Positives: Communicating with teaching staff is almost always great. They're always willing to provide extra support when needed
Negatives: Assessment structure isn't great. There's too much emphasis placed on long, time consuming research papers that take time away from learning class content
My advice to future students is: If you're hoping to maintain full-time student status (for the purposes of maintaining centrelink) you can do this with only a 75% workload (3 units per semester).
Positives: The content is always relevant and particularly in the Bachelor of Arts degree, each week there is also a lot of information.
The teachers are engaging and know the subject intimately and so deliver a good learning experience.
Negatives: For my Bachelor of Fine Arts course there is an apparent lack of communication from Hobart to the launceston campus but that is slowly getting better, but there is also a distinct lack of content specifically for launceston on the mylo website and instead it is solely focussed on the Hobart campus.
In terms of my Bachelor of Arts degree there are no real negatives to the course.
A big negative for the double degree as a whole is that it is very frustrating not being able to complete all the necessary units each semester due to there being a cap of 100 points for classes per semester. As a result I have a lot of units I need to make up in the future and am so considering summer school if the units are available which is very frustrating.
My advice to future students is: I wish I had known how difficult it is to do a double degree because no one ever tells you that you won’t be able to do all the units you need to do each semester.
Positives: The positive aspects of the course were the units that offered an opportunity to problem solve and apply knowledge that you had gained over the duration of your studies. The lecturers are competent and have varied experience in numerous fields, some have worked in the United Nations where others have been practicing lawyers for prestigious firms and have been credited with producing graduates who now work internationally and domestically in impressive roles. The facilities available are excellent and the support staff are fantastic, students are given an opportunity to take on roles to mentor other students at no cost.
Negatives: The course structure is very rigid and there is very little wriggle room for taking classes that actually interest you. Some of the lecturers aren't the best and their teaching methods are questionable at best, and as a result there is heavy reliance on external resources (i.e textbooks, additional readings etc.). The law faculty can be very unforgiving.
My advice to future students is: There is an emphasis on mental health in the law faculty. There are statements in the majority of unit outlines regarding maintenance of mental health and the services available, and I would urge this to be taken into account when considering anything in the law faculty because it can be utterly soul crushing if you're not careful.
Positives: The BA provided a number of interesting electives, and had the flexibility to allow me to complete a double major by using said electives. The inclusion of breadth units (compulsory) also expanded my knowledge.
Negatives: A lot of classes were only offered via distance due to not being the larger of the campuses. It could take a while to order textbooks into the bookshop, and lecturers were often difficult to contact.
My advice to future students is: Look around and do your research. If the course at your “home” university offers most of their classes via distance after the first year, shop around and find the University with the best selection of classes and best resourcing for online studies.
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: The flexibility of units available and the lecturers skill in teaching this course
Negatives: The amount of work, price and cut off for second year.
My advice to future students is: To stay on top of assignments and manage time effectively. Pick something you enjoy
Positives: - flexible, can be done on campus or online
- good selection for major and minor
- closest thing to a law degree if you can’t make the move
Negatives: - some courses are Hobart only, meaning you HAVE to do them online
My advice to future students is: Study a degree you love
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