How It Works

How Online Learning Works at SUSS

SUSS Online courses feature an assortment of virtual learning tools, interactive activities and other resources that are designed to keep students fully engaged in an exclusive online learning environment.


Learning Management System

Our online courses are delivered via the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). To ensure smooth access to your online course after enrolment, all you have to do is to check that your computer is correctly configured and meets the minimum technical requirements as follow:

Operating system

  • Windows 10, Mac OSX or higher
Computer Specifications
  • Desktop or laptop with at least 4GB RAM and sound capabilities.
  • Built-in broadband wired or wireless card.
  • Built-in speakers & microphone.
  • Webcam


  • Chrome, Safari


  • Microsoft Office (2010 or later)
  • VitalSource Bookshelf Software (to read eTextbook)
  • Acrobat Reader (to open PDF files)
  • Canvas mobile app
  • SUSS Backpack app


Learning Materials

The learning materials needed for your study are included as part of every course. These materials are carefully selected and serve as the main sources of information for you to understand key concepts related to the course.

The eTextbook serves as the main study material. You can access your eTextbook for the respective courses through your laptops or mobile devices. This downloadable resource will enable you to access and learn anytime, anywhere even when there is no network connectivity. You can also personalise your learning by bookmarking pages, highlighting pertinent points, adding notes and collaborating with your peers by sharing your annotated notes.

The interactive StudyGuide (iSG) is an e-book, written by the Faculty and Associate Faculty, for courses in SUSS. The StudyGuide is designed to engage students' learning through quizzes, activities, self-reflection and self-assessment. It provides students with topic-coverage for a course according to study units, and is a convenient single point of access to all critical learning resources.

Chunked lectures are recorded presentations delivered as video streaming files, screen captures of instructional videos or other videos created by the faculty. These lectures are beneficial to visual learners and can be used as reviews of important course concepts. 

Additional resources are provided for you to explore supplementary content beyond the course materials. These can range from reference books, articles, websites and multimedia content. While useful for the more curious learners, these additional resources are not required to complete the learning activities and assessments.

Learning Activities

In the courses, you will engage in a variety of learning activities to build your knowledge base and develop real-world skills. Activities include discussions, quizzes, and assignments.

You will take practice quizzes to assess your knowledge of the concepts, theories and frameworks covered in each topic.

The Group-Based Assignment* or GBA is one of the components that contributes to the Overall Continuous Assessment Score for your online course.

* Not applicable to Graduate courses

For some courses, you will sit for a final examination or timed online assignment (TOA) at the end of the semester to assess your knowledge and understanding of the course as a whole. Note that this examination or TOA will be exactly the same for students taking the online courses and those taking the on-campus (ground) courses.

For other courses, you will need to complete an End-of-Course Assignment (ECA) instead of a final examination or TOA. An ECA often takes the form of an individual take-home project or assignment that will be released to you towards the end-of-term of presentation of your course. For more detailed information about the ECA, kindly refer to the course website. 

Student Support and Services

Whether you are pursuing an on-campus or a full online course, you will receive the same support and resources that will ensure a conducive learning environment, making your student journey focused and smooth.

SUSS Online is committed to providing high quality resources and information that support your scholarly research, programme completion and lifelong learning. You will have access to the SUSS Digital Library which is committed to providing a rich array of resources that will enhance innovative learning experiences. 

While there are no face-to-face sessions in a full online course, guidance and support will be provided by experienced online instructors via online seminars, discussion boards, social messaging platform, emails and live chat.

Students can post questions to their instructors via these channels.

Enjoy personalised support via confidential 1-on-1 sessions from Student Success Coaches who will help you with any online learning adjustment issues for a successful and rewarding learning experience. You can email the Student Success Coach team at or visit this site to find out more.

As a new student, you will be provided training on accessing and using Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), our learning management system. SUSS Online provides access to a number of online resources to help you understand the requirements for online learning. In addition, the technical support team provides technical helpdesk support for troubleshooting technical problems that you may experience from time to time.

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