Positives: Opportunities for self learning and flexibility
Negatives: Time commitments and outdated tutorial styles
My advice to future students is: Choose your course wisely, based off what you enjoy
I wish I knew how hard it can be to stick to something boring for 4 years
Positives: My degrees offer a lot of variety in terms of the subjects I can choose to do. The business degree offers a selection of various majors from economics to international business, sports management and property, some of which are unavailable at other universities. Additionally, my law degree offers a huge selection of alternate LLB units from bioethics, medical and mental health law, advocacy, media and even space law. As well as this, I also have the choice of completing one unit/subject from any other faculty to further diversify my knowledge and skills. Given this abundance of choice, I am happy to study at Western Sydney University and am looking forward to enjoying learning something new and interesting each semester.
Furthermore, the thing that most stands out to me in a positive manner is that there are no lectures to be attended for any of my degrees. Any vital information is provided through videos and posted on Blackboard and any additional information can be sought from videos, textbooks and other resources provided. This is different to other unis who require enrolment in lectures, regardless of whether they are attended. This arrangement highly suits me as I do not personally learn as much from lectures as I do from engaging first-hand in learning i.e. through reading, completing online quizzes, discussing questions etc. Furthermore no lectures also frees up my time to dedicate to other work or study commitments I may be struggling with.
Negatives: The negative aspect of my course is that I am not able to undertake more than 4 units at once per semester. Due to enrolling in a wrong unit and having to drop it last semester, I was looking forward to making up the lost time by enrolling in 5 units for the next semester and despite requesting a rule waiver, I was unable to do so. My extra unit was a relatively easy one and as someone who was currently not working, I was very keen on completing the unit especially since I need to complete my degree as soon as possible to get a job and be able to support my family financially. Also, almost none of the units for my course are not offered during the summer sessions. Western Sydney University does not offer a trimester system, which I would have preferred, but do offer some subjects that can be completed over the summer break however none of my law or business units have been available in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been studying there. It is important for me to have the option to complete my studies sooner (as I’ve mentioned above), especially as I also had to defer my first semester of uni due to poor health.
My advice to future students is: I would advise future potential students to NOT have a locked or finalised plan in place when they start this course or any course at any university because expectations are always challenged both positively and negatively and you may end up liking something else and disliking what you’ve initially chosen. I would also advise potential students to find out as much as possible about all of the choices and opportunities available to you in terms of subjects, majors studying resources etc. even if they don’t initially seem very interesting. Lastly, I would advise them not to stress about having a different experience or something that doesn’t conform to the “recommended structure” outlined by the uni or by other students; the whole point of uni is being able to have a personalised, flexible and individual experience based on what suits you!
Positives: The vast array of different materials covered and the how-to in dealing with each topic.
Negatives: Extensive reading that does not prove to be essential when working in the field.
My advice to future students is: Ensure you have a stable and consistent study schedule with your class mates.
Positives: Teachers are very knowledgeable and well versed of the subject they are teaching and the class duration is just enough to cover all important topics
My advice to future students is: Allot ample time to study by group or individual
Positives: The positive aspects are the learning and study options
Negatives: Study time
My advice to future students is: Focus from the very start of uni
I majored in Marketing.
Positives: - interactive and engaging group work with others (friendships made)
- friendly and informative lecturers and tutors
- online lectures
Negatives: - not the best facilities
- expensive text books
My advice to future students is: Study something you see yourself doing in the future and will be beneficial for your future career. If you don’t like what you study, you won’t enjoy it as much!
Internships are something I regret not applying for whilst at uni - great way to get experience.
I majored in Finance and Economics.
Positives: You are able to gain real business knowledge and work on business projects. So in essence its more of real life work rather than lots of theory you will never use. The business units in the third year is extremely helpful for real life.
Negatives: The business leadership units are only taken in the final year of studies. For such an elite and exclusive course, these units should be offered throughout the degree. When i studied this course, there were only 4 leadership units. To prepare a student for real life, i would suggest there be more a focus on practicality throughout the degree.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you first check how relevant your degree is in the workforce. Read all the units you will be studying very clearly. Search on seek for job opportunities because inevitably you will need to find a job with this degree.
Positives: It's a very quick course (3 years compared to other degrees). Ideal for people who want to enter the workforce asap and not spend a great time studying. Also the degree has a lot of real life applications (e.g. how to start / run your own business)
Negatives: Not ideal for someone who dislikes numbers. The calculations part isn't too hard, but understanding how to get a particular balance number may be confusing. Also not many job prospects once you graduate, internships are a near must!
My advice to future students is: Apply for internships straight away. Keep on top of readings (even 1 hr a week at the beginning of the semester makes a huge difference)
Positives: I like that I am exposed to the business mentality through the lens of older tutors and teachers. This is like standing on their shoulders. I like that business is so broad and this allows me to think a lot about the course which is enjoyable
Negatives: The negative aspects involve the delivery by tutors and teachers. Sometimes there's a language barrier, other times there are biases towards certain teaching methods - and others involved the pride of teachers and inability to take on certain students.
My advice to future students is: Don't let the teachers hold back your potential when they disagree - instead challenge them to learn more
Positives: the tutors are really good, the classes are small so there is good interaction, there is good diversity within the groups
Negatives: the lectures are online now
My advice to future students is: make sure you get used to watching a lecture on a laptop, don’t think you’ll be watching them in a lecture theatre
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