Macquarie University reviews

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Positives: the tutorials are engaging with good well knowing teachers to always answer your questions
The course content is fairly relative to what you want to be learning and it is set out well to go week by week

Negatives: I suppose there could be more time given for quizzes and assignments and it should be more online off campus accessible

My advice to future students is: go for it if your thinking of staying in the area it’s offered at. Speech pathology is such a good field of study to do

Completing in 2020

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Positives: The course goes into great detail in developing skills in research data collection, analysis, and publication. In first year, you are introduced to social science broadly, and acquainted with the tools you'll use in the field once you've graduated. This focus of this introductory unit sets you up for the rest of the course really well, and provides a roadmap for where you can expect to go throughout the degree. The course is engaging, and provides real-life application of the processes it teaches. This allows for students to properly develop the relevant skill set required for them to succeed in their career.

Negatives: The course tends to be a little poorly organised regarding required classes. At the beginning of the year, the second and third year required subjects were changed, and now it is July 15, two weeks before semester begins, and the unit guides have not been released.

My advice to future students is: Attend all of the lectures, and stay for the FULL TWO HOURS. It may be tedious and sometimes it drones on a little bit, but there is a lot of valuable information in what is being said. Also, the tutorials are a great way of networking and meeting other people who are in the degree, which is incredibly useful in later years.

Completed in 2019

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Positives: There are so many majors to choose from for both my Arts and Science degree. I was able to choose two that made exactly the degree I wanted, and had a lot of overlapping prerequisites. Because of that I have been able to specialise with a lot of the electives I have. It has been incredibly flexible, and the uni is very helpful with working out which subjects you want to do when. I've delayed semesters, gone part time, even had to drop out in week 8 because of illness and the uni has been very responsive and flexible. There are lots of specialised science labs for my science subjects, and I have had lots of arts subjects where everything has an online option - so you can keep working while studying.

Negatives: The science major that I picked has a lot of prereqs, so I'll be adding an extra year to complete all of the other subjects I wanted to do. Had a few dud subjects too!

My advice to future students is: Talk talk talk to someone who has done the majors or subjects you want! The flexibility is amazing but you run the risk of taking two subjects that are similar, or one that might not actually be as relevant to you as it sounds in the one paragraph you get to read before signing up. Also, definitely talk to an adviser / planner - the online portal to sign up to subjects can be tricky. And don't plan holidays for midsem break. All of your major assignments will be due the first days back! Though compared to other unis we do get 2 weeks so you'll be fine.

Completed in 2019

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Positives: 1. This course provides a great base for many jobs in health care, including Physiotherapy, psychology and research.
2. The teaching and resources offered throughout this course were extensive and always of high standards.
3. Getting to study a broad range of subjects within healthcare gives you a chance to see which aspects are most fitted to you moving forward with future study.
4. The workload of the course was reasonable.
5. There is room for choice with subjects of your own choosing.

Negatives: 1. The course does not qualify you with anything directly coming out of the course, further study is required.
2. Due to the broad range of subjects, at some points aspects of the course seemed to be irrelevant.
3. You need to ensure you maintain good marks to guarantee post graduate story

My advice to future students is: 1. The course does not qualify you with anything directly coming out of the course, further study is required.
2. Due to the broad range of subjects, at some points aspects of the course seemed to be irrelevant.
3. You need to ensure you maintain good marks to guarantee post graduate story

Completed in 2017

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Positives: I think this course has provided my with a lot of knowledge about what is important and what is applicable to the workforce. Theories I learn are important and relevant to the industry, and there is a lot of real life application to the things I learn.

Negatives: I would say the most negative aspect to my course is the focus on group work. Every single subject I do has a strong focus on group work and even though it is important to work with people in the workforce, it is not equivalent. People in workforce are just as motivated as you to reach the same goal whilst in university, there are a lot of opportunities for people to over rely on their peers. However, it does provide lot of interpersonal experience and group work negotiations, so it's not a horrible negative aspect. I just would hope that there would be less emphasis in terms of marks and weighting in future courses.

My advice to future students is: Theory is definitely important, but I found that making connections with lecturers and peers will also significantly help you in the future for better career prospects.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: The positive aspects are how detailed the course is. I'm majoring in Psychology and it provides an in-depth look into the world. The textbooks are quite detailed and my tutor is great! The feedback on assessment tasks is extensive and specific.

Negatives: The negative aspects are the number of weekly quizzes / assessment tasks and they can be quite overwhelming. It is also difficult to navigate through TopHat in order to see the correct quiz answers. Some quizzes are also on iLearn which makes it confusing. The convenor is average at best.

My advice to future students is: Make sure to choose your electives carefully to ensure that they'll end up counting towards your degree! Start studying early and make sure to take part in group discussions during tutorials.

Completing in 2022

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Positives: The course is flexible as to what majors and minors you can do during the course. Also, the assistance with administration help is fantastic. The lecturers and tutors are all passionate about what they teach and all their resources are up to date! The assessments are fair and just as well as the marking itself.

Negatives: The name of the course as a Bachelor of Arts can encompass anything from music to politics to sciences. So employers don't always look at your majors.

My advice to future students is: Think wisely about your decisions and weigh up all your options with all the pros and cons. But also think about what would interest you and what you can see yourself doing 10-15 years into the future.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: 1. I am fascinated by psychology, so really enjoyed majority of the psychology subjects - super interesting and engaged staff.
2. I liked that by doing this 4 year course, I became a qualified teacher, but still had the psychology degree as well, which is now helping me go down a different path.
3. The location was really good. Bus stop right out front of the uni and the food on site and just off site (Macquarie Centre) was amazing for when you weren't at class. Super great atmosphere too.

Negatives:
I would say they weren't explicitly clear with what was needed to be eligible to teach. For example, I was hoping to teach both science and maths, but at the end of the third year, I realised there were more prerequisites to actually be a qualified teacher according to NSW Department of Education. This resulted in me doing 10 subjects in stead of 8 in my final year to be a qualified teacher. It would have been good if someone actually did a presentation at the beginning of the course in one of the education subjects and said if you want to be an English teacher you need to do a minimum of these subject, etc. I think they may have done that for people just studying education, but with the double degree, they neglected to tell you what you need to do to be eligible for NSW Department of Education.

My advice to future students is: Explore all avenues. Even if you don't know what you are going to do once you finish uni, make sure you look at everything/ everywhere that your degree could lead you and undertake those subjects. Hardly anyone knows what they want to do, but you want to be able to put yourself in the best position when you figure that out.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: I love that lots of the tutors provide lots of help when needed, and give detailed responses to the assessment tasks in order for students to progress and do better. They care for students and help them pick the subjects that they need to do to pass, but also not making them too easy so that everyone passes

Negatives: The assessment tasks are vague and need more criteria and explanation as many of them have been too vague in the past leading to lots of people not understanding exactly what to do. They also assign hard tasks so lots of work is required in order for them to pass. Some tutors don't help students and dont give good feedback or check to see how you are going throughout the term

My advice to future students is: You have to be dedicated if you want to do this course, but if its something you're passionate about you'll love it and make heaps of friends

Completing in 2020

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Positives: well educated tutors and lectures

Negatives: wide range of students

My advice to future students is: study hard and try not to get distracted

Completing in 2021

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