Course Format Considerations

Research your options

The BAAS degree program gives you flexibility in how you choose to study. Depending on the course, you can take classes online, face-to-face, or in a blended format. In blended courses, part of the class meets face-to-face, while the remainder is covered online. The amount of coursework offered online in blended classes varies by course.

Three basic issues you should consider when deciding how you want to take your classes are your:

  1. Need for flexibility

    Classes which are blended or online make it easier to complete your degree while balancing your work and personal life. They provide you with increased schedule flexibility and reduce the time and expense associated with commuting to campus. However, you should plan to spend at least 3-6 hours per week on each online course. That includes the time you would normally spend in class plus any preparation, reading, or time needed to complete assignments. The amount of time you will need to spend outside class on blended courses varies. For example, if the class is offered half online and half face-to-face, you should plan to spend 1.5-3 hours per week outside of class for each blended course.

  2. Learning style

    You should also consider your learning style when deciding what type of course to take. Students who are successful at online and blended courses work better independently and are able to discipline themselves to keep up with the material. They tend to be fairly comfortable with computer technology and have access to a high-speed internet connection.

  3. Career objectives

    Your course selections should be based more on your career objectives than on delivery method. However, we understand that sometimes taking a course online is better than not taking a course at all. The schedule of classes issued each semester indicates the format for each class. Your advisor can help you select a schedule that best meets your needs.