I get what you saying about the timescale Dean, I ended putting a lot of time into it, much more that the 8-12 hours per week they suggested. However I found the discipline of having deadlines and targets a real help. I really enjoyed the couse and I found it was very beneficial in my case.
Hawk, I'm not sure about doing this, I feel it may cover a lot of the same ground as the HCI course. I'll signed up for alerts and will look into it a bit more.