Positives: I’m interested in business, it’s broad, but I can gain my general knowledge about this area; it’s a industry apply to a lot
Negatives: Might need more useful internship; cut off some not necessary core unit such as business ethics, instead having that on campus, we can just have online course. I feel it not worth of the money for education especially for international students paying more than 3000 aud for a unit
My advice to future students is: Lock in a particular area, again specific ability, find out what to focus on instead of just knowing Something in general
Positives: Most people would expect an engineering courses to be very secluded but I have found that the university has developed an environment that promoted discussion and community growth in their students. I also love the hand on learning that is provided in tutorial learning as well as the engaging lectures
Negatives: I think that the timetable is very unsustainable for the students, especially if they also have to work to support themselves. The university should make the timetables more personalised and open to change for students. I also believe that some powerpoint lessons should be re worked to be more clear and succinct
My advice to future students is: I would recommend attending every class that is offered, as it is very easy to fall behind in the large work load. I would also recommend being social, as meeting new people definitely enhances your university experience.
I'm majoring in Fine Arts and doing this online via Open Universities Australia.
Positives: Excellent online delivery. Remarkable organisation of learning exercises to achieve individual skill development. Ready access to tutors and personal engagement with course organisers. Diversity of tutors and high standard of learning materials. Flexibility of curriculum. Lots of options and room for personal creativity/direction.
Negatives: Lack of continuity with change of tutors during consecutive courses in third year. You are trying to complete your major work series (four subjects) and change of tutors leads to confusion about expectations. Wastes a fair bit of time and is annoying. Tutors seem overworked and unable to spend time getting familiar with student projects.
My advice to future students: Do the drawing courses as early as possible. They are very time consuming. Perhaps double the hours stated in the course outline. They provide skills which are vital to effective composition of other art works. Certainly don't miss them. It is possible to complete the Fine Arts major without the drawing research units but they are brilliant for skills development and for pushing you to explore additional media and processes.
I'm studying this online through Open Universities.
Positives: The teachers are approachable and encourage an active learning through the online discussion boards. There are no exams, only written assignments or presentations. The units are varied but complement one-another with some crossover in content which is useful in such a broad degree.
Negatives: There is a lot of reading. Generally the articles are long. This takes a lot of time and you can fall behind very easily if you don't stay on top of time-management.
My advice to future students: Start your readings early and keep up to date with current world events. Try and find volunteer work as early as possible
Positives: I think that Curtin has developed a very good first year program, through a hands on way of learning. The university has created an atmosphere is which students feel comfortable to learn in a familiar envionrment. They have also gone over and above with the resources provided to their students, helping the pupils expand their learning at university.
Negatives: Curtin could definitely adjust their timetable to allow the students that might not be able to get their applications in as early as others to change and adapt their own customised timetable to suit their other commitments outside of their university life. They could also make some of the courses more concise in their teaching, by creating new powerpoint slides to learn off and reviewing some of the teaching staff's teaching techniques
My advice to future students is: I would recommend that the students attend every class that they have been assigned, so that they do not fall behind in their studies as the ilectures that the university offers may be helpful, they do not offer the same helpful nature and advice that a teaching lecturer can offer in person. However, I would also advise them to engage in out of university experiences so that they can have a balanced lifestyle.
Positives: - A good balance of practical and lecture / lab content
- Encouraging a team philosophy and preparing for real world communication skills
- An excellent overview of some of the different fields within the physiotherapy scope
- Providing good exposure to work in the hospital and community settings
- Relevant course content to real job experience
Negatives: - not so much a negative, but this is not the course to enrol in if you’re after ‘The Uni Lifestyle’. It’s hard and time consuming. You need to put in your all in order to pass. Not much Tav time 😂
My advice to future students is: The labs are all leading to something. Even if you don’t understand right now what that is. If I could go back and take the anatomy labs again it would really help my current practice. Try to think about how this will impact treating a real person.
I major in Electrical and Electronic engineering.
Positives: Students taking this major can specialise in either Electrical Power Engineering, or Electronic Engineering. There is hardly any aspect of modern civilisation that is not dependent upon electrical energy. It is used for heating, cooling, lighting, transportation, manufacturing and production, minerals processing, to name just a few areas of application. Electrical power engineering considers these applications of electrical energy, together with its generation, transmission and distribution, as well as the harnessing of sources of renewable and sustainable energy.
Electronic engineering is one of the fastest growing technology areas internationally, and job opportunities in this field abound. With the rapid progress of the information society, the role of electronic communication and embedded systems (Internet of Things or IoT) is becoming even more crucial to increased industry efficiency and competitiveness. The reason lies in the decentralisation of computing power in both the office and factory environment and the ability of specialised communication networks to link all geographically and spatially separated elements. In this specialisation students will learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital, electronic and communication systems.
More recently, the fields of electrical engineering and electronic engineering are starting to converge as society seeks more efficient, safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly solutions to engineering problems. For example, smart grids use electronic and computer technologies to achieve better management of electricity consumption and safety in commercial and domestic environments. This Major will allow students to gain expertise in both the electrical and electronic engineering fields.
Negatives: Some Modules If chosen by the student, are not properly structured. One subject was Real-Time operating systems which I took. Thus, I advise new students to go through the module outline and choose the modules wisely.
My advice to future students is: These aren't particularly original pieces of advice, but they're important nonetheless:
Learn how to study effectively. This isn't just a matter of putting your nose down and working really hard - you don't just want to get good grades, you want to get good grades and still have enough time to have a life. There are plenty of books and websites on building good study habits. I'd say the most important of them are:
Study in distributed chunks rather than cramming at the last minute.
Take actives notes and do practice problems rather than passively reading and highlighting mindlessly.
Don't be too proud or nervous to ask for help, but don't rely on it excessively.
Research your classes and professors. Plan out your schedule - don't overload on tough classes and avoid profs with bad reputations.
Get research and internship opportunities! The best way to do this is just to start looking early and show initiative. Ask professors, go to networking events, do mock interviews, etc. You need to start building your resume and if you recognize this, you'll have an advantage over your classmates by sheer virtue of not procrastinating.
Learn how to program.
Networking is important. Try to attend social events and organizations related to engineering. Don't overdo this and join like seven clubs or do anything stupid, but try to make friends with both your peers and potential employers.
The soft skills and factors are important. Get good sleep, exercise right, develop your social skills, etc. If you had to choose between a 3.4 GPA and a healthy social life, and a 3.7 GPA and nothing else, go with the former.
Make sure you actually have some reason to do engineering beyond thinking you “should” because you did well in school.
Remember to have fun!
I'm doing this course online.
Positives: Spending the last term of study on a practicum placement was a great experience, it gave me a chance to really experience what work would be like as a teacher. It also gave me a chance to become a member of the school community and form relationships with other trenchers and students
Negatives: The units were quite technical to begin with, and require a high level of academic writing and how to research. While there are units available to improve with this, it didn’t offer enough support at times.
There was an inconsistency in marking between tutors and units, due to the online nature of the course
My advice to future students is: Undertake the offered units on academic writing. Make connections with local schools and undertake volunteer work if possible- practical application of the skills being built is very different to the theory that is taught, especially in the first 2 years of the course. Enroll in one unit at a time until you are familiar with the course workload
I'm doing this course online.
Positives: I undertake this course, purely online. The information and the layout of our studies each week are really clear and our access to our tutors and the discussion boards make it easier to be involved with our studies, just as much as if we were on campus in a physical classroom. The help and support that is provided by the University is positive and ensures that we feel supported through our studies.
Negatives: I couldn't fault the course. But if I were to say anything, I wish that we could do video link so we could see our Tutors/Peers as the fact that the course is purely online means that we have restricted access and visuals to the rest of our class. This would be the only restriction.
My advice to future students is: Be prepared to work really hard in this course. There is so much knowledge that you are expected to learn and the study load is quite large. Consider if you are an individual learner or if you learn best by collaborating with others. You have support and peers that are there through discussion boards but essentially you are on your own in your learning.
Positives: Psychology is a very interesting and broad subject to study. The content is delivered in an interactive and fun way which makes you enjoy the subject a lot more. There is a lot of support within this course from peers, older students and lecturers which boosts confidence in Academia and increases productivity
Negatives: Some aspects of the course a little tricky and mundane, this is negative as some content can become boring and repetitive
My advice to future students is: Work hard, ask for help if needed. Go into lectures with a positive attitude and tackle tasks that are boring with a positive attitude. Every course has boring parts but pull through, it will be rewarding in the end
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