I find Uni.. UniSA. Well its campuses are beautiful, wifi is always great, but asking for helps is painful and usually unlikely
Positives: It is unique. There isn't any other university in Australia (that I know of) that offers this course. But there are certain drawbacks to UniSA that they don't tell you. Either the course material is so basic that remembering it is annoying. ""Did you know that people get angry"" ""Yes"" or ""The standard deviation of the mean of the error is always partial..."" ""WHAT THE HELL THIS IS WEEK 2
Negatives: It is tougher than explained on the information page
My advice to future students is: Make sure you can cope with learning tons of material very quickly, otherwise you are going to fail and no-one really cares
Positives: One of the positive aspects of this course is the fact that I learnt a lot of theoretical psychological information which I was able to apply to my own life. The lecturers were often very passionate about their subjects which was quite infectious. Outside of this, I was able to meet a lot of like-minded friends who have remained in my life.
Negatives: I found this course to be significantly theory-heavy. With so much amazing information being given out, you have nowhere to apply it other than your textbooks and assignments. In addition, I found a real lack of ‘real life’ examples. There was just a lot of reference to honours - that’s where you got to apply what you learnt. But what if we didn’t want to study honours?? Anyway, the pincher for me was statistics. Yes statistics is a part of the course but the way it is incorporated into the undergraduate degree is plain mean and again there was little real life reference as to how to apply it and why it was so important.
My advice to future students is: Know that this course is learning the words, the reasons why theories exist, the terminology and the research methodologies. The course will not inspire you to pursue psychology as a career nor will it fill you with the confidence in your own capability to go it into the world and pursue this career. What it will do is tell you that you must study honours and masters prior to getting to the juicy stuff. So, if you are reaaalllyy keen and know you can fluff your way through three years of mostly borning, non applicable red tape prior to the exciting stuff, then stay committed and you will do fine! Some of the content is really interesting and if you’re remotely passionate about it, then you will do fine. If you’re bad at maths, I’d strongly encourage you to find a tutor for the statistics subjects and stick with it all the way through. Stats is a very hard subject!
Positive - getting hands on experience through placement.
Negative - difficult to tailor the degree to suit things I would use in my future
My advice to future students is: Save your money and don’t always buy the textbooks
Positives: The course is hands on, you can tailor to your own experiences and interests and the teachers are high quality and accessible.
Negatives: There aren’t many negative aspects. I like the course in general.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you go to your classes and know what the tutors are wanting from you.
Positives: Learning can be applied to real life situations.
Also most subjects link in with eachother
Negatives: The expectations of us as students
My advice to future students is: Be organised
Positives: Very interactive. Not just reading, theory, and doing assignments. Also incorporates hands on and practical work
Negatives: Can’t think of any at this given time
My advice to future students is: Just make sure to do all the readings, watch the lectures and you’ll be absolutely okay
Positive: I gain skills needed to further my career dreams and educators are always so helpful.
Negative: the workload is massive but not anything that is ever too much
My advice to future students is: Make sure it’s definitely something you want to study. Alittle extra time spent to make your work your best is never a bad thing
Placements are too big to do in one block. Hard to manage placement plus study plus paid work.
My advice to future students is: Try to get paid placement 👍
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Positives - Modern Technology we get to work with, the cool range of shots we can get in an outdoorsy location and the range of colours and contrasts are immense.
Negatives - It can get a bit tedious being so far away from anything major. Lack of support from Lecturers.
My advice to future students is: Choose carefully. Make sure your timetable fits in with your social life. Don't leave your assignments to the last minute.
Not a lot of choice with electives was hard but good because my timetable flowed well, and I also liked that I got to learn about very specific psych topics in my 3rd and 4th year
I didn’t like that either of these courses gave me a title. I was neither a psychologist or social worker
My advice to future students is: Stick around past the 1st year, it’s always very general and very hard to understand/stay motivated
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