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Positives: this course has provided me we a much deeper insight into the environment around us and the impact we as human beings have upon it. i found through this course i have been able to focus on my passion for animals and biodiversity. i enjoy more practical activities such as dissections, observing live specimens and field work. Camps and excursions have also contributed to the enjoyment and physical involvement of this course, enabling me to meet others and form relationships with my peers.

Negatives: A lot of tedious course work, irrelevant lecture material which ultimately does not aid my understanding of the subject, a lot of contact hours involved

My advice to future students is: Plan study hours and stay ahead of schedule to stay organised. use the unit guide to your advantage and note assessment/ exam dates in a diary (essential- get a diary!) parking is a bitch so plan transport accordingly ahead of time to ensure your prepared and on time for classes.

Completing in 2019

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The course includes subjects that cover a range of information such as climate change, pollution, environmental management, animal diversity, animal anatomy and research methods. i enjoy most of these particular topics so gaining this knowledge has become the catalyst for a new found level of passion for environmentalism and biodiversity. I have most enjoyed hands on subjects like pracs where we are able to physically observe live specimens and conduct surgical processes to further expand our understanding. Excursions and camps have also been especially exciting, also helping me to stay focused among the extensive (and unnecessary) amount of lecture material which can become tedious.

Completing in 2019

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Positives: one great thing about this course is that in first year it sets you up so that you know the basics. the forensics unit in the uni has both experimental hands on work as well as book focused work, so that benefits both types of students. the units are very interesting and allows you to explore all aspects of forensic so that you can major in exactly what you like.

Negatives: theres not enough forensic units, although we do a few a lot of the units are general units. also there are no placement so we can't get field work.

My advice to future students is: study from the beginning of the trimester and don't leave it till the end during exams. forensic is really exciting but know that there aren't that many jobs and therefore you would need to start off low. also would recommend looking for volunteer work for your course, specially forensic which doesn't have many jobs, whilst studying on the holidays. also work hard because honours is vital for jobs

Completed in 2018

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I'm majoring in Animal Biology.

Positives: It is a very interesting course with very in depth and interesting curriculums. You learn in many ways (hands on, practicals, lectures, discussions) and the university often provides help in the form of PASS classes for those who need it. It has a lot of electives of which you can chose any units in the university allowing you to study other things you may be interested in.

Negatives: There are no jobs in this field and any job there is you need massive volunteering experience to be considered

My advice to future students is: If you are not passionate about animal biology and research enough to volunteer for at minimum a year it is not worth it

Completed in 2018

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Positives: The hands on fieldwork

Negatives: Sometimes the pracs and lectures don’t coordinate well so the lecture is after the practice which isn’t very useful

My advice to future students is: Don’t panic if the course isn’t suited to you, you have so many opportunities just waiting for you

Completing in 2020

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Positives: Really enjoy coursework, the subjects interest me, I enjoy the content of the subjects and the information the provide and the way it’s laid out

Negatives: None, really

My advice to future students is: Specify the direction you want to head in in your first year

Completing in 2019

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Positives: This course allows you to explore all aspects of biology like microbiology, animal biology, human biology and plant biology. This allows us to experience the different types and be able to decide which we like best roo focus on later on.

Also because its a broader degree we have a chance to get greater opportunitues for careers

Also all the teachers at deakin are really passionate about their subjects

Negatives: There was a big challenge of maths involved in the chemistry units

My advice to future students is: Make sure you do mathematics in school. Possibly do volunteering or work placement in something involved with biology

Completing in 2019

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Positives: It is broad, follows a logical plan, I get to explore things that interest me and I get to learn from passionate teachers

Negatives: A few of the units seem unnecessary, and the workload is large

My advice to future students is: Look at the course outline and pay extra attention in units that will be repeated/considered prior knowledge in 2nd and 3rd year

Completing in 2019

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Positives: There are a lot of activities i would have never done, like dissections of interesting animals, experiences that i would have never experienced, and knowledge that i would have never thought i would find so interesting, knowledge that is as little as leaning how to properly use a microscope

Negatives: It can be very challenging and very time consuming, can end up with long days sitting at uni, although it does pay off and its a good feeling by the end of semester

My advice to future students is: I would say to get as much help as you can, the uni will always provide extra help outside of lectures and always ask questions and have discussions with your lecturers or course guiders

Completing in 2019

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The positives of this course is that it is a mostly science/legal based course. This is good because I really enjoy biology and chemistry based concepts and I enjoy learning about crime and what a criminal is through different definitions and inferences.

This course also goes through a lot of work which deals with working out how a person died or who could've killed them. Not only this, but the introduction classes for year one allow people to get a good look into what a science type course contains

However, one downside of this course is that first year is all introductory classes, meaning that you won't learn anything for a period of time.

My advice to future students is: Make sure you have done biology, chemistry and further math before heading into this course so first year will be a recap and quite easy. Also ensure that you know how to write an essay for the criminology aspect.

Completing in 2021

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