I'm majoring in Sports Management.
Positives: I like the subject selected I think they are quite important, it is great that everything is available online and we can attend other classes if we miss our register one
Negatives: I don't like the minimum contact hours, I would prefer more interactive smaller classes to intergrate what is learnt in the lecture sessions
My advice to future students is: keep on top of your work so you don't fall behind, understand what assessments you have though out your course
Positives: Very fun and you meet lots of people
Negatives: Can be difficult to link some things to real life
My advice to future students is: This is a very interesting course that covers a wide range of study not just everything to do with teaching
Positives: I get to learn about the things I am interested in
Negatives: Nothing specifically about the course, just some stuff is a bit tedious but that comes with learning anything.
My advice to future students is: Don't stress about choosing your degree too much cause you can always change in the future
Positives: So much hands on experience through all the practicals that we have throughout the semesters. From the first week we were in the anatomy labs with cadavers. I think the hands on experience is where I learn the most
Negatives: The high number of placements throughout the degree can be disruptive to your social life, the intensive course content is stressful to study for before an exam.
My advice to future students is: Stay organised and don't fall behind on the study load and you'll pass easily. Be confident in placement and you will learn much more and it looks good because the placement sites are future employers
Positives: Great teaching staff
Negatives: It’s hard
My advice to future students is: Study in groups
Positives: There are so many positive aspects of this course, it is the bridge for individuals that for whatever reason have not completed their HSC due to problems at home or difficult or adverse experiences. It allows them to experience a university environment, and two university subjects along side all the subjects needed to bridge the gap so that when you do start university, especially if you stay at the same university you know what to expect and are comfortable. It gives you the ability to mix with others of similar backgrounds so you are no longer treated like the freak by teachers, students or the parents of students. The teachers are invested in what you do and go out of their way to help....I even passed maths.
Negatives: Honestly, I can't think of any, from my point of view I was given the best experience possible, right down to them letting me get away with not wearing shoes, the library at least when i was there at the main campus is open 24 hrs a day and callagan students can use the main library. The only real negative due to the distance i had to travel for classes was it was annoying and expensive when i only had one class on some days so if i had to say there was anything negative putting more classes on the same days, and if that means we have a free day schedule it as a library or study day where you can go to any of your teachers or the library with a problem, and like me with math bring your understanding up high enough to pass, the work is harder than doing your HSC but that motivated me more.
My advice to future students is: If you had adverse circumstances in your life that either cost you the mark you would have gotten for your HSC or didn't complete it due to that situation, ring your local university and ask if they have a bridging course like NewStep and apply, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Positives: Some of the positive aspects include being able to choose from a variety of Majors such as Marine Science, Sustainability, Earth Science, Biodiversity and Ecosystems. It allows you to choose what is of interest you and specialise in it, whilst still gaining a lot of broad information on Environmental Science in general. The biggest highlight for me was the staff, in particular the lab staff and my marine science professor. Another plus was the opportunity to go to Vanuatu to do practical coral reef regeneration work.
Negatives: I think that there is nowhere near enough practical experience gained during this course. We did learn a lot of different skills but weren’t given the opportunity to use them often and therefore become confident and better at using the equipment. Also one of the subjects was Applied Environmental Science which was a complete waste of time full of useless presentations and group work. The group work was with 40% of the grade.
My advice to future students is: To research what subjects really interest them, not just take classes that fit into their schedule nicely. Also to take every opportunity to gain practical experience, it truly is so helpful. I’d suggest joining a Landcare group, it teaches you so much about regeneration and plant identification which will make your classes so much easier.
Positives: The course covers a great breadth of content in terms of both psychology & business units. For those who are new to either discipline it offers both foundational aspects, as well as more in depth focus on areas of interest. The elective units are broad & for there are many avenues to delve deeply into various specialities, e.g.: psychology of marketing; of leadership; of performance etc. I was lucky to encounter a couple of outstanding lecturers in my course who were clearly dedicated to teaching students who are keen to learn. I've studies at a few unis now and there are not many lecturers you can say stay with you past the study experience.
Negatives: The negative aspects have to be the flipside of the positives. For those who have studied either business or psychology at undergraduate level, some of the foundational units are repetitious & frankly boring. RPL did not recognise undergrad units for postgrad work despite mirror curriculum content, and in one instance the very same textbook. It is painful for people who truly want to learn to tick boxes & pay fees for time spent treading water. Unfortunately, whilst I experienced two stellar lecturers of impressive repute, I also had one who was at the opposite end of the spectrum. Quality of teaching staff to hungry learners matters & this university obviously gets it on one level, but not so much on another. In several courses with the same lecturer I experienced assessments covering topic from other unit readings & content etc. and faced major hurdles in raising concerns on this front. Having said this, after extreme persistence & pursuing multiple avenues, to the credit of the university they resolved the issues.
My advice to future students is: Obviously if you are accepted into the course you will have a psych background, so my advice would be to try and diversify as much as possible from duplicating undergrad psych content where you can to make it a fun learning experience.
Positives: It’s a practical based course so not always sitting in a room learning.
It also helps enhance one’s creativity
Negatives: That they don’t give much time to slower learners. It’s always go go go
My advice to future students is: I’d tell them to make relationships with people in class who they can help and can help them. It is very hard to do this course alone
Positives: There are three majors that you can choose between with many overlapping courses, giving you options down the future.
The field of study covers a broad range of topics that you can apply on both a professional and personal level.
Negatives: As with all uni courses there was a highly varied mix of native language tutors and lecturers. This sometimes created issues of understanding.
It was hard at times to seek answers or assistance.
My advice to future students is: Come to tutes with a collaborated list of questions.
If you don't feel the answers you receive are strong enough, email a secondary educator.
The lecturers are always happy to help and want you to really achieve
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