Students are provided with comprehensive
notes which include diagrams, references, exercises, and assignments. Some courses also have a
comprehensive image atlas and/or case videotape. Feedback on student learning is based on a
series of assignments which are sent to the course instructor at regular, scheduled intervals.
Assignments consist of multiple choice questions. Assignments are marked and returned to students
with an answer key and short explanations to difficult questions. Instructors respond in writing
to questions raised by students and mailed in with their assignments. Each assignment has a specific
point value towards the course grade. In every course, assignments have a total value of 30% towards
the final course grade.
A "closed book" examination is taken by students at the end of the course. The examination is worth
70% of the course grade. The passing grade for every course is 70%. Students must obtain a passing grade
to get a Burwin course certificate. Examinations are written in a local institution. Students identify
an invigilator (exam supervisor) acceptable to Burwin and the exam is sent to the invigilator. After
the examination is written, the invigilator returns the examination to Burwin for marking.
The final examinations provide excellent opportunities to write registry-style examinations under exam
room conditions. The final examination paper and marked answer sheet is returned to the student and can
be used as an effective study tool.
Burwin courses are offered continuously and take approximately 4 months to complete. An assignment
and examination schedule is provided with each course. Students are required to send assignments
according to the schedule dates. Assignments are sent to the instructor by regular first class mail
service, special delivery, courier service, or by FAX transmission. Mailing or communication costs
by students to Burwin instructors are the responsibility of students.