Positives: The first year of the course includes courses in which many other health related courses undertake. This means that you will build a strong basis of medical knowledge that will be useful not only in your later years of Physiotherapy, but if you change courses you will be able to gain credit. Unlike other universities, the physiotherapy course at griffith is very hands on from the first trimester. Within the first 2 weeks we were already practicing treatments such as massage on each other. This is a strong incentive to continue with the course as you are very aware of what your future job will entail.
Negatives: There are very few negative aspects of the course. But, as this degree is a new program at Griffith there were small things that other students and myself dislike. The first would be how some of the assessment is arranged. Certain online quizzes weren't able to be accessed whereas others were required to be completed before content was taught. These were only small hiccups which will more than likely be resolved for future students.
My advice to future students is: To any future students I would say to develop strong study methods from day 1. It is a very full on course which makes it easy to fall behind. Plus, the content is all interlinked, so if you dont understand the basics it is very difficult to progress.
Positives: Great introduction to university course structure and requirements with a variety of majors able to be selected.
Negatives: Unfortunately not specific to gain employment and further study will probably be required to attain employment. Inadequate practical experience to gain employment as a scientist.
My advice to future students is: Consider a more specific degree or be prepared to undertake future study.
I did this course when it was a Bachelor of Communication.
Positives: The course allowed for a lot of creativity and a variety of majors + minors to choose from which was a great benefit to someone like me who is creative and didn't want to be limited to one style of course throughout the entire degree. The course assessments were mostly projects, or verbal/written assignments - there were very few exams which was a plus. As my major was Screen Studies and Production, and my minor was Digital Communications, I got to study all aspects of film & television production, as well as learn about new media and how to distribute the content we were producing. There was a good balance between group and solo projects.
Negatives: The negative aspects of the course was that it did not necessarily plan or inform students for the future. Of course this is not the fault of the University, as the media industry is ever-growing and ever-changing, especially right now, so it is Griffith's responsibility to update and refresh each course on a yearly basis to ensure information is up-to-date. I did find a few teachers in the course were not necessarily the best - they were hired due to their success in their field, but a successful career does not necessarily make for a successful teacher.
My advice to future students is: Future students should ensure that they are choosing a course that will lead to an obvious career path where they are following their passions. A lot of my fellow classmates are not currently working in the fields we studied, myself included. However I do believe that a Bachelor of Communications has informed every job position I've had and has been a great asset.
Positives: Knowledgeable lecturers
Negatives: Timelines of exams
My advice to future students is: Study hard and enjoy every moment
Positives: 1: Meeting like minded friends
2: the knowledge that I learnt
3: Gaining permanent employment
Negatives: I believe that the course was made more difficult than it needed to be.
My advice to future students is: As for nursing, the particular discourse was largely in Latin or Greek with many acronyms.
My advice would be to keep a record of every word you look up for quick reference until you remember them. I used an A-Z refadex.
Positives: Get to learn about a wide variety of science topics and laboratory techniques. Get to do research in a real lab setting.
Negatives: Some professors can be disorganised, there is a large workload, have to spend a lot of time on campus
My advice to future students is: It is possible to change majors after the first year so do as many different classes as you can to figure out which field you would like to major in.
Positives: The support system is amazing.
Whether you need writing or research help, there are resources available. The online library has a great variety of resources needed for research, I did not have to go to the library at all to write my essays. The convenors are also there to help, are always understanding and available for consultations.
Negatives: I wish there was a bit of hands on experience or a guaranteed internship so that we could apply our theoretical knowledge. The deadlines for assignments are always back to back for all courses, so the quality of research suffers a bit when trying to meet those deadlines.
My advice to future students is: Read a lot. Use all the resources that are available. Start research early if you want to get a good mark. It is not so much your knowledge but attendance and effort that make up your mark.
Positives: The Lecturers were great especially the 2nd and 3rd year ones, they always set aside time to meet with students if there were questions. Exam prep was good too, I felt really prepared.
Negatives: There were too many people in the year one classes. This is probably because all year ones had to do the same modules regardless of what specialisation they wanted. Also the Nathan campus was up a hill in the middle of nowhere which isn’t great.
My advice to future students is: Think hard about your future and pick a course from there, don’t be swayed by what your family want you to do or what your friends advise you.
Positives: This course allows students to complete their first teaching prac within the first trimester, this is great as you get a feel what it would be like to work as a teacher before you progress further into the degree. All subjects are relevant and workshops teach you practical skills to use within your teaching practice.
Negatives: The workload is huge. There are many required readings to complete, online lectures/activities, face-to-face workshops, teaching practicums, and very lengthly assessment pieces. It is hard to work in paid employment during this course, especially during the 3 week block of full time teaching prac.
My advice to future students is: Ask local schools if you can volunteer within classrooms to experience what a typical day is like for a teacher. Ensure you are organised - plan out what assessments are due within the trimester and start assessment tasks early so you do not need to worry about them while you are on prac!
I did honours as well.
Positives: Lecturing and research staff were very engaging and always available to discuss course content or career outcomes. The material was fresh and up to date. The lectures were interesting. Content was delivered thoughtfully and in a way that involved the students as much as possible
Negatives: No negatives, I love it. The only fault I could find is that Griffith doesn't have the name of UQ or QUT. However, in this particular field, Griffith does amazing work and gets good recognition.
My advice to future students is: Utilise your lecturers and researchers for advice and hands on experience like tutoring, internships etc. Get involved as much as possible. Make good use of the excellent online system.
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