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: 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
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: 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: It’s great entry point to university if you didn’t complete year 12. The courses are delivered in a smaller class size than university which is great to get used to the higher education learning environment.
Negatives: You feel kind of seperate to the university lifestyle/social aspect
My advice to future students is: Just give it a go. This is a great way to kickstart your degree and upon completing a diploma at the college you will go into your second year of your selected degree at university. So you’re basically doing your first year of your degree with a bit of a boost in support
Positives: We get a wide range of practical experiences for example my last prac was in a hospital working with elderly patients and now I’m working with a sports team
Negatives: The long days at university in seminars and then having to do prac in the evenings
My advice to future students is: Get as much experience observing other Physio’s before the course starts as it will get you on the front foot
Positives: My course is a great way to meet new friends as well as study a degree that matters and will last into the future. The convenors are all friendly and Griffith University has a lot of support services from medical to meeting friends.
Negatives: Obviously there is a lot of content especially with anatomy and physiology, so trying to sit in a 2 hour lecture once weekly and remember all that information is very hard. The end of semester exams cover content from weeks 1-12 which is extremely difficult
My advice to future students is: If you enjoy biology, and helping people and are a genuine person then nursing could be a good fit for you.
Positives: The positives would definitely be the small classes. The less students there are the more time the teacher/lecturer has for one on one sessions. They really understand that certain aspects can be difficult and one on one sessions are crucial
Negatives: There aren't too many negatives to be honest. If I had to pick things though I would say the library resources were a little bit limited due to many students needing to use computers etc
My advice to future students is: I would say to definitely do your own research before signing up to a course. Shop around and find what's best suited to you as an individual
Positives: Hands on teaching (nursing labs), heaps of hospital experience
Negatives: Being on placement and having assignments due and exams at the same time
My advice to future students is: Time management is important
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