plan your correspondence accordingly. The note about email also applies to all your correspondence via the online learning system, i.e. Moodle.

Assessment Criteria

Generally, the assessment includes the following format: Participation in Online Discussion Forum (10%), Assignments (40%), Module end quiz (10%), and End semester exam (40%). However, instructors have the liberty of setting their own assessment rubrics based on the nature of their courses. In that case, the concerned instructor will post their assessment criteria on their course portal.

Written Assignments

Written assignments can be submitted as a separate word file or directly typing on the assignment portal. All assignment must be submitted by the day they are due. Late submissions will have the grade reduced by 5% of the total possible points for the assignment for each day that the assignment is late. For example: a paper worth 100 points that is turned in 3 days after the deadline will be graded out of 85 possible points.

All written assignments (in MS Word) must be typewritten in 12pt Times New Roman font, double spaced lines, and on A4 sized paper with 1-inch margins on all sides. You will be graded on both the content of your ideas and the clarity and accuracy of your writing. If papers are improperly formatted, points may be deducted. 

All information used in your papers must be fully and accurately cited; failure to cite your sources correctly may result in disciplinary action (see Academic Integrity below).  KUSOED now follows the APA style for citation, please refer to the American Psychological Association’s Style Manual (6th edition).     

Research Paper / Dissertation 

As part of the final research project, students will be required to write a research paper or a dissertation about their topic. If a student intends to write a short research paper (3 Cr), s/he may opt to do a quick survey or a case study. In this case, however, the student has to complete one additional course (3 Cr). On the other hand, a student can choose to do a full dissertation (6 Cr), in which case, s/he needs to go through the same process as regular on-campus students complete their dissertation, i.e. write a proposal, get approval from the research committee, and complete the dissertation under an assigned tutor’s supervision and defend it successfully.


If you have a question about your grades or you wish to challenge any grade, you must present the graded assignment and a paragraph explaining your comments on the grade (including any supporting evidence) to the concerned Program Coordinator no later than two days after the grade is posted.  After two days, questions about grades will not be considered. Please note that in our reconsideration, your grade may go up, but it may also go down. 

Make Ups

In accordance with the University Guidelines, make up exams will be provided only if extraordinary circumstances prevent you to appear on the scheduled exam date. You must present a signed note on professional letterhead from a medical professional, legal professional, or dean to the course instructor immediately following the missed exam. We must then approve the excuse to allow you to reschedule the makeup exam.

Academic Integrity  

Honest, original work is expected from each student.  Students must not copy, cut and paste any sentences or parts of sentences from articles, the internet or other students (this does not restrict you from fair use with appropriate citation and references). Likewise, they should not submit the same paper for credit in two courses. The course instructor retains the right to reject or give a grade of F for unoriginal work.  

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