Positives: Vocational study, no worries about future careers. Lots of practical work and responsibility given
Negatives: The first year had a very heavy work load and little practical work and not all material was relevant
My advice to future students is: Keep on top of your work - lectures take so much time to go over if you leave them to the last minute it will legitimately affect your grades
For me, the first two years are fast-tracked science, maths and basic pharmacy subjects. At that time, it's hard to see how subjects like 'microbiology' will be relevant. But if you can stick it out, the third and fourth years are much more interesting. These years including the application of knowledge in clinical scenarios. I also enjoyed my placements much more as the course went on. The academics are friendly and even include clinical educators who are currently working e.g. hospital pharmacists. I found this inspiring and useful for networking later in my career.
There are no subject choices in this degree, and you generally can't take on extra peripheral units of study as you're already at capacity. This means the year cohorts are tight-knit.
You still need to do an additional intern year after Uni before applying for full registration as a pharmacist.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you work in a pharmacy before/while studying to make sure you really want to do this. I love my job as a pharmacist, make sure you do too.
Positives: Lots of research
Negatives: Not very practical
My advice to future students is: Research course before starting
Positives: The best part of the course is the clinical placements, with the option of going rural as well. Teachers and tutors are very helpful and are quick to respond to your emails. There is often a discussion board available for students to openly ask questions as well. There is overall a lot of support and the content is well structured.
Negatives: At times, there are a handful of tutors that are not sure of the answers to your questions immediately. They will taken within a week to respond to your questions. This is fine but can be annoying if you need the answer quickly.
My advice to future students is: Consider this course from a variety of universities before commencing. Make sure you are happy with the travel if you choose cumberland campus as it is not near the train station. Overall, the learning experience is great and you will graduate with excellent skills for employment.
Positives: Not many, practical classes and actually getting to touch animals
Negatives: So many, unorganised, stressful, nepotism, judgement
My advice to future students is: Don't do it go to another uni instead
Positives: lots of hands on practical work, experienced tutors in all different nursing fields, different subjects to cover a wide range of nursing specialties
Negatives: overcrowded classes, lack of support, extensive online work that many people didn’t complete, too many group assessments, poorly run subjects, not enough time in class to feed off the tutors
My advice to future students is: make sure you apply yourself and do the prework so you know exactly what you need to prepare for the class & gain the most from it
I'm taking the Medical science stream.
Positives of the course include a wide variety of learning styles, these include practical experiments, field work, lectures and small tutorials. You also have the option to choose a subject of choice that is totally unrelated.
Negatives include the amount of hours involved, I’m at uni everyday (although two are very short) and that you really have to study a post graduate degree on top of this
My advice to future students is: I would say choose subjects within any course (including this one) that interest you, as you’ll work far harder and achieve better outcomes
Positives are the detailed anatomy and physiology subjects. Also the science and research subjects that help critical thinking. Most teachers were helpful as well. It was a small cohort which made it easy to learn and find support. We also had lots of clinical placement which was paramount to our practical learning.
The negatives would be that being at Lidcombe campus means you don’t feel that big buzzy University life which I would have liked - it’s more of a school environment. I also felt some subjects weren’t so applicable to our careers, I would have preferred more focus on additional anatomy courses for CT for example instead of an ethics subject
My advice to future students is: It’s a great course if this is what you want to do and are passionate about. As the course is very targeted to a career in radiography then it’s probably not a great choice as a ‘stepping stone’ subject to other post graduate degrees
Positive: the way in which the theory that is learnt is applied practically. It shows that every unit and topic is relevant to ensuring students know how to provide the best health care in their future practice. The small number of students in the course also help with developing a strong community
Negative: a lot of content is crammed into a short time
My advice to future students is: It's not an easy course, so while it may seem tough, the constant effort and determination is worth the rewarding nature of working in health care
- I love how everyone in my degree know each other or know of each other because compared to other courses it isn’t very big. The faculty have events that help us get to know each other.
- The coordinators provide help whenever it is needed - whether it be one on one meetings about confusion in classes or being active in replying to student queries
- Sometimes the subjects taken aren’t very structured in terms of tutorials and students usually get distracted and don’t really know what they are doing
- Having to commute between two campuses is very time consuming and tiring
My advice to future students is: Ensure you make a good group of friends who have similar goals as you and want to do well, they will work hard and help you work hard
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