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Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2011, 08:28:14 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: ASP3051 - Relativity and Cosmology

Workload:  3x1hour lectures/week 1x1hour tutorial/week

Assessment:  1xmid semester test: 10% 2x assignments @ 5% each 2x lab worksheets @ 5% each and 1 exam @ 70%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes without screencapture (uses overhead, not really worthwhile)

Past exams available:  Yes, 1 and its considered the sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  Textbook is unnecessary (I can't remember what it is anyway) lecture notes cover everything.

Lecturer(s): Anthony Lun

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 sem 1

Rating:  3/5

Comments: The subject is pretty fun if you enjoy relativity and maths you'll enjoy this class. The lecturer is also a little bit insane.

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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2011, 08:35:21 pm »
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Subject: MTH1035 - Techniques For Modelling (Advanced)

Workload: 
3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour workshop(they teach extra material not in the MTH1030 course) and 1 x 1 hour tutorial(for MTH1030 material).

Assessment:
1 Project worth 10%, 2 Assignments worth 10% each, 1 mid-semester test worth 10% and examination worth 70%.
The project is really long, not overly difficult though. The assignments each have 3 questions are are fairly straightforward. There is a lecture for each project/assignment dedicated to giving tips on each project/assignment so if you go to those it was pretty easy to do well. The mid semester test was simple, only calculation questions with no real tricks. The examination was challenging and has 3 questions from the MTH1030 exam replaced by more challenging ones on the extra material covered in the workshops.

Recorded Lectures:
Yes, audio only. Lecture transparencies are uploaded to Blackboard at the end of the week.

Past exams available:
None since this course was introduced this year. Exam questions on MTH1030 material was available though

Textbook Recommendation:
Stewart Calculus, Early Transcendentals 6th Edition. Do not bother buying this. The lecture notes provided online are of much more use. However the book may come in handy for MTH2010, the unit after MTH1035.

Lecturer(s):
Leo Brewin (Semester 1), he is awesome, he even has an appreciation society on facebook here
Simon Teague (Semester 2), had him for my tutes, not as good as Leo and often confuses himself.

Year & Semester of completion:
2011 Semester 1

Rating:
4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade:
HD

Comments:
This is an advanced version of MTH1030 and covers the same material as well as some extra topics like hyperbolic functions, proofs(induction etc.), more depth in studying determinants/matrices. They also attempted to teach us about quarternions one week which was a complete fail.

Overall, this was my favorite subject in this semester. Leo the lecturer is really good at helping you understand the mathematics involved. He's also a great presenter and as a result the I found the lectures much easier to turn up to as opposed to my physics ones for example. The material was quite interesting. Sequences and Series is a bit dull but after that you get into calculus which is a lot more fun. You also cover some linear algebra(vectors, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors).

The workshops for the MTH1035 component are a bit pointless, they were unorganised and since it was the first year of the advanced course they didn't know exactly what they were going to teach us each week. In saying this, when they started teaching us stuff that wasn't completely over our head I found it a lot better. If you are good at maths, definitely go for the advanced maths, I feel I would have been really bored in the straight MTH1030 unit. You need a 35 raw in specialist/95+ ATAR to get in.
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Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2011, 08:50:18 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: PHS1080/ENG1080 - Foundation Physics

Workload:  3 x 1 Hour lectures.
1 x 3 Hour lab.

Assessment: Exam - 60%
Mid Sem test - 8%
Mastering Physics - 5%
Assignment - 2%
Practical work - 20%
Full Practical Report - 5%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, Several >4 .

Textbook Recommendation:  Don't really need to buy anything for this subject. The lecturers weren't all that good though and they source most of their content out of the textbook. I ended up largely teaching myself using the textbook, so barring a major change in lecturers/content, i would recommend you have the textbook so you can learn on your own.

Lecturer(s): Mechanics - Ali Moghimi
Electricity and Magnetism - Susan Feteris
Modern Physics - David Mills

Year & Semester of completion:2011 S1

Rating: 2.5 Out of 5

Comments: This unit is listed under two codes, PHS1080 & ENG1080. This unit is largely for engineering students who haven't done physics in VCE but it is also useful for science students who want a background in physics. It's no where near as comprehensive as VCE Physics though. Bare essentials. From talking to people in my class and in my labs, it was largely engineering students, however there was a decent proportion of Science students as well. Id say it was about 40/60 ratio of Sci/Eng.

The labs were a little boring sometimes but otherwise they were very well constructed and fun. I also had an awesome lab group so maybe that makes me a little bias. The tutors were all very knowledgeable and helpful. They really were the best part of the unit.

The lectures...What can i say... :/ .

Mechanics wasn't bad at all actually, i thought ali moghimi was a rather good lecturer for this topic. I don't have anything bad to say against him.

Electricity and Magnetism was rather horrible, in my opinion. Susan kept making mistakes on a constant basis, only to go back and correct herself or say..."wait...just forgot everything i taught you... it was the exact opposite of that...". NOT something you want to hear from a lecturer, especially at a place with a half decent rep like Monash. Shes has a notorious reputation of a certain kind shall i say...amongst almost everyone who has learned from her. She took "stress leave" last year, i'm sure she just had some personal problems but i guess bad unit evaluations can be rather stressful...

I largely just stopped showing up to these and taught myself out of the text-book. I listened to the rest of the lectures on this topic and i think i made the right choice.

Modern Physics was a bit better and i think david mills did an OK job.

This unit is by far the easiest one i had. I needed to take it to cover the physics portion of the GAMSAT if i later choose to take it. The textbook (College Physics - Knight, Jones and Field) is rather good and i found myself constantly reading it to get a better understanding of what i learned in lectures/labs. It really is a good idea to have access to it.

The extremely knowledgeable and helpful tutors largely rescued this unit for me and ali moghimi also chipped in, in this regard.
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Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2011, 07:52:09 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: ECC1000 - Principles of Microeconomics  

Workload:  12x2 hour Lectures, 12x1 hour tutes

Assessment:  3x5% tute tests, 1 20%MST, 5% Tute Participation, 60% exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen cap

Past exams available: No past exams, no sample exams

Textbook Recommendation:  Microeconomics 6th Ed, or Economics 6th Ed; McTaggart

Lecturer(s): Ross Booth, Victor Matheson

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 Semester 1

Rating:  4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: Good subject, found it pretty interesting. Victor Matheson is hilarious, and an excellent lecturer. Ross Booth knows his stuff but after having Victor for a while he can come across as a bit boring, but he's still not bad. Exam prep pretty much you need to go through all the tute questions thoroughly and need to know how to draw each graph. For the mid semester test, definitely do the multi choice questions on the online portal thing (you can buy this or use a friend's).

Good unit overall.
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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2011, 12:41:24 am »
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Subject Code/Name: MTH2121 - Algebra and Number Theory I 

Workload:  3 Lectures per week (1 hr), 1 tute per week (1 hr), 6 assignments in total and 1 exam

Assessment:  6 assignments, in total worth 30% of marks, exam is worth 70%

Recorded Lectures:  None

Past exams available:  Yes, only 2 was given with solutions, however past exams dates back to 2002.

Textbook Recommendation:  Fraleigh's first course in abstract algebra for the algebra component, wikipedia for number theory.

Lecturer(s): Daniel Delbourgo, Daniel Horsley

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, sem 1

Rating:  2 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 99 HD

Comments: Didn't go to any lectures, however I heard that they weren't that uesful, tutes don't help much, basically they don't cover anything in tutes, you just do your own work and ask some questions if you got trouble. Most people who do this unit are probably thinking of majoring in pure mathematics, so self studying would be the best. Exams sometimes don't even relate to what you learn, and what you learn don't even get tested on the exams. However it is a good unit for those who like pure maths and would like to do reading beyond what's required and just have a passion for number theory/algebra in general. So in summary to enjoy and hopefully do well in this unit, you should do lots of private study, study beyond what's taught.
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« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2011, 12:54:23 am »
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Subject Code/Name: MTH2021 - Linear Algebra and Applications 

Workload:  3 Lectures per week (1 hr), 1 tute per week (2 hr), 3 assignments in total, 5 online quizzes and 1 exam

Assessment:  3 assignments, each worth 6%, each online quiz is worth 1.2%, tutorial participation is worth 6% and exam is worth 70%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, check MULO.

Past exams available:  Yes, there are around 3 exams, only 1 had solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  H. Anton and C. Rorres, Elementary Linear Algebra (Applications version) 9th ed - pretty good book.

Lecturer(s): apparently it's Alan Pryde and Chris Hough (not too sure on this as i didn't attend any lectures)

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, sem 1

Rating:  2 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 98 HD

Comments: Didn't go to any lectures, however I heard lectures were actually alright, not the best but nothing special and not much use for those mathematically talented. I actually found this applied maths unit alright, it focuses quite a bit on the application sides of things however there are proofs which are gone through which i thought was really quite neat. However the downside to this unit was that the online quizzes were quite useless and 2 of them weren't even up on time, they came on a whole week late and everyone panicked. Tutes were also pretty useless, as you just did the set questions from the tutorial booklet, so having tutes as compulsory to get the attendance marks were annoying as hell, almost each week i did work for another subject during tutes or just browsed maths wikis on the computers.
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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2011, 01:02:37 am »
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Subject Code/Name: AFC2140 - Corporate Finance 

Workload:  1 Lecture per week (2 hr), 1 tute (1 hr)

Assessment:  1 Mid sem test (30%), 1 exam (60%), tutorial attendance (10%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, check MULO.

Past exams available:  Yes, there were around 3 exams for mid sem, all had solutions, for end of sem exam there were about 2 exams, both had solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Fundamentals of Corporate Finance by Parrino

Lecturer(s): apparently it's Dr Hue Hwa Au Yong for the first 6 weeks and Professor Madhu Veeraraghavan from weeks 7 to 12 (not too sure on this as i didn't attend any lectures)

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, sem 1

Rating:  3.5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 94 HD

Comments: Didn't go to any lectures, however I heard lectures were brilliant for the first 6 weeks however from weeks 7-12 sucked. Tutes were average, you just go through each weeks set questions and ask any questions that you don't get. Mid semester exam was pretty good, it tests exactly what you learnt + all the tricky and nitty gritty parts, so make sure you know your stuff inside out! End of sem exam was also quite well structured, theres a good balance between theory questions and mathematical questions that they ask you. The maths in this unit isn't that hard compared to say AFC3340 (where having a good knowledge of mathematics would be REALLY helpful), all you really need to know is basic computational maths. Overall a pretty well-structured unit and builds good fundamentals for those planning to major in finance
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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2011, 01:11:27 am »
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Subject Code/Name: MKC1200 - Principles of Marketing 

Workload:  2 Lecture per week (1 hr), 1 tute (1 hr)

Assessment:  2 Multiple choice tests (each worth 20%), weekly tutorial questions (10%), 1 end of sem exam (50%).

Recorded Lectures:  No

Past exams available:  1 past exam, no solutions

Textbook Recommendation:  Kotler, Brown, Burton, Deans and Armstrong 8th Ed.

Lecturer(s): really don't know who, I didn't attend any lectures and tried searching in the tutorial guide and website regarding who takes the lectures, all i know is that the unit coordinator is Dr Rowan Kennedy (from the handbook)

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, sem 1

Rating:  0.1 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 91 HD

Comments: I was tempted to give this subject a 0, but didn't want to put it down that much, lol this has got to be the MOST USELESS unit i've ever done, till this point, I still don't know what i learnt, i dont even think i learnt anything, besides the fact that i used my common sense throughout the entire unit, the unit is THAT bad. I seriously don't think i learnt ANYTHING, i'm not even kidding you, i heard lectures were completely useless and didn't attend any, everything you "learn" is common sense. For example, they 'teach' you that companies should be nice to their customers so they will have a good impression of the company - umm... you don't need to get "taught" this, pretty sure anyone with a brain can figure that out lol. But yeah, to get a HD in this unit, get your textbook, memorise every single important paragraph you can find, regurgitate on the exam and there's your HD. Unfortunately, this unit is compulsory for those doing commerce, and I truly feel sorry for those who have to undergo the pain. Pretty sure most students who have done this unit will vouch my review haha.
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« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2011, 11:59:12 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: FIT1002 Computer Programming

Workload:  2 lectures per week, 1 hour tutorial, 2 hour lab

Assessment:  2 Assignments (5% and 15%), 1 test (10%), 1 exam (60%), quizzes (10%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available: Past exams from previous years available, and are practically the same each year.

Textbook Recommendation: Wouldn't recommend a textbook; there are plenty of free Java resources available.

Lecturer(s): David Green

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, semester 1

Rating: 2 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 95 HD

Comments: This unit generally isn't taught very well. David Green is a very non-engaging lecturer and you will find the lectures extremely dull. Maybe they picked up after the first week, but I have no idea, because I didn't go to any after it. There really is no need for the lectures; just read ANY book on Java (and you could find at least one for free) and you'll learn the fundamentals. After that, it's just a matter of writing as much code as possible to familiarise yourself with the syntax. The tutorial and lab problems are really lame, but provide adequate practice for most people. There is an alarmingly high failure rate among students in this unit - not sure if that's the teaching or the cohorts for this unit are exceptionally lazy. The exam is easy, way too long, and way too boring for any sane person to do. The questions are pretty much straight out of the previous semesters' exams (mine even had a question copied almost verbatim, complete with typing errors that arose from trying to change the wording). If you're stuck, do what others did to me in every lab session and bug the people who know what to do. I normally wouldn't recommend wasting time reading the lecture notes, but there are a couple of things covered in them that'll appear on the exam and you won't find in a typical Java book/guide, so at least skim-read them the night before the exam.
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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2011, 11:58:46 am »
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Subject Code/Name: ATS1092 - German studies 2 

Workload:  Weekly 3x1hr tutes, 1x2hr seminar.

Assessment:  25% culture exam, language component 75%, comprising 4 mini tests, 4 homeworks, 2 dialogues, two larger tests, all in-semester, and a language test and oral test during exam period (worth ~30% or total mark).

Recorded Lectures:  No recording available. However, lecture slides and readings are made available on muso.

Past exams available:  No past exams available.

Textbook Recommendation:  You must buy the Globetrotter textbook for the unit, and your tutor may insist on you buying the accompanying CDs, book and CDs together is about $65.

Lecturer(s): Franz-Josef Deiters

Year & Semester of completion: 2011/sem2

Rating:  3.5 of 5

Comments: The language component was actually fun, and the assessment not too hard. The Kultur seminars were also quite interesting and relevant, looking at 20th century german history and german culture in australia. However, a major drawback was that the seminars - lectures with mandatory attendance - were not recorded. So if you have a clash or can't otherwise attend, you simply miss out.  German poetry is looked at, but english translations of all poems are provided, so it's not overwhelmingly difficult.  A highlight of this unit was the mid-semester German Week, where a series of lectures in german were held. at this level, you can't understand much of the content, but it's good motivation.
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2011, 11:17:45 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: ASP1022 - Life and the universe  

Workload:  3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 2 hour lab class.

Assessment:  Examination (3 hours): 50% (Fairly easy, 1/3 multi choice, 1/3 short answer, 1/3 extended response on two questions, one is compulsory for all, the other question you can select from a list of about 4 or 5)
Support class work (AKA Labs): 30%
Project work: 10% (You work in a group to make a poster on a particular topic)
Assignments: 10% (You write an essay about one particular term of the drake equation)


Recorded Lectures:  Audio only. Lecture slides are available on blackboard.

Past exams available:  Yes, from the library database and blackboard.

Textbook Recommendation:  The textbook i think is not at all needed really. They teach you all you need to know. It is a handy reference to have and a good thing to help you out with work in tutes (you can use whatever resources you like) and it is a fairly interesting and well written book as well.

Lecturer(s): Many lecturers, Simon Campbell and John latanzio are regulars but there are many guest lecturer's from many different faculties.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2011.

Rating:  5/5 (hell, maybe even a 6 out of 5)

Your Mark/Grade: Distinction

Comments:   This is a very well done unit. Very interesting and very broad, it's what i'd imagine UoM's breadth to be like. It's basically about life in the universe, first it talks a little about the origin of life, how life came about from unliving molecules, what conditions are needed for life to flourish, evolution...right through to stars...planet formation...geology of earth..how life becomes intelligent...aritifical life..the search for life on other planets...microbiology...basic biology... it has a little bit of everything.

They have numerous guest lecturers come in from the different faculties to give lectures on their area of expertise.

Overall, very interesting and the work load is fairly light. This unit is fairly "easy", so if you're looking for something like that and something that is interesting too, this is a very good choice.
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Subject Code/Name: ATS2503 - Writing Women

Workload: 1x1hr tutorial and 1x1hr lecture per week

Assessment: Tutorial Leadership (10%), Essay Plan (10%), 2x Class Tests (20% each), 1x 1800wd Research Essay (40%)

Recorded Lectures: Yes

Past exams available: No

Textbook Recommendation: A unit guide and various texts. The texts studied in this unit were Jane Austen's Persuasion, Charlotte Bronte's Villette, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chris Kraus's Torpor, Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, Eliza Haywood's Fantomina, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and a selection of Sylvia Plath's poems.

Lecturer(s): Anna Poletti

Year & Semester of Completion: Semester 2, 2011

Rating: 5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBD

Comments: All in all, I thought this was a fantastic unit. Out of the eight English units I've done in my major, I'd say this was my favourite of them all. Basically, the subject is divided into two modules. The first module deals with how female authors have used literature as a means of examining the relationship between femaleness and femininity, and the second half focuses on how women's writing has been valued and received, with some feminist theory thrown in the mix.

Anna is an extremely passionate, animated and approachable lecturer who taught the subject matter well. Most other English units I've done assume you already know the ins-and-outs of various literary theories, which can be especially daunting for those who haven't encountered any literary theory before, but in this unit you're given lots of assistance in understanding feminist literary theory by Anna at the start of semester. I thought that was nice. There were several guest lecturers in this unit (Melissa Hardie and Patrick Spedding) who were equally as passionate as Anna.

Interestingly, attendance at lectures were compulsory but tutorials were optional. I think this decision was an ingenious one as it made the tutorials smaller, which consequently made discussions more lively and interesting (since the only people who attended the tutorials were those who wanted to be there and contribute). Perhaps other Arts units could take a page or two out of Writing Women's book!

My only gripe with this unit was with the assessments. The essay plan was an easy 10%, but I still didn't really understand the point of being assessed for it. Also, the research essay and the final in-class test were both due on the same day, which isn't good if you love procrastinating like I do, haha.
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« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2011, 03:54:16 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: ATS3100 German advanced 4; however the workload, assessments and general comments would apply to any German language unit

Workload: 2-hour language tutorial + 2-hour culture seminar/lecture per week (total 4 hours)

Assessment:
Language component: 4 vocabulary tests, oral presentation, mid-semester test, end-of-semester exam
Culture component: 1000-word essay (in English) worth 60%, end-of-semester exam worth 40%

Each component is worth 50% of your final German mark.

Recorded Lectures: No.

Past exams available: No. Not really a disadvantage in this subject as students are advised pretty thoroughly of what will be on the exam.

Textbook Recommendation: A Practice Grammar of German (yellow book); excellent source for studying German grammar.
Textbook and workbook changes every few years. They are used every class so you'll need to buy them.

Lecturer(s): Language component: Dr Heinz-Josef Kreutz for German Advanced 1-4
Culture component: Dr Franz-Josef Dieters, Dr Axel Fliethmann, and another Dr lady whose name I can't remember now

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 semester 2

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Have no idea yet :P

Comments: All German subjects at Monash come with a language component (including grammar, vocabulary work, reading/listening comprehension and speaking practice) and a culture component (varies from year to year but generally involves a study of various German literature, philosophy, history and film).

Language
Workload is medium-high. Every week you'll get homework to do in the textbook and workbook, which includes reading comprehension and grammar practice. Vocab tests derived from these homework chapters are every 2 or 3 weeks, so you can't afford to slack off.

There is not a lot of speaking practice within the tutorials but usually Heinz will organise optional speaking practice sessions during the week.

Not a lot of grammar since you are expected to basically know everything. Most of the "grammar" work is actually refining your expression.

Culture
To give an idea of what this component entails for later years (binders has already described it for first-year students above):
Semester 1: we studied a bunch of literature and film, such as The Earthquake in Chile, as well as dabbling in some philosophy - Kant and someone else I forget now.
Semester 2: we studied a bunch of random stuff including German class society in the 1800s, Nietzsche (specifically his views on religion), Schnitzler's Lieutenant Gustl, aestheticism and the history of photography.

General
I've found that the German department as a whole are quite relaxed and lenient, and will generally accommodate your needs as long as you prove yourself to be a hard-working student with a genuine interest in the subject. For example, I slept in on the day of my culture exam and didn't mention it because obviously I deserve a 0 for it, but Heinz emailed me a few days later offering me a re-sit (even when I told him the truth) because he didn't want it to affect my grades.

From German advanced 1 onwards, all classes are held in German.

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« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2011, 04:04:15 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: LAW3101 Administrative law 306

Workload: 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-hour OPTIONAL tutorial from week 6

Assessment:
Option 1: Optional 2000 word essay (worth 40%) + end-of-semester exam (worth 60%)
Option 2: End-of-semester exam (worth 100%)

Recorded Lectures: Yes + video

Past exams available: Yes, at least one will always be available because the lecturers will go through it at the end of the semester.

Textbook Recommendation: Control of Government Action (the prescribed casebook); everything else, don't waste your money and get it from the library instead

Lecturer(s): Changes every year; I had Maria O'Sullivan who makes a sometimes very technical and boring subject seem... bearable. Also just a generally lovely person.
Have also heard good things about Colin Campbell.

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 semester 2

Rating: Irrelevant, it's a compulsory subject anyway :P

Your Mark/Grade: For the love of god please give me a pass

Comments: Best advice I got on this subject from my lecturer: don't freak out if at first you have no idea what's going on. It took me until about week 6 for everything to just click; only then did I start actually somewhat enjoying the subject.

Tutorials are optional and do not count towards your grade but I would advise that you attend them. This is a very legislative interpretation-intensive subject and takes some practice to get right.

It would help to do constitutional law before you tackle this subject but you won't be at a HUGE disadvantage if you don't.

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Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2011, 06:02:53 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: AFC2000 - Financial institutions and markets 

Workload:  1 hour tutes per week

Assessment:  Within semester assessment: 30%, Examination (3 hours): 70%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available:  around 8-10 past papers all with answers

Textbook Recommendation:  financial institutions and markets by kidwell

Lecturer(s): not sure didn't go to any lectures

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 semester 2

Rating:  2.5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 99 hd

Comments: You basically just need to memorise theory and formulas in this unit. This subject is a preq for AFC2340 (which contains plenty of maths etc) so it's best you memorise all the theory which is then turned into more financial mathematical theory in AFC2340. Generally this subject is really easy to HD in, the midsem is MC and again it's just questions that you'll know if you memorise the relevant concept/theory/formula. Definitely not a hard unit and very accessible to the majority of students.
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