Positives: learning interesting things about the mind and how it functions and how to help people
Negatives: sometimes difficult when learning about the brain/body as it can be confusing
My advice to future students is: pay attention in lectures and attend all tutorial session
Positives: There are heaps of hands on classes, instead of just study based, they help build up your career from the beginning, it’s an interesting course, lecturers try to get you engaged with different techniques, like dances and singing or doing activities to get you involved in the learning, there’s free tutor classes for first years
Negatives: The scheduling of our timetables clash sometimes or assessment will overlap, it’s a double degree so you’ll be doing first year courses in your second year
My advice to future students is: Study hard, pay attention in class and do the provided readings, you’ll get a better understand. Always ask questions if you don’t understand, it’ll get you extra points on your exams if you understand what you’re doing
Positives: Positive aspects of the course include having the opportunity to do your study in trimesters making it quicker to finish your studies. One aspect that I LOVE about my course(s) and university are that it's only April and I've already enrolled into all of my courses for the whole year, this makes life so much easier for a full-time worker like myself. Tutor groups are small, my tutors know my name 90% of the time and the lectures are very interactive given the size of the class.
Negatives: That the third trimester is only 8 weeks long and over a busy time of the year (Christmas and New Year), so you don't want to take on too many subjects during that period.
My advice to future students is: For Criminology, I'd advise reading ALL of your material and readings as some of the subjects are very content heavy, especially the sociology subjects. Ensure you go to all of the Statistics subjects labs because it's a lot to take in.
For IT, ensure you're not missing out on any labs because a lot of the assessment is done in labs as it's mostly practical. Ask your tutors questions, LOTS of questions, especially if you don't understand anything.
Positives: I get to learn about criminal behaviour and equip myself with real world skills and experience for criminal justice agencies
Negatives: There is a lot of topics such as child abuse that can be disturbing but necessary
My advice to future students is: It's not for everyone, it can be confronting but is extremely worthwhile
Positives: Towards the end of the degree there were a lot of "Hands on" courses which allowed students to undergo simulations and real life exercises. Opposed to in the classroom learning. This was very enjoyable to do as well as a great learning exercise. There was a great range of classes to do with many elective / major options. These degrees are very tailored to what each student wants to do.
Negatives: One of my majors was Public Relations. In this it required students to do a lot of Journalism subjects, which I disliked. I understand there needs to be a basic understanding of journalism for this field of work. However, I feel like I could have a Minor in Journalism with the amount of journalism work which had to be done. Looking back, it was great we learnt this, just not very relevant.
My advice to future students is: To go into the course with a positive mind and enjoy the courses and simulations presented. Especially where mock campaigns and political trials, I saw there were some students who did not have a good attitude about carrying out the mock simulations and this greatly impacted on there learning, results and presentation. These exercises, as well as group tasks are a great learning experience and very advantageous for making friends and networking in your field of study.
Positives are that it’s very interesting and the lecturers were active researchers so they were giving us up to date information on recent literature etc.
However the course could have been a tiny bit more hands on and more contact hours such as more seminars and workshops. It makes all the reading more enjoyable and easier to retain if you are actively learning it with others!
My advice to future students is: Make sure you allocate daily hours to read and write up notes even if you aren’t in lectures that day as it will make life so much easier for exams and assignments! E.g just one hour a day
I majored in Contemporary and Applied Theatre.
The most positive part of the course would be all the friends you make. You're basically friends with everyone in the course due to the nature of it. Naturally you're going to form a bond with your classmates if you're all crawling around on the floor pretending to be animals together.
The most negative aspect is the outside judgement when people hear what course you're doing. They dismiss you and act like you're not even in a course at University.
My advice to future students is: Well the major no longer exists but I would say just be open minded and committed and believe in the process you're gonna go through.
The positive aspects of the course were the guest speakers that we had each week, the courses information such as textbooks and other materials were really in depth. Negative aspects were the disorganisation as well as limited help towards students from lecturers and sometimes while courses were in depth they could be hard to come by easily
My advice to future students is: Time management is a big one, learn to plan ahead, timetables and what not are good ways to stay in line and not fall behind
I really enjoyed learning in certain units but some units seemed extremely disorganised and the assignments made no sense. The units I did enjoy were very involved, including having guest speakers in every week.
My advice to future students is: Plan ahead, keep a diary and make a timetable including your classes, when you need to study, when you need to work on assignments and other commitments.
Positive aspects of the Criminology and Criminal Justice degree is that it is interesting content and there are a lot of different electives available. There are also opportunities to apply to undertake internships for credit points. There are some good lecturers as well. The positive aspects of the Forensic Science degree are that you can choose to major in either forensic molecular biology or chemistry.
My advice to future students is: To seriously consider their job prospects upon completing The forensic science degree as job opportunities are basically non-existent
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