>Double degree provides me with a variety of work and challenges me to think differently.
>Quality of units vary, textbooks or other sources are quite good to pick up the slack if necessary, but overall the quality of my degree is quite high.
>The campus is in a great location and I am able to interact with people that have similar goals to myself.
Majoring finance on the business side, there's a lot of useful theories and practices covered and most assignments allow
>application of this knowledge to real-world scenarios.
>Majoring information systems on the information technology side, the work is generally more practical and (similarly) assignments simulate real-world practice.
> More of a systemic issue, though examinations are simply unrealistic. It is ridiculous that students need to be able to recall 12 weeks of information in a 2 to 3 hour period. Exams that cover 4 to 6 weeks of topics are more reasonable, though I've only had a few of these.
> Slide presentations in some units have been - and I say this with respect to the lectures - abhorrent to the point where a $150 textbook is more practical and informative than a $1200 unit. For me personally, they need to be consistent in formatting, divided into topics (cascading).
> There are not enough spaces to study; I have a few 'spots' that I regular, but I feel like space is quite under-utilised. To be fair though, this is only a problem during peak times during the semester.
> There have been some units that need to be restructured or removed from the course-line as mandatory units entirely.
My advice to future students is: >Studying full-time means you are a full-time student.
>10 hours of focused study outside of contact for each unit is an absolute must.
>Buy all text books (second hand if necessary).
>Make a report template. Make a notes template.
>Be friendly with your tutors. Have them look over your assignment drafts (if possible).
>Find a group of friends that are studying something similar or have similar interests.
>Keep a copy of the unit schedules and semester calendar handy.
>Utilise student services (healthcare, clubs, learning modules, networking events, careers fairs, etc.).
>Organise your home environment and life in general, you will be an adult in university so you need to get it together and keep it together.
>Every semester you will ask yourself if you're smart enough for uni and whether this was the right choice; this happens to literally every student every semester - if people before you have done it then you can too.
>Don't let your mental or physical health deteriorate; you get out what you put in so try to form good habits and make good choices every day.
>Be preemptive in your studies, you generally don't want to be reactive to unexpected things in exams or assignments.
>Have something to do outside of university.
Since I am doing a double degree I'll list the positive and negative for both degrees.
Positive aspects for the Business side.
Most units tutorials are recording so it makes it easier if you can't attend. There is a lot of help available- student learning adviser who have already done the subject and they give help and hints on assignments and exam. There 4S Session which break down the assessments and how to prepare for the exam and they also provide help with writing or proof reading your assignment. The lecturers are understanding and will give support as much as they can. The tutorial are super interactive and the tutors try their best to make sure everyone understands and is on the same page.
Negative Aspect for the business side.
Some units have a lot of readings you have to do and often times they don't really help with anything and it can be a waste of time. There is alot of textbook book reading aswell and half of the time most of the information is covered in the lecture. Would recommend using quizlet to find chapter reviews of the textbook by using the unit code. They have helped me so much more then the textbooks.
Positive aspect of the IT side.
There is a lot of projects which helps you to apply the theory and understand how it works.
Negative aspects for the IT side.
Some units can extremely difficult if you don't have any background in IT. There is help available but not alot of help because its student volunteering to help you and sometimes its 1 person helping 10 students. So it can extremely hard. I find that they teach the basic and expect you to be an expert within 1 week of getting taught the basics so you have to put in alot of hours into the pratical units. The content can be really dry at times and sometimes the lecture can be super boring so you have to put in alot of effort for those subjects and sometimes you might have student tutors and they might not help or support you with your problems. I also found it difficult to make friends as its a male dominated degree and being a female found it difficult to interact with most of the males.
My advice to future students is: Advice from me would be buy textbook after the first lecture and after looking through the facebook pages and ask advice from people who have previous done the subject. As lectures will say you need the textbook but majority of the time you don't need to buy the textbook. Definitely join all the unit specific facebook page as they can be a great way to make friends and get help for assessment. Make sure to use quizlet as its great for testing your knowledge on the unit, they provide you with flashcards. So you don't have to spend time making them. They have summaries of lectures and textbook aswell. If you can't or don't want to go the lectures watch them online and speed it up if you find its too slow for you. Don't be afraid to ask other students for help. I find most of the students in your lecture or tutorial will be happy to give you a hand.
The positive aspects are the real world capabilities that I can see, for example I can see how what we do in the class room applies to real world things.
But saying that the negative is we don't get to practice in the real world, which would be nice
My advice to future students is: Don't forget to get as much help as you can and write with a pen and paper, it helps you to learn
Positives: The lectures provide a lot of materials and give student a lot of chance to be active and participate in class activity. Real study cases
Negatives: Sometimes it is confusing to study 2 majors
My advice to future students is: Takes notes, listen to lecture recordings, do assignments on time
I found Uni.. It got me my degree, which is what I needed. It would have been good to learn more skills that I could use in my job, instead of it simply being about a piece of paper.
Positives: The location is probably the best aspect to this uni. Being in the CBD you literally have every public transport option available to you (bus, train, ferry) as well as onsite parking. There are plenty of food, shopping and entertainment options within walking distance, or you can jump on the free loop service which stops right out the front of the campus. There is also a free campus shuttle so you can travel between Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove. The campus itself is really nice since their renovations, with lots of great facilities. There is a lot of support for students, at least in their business faculty. They provide free 1-1 tutoring where you can go and ask specific questions about anything that puzzles you. I also found that the tutors and lecturers were very willing to help their students. If you showed that you were trying, and putting in the effort, then they would go out of their way to help you.
Negatives: The IT degree needs to be completely redesigned. When I did my course it was a ""build your own degree"". You had 4x core units at the start and 4x at the end that you had to do, but then you picked all your units in between. There were no majors. What I was left with was a mis-mash of web design, development, and business analysis units that didn't really give me advance skills in any particular area. I imagine it would have also made it very difficult for hiring managers because every student graduated with a different skillset. In addition, it felt like the lecturers didn't have much 'real world' knowledge and weren't up to date with the latest technology and trends. IT is a very fast-paced industry, with technologies becoming obsolete in an average of 4 years. I imagine this is why full-time lecturers and tutors did it difficult to keep up.
My advice to future students is: Get involved in as any clubs and societies as possible. It seems like a lot of effort, but you will be thankful for it. And speak to your lecturers and tutors. Build a good reputation with them because you will no doubt need them at some point or another. Oh and if possible, look for job opportunities at the Uni. It looks great on your resume and they pay really well!
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