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.
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: 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.
Positives: Helpful lecturers and tutors. Content is really interesting for most of the classes. the timetables were generally good too and gave me the chance to try to do most of my classes on the same day rather than spread out
Negatives: sometimes very unorganised and some class teachers were unclear on what was required. I didn't like some of the units but they were core units so needed to be completed. Also, I wish we could have done prac or some simulated prac on campus
My advice to future students is: study hard. I slacked off and I had to work harder to catch up. Not all units are interesting but just push through because its worth it at the end.
Positives: Great gain of knowledge in the field of psychology even if it's basic level
Negatives: Hard assignments
My advice to future students is: Be on top of your work!
I'm doing arts/science double degree.
Positives: Better Understanding of what and how and why it is the way it is. And provides a hope for further research into a greater world of science
My advice to future students is: Choose wisely on what interests you.
Positives: The content is generally really good. I feel like the course covers a range of topics and skills relevant to what we need in the real world when we start using the degree for work. The timetabling is pretty flexible and I have made good friends at uni.
Negatives: Some of the lecturers and Uni admin are awful, breaching disability acts, etc. The lecturers are also chosen based on their research which does not translate to good skills as a lecturer and can make for some really boring content and assessments that are not relevant or that are too vague in scope. It can be really hard to get help to challenge anything and even if you do it is usually too late to make any difference to your class
My advice to future students is: Make sure you know what you want to study and the possible pathways at the end. For example with psychology you can't work as a psychologist after an Undergraduate degree and you need high marks to do further study. It is amazing how many students start study, not realising what their options and pathways for work are at the end!
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