I'm majoring in Social and Political Science.
Positives: One of the things I love most about my course is how practical and engaging the content is. We study a wholistic view of both politics and sociology, not just what it is, but how it is right now in Australia, where it’s working, where it isn’t, and what needs to change. Many of our lectures were swapped with guests speakers from across a variety of professions, all at the forefront of their fields and all providing deep and interesting insight. My tutors were sweet and funny and really helped me get the grades I did.
Negatives: Options are limited in terms of picking minor subjects, and I ended up in a creative writing stream that I found to provide far too little direction and actual teaching and then marked far too harshly considering the lack on content provided. UTS also provides a free group tutoring session for students called U:PASS, however I was disappointed to find this didn’t really help much.
My advice to future students is: If you want to do political or social work, this is the course for you. If you are passionate and driven, and want to learn how to make real change then you are exactly where you should be.
Positives: The facilities and Labs that are available at the university are very encouraging, allowing all students to preform there best. There Professors are very experienced and friendly and provide a lot of support. Online recorded lectures are also available to all students. The formatting and the course structure is straight forward and students know whats expected from them as well.
Negatives: The negative aspect I believe would be, studying subjects that are much unrelated to the course that we are doing such as statistics or communication. A lot of our assignments are due at the end of the semester creating a lot of pressure on students. Another negative would be that theres no guaranteed entry into medicine.
My advice to future students is: The university is amazing, but be prepared for the pressure and tasks that you would be given, but if your always up to date with whats given to you from those tasks than you should definitely get excellent results. There is alot of potential to this course and a lot of pathways and advice that you'll be given from both peers and lectures and even lab demonstrators. Overall its a good experience thats not always educational but also entertaining and you should make the most of your time there.
Positives: The best part of my course is that it includes 2 industry recognised internships, as well as being in part of a like minded and welcoming cohort
Negatives: As it is a small course it is highly competitive, and very focused on achieveing high marks
My advice to future students is: definitely apply for the BAcc program, and stay focused and excited to learn!
Positives: There was a subject which was completely based in the field and this allowed us to fully understand the forest and mountain ecology on the eastern side of Australia. There were some very dedicated teachers which were very active in practicals.
Negatives: There was a lack of practicals. Especially in field practicals and excursions which helped us gather knowledge. I wasn’t a proactive uni student. UTS lacked in the social aspects of uni.
My advice to future students is: Enjoy University! Go to lectures even if they are boring just grab a coffee and try to switch one. You will live off coffee and eye drops. Join social clubs like ultimate frisbee it’s really fun and let’s you meet new fun people!
I major in Public Communications.
Positives: I think a major positive aspect is that is all assignment based - no exams!! I also like that its very individual and creative based, we come up with campaign ideas which is my favourite part.
Negatives: I think a negative is that as its all assignment based the lectures can be totally irrelevant since it wont add up to anything serious. Another is that we are given many group tasks involving strategy development, so the beginning stages are hard due to ideas clashing and dividing up the tasks.
My advice to future students is: Essay writing is key in a Communications degree, so they really need to work on this. Another thing is that Photoshop and editing programs may be used significantly, so its best to have at least working knowledge on this.
Positives: Good teaching staff, placements were met, good uni facilities (practice lab)
Negatives: 3rd year subjects were based in kurringai campus
My advice to future students is: Nursing in UTS is a smart choice especially if you want to go into the paediatric setting as its in partnership with the Sydney children’s hospital network
Positives: - networking opportunities
- work experience
- learning a broad knowledge of business skills
- flexibility in changing majors
Negatives: No negatives
My advice to future students is: Work hard and always do the best that you can. Focus on the studies you have chosen, however enjoy the young years that you have. A healthy balanced lifestyle is key to getting through the tough times of study as well as the obstacles life itself has to offer
Positives: The course provides all the required knowledge that a medical science student would require including background in both Chemistry and Physics as well as a focus on Biology and medicine.
Negatives: While a more rounded knowledge is ideal, it may be an annoyance as some subjects such as physics can be quite difficult.
My advice to future students is: If you have a passion for medicine or nursing then this course would be ideal if your ATAR doesn't quite cut it or you require some ground work before jumping into the real deal
Positives: UTS provides sufficient resources for animation and design students in that many computers (iMacs) are provided with guidance from the staff. The subjects ensure that we are prepared for all aspects of the competitive animation industry
Negatives: The long and many many projects. With stressful deadlines as well as the need to purchase equipment.
My advice to future students is: Take animation in high school and be prepared to stay up late to draw panels and frames.
Positives: Plenty of opportunities to gain experience in a variety of different clinical settings.
Negatives: time restraints, putting all deadlines for assignments within a close time frame. Sometimes it felt like we were not given enough time to practice our clinical skills
My advice to future students is: dont leave things to last minute. attend the practice labs. read ahead of class
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