Positives: Very practical and hands on from the get go, learn very specific skills that we will take with us into professional practice, well organised and structured
Negatives: Some subjects not coordinated as well as they could be, a few practical demonstrators aren't very good
My advice to future students is: It is a fun but also challenging course. It is very rewarding and optometry is a great field to work in for those who are unsure
Positives: 1. It’s cheaper than study the same course in USA and Uk
2. Close to home (Thailand)
3. No Trump! 😂
Negatives: Heavy study. Further than finish all of the core subject (4 subjects per semester), we have to collect the hours in the clinical placement. At least 160 hours per semester.
My advice to future students is: In my program, I will say that this course is take less time to finish. Comparing with other country.
Positives: although there is a lot of theory, you get to meet a lot of people who share the same passion as you do and during the course there is a lot of chances for you to do some animal handling particularly with large animals such as diary cows, beef cattle, sheep and horses.
Negatives: timetable can be a bit overwhelming and there is a lot to study for
My advice to future students is: get better with time management, remember to maintain a good study/life balance
Positives: 1. It was a two year degree which meant that you could finish it a lot faster than the other degrees in Melbourne eg. Bachelor of Nursing
2. There were a range of placements provided at good hospitals eg. Oncology, mental health, cardiac, gastro, rehab, med/surg etc. Some courses leave students stuck with just rehab placements but this wasn’t the case in this degree
2. Some lecturers were good and very skilled/knowledgeable
Negatives: 1. There was a lot of inconsistency between lecturers and marking of assignments and also with the some lecturers marking assignments differently. I often found that a lecturer would ask me to write a particular way for one assignment and when I did that for future assignments I was marked down and told not to. As such, it became very confusing and the majority of the cohort found the same issues.
2. Large number of drop out of students due to lecturers being inconsistent and not understanding the challenges students tried to talk to them about. The student cohort in my year got together and made a complaint about everything but we were told to leave the course if we weren’t happy and nothing was solved.
3. Teaching of at times, incorrect material - some of the material provided in the lectures, I have found to be incorrect.
4. The assignments are exactly the same for this nursing degree as the assignments for Melbourne’s medical degree
5. Assignments are challenging and you receive minimal support from staff
My advice to future students is: Would not recommend Nursing at the University of Melbourne
Positives: Good practical aspects, wide range of resources available, good social/networking opportunities.
Negatives: Messy/disorganized delivery of course content, lack of communication between student body and lecturers to clarify changes to course requirements, lack of encouragement to utilize mental health support and difficulty in accessing said support when utilized.
My advice to future students is: Expect a lot of self directed learning
Positives: a lot of elective lecture to be chosen
Negatives: not specialised on health management
My advice to future students is: explore all possible elective lectures
Positives: A lot of practical exposure from first year - working on mannequins and mouth models, and clinical placement begins from second year so you start dealing with patients early on. Small cohort and good social events.
Negatives: The timetable is very variable and is not consistent every week.
Also in first year there were one or two lecturers that didn’t have the best teaching skills, but that is expected with every course.
My advice to future students is: If you truly have a passion for this course then work as hard as you can and never give up to get in! Once you’re in, studying becomes a whole lot more fun. However it can get a bit challenging so prepare to keep learning as much as you can.
Positive aspects would be how hands on the course is overall as we get chances to dissect and handle animals in order to learn anatomy of each animal. It also provides us the chance to do placements at different animal industries and locations which allows us to travel overseas if we wish to!
My advice to future students is: I would say to study consistently but also always remember why you want to pursue this career as it is easy to lose sight of that during the hard times!
Positives: the information we learn is very interesting and to be able to apply that knowledge into the clinical cases that we see is very rewarding.
Negatives: it is a very intense course that requires a lot of hard work and effort from its students and of course a lot of passion. It’s hard to sustain a constant level of hard work.
My advice to future students is: If you do what you love it won’t feel like working. Which applies to this course as well. Because once you have fun when doing it, it makes life a lot easier
Studied bachelor of science major in animal health before this course.
Positive: Things that were taught are very relevant, clinical scenarios provided as well so we will be prepared enough as a fresh grad Vet.
Negative: although I’ve got 3 hours of practicals everyday, not all of them are as hands on as I’d like it to be. We need more exposure to clinical skills.
My advice to future students is: Get yourself involved in volunteering at vet clinics and some exposure to aussie farming industry before getting into the course
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