In order to register with CA Connect, learners should also be registered at UNISA for the B.Compt (Honours) course. As UNISA runs the B.Compt (Honours) as a distance course, CA Connect’s support programme assists learners by providing lectures, small-group tutorials as well as other ad-hoc support activities. CA Connect is an official UNISA service provider and has the permission of UNISA to lecture B.Compt (Honours) material. Learners write UNISA tests and exams in the same way that they would if they were not at CA Connect. It is the learners responsibility to ensure they are correctly registered at UNISA. UNISA course material is sent to the learners’ postal address based on how they are registered at UNISA. CA Connect material is available to learners via the CA Connect MyCourse system.
CA Connect’s teachers work full-time on the CTA support programme and as a result are always available to assist learners one on one at arranged consultation times whenever is mutually convenient. CA Connect prides itself on the availability of its teachers to learners and believes this is one of many key differences between the CA Connect programme and other support programmes. Furthermore, CA Connect teachers are also available to communicate through telephone, email or the CA Connect MyCourse system should students prefer. Email queries are generally responded to before the end of the day.
The primary determinant of success in the B.Compt (Honours) is learners’ degree of personal commitment. Yes, the course is exceptionally demanding in order to prepare learners for the technical and emotional requirements of UNISA's CTA and part one of the qualifying exam. Prospective learners need to be aware upfront that the commitment they are undertaking is onerous, however experience has shown that learners tend to make the sacrifice (CA Connect's 2010 programme had an 78% attendance rate) and that the sacrifice pays dividends. Unfortunately, without this degree of contact sessions and support, a learners chances of completing the B.Compt (Honours) and passing part one of the qualifying exam are slim.
Tutorials begin with a short concept tests that require learners to apply the theory covered in lectures to a practical scenario. These concept tests are marked by CA Connect teachers. This is a formative method of testing and is designed to open learners up to the discussion and interaction that will follow in the tutorial. Furthermore, these concept tests highlight to learners their degree of understanding and areas in which they do not sufficiently understand how theory is applied. This provides timely feedback in order to address the delay in returning test feedback that the UNISA course unfortunately cannot avoid. These are also valuable feedback tools for teachers as they can be used as a means of determining the effectiveness of the teaching process and also provide a mechanism through which teaching can be adapted and missed concepts can be revised and retaught in different ways.
The support programme is designed for learners who have employment commitments and the contact sessions are therefore after hours. This does not prohibit students who study full time through UNISA from joining CA Connect. The programme is designed around the UNISA Honours B.Compt course that runs form February to September.
The 2011 support programme will begin on the 2 February 2011.
The times for the 2011 programme are: