I find Uni.. Overall a positive experience, but not a ticket to a job - you must seek outside/adjunct opportunities to really succeed.
Positives: Good quality academic staff/materials, excellent campus facilities, good internship/travel abroad opportunities.
Negatives: Poor student services, long waiting times for information relating to enrolments/changes.
My advice to future students is: Read all the course rules very carefully, A300 (Bachelor if Arts) is very flexible but you need to select carefully as to graduate.
Positives: The course provides a good variety of interesting and applicable classes that prepare me for employment
Negatives: I find that sometimes there is a lack of communication in terms of what is required of me
My advice to future students is: It's OK to be unsure of what you want from a course/degree
Positives: Able to apply better communication in real working industry
Negatives: Too much reading
My advice to future students is: Decide carefully what u love to do
Positives: It gives you alot of hands on experience in each of my units. We are required to do alot of discussion and work from our own thoughts and ideas
Negatives: My university doesnt provide the best favilities for certain units within the course
My advice to future students is: You do not need to select a major straight away,you can use your first year to explore different units within the arts degree and decide on your path
Positives: This course was very engaging and the different units varied in levels of difficulty. There was also a broad range of subjects - touching on topics such as child development to biological psychology. All of which were very interesting and provided with many materials to study.
Negatives: I personally did not find the tutors or the lecturers to be very welcoming. I was not able to connect with them pass a "student/teacher" relationship, therefore it prevented me from being comfortable with asking them about prospective jobs, referrals for relevant external courses or jobs. Also, some of the assignments for a few of the subjects did not seem 100% relevant and/or it was far too difficult with the limited assistance/instructions provided by the faculty.
My advice to future students: It is definitely a worthwhile course. Although my core subjects were psychology related, my course being an Arts degree allowed me to have an arts elective which gives a lot more freedom to the students and also touch on other topics of interest.
Positives: Just being able to learn about a whole lot of new things in the legal world
My advice to future students is: Start early, get up to date with everything and don’t fall behind
Positives: Making friends and a relaxed campus environment
Negatives: Big workload
My advice to future students is: Make friends and do your assignments early
Positives: Good variety of subjects to choose from and ability to major in subjects which combine with other degrees.
Negatives: Individual teaching staff were unprofessional at times and difficult to get a job with just this degree.
My advice to future students is: Course plan well so that you are able to gain entry to the workforce with your chosen majors
Positives: I enjoy being an online student as it’s flexible and I can study whenever I want. The course materials are very in depth and I’m able to either print them off or just read them on a PC or iPad.
I still attend lectures and seminars/tutes like everyone else but this is done in my own time. I like how the lecture delivered to online students is the same as what the campus students get.
There are discussion groups and Facebook groups to help out with any questions people may have. I can also email my lecturer any time I need.
The course can take me to many places and I can branch out to different areas of study. It’s engaging and the information presented is relevant.
Negatives: Sometimes there can be a delay in when your lecturer gets back to you. If you want to ask questions, you can’t do so in real time.
There is a LOT of reading for some of the units which can take up a lot of time.
Unless you chat on the chat boards or Facebook groups, you don’t feel part of much. You can often feel isolated.
Group work for online students is very tough as well as you don’t meet in person.
My advice to future students is: Ask as many questions as you can during your course. It’s best to be sure that you’re on the right track before you start doing something than to fail and find that you had done the wrong thing. There are no dumb questions.
I majored in Media and Communication.
Positives: I would say the best aspects of the course were the experiential learning opportunities, rather than the course itself. Deakin has great connections in the journalism field so I was able to get a range of on-the-job experiences (although one of these was not paid - this may have changed, it was back in 2011). I would also say the variety of subjects able to be chosen was great.
Negatives: The lack of contact hours (nine was my maximum for my entire 3.5 year course) made it hard to connect with my fellow students.
My advice to future students is: I would urge potential future students to surrender themselves to the experience, and throw as much of themselves as they can into university life. That way, not only are you getting an education, you're also getting life stories.
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