All learners have access to guidance on the use of statistical data in development studies, including IMF, UN and World Bank sources. Learners will also get access to a video library of documentaries and publicity material maintained by the department. Learners will have access to a wide range of experience through staff within the department. Several different staff members lead sessions on their specialist subjects, learners have access to staff when undertaking their projects and the course holds panels where learners are encouraged to ask questions and debate with staff. IT skills are developed further by the use of WebCT and the internet. Course notes, bibliographies and an extensive range of links are available on-line. Interaction is encouraged between tutors and learners through the use of e-mail discussion lists and chat rooms. The modes of assessment all require well-developed written communication skills and the project in particular relies on the learners ability to undertake disciplined and relevant research and then be able to select relevant data and present it to an appropriate form. Whilst there are no formal presentations during the module, all students will be expected to participate fully in the classroom discussion. There will be significant opportunities to participate in discussions.