Bachelor of Business Major in Marketing with Bachelor of Arts major in International Relations and minor in Japanese
Positives: Hands on assignment for marketing such as a trade show and business simulation. Interesting guest lectures and assignments
Negatives: For Japanese a lot of content is learnt within a small time
Can be full on and overwhelming! Languages at uni are very hard
My advice to future students is: Study! Attend lectures, engage With your tutors and make them remember your name! This is YOUR future
It doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks, be competitive, it’s a competitive industry
I enrolled through Open Universities, and they provide free 24/7 tutoring support to students, which includes checking of assignments, suggestions for editing, and general guidance. As I am studying online, health and wellbeing services are not exactly available to me, unless I go to a campus.
Positives: The first major positive aspect that comes to mind is that the course is available online. This increases the opportunity for me to be able to balance work and study with ease, as I do not need to take days out of my week to attend tutorials and lectures on campus.
The course is interesting and diverse. As a student I have the ability to pair my units in English Literature with units from other subjects, such as History, Sociology, etc. This provides for a multi-faceted approach, and consistently interesting learning opportunity.
Negatives: A possible negative aspect that I can think of would be again, to do with the course being online. Whilst it is great for time management and balancing work and study, it does take away the experience of a face-to-face interaction with a lecturer. It also takes away from interacting with other people undertaking the same course as you, making friends, and sharing ideas.
My advice to future students is: Choose a subject that will truly interest you. Do NOT do what your parents want you to do IF you do not enjoy it. Choosing something that you are passionate about instantly increases your attention, and gives you a positive attitude with which to approach learning, which often means better marks.
Positives: The timetable for classes is flexible. This course can be completed online for some subjects. To enter into honours it is clearly outlined the requirements you need to meet.
Negatives: You have to complete 8 introductory courses that are not relevant to your course. There are some subjects that do not offer night classes for full time workers.
My advice to future students is: To begin their degree whilst working part time as with full time work you will struggle to meet the requirements.
Positives: Learning about human behaviour and gaining a new understanding of the human world
My advice to future students is: Take your time
Positives: The positive aspects are the diverse majors i.e biology, greek study etc which are accompanied with the course. In conjunction with this the courses offered link very well throughout the degree and allow for a consistent knowledge growth. Finally the head of the course is very very helpful
Negatives: Negatively the location of the uni is far from where i live, the course is also only in its 3rd year so certain courses are very new and thus have some minor structural issues in relation to marking, assessments such as high amounts of readings
My advice to future students is: Plan your degree ahead of time, look into what courses will lead to where and make sure you understand that you have to complete specific courses to be able to do other ones. Finally do a degree you enjoy because even if its obscure and you might not see job opportunities youll always find something
Positives: My course outlines the basics and helps build a great introductory foundation into the world of sociological research and political science. As someone who started out simply with the interest in studying humanity, international relations has completely expanded my understanding of societal systems and the function of governments.
Negatives: The negative aspect of my course would be its brief introduction to Australian politics. As an international student that has not acquired enough basic knowledge of Australia's history in political actions, studying it was basically a crash course within 6 months. This was really challenging as the Australian system is way more complicated compared to what I am used to.
My advice to future students is: Read up and educate yourself on the various units you're getting yourself involved in. Do not be complacent and go to your lectures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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