Australian Catholic University - ACU reviews

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Positives: I like that we have practicums starting first year and that let's us experience what it's like early on

Negatives: We dont really learn things that help us. The practical aspects help more than uni courses

My advice to future students is: Try hard at uni!! It DOES matter

Completed in 2018

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Positives: course that allows many pathways! Both written and practical work which makes it interesting and exciting to learn

Negatives: N/A

My advice to future students is: It’s not an easy course so if you’re interested in it make sure you’re going to put the work in and stick to it!

Completed in 2019

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Positives: The amount of placements we do, to give us hands on experience, and all the teachers are nurses/ were nurses so they have expert industry experience

Negatives: The uni as a whole has negative reinforcement approach and I dont feel they are there for me

My advice to future students is: Create a study plan and stick to it, and make sure that it's the right time in your life to do the course

Completed in 2019

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Positives: This course provides an excellent pathway to teaching in both government and Catholic schools. The lecturers/tutors have many years experience in which they share their knowledge and vital aspects of the teaching profession. This course provides excellent teaching round experiences in which one can develop one's knowledge and skills as a teacher which culminated in undertaking teaching experience for several weeks at the end of the course.

Negatives: I struggle to think of many negative aspects for this course. At the time of undertaking the course it did seem apparent that at times the university was prepared to pass students who did not have the adequate literacy skills to teach at the primary level.

My advice to future students is: I think the biggest piece of advice that I could provide is to ensure you go beyond merely undertaking the course to prepare yourself for the teaching profession. I would highly recommend participating in some volunteer/professional employment where you gain further experience in working with children.

Completed in 2012

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I majored in media & communications.

Positives: The teachers were pretty good. The lessons we were taught were quite valuable. There was a lot of practical work which is great for people who learn by doing.

Negatives: There was not much of a social scene in the course or the uni itself. Not to say people weren't nice but people generally went to their class, and then went home.

My advice to future students is: I would do this course if you are a person who learns by doing, we did a lot of activities that were practical like making our own videos, writing articles and making a live TV show.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: The individual teachers are fantastic and work hard to support students. In particular, the course on professional ethics was very thorough and the lecturer did an incredible job of explaining complex subject matter. The course was delivered in conjunction with USQ, and the USQ lecturers delivered amazing classes - if I could go back and do it again, I would just enrol at USQ.

Negatives: The biggest problem is that the university straight up forgot to register the course with Centrelink. Considering that you have 2 full days working in a clinic, plus a half day of case conferencing, plus a full day of classes, trying to hold down enough hours at work to pay the rent AND keep up attendance (not to mention time spent studying or writing assignments outside of class) was almost impossible. ACU in general really appears to stop caring about its students as soon as the course is paid for, but this was particularly ridiculous. Further, the course was delivered across two campuses over 40 kilometres apart - there was no option to study at one campus, take the other courses online, or to get any flexibility in when and how you attended. There were very few choices in electives, and courses were delivered as discrete entities, with little to no attempts to build on previous knowledge or deliver a holistic education.

My advice to future students is: Stay away from ACU completely. If you want to do this course, enrol at USQ; they actually care about their students.

Completed in 2016

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Positives: Provides me with an understanding of businesses, giving me fundamental knowledge for the future

Negatives: Some of the subjects are irrelative to what I want to do in the future

My advice to future students is: Choose a major which you are sure you want to stick with for the remaining years of the course

Completed in 2019

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Positives: Positive aspect is you get a degree at the end of it. The rest of it is eh.

Negatives: It’s all theory based for a practical career. You learn a bunch of things in classes that are not needed in the field. The theory work is okay but as most people have never had a nursing type job they can’t quite understand how to apply it. Many people also drop out half way through when they finally do get a nursing job or do their work placement

My advice to future students is: Go to Tafe to get your enrolled nursing degree. Then work as an enrolled nurse while you finish getting the registered nursing degree. Same amount of time but taught in a much more practical way plus you can get better jobs while studying

Completed in 2019

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Positives: I liked that most of the lecturers were experienced teachers and not just academic. This allowed the students to have a better insight

Negatives: Bare minimum practice experience. There was not enough time in a classroom

My advice to future students is: Get into a part time job with kids at the same time to make sure that you actually like working with kids

Completed in 2016

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It was a very enjoyable course with plenty of opportunities for practical involvement. I found that the subjects were perfect for my majors (Media and Drama). The positive aspects of the course were the teachers and the campus itself. They were good teachers who had worked in the discipline in the past and were extremely well-versed. The units were fun and experimental, especially in drama. I was able to be creative and design my own plays, and they could be about anything. It wasn't just a Catholic institution. I learned amongst all cultures and religions and learned about them.

The negative aspects of the course were the assessments. On their own, they are assessments so they aren't going to be the most interesting thing ever, but they were just mainly poorly written and I often heard from the tutors that they weren't written up by them and sometimes they didn't translate well in practice because of this. One improvement for the course would be to really target the expression of expectations for assessments. Otherwise, I loved the course and will always remember my Media professors.

My advice to future students is: Borrow the textbooks from the library or get second hand last edition ones because there is often not enough time to really take in massive texts during the course so it would have to be outside reading and that may not be worth it especially if you're doing a one off unit that you probably won't use as much in the future.

Completed in 2015

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