Positives: Some of the courses are very applicable to the real world
Negatives: Some of it just seems to repeat the same material
My advice to future students is: Be pragmatic
Positives: Lots of challenging and engaging projects that provide valuable experience working in a team environment
Negatives: Very heavy workload at times that can easily become overwhelming if not managed properly
My advice to future students is: Check course reviews beforehand to avoid doing too many heavy workload courses at the same time
Positives: There is alot of room for critical reflection of the teachings. The teachings range widely but generally and very well informed in what they are teaching. Teachers are often able to help very extensively and there is a plethora of extra teachings, tutors, and general help you can receive as they encourage you to actively participate in these things as they want you to understand and comprehend what you are learning. The equity and diversity of each individual course as well as the entire course provides a good standing and allows each member of the courses to feel comfortable and apart of what they are learning. They are encouraging and have brilliant resources available for use.
Negatives: In the later years the expectation is higher than usual to complete studies without the extra help and assistance of teachers. It becomes slightly more cut throat as the job opportunities can be limited based on what job you are aiming for. Generally speaking the courses tend to drop off in terms of structure and resources. Some teachers are difficult to deal with and the course material ends up unable to be used as some teachers dont record lectures and expect full attendance at all times. The workloads can become intense very quickly and can overwhelm you easily.
My advice to future students is: Take your time to really learn what you are studying and put in 100% effort at all times. Don't be taken aback because you failed and just get up and try again.
Positives: Broad knowledge base ... Variety of subjects gives a good overall understanding, but still offered a level of depth not attained in a under-grad.
Negatives: Costs and lack of flexibility with subject selection
My advice to future students is: Prep before-hand with readings and be aware of the time required for work. Specifically in intensive learning periods
I studied the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH).
Positives - The BOH was taught in the Dentistry School with some of the best academics and researchers in Australia and internationally published. Facilities are mostly brand new and state of the art, with the exception of placements within Queensland Health.
Negatives - Unfortunately the negatives of this course far outweigh the positives and I would not recommend this course to anyone seeking a career in Oral Health. While the teaching staff for the Bachelor of Dental Science were excellent, the academics for the BOH were substandard, both in practical knowledge and teaching skills. The practical components of training were completely inadequate and I graduated from the program feeling unqualified and inexperienced for the workplace. This course had a very high attrition rate with only one third of students matriculating with the Bachelor of Oral Health after 3 years. The honours program is also irrelevant. There were not enough jobs in Queensland after graduation and very low demand for graduates with this degree. The Scope of Clinical Practice for graduates in this course is one of the most limited in the country with adult dentistry excluded.
Advice - Avoid and study this course elsewhere (if at all). Consider another allied health area for study.
Positives - The BBusMan is very well regarded in the workplace and very flexible in 2 senses - There are a number of majors and subjects available and contact time is reasonable. There are extensive course materials and support readily available. It was a very enjoyable course to study and the St Lucia campus generally has excellent facilities for study and recreation.
Negatives - Some of the academic staff were below par and did not have passion for the subjects they were teaching. Course content was not particularly challenging in many areas.
Advice - Take advantage of all the opportunities to learn and network, including internships to make the most of the course. With the BBusMan it's a lot about who you know and less about what you know and the marks that you get.
I'm majoring in Chemical engineering.
Positives: The Lecturers generally teach in an excellent way: it's easy to be successful in the courses as every week you are forced to do assignments, reports, etc. Therefore, you are learning and gaining knowledge through every step of the semester. Furthermore, it´s not easy to be accepted in this master (you must have a bachelor in engineering, and focused on a field related to yours), so the classes standard is so high: debates and discussions are held all the time.
Negatives: It's difficult to find a job: Courses timetable are so complicated! you will have classes during the morning, afternoon and evening, so it's not easy to find an employer that can accept this matter. Another issue with courses is that they are not available on both semesters, so you have to struggle a bit planning all the courses you will be enrolled during the two year's Master.
My advice to future students is: Enjoy this Master! It can give you a lot of opportunities in the future. The employability is HUGE, specially if you are graduated from UQ. Saint Lucia campus is gorgeous, with a great amount of facilities and activities for students. Be up to date with all your courses, attend all lectures, even if they are recorded and available online. It´s nice to be part of lectures´ discussions.
I'm studying this with Science.
Positives: This course is structured quite well, with a range of theoretical and practical subjects. The combination of the two degrees together is great, as it allows for flexibility in employment options as well as a thorough knowledge of the chosen teaching subject area. For the most part, the lecturers and tutors are friendly, engaging and keen to assist students in achieving the best results they can.
Negatives: No major negative aspects! Obviously the experience differs depending on your specific lecturers and chosen courses, but on a whole this is a well-run program that takes student feedback into account in order to improve for future students.
My advice to future students is: Go for it! It's a great course and you end up with two degrees, which is great! Make sure you pick a subject area you really like and want to get an in-depth knowledge in, not just something you're content to teach at a high school level. Your knowledge at the end of the program is going to be way beyond what you might originally think is expected, so take opportunities as they come and stay on top of your study load and you'll be fine!
Positives: Lectures were very engaging. Lecturers were charismatic and friendly and made it very enjoyable.
Negatives: Huge cohorts. Very theoretical. There was minimal opportunity for real world experience as a student. (Work experience). Which makes it very difficult to transfer the theoretical knowledge into demonstrable abilities.
My advice to future students is: Get as much experience in the field as you can. This will mean looking outside of what the university offers.
Positives: In depth learning into biological processes with real hands on experience
Negatives: Time consuming
My advice to future students is: The more time you put in the better to will do
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