I majored in Forensic Biology.
Positives: The lecturers are friendly, they believe in helping students as much as possible. They are well versed in their fields and make time to help students. Units follow on from from one another, and often interact with other units, allowing easier understanding and seamless transition between learning outcomes. Most of the time, the lectures are recorded, which is great for revision or when you miss a lecture. The course has a dedicated academic chair who oversees the unit, and is available to meet with you to discuss anything about the course, such as possible electives, and course progression. The final semester of study has ""capstone"" units, which summarise the whole course and give more practical applications
Negatives: The online server is a pain to navigate and often crashes around class selection time. When picking this course, staff don't inform you of the difficulty of getting a job in the field. Most of the ""fun"" practical stuff that draws students to the course isn't actually offered to until masters, eg. Blood splatter analysis, crime scene analysis
My advice to future students is: Think about whether you're truly wanting to do this, and not if you think you want to do this because it looks cool on TV shows like CSI or Bones. This is an amazingly interesting course, with some great potentials, but you have to be willing to stick it out for 3 years of your bachelors and then a further 2 years for your masters, and then you have to do really well to be able to find work, it's not something you should do if you just like the idea of being like someone from some crime show.
Positives: Its helpful to the further development of the country, makes living easier by the advancements in technology
Negatives: It's time consuming
My advice to future students is: Read hard, work hard and smart to achieve your goals
Positives: It's interesting, relevant to my chosen career path and available online
Negatives: There can be inefficient communication at times being online
My advice to future students is: It's worth putting in the effort and taking things step by step.
Positives: Murdoch offers a lot of flexibility, it was great to mix internal & external units to fit around my schedule. While studying my degree I was always supported and motivated. The tutors at Murdoch are very hands on, and willing to help all steps of the way.
Negatives: After completing my degree and entering the workforce I felt a little disadvantaged. Other universities provide more practical experience for their teachers, and more hands on time in the classroom would have been helpful.
My advice to future students is: Murdoch has elective units in Indigenous studies, additional needs and classroom management. I would advise studying one of each of these units for your electives as we face challenges in those fields in the classroom.
Positives: Plenty of positives.
Negatives: Not really many at all. Because, I love this course and the university that i have chosen has excellent faculties to delivered the lectures. So, i don't think that there is any negative effect of this course.
My advice to future students is: According to me, it is the excellent course where students get good understanding of business and managerial concepts to become a better businessman in future.
I really enjoyed this course. I majored in History and felt that the course gave a good overview of different types of history and over a good time period. I completed units on everything from American Indian History to the Cold War. I was especially interested in Military History, predominantly from the Second World War and was lucky enough to be accepted into Honours. I was able to write my thesis on the Battle of the Coral Sea and found the process for Honours really good. It is a much more personal experience than the BA as you are working solely with a supervisor. Overall I would recommend a BA (History) to anyone interested in this field.
My advice to future students is: If you are interested in this course I would recommend that you have a specific career in mind as the BA majoring in History does not give you any qualifications which would guarantee you a job, you may have to continue your study and go into a related field i.e teaching. It does give you a nice overview of many historical topics and improve your English and research skills.
I majored in Animal Science.
Positives: - The core units for the course and interesting and challenging
- Some of the staff members heavily involved with teaching this course are great lecturers and mentors
- The campus is laid back and relaxed
- The on-campus farm is a great learning tool for anyone studying this course
Negatives: - Murdoch are constanty changing the structure of the science courses and length of degrees
- This course felt very rushed and neglected, as it was a newer option
- This course was supposed to be an option to stream into the Vetinary Sciences, but I felt very disconnected from the Vet students and teachers throughout
- Animal Health and Animal Science are intended to be taken as a double major, so any student not interested in one side of this study path are left with an awkward timetable and little guidance
My advice to future students is: - Do plenty of research about Murdoch and what they plan to offer you in the time you’ll be there. Each year I was there, something new was offered or something had changed.
- If you intend to get into Vet, don’t feel pressured to begin at Murdoch. Study wherever suits you, work hard to achieve good grades and make useful contacts in the real world too!
- Pick up a minor or a second major. Animal Health on its own doesn’t have a large number of unit requirements, so use your extra units to your benefit.
- Try to find staff members you get along with or share common interests with and keep in contact with them. I would have benefited hugely from having more university references post graduation.
Positives: Many positive aspects of the course, co-ordinators/lecturers are very available and easy to talk to, bit quirky, and keep lectures easy to listen to and not boring and many of the lecturers have had hands on experience within the field and sometimes give first hand examples to demonstrate points. Most of the content is available online, lectures are recorded and lecturers written notes are also made available. Most of the content is interesting and easy to understand without being too dry
Negatives: The online program used by murdoch is a bit hit and miss sometimes and can be hard to navigate.
My advice to future students is: Do your reading and make sure you dont fall behind or it starts to cascade and before you know it your at exams and lost. Also be prepared to hear some heavy content, its a unit about criminal behaviour and its not glamorous like its made out on tv
Positives: Great support, the tutors and their passion for the job. The knowledge that i gained and the ability to be able too implement it in the work place once graduated and the confidence i had due to this.
Negatives: Due to be taking part in the 2nd year it took place at Murdoch uni peel. Their were changes made during our course in regards to the course outline in relation to research and maths units which was quite frustrating.
My advice to future students is: Look into the reviews of the uni and the course outline in detail as not always the most popular uni nor the highest fee paying uni is the best. As a nurse who has seen many students the nurses who come out from uni courses that are specified to nursing only come out with better knowledge in nursing. Not like the university that attempt to intigrate units into different specialty courses
Positives: I love how interesting it is and learning new things I never knew about or getting a different perspective on something I already did. There are also really cool people doing this course
Negatives: That I have to travel so far to get to my lectures and tutorials but also the math aspect of my course is really complicated
My advice to future students is: Make sure you have time to sit down and study because you can fall behind so easily and it’s not fun to try and catch up.
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