Positives: Interesting subject
Negatives: Lack of support
My advice to future students is: Careful course selection
I studied this online.
Positives: Positive aspects about the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice through Griffith University's online course is the student societies and discussion board.
The student societies allow opportunities for networking with other people in the field, engagement with other students amd real life experiences with their prison and court tours.
The discussion board allows questions to be asked when they come to mind. This is public so other students can see and may be able to help or may have wanted to ask the same question so get the amswer there. This also allowes extra engagement opportunities between online students as sometimes onlime studying can feel lonely.
Negatives: The negative aspects of the course is that there are so many readings every week
My advice to future students is: A piece of advice i would offer future potential students is to have really goos time management and keep on top of your studies because it is hard to catch up
Positives: The course was well organised and Griffith University is known for having an excellent applied psychology program. Griffith is an extremely inclusive and friendly environment to be in and most of the lecturers and tutors for my psychology subjects were incredible academics and great teachers. It was easy to make friends and study in groups and we had an amazing peer study sessions.
Negatives: At times, there were some disorganised moments in regards to classes, assessments and receiving marks back in a timely fashion. Occasionally, lecturers, however intelligent they were, lacked teaching skills, which made it hard to learn and understand concepts. There was sometimes discrepancies in what was taught during semester and what was actually on the exams, which caused a bit of frustration for students.
My advice to future students is: To go to class and take as many notes as you can by listening to the lecturers. Quite often they mention important things that aren't written in the lecture notes or textbook. Remember they're the ones who write the exams, so there is always some sneaky hidden information in their lectures!
Positives: The course content is comprehensive - providing an excellent grounding in social work theory and also practice. The teaching staff are also excellent, very helpful and friendly. I loved this course and found it prepared me very well for employment as a social worker.
Negatives: A couple of the units were much larger than others, however I generally found the teaching staff open to negotiation over the assessments when respectfully approached.
My advice to future students is: I highly recommend this course. It’s often fully booked and if you secure a place, you won’t regret it and will get an excellent grounding in social work theory and what it is like to practice as a social worker, including in direct practice with individuals and groups, and non direct practice areas such as policy and advocacy.
Positives: The course provides very interesting content and I enjoy learning about the criminal justice system and what criminals do
Negatives: The classes are spread out a lot during the week and the assessment load is weird
My advice to future students is: Do not leave assignments to the last minute because you will put yourself under a lot of stress
Positives: The people are amazing you get to be involved with so many different people in studies and tutorials that gives you confidence and gets you out of your comfort zone
Negatives: The work load is intense of your coming straight from High school so time management is key because you lose a bit of your social life
My advice to future students is: Be confident and stay committed!! You lose yourself other wise and you will find friends that accept you it’s not like high school have fun with Uni!
Positives: I have the ability to watch lectures online an hour after they were Live. The beginning of the course covers a broad variety of topics and disciplines so there's less pressure to narrow my focus before I know what I want to specialise in. They are always providing experience opportunities for growth.
Negatives: There's not a lot of encouragement to make friends or connect with the broader community. There's a moderate amount of presumed knowledge and little constructive feedback. Sometimes the readings make the lectures or tutorials redundant and a poor use of time.
My advice to future students is: I would advise them to attend Orientation week and read as much material on the course as they can find. I would also recommend that they look at the course assessment before enrolling and make sure they can commit to attendance in order to excel in this course.
Positives: The course is really in depth with helpful lecturers and tutors who will take the time to help you understand concepts and genuinely want you to succeed
Negatives: Some of the topics can be super confronting and hard to deal with and it is a heavy course load to do the full time course load with these courses
My advice to future students is: Keep on top of your work, don't be afraid to ask questions and for help
Positives: The learning is hands on and very interesting.
Negatives: There is a lot of content to be covered
My advice to future students is: Make sure you are completely devoted to your study and be prepared to put in a lot of hours.
Positives: Teachers are willing to help
All the course content is easily accessible online
Support is available 24/7 via student services
Negatives: It's hard and can be confusing
My advice to future students is: Do your readings
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