Positives: Most of the course lecturers and designers are specialists in their area of teaching. So you learn from those that are in the top of their field so you can be the top in yours. For example SYD 2000 Olympics game 3DE course designer, Hunter Doughty, was my teacher for some of the subjects. Everyone from the Dean of the School to the individual subject teachers take heaps of one on one time, students combine to help each other instead of compete against each other and all on a campus with a great student union that includes a DE rep and more support than you can ever need to get through each subject or individual problem that might arise. From Living on campus or being a DE [Distance Ed ] student to choosing your electives. This is an environment that wants you to thrive in because when you do so do they. Over my undergrad and other work i have attended a number of Universities and TAFEs as well as private RTO's and no one gets a higher grade from me that CSU. With Students ranging from school leavers to mature entry for the course the support is there for you no matter what your age, sex or family background from everyone, even from teachers that don't teach in the department you are enrolled in [David Gilbey --English Dept I am thinking of you as I type this] as well as a huge amount of social activities on campus, including a well stocked research library and space to work around at the conveniently located Wagga Wagga Writers Writers [to this day of which i am still a member] plonked just across the road from the campus winery. Pun intended.
Negatives: For me, moving to Queensland halfway through made it very difficult when I was having trouble with Agricultural Economics, maths isn't my strong point and trying to translate it to DE learning and examples was difficult for me, I also thinking the weighting of this subject is unfair, as your first assignment is worth 10 points, second 20 points and your final exam 70. Which means if you are great are written work and lousy at exams this sort of weighting means no matter what you do in the assignments, I got 10/10 for the first, and around 17/20 for the second but below 50% for the exam, so if the assignments had been more fairly weighted I would have passed but on the current scale I ended up having to repeat the subject.
My advice to future students is: Make sure you visit campus and talk to current students first, alot more places are offering specialized horse care courses but not many with CSUs reputation, many of their students go to Germany, Japan, Asia and the USA for their first jobs or to the top studs here such as Woodlands. Do some work placement in a safety first stud to make sure that it is what you do want to do for work as there are plenty of other equine jobs you can work in without having to handle horses but you will need to cater your expertise to these areas whilst training and getting work placement to hit the ground running. For example if you wanted to do foal watches and yearling prep you would concentrate on the hands on course subjects whereas if you wanted to work for an auction house such as Inglis then your math and logistics strengths are going to be more important.
Positives: Gaining so much knowledge which will help me once completed to venture out into animal breeding
Negatives: Assignments are massive and are often all due at the same time. Very stressful!
My advice to future students is: Make sure you are good at mathematics
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