My courses weren't available together at most universities when I graduated high school, but it was at UQ.
Faculties within my university are strictly regulated and all issues are taken seriously. Faculties offer multiple free services including academic, financial, & employment advisors etc. I have used all 3.
Throughout my 4 years at UQ I have always been treated as a peer on equal standing by those who are my superiors.
As I come to the end of my degree I can see all of my courses coming together to form my general knowledge of my degree. Links between courses and assessment pieces are evident and substantial.
Prominent industry guest speakers are frequent.
There kinds to be courses which allow creative freedom within assignments.
UQ has taken largely a theoretical direction with my degree. I know all of the theories and how they were developed; however, I have very little knowledge of my field outside the world of academia.
I deferred for a year and now that I'm back each of my classes have the exact same assessment format. They all have a facilitated class discussion, weekly reflective portfolio/report, and final exam. It's hard to tell the courses apart.
There is no choice to do assessment individually, always groups. I have had abusive group members, group members who have cheated and plagiarised, I have been blindsided by unjust peer reviews - I had already passed the class and they decided I didn't need the extra marks so the group marked me lower on the peer review to increase their chances at a higher grade. Nothing has ever happened to any of these group members as a result.
Information is heavily repeated across multiple courses it can feel like you've taken the same course 3 times. Courses are primarily pro-left and assignments are expected to reflect this view as well.
My advice to future students is: Go to consultations! It's free tutoring by those who know the course the best.
Have completed 3-4 internships by the time you graduate.
Get to know your lecturers and tutors.
Get a Linkedin account immediately, always ask to link with group members, lectures, tutors etc. Have business cards, even if it's just your name, email, number, and your degree.
Join societies and make friends. Go to networking events and learn how it's done. From second year onwards it's vital to take every opportunity.
Even be involved in the running and committees of these clubs and societies.
Pack lunch, don't buy it.
Treat uni as a 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday job (flexibility is possible to fit work and other activities), this will prevent the sudden adjustment which must be made after you start your first job.
Positives: Friendly people, interesting topics, lots of networking / future employer opportunities
Negatives: Lots of content covered in a short amount of time, tutorials aren't very engaging
My advice to future students is: Communicate with your teachers more and make friends, ask for help and come prepared to class i.e do the required readings
Positives: i like how much it is related to many business and job that you are likely to get in the future and it really prepares you well for employment and job opportunities
Negatives: crazy work load, not much guidance
My advice to future students is: start assignments as early as possible, revise lecture material after each lecture
Positives: Interesting material if you are into tourism, lots of courses available, friendly lecturers that are willing to help, multiple opportunities for hands on experiences
Negatives: Lots of theory work, each course has content that feels like it’s too much cramped in, lot of assessment is group work
My advice to future students is: Make sure to keep up every week and try to motivate yourself to do work. It can get tough but just keep your head up and push through. Find a good group of friends and you’ll have heaps of fun
Positives: This is an awesome course because its a dual degree (basically two degrees) which can be completed in four years, where each degree normally takes three years to complete. In your last semester, you are required to complete 100 hours of work placement, which I believe is extremely beneficial (this is the BIHTM degree side). This course also focuses on real world problems and sets you up for a good career in the future.
Negatives: I cant think of any negatives for this course.
My advice to future students is: I would tell all future students to take every opportunity that comes their way. I would also encourage them to get a job or internship in the career they are interested in, as soon as they possible can.
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