University of Newcastle - UON reviews

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Positives: Lots of variety of jobs, great range of subjects to enrol in, lots of fun

Negatives: Can’t really think of any

My advice to future students is: Think about what your interested in and choose electives and subjects based on that so that you partake in a variety of subjects

Completing in 2019

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Positives: The subject matters are fascinating to me. I'm learning things about human behaviour and cognition that i never would have imagined. A lot of things I learn make other things in life make a lot more sense, in terms of the way people act and how I/others feel about certain things. It constantly teaches me things that are applicable in daily life, like learning how to better understand my own feelings and biases, as well as better understanding the motivations of people around me. It is giving me the ability to notice and appropriately respond to signs of poor mental health/mental illness both in myself and in my friends and family. Psychology also feels like a cutting edge field of science. It feels like one of the few areas of science that are both relevant and largely unexplored. Honestly I could (and likely will) study psychology forever.

In terms of course structure, it is also fantastic. Each subject builds on previous classes very well from a very introductory level. The lecturers are interesting and motivated enough to keep me focused and inspired, with few exceptions. The content is provided in an open-minded kind of way (e.g. there's a lot of ""here's the current best theory, but there will likely be a better one in 5 years so take it with a grain of salt""). Staff are also very understanding and accommodating when potential issues arise.

Great content, great deliver (y)

Negatives: There's a decent amount of things outside of ""how the brain works"" to study. Namely statistics. The stats classes aren't necessarily difficult, but they are very dense, which made it hard for me to manage. I am through with most of the statistics now, and I definitely learnt some interesting and practical things, but boy was it a struggle to stay motivated to study them. Psychometrics is another thing that isn't really about ""how the brain works"" that can get pretty full on. But, imo it is comparatively manageable.

The other main issue I have is the group work. I'm sure every degree has group assessments, but there is a focus on group work/dynamics, particularly in social psychology classes. But that's only really an issue for people like me who don't handle group work/forced interaction very well.

I guess I don't really have many negative things to say.

My advice to future students is: Study!! Getting into fourth year/Honours requires good grades throughout your course, so stay on top of it! If you don't want to go on to Honours, still study, because there's not much worse than having to redo a course. Especially if it's a boring one.

Also don't study psychology in an effort to solve your own mental health issues. You can't therapy yourself lol. See a professional *and* study psychology.

Also try to have/form a good idea of the type of career you want to end up in as early as possible. The possibilities are endless in psyc, so definitely do some research and be willing to pivot if something takes your fancy.

Completing in 2019

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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.

Completed in 2017

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Positives: very positive teachers, helpful

Negatives: parking and costs''

My advice to future students is: be prepared for the year; plan ahead schedules.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: The lectures so far have been very approachable and they try to make the lectures interesting and put in effort to engage with the students which makes going to class enjoyable.

Negatives: I was not expecting the Psychology degree to include this much mathematical content which is required for a number of Statistics units. The main campus is at Callaghan and I am at the smaller Ourimbah campus and unfortunatly many Ourimbah students feel that there is a difference between the two locations with Callaghan having a wider variety of elective courses available on campus, more on campus facilities and more of emphasis on campus student culture.

My advice to future students is: Brush up on your math skills in preparation for the statistics units. If you a looking for an interesting elective unit I highly recommend Auslan - So far my favorite elective. In regards to the difference in campus, I like that Ourimbah is smaller so it is easier to get around campus, it is not as crowded and has free onsite parking however if you are looking to experience more of the stereotypical campus culture outside of class times with the emphasis on student events like toga parties and trivia nights you should probably consider study at Callaghan.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: It really puts into perspective what working in social work will be like. They teach us the things we will really need for the future.
There is a lot of discussion and group activities as well

Negatives: My courses are a lot of 50% assignments and not many exams

My advice to future students is: You can never stop learning. Always keep trying to better yourself. And if you fail that’s okay, just try again

Completing in 2020

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Positives: The clubs and community involvement like pracs for law, the discussion based learning in social science and the practical based teaching for law

Negatives: the lack of flexibility with law courses (mandatory attendance and no online option)

My advice to future students is: start studying at the beginning of semester

Completing in 2021

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Positives: The clubs and community involvement like pracs for law, the discussion based learning in social science and the practical based teaching for law

Negatives: the lack of flexibility with law courses (mandatory attendance and no online option)

My advice to future students is: start studying at the beginning of semester

Completing in 2021

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Positives: Learning about something I am very interested in

Negatives: Juggling university with working hard to try and keep a roof over my head

My advice to future students is: Have a plan in place

Completing in 2021

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Positives: I’m learning a lot

Negatives: None

My advice to future students is: You’ve got this!

Completing in 2020

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