Positives: Although I did not finish this degree, the best part of the course was the facilities. The science labs were very well equipped which made learning about human anatomy and physiology very eye-opening and engaging. The science component of the course was very impressive. Having a good knowledge of biology and chemistry is very helpful for this field of work.
Negatives: I found that there was limited support provided for students studying this course. The online learning platforms provided limited information and were barely used for communication or collaboration. This made it more difficult to seek answers about assessments or to get help with general content, as obtaining a reply from a tutor often took several days.
My advice to future students is: Students thinking of studying this degree should not underestimate the science component of this course. I wish I knew how advanced the work would be! A background in chemistry or biology would be very helpful.
Positives: the course is online, so its easy to access. you work from the comfort of your home, library, or wherever you chose to be away from distractions, such as other students in tutorials & lectures.
Negatives: its hard if you feel the need to speak to a lecturer, as you cant talk in person, but only through email, and on rare occasion by phone. everything is online, so you miss out on the famous ""university experience"" of campus life and all that.
My advice to future students is: university is much more independent and harder than high school, take your study seriously. this is your future career. many people choose to pay for university through hecs, so choose something you wouldnt mind having debt for thats taken out of your earnings.
Positives: One of the best things about the course was the flexibility that it offered. I opted to study remotely via Open Universities, which allowed me to work full-time whilst studying, rather than having to work in part-time employment around scheduled classes.
I was able to complete the degree, which usually takes three years to complete, in just one year.
Negatives: I do not think that the course was particularly useful or worth the $20,000 I paid to study it in terms of employment prospects. I did not think that good industry contacts were provided, nor did the content reflect the current state of today's media industry.
I went on to secure my own employment at a local newspaper (as the university was unsuccessful in providing me with any kind of support in securing employment or an internship). When I started work at the paper, I learned that a lot of the information I was taught in the course (for example, style) was completely inaccurate compared to what is expected in the real world.
Although some of the units were somewhat hands-on and practical, there were a lot that were mandatory and yet completely irrelevant to the communications industry.
My advice to future students is: I would probably suggest that future students consider bypassing the degree and aiming to get into journalism by securing a work experience or internship placement first, and getting into full-time employment that way.
Positives: Focuses on teaching students the essentials of IT rather than technical stuff, which would be taught to you in the workplace anyway. A wider range of topics helps with pursuing employment opportunities
Negatives: It's a bit too packed and would be better off as a 4 year course. They expect very quick learning and this can cause students with no prior experience to fall behind. The educational staff are also sometimes very lax.
My advice to future students is: Take some programming courses early. If you don't like programming or don't have a mind for it, either don't do the degree or try to catch up.
Positives: Great lecturers, practical experience
Negatives: Parking on campus was awful, doing a double degree across fields and campuses left me a little socially isolated
My advice to future students is: Know what your end goal is and get as much industry experience as you can while you study
Positives: Open pathways and opportunities
Negatives: Time management
My advice to future students is: Study something you actually enjoy and make the most of it
Positives: Well designed course with good lab content
Negatives: Class size
My advice to future students is: Make friends
Positives: The teachers are helpful and enthusiastic, the assignments are very practical and applicable to real life so we get a great heads up, and most subjects are quite interesting
Negatives: Lectures can sometimes be really long-winded and some teachers go a bit fast
My advice to future students is: I would say to go to every lecture and workshop and concentrate and start revision before study week
Positives: The tutorials are especially helpful and provide a friendly environment to learn in
Negatives: Schedule times and lectures that drag too much into detail rather than moving on
My advice to future students is: Get ahead of your lecture slides and assignments to compensate for lost time in lectures
Positives: Having the ability to rehearsal certain situations (OSCE)
Negatives: Need to deal with confronting situations
My advice to future students is: Make sure to focus in prac session, Be able to talk to strangers
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