Positives: Wonderful course and program
My advice to future students is: Good uni and recommend it.
Positives: Recognition of university as one of the better ranked university across Australia
Negatives: High level of support ranging from accommodation help, study help for struggling students, as well as bigger communities
My advice to future students is: to research about potential lecturers because most teachers are good, however, some are really unprofessional
Positives: The course was a fantastic introduction to university learning. The lecturers were incredibly engaging and the hands on approach of teaching was well received
Negatives: The course operated on Maria Island and as such is only offered over a couple of weeks
My advice to future students is: I’d advise them to do some research on native fish species !
Positives: - Practical Experience and Work Integrated Learning Sessions
- Enthusiastic Lecturers and Tutors
- Developing close friendships with other uni students
Negatives: - Some units are not interesting
- Some lecturers and tutors are boring
My advice to future students is: - Be motivated
- Take on as many opportunities as you can
- Get on top of assignments
- Make some valuable friendships
Positives: The majority of teaching staff were easy to communicate with and always interested to hear how you were progressing as well as being open to suggestions and any issues you might have. The course work was applicable and practical to real world issues and situations. There was a wide variety of units and topics covered within the degree which made it interesting to learn.
Negatives: Some of the teaching staff were hard to communicate with. For example, they took a long time to reply to emails or phone calls about assignments or replied with less than satisfactory answers. Some of the course work I found irrelevant to the career I was pursuing. There was very little opportunity for practical application of our learnings, i.e. no placement opportunities, only very limited internship places. The faculty was kind of boring and very little effort was made to include all student members in social gatherings.
My advice to future students is: Ensure you have read all the unit outlines before starting the semester. Keep copies of all communication with lecturers and tutors to ensure you have proof of their poor and ineffective communication. If you are studying via distance or online, ensure you have a good internet connection.
Positives: It was highly relevant to my desire to establish a small business as a genealogist and completing the course gave me credibility in this field. The course is completed totally online which allowed me to do all the work from my base in Canberra rather than having to travel to Hobart.
The course is very well organised with excellent technology to deliver remotely. At the time of writing, it has a scholarship for Australian residents for the first year units and a further scholarship of 50% off HECS fees for the second year units. The units were very relevant to family history and covered the basics of how to get started through to complex topics in military family history and convicts as well as two units in writing family history once research is completed. It emphasised the essential need for citing sources in genealogical research as well as the ethical aspects of family history. Lecturers were available to answer questions online and interaction and support among students was encouraged in the online forums. There were no group assignments and most units had online quizzes each week which contributed to the final result.
Negatives: The quality of lecturers varied from outstanding to mediocre with most falling somewhere in between.
With some units the lecturers were nowhere to be seen in the online forums when the due date for major assignments was approaching which was more than disappointing given so many students were looking for advice and clarification.
There was no consistency in the citation standards from one unit to the next and there were even inconsistencies in the special family history referencing guide the uni issued. This made it difficult to get the referencing right particularly when the lecturers put so much emphasis on this aspect of the assignments.
On one occasion one of the lecturers had not yet completed her own Diploma in Family History and it was surprising to find her giving advice to fellow students. The course does not qualify students for admission to the Society of Genealogists in Australia nor is it recognised for Undergrad or Masters degrees in Family History at the University of Strathclyde.
During the first module of one unit the lecturer promoted his current book and sought input from students for another which I felt was inappropriate.
From time time only 1200 words was required for a major assignment which is peanuts and devalues the unit and diploma course as a whole in my opinion.
My advice to future students is: This is an excellent course for new or experienced genealogists. Take advantage of the scholarship if you are eligible to learn how to conduct family history, particularly if you have convicts or military personnel in your family. Try to do the modules early in the week in case you need to do set aside time for extra research to complete tasks. Always take advantage of the University's request for feedback on each unit. Get actively involved in the unit online forums to share information, help other students and seek assistance and feedback from your colleagues. It is well worthwhile and helps alleviate any sense of isolation you might feel from time to time in completing this online course. It helps to have a good internet connection because there are usually videos and audio files to watch/listen to each week. Don't forget to download the transcripts of the videos/audios as it helps to review when answering the quiz questions. Take advantage of unlimited access to Ancestry.com through the University's Library throughout the course. It can save a lot of money and can be used for personal family history research as well.
Positives: Lecturers really push us to our potential, very efficient in providing content for our units. Furthermore students are very involved in class thus no one gets left behind in their work, everybody is very up to date with the material, another positive aspect is that it's very hands on. It's not just lectures and tutorials that we attend, we also go for prac classes which really helps us for working in the lab in the future
Negatives: Sometimes the lecture content can be overwhelming because it's just heaps and heaps of information that we are expected to know when we step into the lab.
My advice to future students is: Always know your work and keep up to date with your content!
Positives: It is an incredible career path allowing you to help others with fish sizes / investigation in fish species
Negatives: There is a lot to learn that’s off topic, but all worth it
My advice to future students is: Be prepared for a lot of draining work.. as I said thought it’s worth it
Positives: It allows me to connect with people of similar interest, open up opportunity in areas i May have never had access to without this course
Negatives: The cost of completing this course
My advice to future students is: To ensure they are financially stable before entering a uni course as there are many expenses through out the years
Positives: Online course, flexible
Negatives: Online course, lack of socialisation
My advice to future students is: Self motivation is key
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