Negative: Being a Catholic university, there are some compulsory subjects not relevant to speech pathology, I think this time would be better spent doing speech pathology subjects.
It seems sometimes the staff had difficulties finding placements for all students, as a result some placements students received were not as good as ones other students did.
Big difference in workload and difficulty of content between first and second years.
Positive: very interesting course, passionate, caring and helpful staff. Small cohort meant you knew all your classmates and the teachers knew you.
Significant amount of placement throughout the course, from the second year.
My advice to future students is: Stay up to date with the work, spend uni breaks revising and preparing for placement. Ask the teachers for help if you need it.
Very experienced teaching team, useful assignments and great placement opportunities. Big commitment and quite challenging but very rewarding.
My advice to future students is: The more you put in, the more you get out of it.
Positives: close-knit, lots of placement hours, lecturers with lots of clinical experience
Negatives: curriculum/requirements change frequently, small number of available placements, lack of flexibility
My advice to future students is: Take every opportunity you can
Positive: Placement and opportunity to experience the practice of Speech Pathology itself is made available to students early in the course. It's a four year undergraduate degree, which means I don't have to go through the agony of trying to get into Masters (where the chance of acceptance is slim). There are some great tutors and lecturers who are more than happy to provide assistance and answer questions.
Negatives: number of classes available and time of classes are limited. Some content is a little rushed, especially for heavy content subjects that require a little more time to get your head around - 13 weeks in the semester sometimes doesn't seem like enough time to prepare for the exam. Some exams cover content that was only touched briefly, or where not much emphasis was placed on its importance e.g. In subjects like biology and anatomy.
My advice to future students is: Give University your all. You spend a considerable amount of time there, completing a degree often in the hope of a future career. Do your best, work hard, and you will reap the rewards of your efforts. Sleep well. Eat well. Pray. And you will succeed.
Positive: (1) intimate classroom size (2) practicals from first year so very hands on (3) approachable lecturers (4) small cohort so you will know all your fellow students and form great bonds! (5) Speech Pathology is such a rewarding career and ACU teach the course in a evidence based way that is highly demanded by workplaces
Negatives: (1) The university finds it difficult to find placements as the course is new and they are still developing relationships with placements. However, this is improving rapidly due to the quality of students they are sending out.
My advice to future students is: Be prepared with strong foundations in biology and anatomy- you would think you wouldn't need it but Speech Pathology is really medical based if you choose to work in a hospital setting!
Great teachers and support
The class sizes are small, the staff are experienced.
Poor internet service, small library, long hours.
My advice to future students is: Stay on top of study! Work hard but enjoy
Very busy schedule with lots of workload. Easy to make friends and easy to talk to educators due to size. Very rewarding content.
My advice to future students is: Be organised and stay on top of study.
Positives - the course was awesome learnt a lot. Lectures were really good.
Negatives - there are little to no jobs
My advice to future students is: Do something that would help you get a job
Positive-placements are organised thoroughly in advance and we are given a good amount of time to prepare
Negative- I do not like the IBL method they use to teach (getting into groups and answering questions every single class). I feel like I don’t learn as much as I can
My advice to future students is: Be organised and have a passion to study
Positive; everything is gone through in detail, there is a lot of help provided at uni
Negative; there are no negative aspects
My advice to future students is: Go to orientation day to get the most information about uni
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