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Each unit in this module is designed to take 20 hours to work through fully.

This assumes you have not previously studied either Catholic Social Teaching or the particular subjects addressed in each unit. If you do have prior knowledge of the material, each unit is likely to take you less than 20 hours.

The total of 20 hours for each unit includes:

- 3-4 hours to work through the text on screen, including time for ‘reflections’ and ‘exercises’
- 10-12 hours to do the readings set in each unit (such as that by Austen Ivereigh on 1.1.1), including taking notes on them; c.95 pages of such readings are set for each.

Within the 20 hours, this leaves some spare time. This is for two purposes:

- to enable you, if you wish, to do at least one or two of the readings which are designated as ‘optional’ (these are not counted in the c.95 pages just referred to)
- to give you time – at least a couple of hours – for review and discussion of what you have studied when you reach the end of the unit; this can be highly beneficial for digesting material and retaining it for use in assignments or other activities.

I say above that c.95 pages of readings are set for each unit. In fact, this is an average. Some units have less than this and a couple have more.–

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**Length of time for assignments**

If you are studying the module for *15 credits*, preparation and writing of the two assignments should take you *30 hours in total*, beyond working through six out of the eight units.

If you are studying the module for *20 credits*, preparation and writing of the two assignments should take you *40 hours in total*, in addition to working through the units. (The word-lengths of assignments are longer if the module is for 20 credits.)

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**Further information about timing of study**

Below is slightly more technical information about the above lengths of study time.

Read the rest of this screen only if you are interested in understanding how time given to this module relates to the rest of your degree study. If you have accessed VPlater for independent study of CST, there is no point in reading what is below. *Go straight to the next screen*: 1.1.5.

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A **20-credit module** at an English university is supposed to take 200 hours of study time. As the above entails, this breaks down as follows:

Eight units @ 20 hours each makes 160 hrs

Two assignments in total 40 hrs

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Total 200 hrs

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A **15-credit module** at an English university is supposed to take 150 hours of study time. As figures above entail, this breaks down as follows:

Six units @ 20 hours each makes 120 hrs

Two assignments in total 30 hrs

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Total 150 hrs

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Another way to look at the length of study time is as follows.

**If you are doing the module for 20 credits**:

Your university/college probably has an annual timetable of three terms.

Assuming a full-time working week of 40 hours, 200 hours is 5 weeks’ work.

Five weeks is typically half a university term. Therefore working through all eight units and doing the assignments will take half a term of full-time study. Overall, you are expected to do six such modules in each year of full time study (6 x 20 = 120 credits).

If you are studying part-time, the module will take a whole term and you are expected to do three such modules each year.

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**If you are doing the module for 15 credits:**

Your university/college probably has an annual timetable of two semesters.

Assuming a working week of 40 hours, 150 hours = 3.75 weeks’ work.

3.75 weeks is one quarter of a university semester of 15 weeks. Therefore doing six units and the assignments for one module will take one quarter of a semester of full-time study. Overall, you are expected to do eight such modules in each year of full-time study (8 x 15 = 120 credits).

If you are studying part-time, the module will take half a semester and you are expected to do four such modules each year.

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