Positives: There is a good mix of both theory and practical components. Lecturers are knowledgeable and happy to help. Assignments were useful and could be applied to the real world.
Negatives: The limited options for student placements in certain government areas.
My advice to future students is: Explore your likes and dislikes of the field, it’s a career you will either love or hate.
Positives: - some online and some offline
- achieved the job at the end of what I wanted to do
Negatives: - lots of people in the same course
- didn’t like group assignments
- some of the course wasn’t offered at kelvin grove so had to travel to the garden city campus even though the course was based at kelvin grove
My advice to future students is: Purchase all the textbooks suggested
Get help with referencing
Positives: 1. The tutorials were very useful. The course became more personal which is important as it has 8000 people completing the course at once. You could get one on one help and more clarification on topics you were struggling with
2. There were tutors who were very good at explaining topics and keeping you entertained in the topic they were teaching. They used different types of technology to keep you focused such as surveys which everyone would press the answer and then it would show on the board the amount of people who agreed and disagreed.
3. I met some incredible new friends. You get to meet new people who you often wouldn’t interact with.
Negatives: 1. Group assignments were absolutely terrible. People wouldn’t respond to texts and people wouldn’t show up to an agreed time and place to continue working on the assignment. My lowest marks were always in these group assignments
2. Some of the tutors couldn’t speak English very well and topics became hard to learn and understand. It was really frustrating.
3. The course required a ton of text books which were incredibly expensive and we never used them. The tutors would always ask who has the books and if you didn’t they would single you out even though we didn’t use them.
My advice to future students is: I didn’t do enough extracurricular activities while I was there and felt like I missed part of my university experience. Join clubs, sporting groups and really just do as much extra activities as you can because it’s another avenue to expand your friendship circle and grow as a person
Positives: High standard education
Negatives: Too expensive for the course fees
My advice to future students is: Check for their majors
I major in Information Systems.
Positives: High standard knowledge delivered
Negatives: Too expensive
My advice to future students is: First check whether their interested units are available in uni
Positives: Some of the content is in depth and relevant with a lot of detail. With insider knowledge from key players in the field.
Negatives: Some of the assessment is stupid and doesn't actually use applied knowledge. For example I haven't watched or been involved with any course content for one subject on government but the assessment was easy and I got a 5. Some of the content also is basic and assumes people know nothing of the content.
My advice to future students is: Research employment opportunities beforehand because what you want is probably not realistic.
Positives: The course was fairly relaxed - the content in first year was very basic and allowed students to refresh their knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and build on this.
The placements we're structured in a way that introduced different skills slowly and allowed students to practice in a monitored lab setting before going out on to a placement (2-3 weeks) and practice in a real world setting.
Course content was fairly basic and didn't require an absolutely hectic study load, which was great as a first year student adjusting to a new uni lifestyle and living out of home, it also allowed me enough time in the week to get a part time job to support myself.
Negatives: The course had several changes throughout my time as a student, and instead of introducing the new requirements at the start of the next enrollment round, they introduced them mid-course. This resulted in 2 courses that I had done in first and second year uni changing from 12 to 24 credit points, meaning that I had to make up 24 more points. Because I already had a full time workload, this added on a semester of part time study, and delayed my graduation by 6 months.
The placements we're structured well in relation to the theory content, however placement rotations were months apart, which meant that the first week or so was often slow and students like myself used that valuable time reminding ourselves pf very basic skills instead of being able to begin with more complex issues. If the placements were organised closer together, we may not have needed as much time to re-learn skills and might have had more opportunities.
My advice to future students is: Check out the course before applying, look at the APHRA (governing board of nursing) website and see if there are any scheduled changes before signing up. Compare uni courses and see what placement rotations are like before commencing, and I'd definitely recommend having a flexible job or a job in healthcare (AIN, medical receptionist etc) while studying, as this helps keep your knowledge fresh.
Positives: Every subject refers back to the practical side of the work, so even though there's a lot of theory involved before you get to go out on placement, every subject makes an effort to inform you of how it works in the field. All of the teachers I've had are still all in practice and so have lots of experience to offer and are up to date with how it is in the real world.
Negatives: You don't get to go on placement until 3rd year, which is a long time to see if the work actually suits you/you enjoy it. It can also get a bit repetitive, a lot of the subjects overlap and so it often feels as though you're constantly doing the same thing.
My advice to future students is: Ask lots of questions - often things aren't as black and white or as straight forward as they seem and the teachers have a lot of knowledge and experience to offer, use it while you can. There isn't always a lot of literature either, so leave a lot of time to do research and LOTS of reading
I'm majoring in Medical Engineering.
Positives: The Bachelor of Engineering at QUT gives you great experience in all aspects of engineering. From research, calculations, design, manufacturing and testing, the degree throws you right in there from the very first semester. Lecturers encourage joining the various engineering clubs available, which help to give students relevant industry exposure.
Negatives: The content, particularly in the mathematical based subjects, is very fast paced. If you miss one class or lecture, you miss a large amount of content, however it is easy enough to catch up online. Due to the large cohort, there isn't a huge amount of one-on-one help, so you need to be prepared to spend time outside of class to understand the concepts.
My advice to future students is: Try to keep up to date in the semester content, as it is easy to fall behind. The lecturers don't give you much information on the required work placement, so start applying as soon as you are eligible, as it can be difficult to find companies that are willing to take on students. Join the extracurricular clubs where you can, as they offer valuable industry connections and experience that you wouldn't otherwise get from the degree.
Positives: The course was excellent at providing lots of learning opportunities, and the content from each semester flowed on nicely from the previous. The assignments allowed students to gain an understanding of the level of design and work that would be required in a real world workplace. Tutors and lecturers provided excellent support and feedback.
Negatives: The degree was extremely work-heavy, and there were many sleepless nights. It was not uncommon to be running off about 3-4 hours sleep per night for the entire semester. The standard of work that was expected in submissions was very high, so I would not recommend this degree if you are not passionate about architecture and design.
My advice to future students is: As the degree is primarily assignment based, with very few exams, I would say it is important to get started on the work as soon as it is given to you. Tutors expect to see the design progressing every week, and give very helpful feedback if you ask the right questions. Design can be quite subjective, so it is important to fully understand the tasks and criteria. Each submission requires an unscripted oral presentation in addition to technical drawings, so it is essential to know your proposed design inside-out when tutors ask you about it. Definitely take on board the feedback they give you throughout the semester, after all they are the ones who will be grading you at the end.
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