Positives: There is a lot to learn and the syllabus is written well. The activities including the lab practical’s are interesting and fun. There is encouragement from newer teaching staff to try different things and experiment.
Negatives: Some faculty can be hard to reach or sport a bad attitude. They know who they are hahaha. Others are not too engaged probably because they have been doing this for 30 years. I would always hear on the grape vine that the higher ups, so people in suits, always hand down bad things. That could be a contributing factor.
My advice to future students: If you are the kind of person that likes to pull things apart to see how they work then this degree is for you. Make sure this is what you want to do. Do some background research on what it is like to work in these industries. Understand what you are getting into so you can prepare your future and move forward.
Positives: There is at least one opportunity per year (in a 4-year course) to undertake placements. This allows for ample opportunities to understand the field of education, and what it entails. Most of the subjects are practical, particularly in terms of Health and Physical education, science education, design and technology, and so on. There is an opportunity for students to be introduced to research in education (for those who want to conduct research in this field).
Negatives: In some aspects of learning, it goes against the values that we are being taught (e.g: we are being told that as future educators we need to be inclusive of individual students’ learning styles/abilities, however the university sets all learning to be the same for everyone, and it is standardised.
My advice to future students is: It is SO important to be diligent. Organisation is the key to success in any course, but I have found it best to focus on myself. I have friends in the course who can sometimes slow me down because I want to help them out.. this is using time that I could be spending on getting ahead in my own studies.
Ask your tutors lots of questions, and ask for their assistance when you may need it. And ALWAYS take their advice.
Positives: Flexible learning environment, good delivery of online content, good practical spaces for testing skills.
Negatives: Low student numbers, no focus on contemporary physics, lacking in job pathways
My advice to future students is: Plan, do not leave things to the last minute,.
1. Location: The campus of our program is situated in Mawson Lakes. If you do not have a car, it will not be any inconvenience whatsoever to study here as you can either choose to rent a place nearly the campus (a very modern neighborhood with all sorts of shops, banks, and gyms) or in the city (only 15mins riding on train).
2. Curriculum settlement: teachers are generally nice, patient, and well prepared to their lectures and workshops. Because I am an international student, I was a bit concerned about my English skills, but my teachers have been giving me consistent help and holistic feedback on my essays and providing me with a lot of encouragements and acknowledgements on my journey of learning. We are not only provided with essay proofreading assistance, but also an very experienced teacher who has been assigned to our international students for the purpose of companying us to get through this demanding program.
1. Placement: the placements are not well organized ahead of time. Several students, including me have to put off their placements in secondary schools because our uni fail to allocate every student to a legitimate placement in time, which could be really overwhelming for the student.
2. Curriculum content: some curricula are practical but other are theoretical.
My advice to future students is: Overall: Recommend this course. Tuition fees are definitely more affordable for international students as opposed to some other universities. Studying this course in Unisa is a cost-effective choice.
Positives: Networking Engineer, Business Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Security Sector, Programming (Java, Python and HTML5), Web Developer, Project Manager
Negatives: There are not too many negatives of the course itself. The most difficult parts of the course is the group projects/assignments as not all students participate equally. The overall university and course heads are extremely helpful.
My advice to future students is: Make sure that any course you choose is 100% what you are interested in. University's allow students to change courses/degrees but the student may not get credit for work/subjects thats have been completed. Also students need to be self motivated, punctual and consistently strive for perfection to ensure you get the best and the most out of the courses and University.
Positives: I would say, being involved in a human's life. You get to help other people who are in needs (physically, mentally, emotionally) without expecting any in return. Others might see it as a very hard or complicated profession, but to us students who are studying this course feel that it's really helpful not just to other people but also to ourselves and loved ones.
Negatives: Tiring, well all courses are but I must say if you don't love the course you took in the first place, you won't be able to enjoy it. And having a lot of placements can sometimes be frustrating.
My advice to future students is: Future students should make sure that their hearts are really on this kind of course. The path is not easy but once you put your heart into it, you'll definitely love the course! Be confident that you'll be able to aim your goal and just basically do your best!
Positives: Relatively flexible study options and good, real world assignments
Negatives: Fees and charges
My advice to future students is: Work at your assignments
Positives: Flexible study options and good, real world assignments
Negatives: Text books are expensive and there are new volumes every year so you can buy/sell them second hand
My advice to future students is: Set a study schedule and stick to it
Positives: Ability to study via correspondence, at time that suits. Lectures & resources all available online. Lectures are quick to respond to questions
Negatives: Unable to review exam in person when studying external to uni location. Online forums seem clogged with same grade school questions from other students. Costs of books which become obsolete each semester suck also
My advice to future students is: Find the summer units you can short cut course with & just make sure you find something you enjoy from in each unit to keep you motivated
Positives: Differentiate diagnosis
Negatives: Too busy
My advice to future students is: Study smart
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