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Title: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: gemgem49 on July 04, 2011, 03:34:05 pm
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Monash University
Subject Reviews & Ratings

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Index
Current Totals
Arts: 108
Biomedical Science: 26
Business and Economics: 86
Education: 2
Engineering: 36
Information Technology: 9
Law: 26
Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: 28
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences: 16
Science: 121
Other: 2
Majors: 1

Total: 461 Reviews
Updated to post #480

(2) (3) etc. denote 2nd and 3rd reviews.

Arts
ATS1001 - Chinese Introductory 1
ATS1041 - World Religions (1) (2)
ATS1061 - French Introductory
ATS1091 - German Studies 1
ATS1092 - German Studies 2
ATS1171 - Korean Introductory 1
ATS1172 - Korean Introductory 2
ATS1191 - Spanish Introductory 1
ATS1248 - Ancient Civilisations II
ATS1261 - Understanding Human Behaviour
ATS1262 - Understanding Social Behaviour
ATS1264 - Bioethics, justice and the law
ATS1281 - Understanding Crime (1) (2)
ATS1282 - Criminal Justice in Action (1) (2)
ATS1297 - Academic Writing
ATS1305 - Introduction to Film Studies
ATS1309 - The Global Challenge
ATS1310 - Natural Hazards and Human Vulnerability (1) (2)
ATS1314 - Human Rights Theory 1
ATS1315 - Human Rights Theory 2
ATS1316 - Medieval Europe
ATS1321 - Nations at war: The twentieth century (1) (2) (3)
ATS1325 - Contemporary Worlds 1 (1) (2) (3)
ATS1326 - Contemporary Worlds 2
ATS1338 - The Language Game: Why do we talk the way we do?
ATS1339 – Describing and Analysing Language and Communication
ATS1340 - Words Work: Academic Skills for Arts
ATS1347 - Music Ensemble
ATS1353 - Foundations of modern politics (1) (2)
ATS1355 - Fanatics and Fundamentalists: The Global Politics of Violence
ATS1365 - Introduction to Sociology I
ATS1371 - Philosophy: Introduction A
ATS1423 - Punishment, Courts and Corrections
ATS1835 - Time, Self and Mind (1) (2)
ATS1873 - Introduction to International Relations (1) (2)
ATS1903 - Introducing Literature: Ways of Reading (1) (2) (3)
ATS1904 - Reading the City: Literary Genres (1) (2)

ATS2143 - Japanese Intermediate 1 (previously known as Japanese 3)
ATS2144 - Japanese Intermediate 2
ATS2340 - International Security Studies
ATS2352 - Egypt's Golden Age
ATS2407 - Reading Freud and Jung
ATS2503 - Writing Women
ATS2547 - Cities and Sustainability (1) (2)
ATS2548 - Environmental Policy and Management (1) (2)
ATS2559 - Global Studies
ATS2600 - The Holocaust
ATS2610 - Ancient Religions
ATS2617 - American Civil War
ATS2624 - Global Governance
ATS2626 - Global Disasters: Impact, Inquiry and Change
ATS2628 - Power and Poverty: International Development in a Globalised World
ATS2634/3634 - Global Indigeneity
ATS2637 - The Human Body and the International Marketplace
ATS2640 - The Ethics of Global Conflict (1) (2)
ATS2648 - Contemporary Japan
ATS2667 - Language Across Time
ATS2668/3668 - Syntax: Grammatical Typology and Universals
ATS2672/ATS3672 - Computational Linguistics: An Introduction
ATS2673/3674 – History and Sociolinguistics of English
ATS2674/3674 - Semantics and Pragmatics
ATS2676 - Sociolinguistics
ATS2679 - Psycholinguistics and Child Language Acquisition (1) (2)
ATS2681 - Structure of English
ATS2683 - The Analysis of Discourse: Texts, narrative and society
ATS2698 - Middle East Politics: Continuity, Change, Conflict and Co-operation
ATS2779 - Climate Change and Variability
ATS2780 - Geographical Analysis
ATS2839 - Ethics
ATS2840 - Philosophy of Mind
ATS2861 - Philosophy: God, Freedom and Evil
ATS2869 - Political Philosophy
ATS2872/ATS2873 - Topics in Indian Philosophy
ATS2875 - The Moral Psychology of Evil
ATS2909/3909 - Villains and Rogues: A History of Ideas about Gangsters
ATS2924 - Ancient Egyptian Language: The Basics
ATS2925 - Ancient Egyptian Language: Intermediary Stage

ATS3067 - French Studies Advanced 1 (applicable to all French language units)
ATS3083 - Translating Across Cultures
ATS3100 - German Advanced 4
ATS3147 - Japanese Studies Advanced 1
ATS3148 - Japanese Studies Advanced 2
ATS3259/APG4758 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Environmental Science
ATS3266 - Washington & The World - Washington D.C. Study Tour
ATS3552/APG4552 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
ATS3627 Global Cultures, Local Traditions: Creating and Consuming (Popular) Culture
ATS3639 - Poverty, Ecology and International Justice
ATS3673 - History and Sociolinguistics of English
ATS3787/ATS4587 - Research Methods in Geography, Environment and Sustainability
ATS3887/APG4887 - Designing Urban Futures: Urban Climate, Water and Adaptation


Business and Economics
ACC1100 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACC1200 - Accounting for Managers

ACF1200 - Accounting for Managers

AFF1000 - Principles of Accounting and Finance (1) (2)
AFF1300 - Money and Capital Markets
AFF2401 - Commercial Banking and Finance

AFC1000 - Principles of Accounting and Finance
AFC1030 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
AFC2000 - Financial Institutions and Markets
AFC2140 - Corporate Finance
AFC2240 - Equities and Investment Analysis
AFC2340 - Debt Markets and Fixed Income Securities
AFC3240 - International Finance
AFC3340 - Options, Financial Futures and Other Derivatives
AFC3540 - Modelling in Finance

AFX4030 - Advanced Modelling in Finance
AFX4060 - Issues in Corporate Finance

BFC1001 - Foundations of Finance
BFC2140 - Corporate Finance 1 (1) (2)
BFC2340 - Debt Markets and Fixed Income Securities
BFC2751 - Derivatives 1
BFC3140 - Corporate Finance 2 (1) (2) (previously Advanced Corporate Finance)
BFC3240 - International Finance
BFC3241 - Equities and Investment Analysis
BFC3540 - Modelling in Finance

BFF1001- Foundations of Finance
BFF2631 - Financial Management
BFF3351 - Investment Banking

BTC1110 - Business Law (old)
BTC1110 - Commercial Law (new)

BTF1010 - Commercial Law (1) (2)
BTF2220 - Corporations Law
BTF2223 - Corporate Crime

ECC1000 - Principles of Microeconomics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
ECC1100 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECC2000 - Intermediate Microeconomics (1) (2) (3)
ECC2010 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECC3690 - International Economics
ECC3810 - Public Finance

ECF1100 - Microeconomics (1) (2)
ECF1200 - Macroeconomics

ETC1000 - Business and Economic Statistics (1) (2) (3) (4)
ETC1010 - Data Modelling and Computing
ETC2410/3440 - Introductory Econometrics (1) (2) (3)
ETC2420 - Statistical Thinking
ETC2430 - Actuarial Statistics
ETC2440 - Mathematics for Economics and Business (1) (2)
ETC2520 - Probably and Statistical Inference for Economics and Business
ETC3410 - Applied Econometrics (1) (2)
ETC3420 - Applied Insurance Methods
ETC3430 - Financial Mathematics under Uncertainty
ETC3460 - Financial Econometrics
ETC3520 - Foundations of Quantitative Finance

ETX1100 - Business Statistics (1) (2)

MGC1010 - Introduction to Management (1) (2)
MGC2230 - Organisational Behaviour

MGF1010 - Introduction to Management
MGF1100 - Managerial Communication
MGF2661 - Human Resource Management

MGX3100 - Management Ethics and Corporate Governance

MKC1200 - Principles of Marketing (1) (2) (3) (4)

MKF1120 - Marketing Theory and Practice

MKF2111 - Buyer Behaviour







Science
ASP1010 - Earth to Cosmos: Introductory Astronomy
ASP1022 - Life and the Universe (1) (2)
ASP2062 - Introduction to Astrophysics (1) (2) (3)
ASP3012 - Stars and Galaxies
ASP3051 - Relativity and Cosmology (1) (2) (3)

BCH2011 - Structure and Function of Cellular Biomolecules

BIO1011 - Biology I (1) (2) (3)
BIO1022 - Biology II (1) (2)
BIO1042 - Environmental Biology (1) (2)
BIO3011 - Research Methods in Biology

CHM1011 - Chemistry I (1) (2) (3) (4)
CHM1022 - Chemistry II (1) (2)
CHM1051 - Chemistry I Advanced (1) (2) (3)
CHM1052 - Chemistry II Advanced
CHM2911 - Synthetic Chemistry I (1) (2) (3)
CHM2922 - Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry (1) (2)
CHM2951 - Environmental Chemistry: Water (1) (2)
CHM2962 - Food Chemistry
CHM2990 - Introductory Chemical Research Project (1) (2)
CHM3911 - Advanced Physical Chemistry (1) (2)
CHM3922 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHM3972 - Sustainable Chemistry
CHM3990 - Chemistry Project

DEV2011 - Early Human Development from Cells to Tissues (1) (2)
DEV2022 - Principles of Organ and Body Design (1) (2) (3)

EAE1011 - Earth, Atmosphere and Environment I
EAE1022 - Earth, Atmosphere and Environment II
EAE2011 - Environmental Problem Solving and Visualisation
EAE2111 - Introduction to Climate Science
EAE2322 - Environmental Earth Science

ESC1011 - Planet Earth: Our Place in the Universe

IMM2011 - Basic Immunology: The Body's Defence System

MCB2011 - Molecular Biology and the Cell

MTH1020 - Analysis of Change (1) (2) (3) (4)
MTH1030 - Techniques for Modelling (1) (2)
MTH1035 - Techniques for Modelling (Advanced) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
MTH1112 - Numbers, Logic and Graphs
MTH2010 - Multivariable Calculus (1) (2) (3) (4)
MTH2021 - Linear Algebra with Applications (1) (2) (3) (4)
MTH2025 – Linear Algebra (Advanced)
MTH2032 - Differential Equations with Modelling (1) (2)
MTH2121 - Algebra and Number Theory (1) (2)
MTH2132 - The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics (1) (2) (3)
MTH2140/MTH3140 - Real Analysis (1) (2)
MTH2222 - Mathematics of Uncertainty (1) (2)
MTH2232 - Mathematical Statistics
MTH3011 - Partial Differential Equations
MTH3020 - Complex Analysis and Integral Transforms (1) (2)
MTH3051 - Introduction to Computational Mathematics (1) (2)
MTH3060 - Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations
MTH3110 - Differential Geometry
MTH3150 - Algebra and Number Theory II
MTH3241 – Random Processes in the Sciences and Engineering
MTH3360 - Fluid Dynamics (1) (2)

PHS1011 - Physics (1) (2)
PHS1022 - Physics (1) (2)
PHS1080 - Foundation Physics (1) (2)
PHS2011 - Physics: Quantum Concepts and Technologies (1) (2)
PHS2022 - Physics: Electromagnetism, Light and Entropy

PHY2011 - Neuroscience of Sensation, Brain and Movement
PHY2021 - Body Systems Physiology
PHY2032 - Endocrine Control Systems

SCI1020 - Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
SCI1300 - Climate Change: From Science to Society
SCI2010 - Scientific Practice and Communication (1) (2)
SCI2015 - Scientific Practice and Communication (Advanced) (1) (2)

STA1010 - Statistical Methods for Science (1) (2)



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Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: JinXi on July 05, 2011, 02:23:23 pm
Subject Code/Name: ENG1060 - Computing for Engineers

Workload:  Weekly 3 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 3hr lab.

Assessment:  30% Internal Marks (9x2% lab, 1x2% library test, 1x10% Assignment), 70% 3hr end of sem exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  About 5 years of Sem1/2 exams (10), although the course had changed a little so not all questions might be relevant.

Textbook Recommendation:  Highly Recommended to get a copy of Matlab on your personal computer. It makes preparation much more convenient. I don't recommend getting the prescribed textbook for this unit as the lecture notes covers just about everything, and there are heaps of copies available in the library.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Wai Ho Li

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 Sem 1

Rating:  4.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 94 - HD

Comments: I kind of enjoyed this subject as it gave me an insight as to how basic codes operates. However, if you are not interested in computers/electronics, then you would truly hate this subject.

Generally, I would say that this subject is quite easy. The main chunk of the course is basically memorizing codes and knowing how to apply them, along with some straightforward numbers plugging and basic algebra). This subject may seem overwhelming during the first few weeks when you are unfamiliar with the program, but once you get the hang of it, you'll see that there's nothing really difficult.

Lab Classes: Every week, we are given 5 tasks which are to be completed during the lab. However, they are normally released on the weekend before the lab, so if you are prepared to spend some of your time finishing off the lab work at home, you basically go to your labs to get your work marked. I spent 2-5 hrs prior to each lab finishing off the lab work and easily scored full marks for all my labs.(Generally if you prepare well for the labs, you should be getting close to full marks).

Library Test: This is the biggest waste of time ever. During one of your lab class, you will be brought to the library and will have to endure through an hour or so of the most boring presentation in the universe. At the end of that ordeal, you would be required to answer a series of question(a quiz) regarding the usage of the library systems etc etc. If unsure, just ask the presenter and they'll sort of tell you the answers.

Assignment: The assignment is fairly challenging. Ask your peers, discuss with others on discussion boards along with getting Wai Ho to give hints(prepared to get trolled :P). Just tackle the problems one step at a time and it shouldn't be that much of a problem.

Exam: There are 2 sections. In my opinion, Section A is the section which seems 'easy', but this is the section which most people would lose marks on as there are a couple of tricks lying about. The type of questions asked in this section revolves around the functions of certain codes, as well as interpreting codes. This part is generally easy if you are familiar with the codes and are willing to read carefully and slowly.
In Section B, we are asked to apply different types of numerical methods. This basically involves repetitive number plugging into formulas which are provided. There's an extremely high chance that you'll lose marks here, not due to insufficient skills/knowledge, but due to plugging incorrect numbers into the calculator(I did this on the exam :'() Other than that, there's not much thinking required for this section.

Lecturer: Wai Ho is one of my preferred lecturer as he explains new material fairly well. He also cracks random jokes during the lectures which would've kept me awake if the lecture halls aren't heated to that prefect temperature for sleeping... Another plus for Wai Ho is that he replies questions posted on the discussion boards quite quickly, along with the occasional trolling. He plays StarCraft II  :D :D
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Mao on July 08, 2011, 11:54:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH3360 - Fluid Dynamics

Workload: 3 Lectures/week. 10 Tutes/semester. 2 tests. 1 Assignment. 1 exam.

Assessment: Attendance to tutes count for 10%. In week 2 there is a 5% vector calculus test (brush up on MTH2010). The mid-semester test is quite easy (every question is a proof question). The assignment is quite challenging. Final exam isn't easy, but mostly straight forward.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, but why bother?

Past exams available:  Yes. Many. With solutions. (Solutions often have mistakes, as we expect)

Textbook Recommendation: Lecture notes. Buy them/print them out. Actual textbooks aren't necessary.

Lecturer(s): Rosemary Mardling (if she is in the country). Louis Moresi.

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 S1

Rating:  3 Out of 5

Comments: Rosemary's section is essentially a continuation of MTH2032. Louis teaches some quite challenging concepts in the second part of the course. And whilst he knows his stuff, he doesn't communicate it well. Few people understand what he means, most will feel like they're failing. But he does provide quite a few videos as supplementary resources, which are quite helpful. These will teach you more than going to the lectures. Lectures are useless. Stay home and read the notes. Do the tute questions, go to the tutes. Ask questions there.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Mao on July 09, 2011, 12:07:11 am
Subject Code/Name: CHM3911 - Advanced Physical Chemistry

Workload: HEAPS.
Weekly labs + lab reports. Some are computational labs (requiring a lot of computer work, graphing, long reports, answering theory questions). The chemistry involved are quite 'physics-esque' and can be heavy on the maths side.
Many assignments. You will almost always be spending time every week on some assignment or other, ALONGSIDE your lab reports.
Mid-semester test. (20%)
Final exam. (Mid-sem materials not examinable)

Assessment:  refer to above

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, but why bother? (Most phys. chemists are dicks)

Past exams available:  You're joking right? (No, maybe 1 including irrelevant coursework)

Textbook Recommendation:  Print all lecture notes. Definitely get a book on molecular symmetry. If you can spare the cash, also get a copy of Atkins.

Lecturer(s): Many. Who can keep count?

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 S1

Rating:  3 Out of 5

Comments: Lab reports can be a bitch. Spend time on it. Assignments ARE bitches. Definitely spend time on it. Many people skipped assignments/lab reports, because the commitment this subject demands can at times be unrealistic. (Even I skipped certain lab reports, it's just not worth it). Definitely plan your schedule around this subject.

Most people don't enjoy this subject, because they innately hate physics, and the workload makes it that much worse. Anyone who isn't fascinated by the physical and mathematical interpretation of chemistry, you'd do well to avoid this subject. If you are interested, however, the learning experience will be very rewarding. Despite the horrendous workload and poor administration, it is still my favourite subject.

Course is poorly organised, many parts are poorly taught. You'll need to do your own research on most of the stuff (lectures, labs, assignments. The fact that they don't relate to each other is not surprising at all.) Learn to use scientific databases, they are important.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Spheniscidaphile on July 10, 2011, 04:58:38 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1091 - German Studies 1 

Workload:  Weekly 1 x 2hr culture lecture, 3 x 1hr language tute

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 recordings available.

Past exams available:  No past exams available.

Textbook Recommendation:  You need the coursebook for the language component, which contains all the assessable material. Readings for the culture component are provided. There is a recommended book for the Culture side, but it's not essential and you could get by with wiki.

Lecturer(s): Dr. A. Fliethman, J. Beckman

Year & Semester of completion: 2011/sem 1

Rating:  4.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD.

Comments:

   I found this subject to be more interesting than I had expected.  The culture component touched on German history from the medieval period through to the 19th century, with an emphasis on the change to social structures over that time.  There was also some discussion of aesthetics, philosophy, political theory and comparison to contemporary australia.  Dr. A was fairly flexible and encouraged discussion around the edges of the subject areas. 
   One downside was the lack of past exams for the culture component, so that we weren't quite sure what to expect for most of the semester. Recordings would have been nice too! Since there aren't recordings, you have to actually attend (9am :( ). There was only one written assessment for Culture, the final exam, which wasn't too hard if you'd done the readings.  I would really recommend doing the readings and taking notes on them or thinking about them before the lectures as you get more out of it. 1 page or so of revision notes was enough to prepare for the culture exam.

   As for the language component, it was taught very well, in a relaxed (except for the dialogue/orals stress) and almost fun atmosphere.  There seemed to be loads of small assessments (15 or so), but each was only worth a small percentage, so easy to make up for a bad one. Basic conversational german was covered, with noun cases, adjectives, the present and some of the past tenses.  The hardest part was vocab of course, and remembering the genders of nouns.  Some more descriptive vocab would have been nice.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Spheniscidaphile on July 10, 2011, 05:01:19 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1338 - The Language Game: Why do we talk the way we do?

Workload:  2 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 1hr tute.

Assessment:  1 x short literature review 15% , 2 x short answer exercises 35% total, tutorial presentations 10%, exam 40%.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  One past exam, provided by lecturer towards the end of semester.

Textbook Recommendation:  The textbook, "Introduction to Language" is useful, but you don't need to buy it. It's expensive (~$100) and there are lots of different editions out there - easy to get the wrong one. The Matheson has a fair few copies and additional weekly readings are provided online. 

Lecturer(s): Dr. H. Manns, and several (6 or more) specialist guest lecturers during semester.

Year & Semester of completion: 2011/sem 1

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: not released yet.

Comments:
   This subject tries to give a broad overview of most of the areas of study in linguistics, and some idea as to the content and methodologies used.  As a result, you won't study any particular aspect to great depth, but neither will you be expected to write a thesis on them. At times it felt like a 12 week advertisement for the linguistics dept. 
   Expect to cover some phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, pragmatics, language acquisition, psychology of language and stylistics.  The textbook contains all you will need for assessment, and loads of additional (and optional!) resources are supplied if you want to read further.  Much of the course content was interesting and relevant, especially complementary if you're doing arts subjects or languages. However, how much you get out of each topic will depend on your interests, so expect to be bored at least some of the time.
   If you've done the English Language VCE subject before, this unit is a bit of a bludge, but still slightly more rigorous than EL.
The lecturers were all good and really knew their stuff, and Dr. Manns is especially entertaining - it's like watching stand-up.  There was free wine, beer and nibbles at the party after the final lecture! FREE. BEER.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Spheniscidaphile on July 10, 2011, 05:02:45 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1340 - Words Work: Academic Skills for Arts

Workload:  1 x 1hr lecture, 1 x 2hr tute.

Assessment:  1 x major essay 40%, exam 20%, 2 shorter written pieces 15% each, an oral presentation/critique 10%.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Don't think so, but didn't look.

Textbook Recommendation:  Coursebooks are provided, no purchases necessary.

Lecturer(s): Dr. M. Piscioneri

Year & Semester of completion: 2011/sem 1

Rating:  5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments:
   The handbook entry describes this course pretty accurately, so look there for that.  This would be a good unit for someone without good writing/research skills, or for international students to get used to the local academic style & expectations.
   If you're confident in your essay writing skills, then it's probably not worth your while, and you could just use the learning unit to polish your academic style (search monash AALLU).  It's basically to train you to research and prepare essays of a reasonable academic standard, and will probably add a few marks to your submitted work in other subjects for the rest of your degree. 
   This was easily the most interesting and thought provoking subject I took this semester, mostly due to the history of ideas element.  I found it more difficult than I expected and got swamped with readings.  I would point out though, that these were readings I chose for my major essay, and if I had taken to heart the advice about research reading given in the lectures, I would have saved myself a lot of pain and time. Dr. Piscioneri is a really good teacher (anyone in the class would vouch for that) and presents material quite clearly.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: gemgem49 on July 10, 2011, 01:04:22 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2559 - Global Studies  

Workload:  1x 1h lecture, 1x 1h tutorial for duration of semester

Assessment:
1500 word critical analysis on the three readings from the first week - 20%
2000 word research essay on a cultural issue from the country you are studying abroad in (you make up the topic yourself) - 50%,
1 hr exam - 20%
Tutorial participation which is made up from a group presentation - 10%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Unknown

Textbook Recommendation:  University reader with all the readings provided which you must buy, as the first assignment is based on readings in it.

Lecturer(s): Jo Hook, various guest lecturers.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2011. Completion: N/A

Rating:  1/5

Your Mark/Grade: N/A

Comments: This is a core unit for those completing the Bachelor of Arts (Global) degree. The only good thing about this subject was getting to meet other people who were all planning to study abroad and discussing the application process and potential universities with them (because their knowledge is much more obtainable and thorough than anything the study abroad office will give you).

The assessment written on the handbook entry for this subject is wrong. I have written the correct assessment. The marks for tutorial participation come from a group assignment (you are split into groups based on the region you are studying abroad to). Your group must run one tutorial and present ideas, information and run class discussions.

The readings are the most intense I have ever had to do as an Arts student - the reader is huge. The readings are exceptionally bland and the topics are not cohesive at all. I gave up after about week 5, no one in my class did the readings so we all kind of just sat there talking about study abroad when split into groups. I would say it is not crucial that you do complete all readings as tutorial participation comes from your presentation and they're not really necessary for any other parts of the course (i.e. the exam is a combination of basic knowledge learnt from lectures + the ability to bullshit how it relates to cultural 'self and identity'.) The first assignment is explained very badly and I know a lot of students were confused. I would recommend going directly to your tutor and finding out exactly what THEY want you to do, as they're the ones marking it and there were a lot of conflicting messages from the lecturer and tutor.

While trying to remain objective, this subject was run so poorly and one of the reasons I decided to leave Monash. The research essay can be okay if you choose a topic you're interested in, as is the group presentation. But the tutorials were a waste of time, the tutor I had was unhelpful and the lectures were an accumulation of  dry, historical information that didn't attempt to relate back to key themes at all.

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on July 11, 2011, 12:28:15 am
Subject Code/Name: BIO1011 - Biology I 

Workload:  2 x One Hour Lectures. 1 x Three hour lab.

Assessment:  Exam(Not a hurdle, you don't need to pass the exam to pass the unit) - 40%
Mastering Biology Pre-lecture Readings Quizes - 5%
Blackboard Quizes - 15%
Practical Reports - 30%
Essay - Draft -2%
Essay - Final - 8%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No past exams available. They rework the previous exam year to year. There was however, a quiz on blackboard that had practice questions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Biology 8th edition. Campbell, Reece, Meyers. Not really necessary. Exam is based on lecture material only. You need it to do the reading before the lectures and the quizes associated with these. Nothing you couldn't manage by borrowing it from the uni library i guess. Its only 2 hour loan/overnight loan i think though. Still useful to have.

Lecturer(s): Heaps, not going to list them all here.

Year & Semester of completion: S1 2011

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 70

Comments: Very good unit overall. It only has 2 x 1 hour lectures instead of 3 lectures a week, like most of the other science subjects which is nice. As someone who has done VCE biology however, a lot of the stuff is repeated, in a little more depth but still not worth it i think. Monash doesn't stream biology, there isn't a biology unit for people who have done VCE and for people who haven't. There are some other subjects that weren't covered in VCE like parasites, sponges, other kinds of animals. More indepth stuff about plant diversity. This isn't really anything i'm interested in though.

It is incredibly broad and i guess "thin" in some places. Evolution had only 2-4 lectures. I noticed a lot of people didn't get certain concepts, especially if they didn't do VCE Bio. 2-4 Lectures isn't really enough to get a good grasp of evolution. In VCE we had weeks and weeks, i'm thankful i came in with that knowledge. I reckon it would of been a much harder ride for me without it. It's because im lazy though haha, definetly do-able.

Practical lessons were alright, no complaints there.

I don't really have any major criticisms for the unit except for the minor stuff mentioned above.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: taiga on July 11, 2011, 01:25:45 am
Subject Code/Name: ETC1000 - Business and Economic Statistics

Workload:  12x1.5 hr lectures, 13x45 min online lectures (need these for real lectures), 12x1.5hr Tutes

Assessment: 3x5% Online multi choice tests, 5x3% Tute pracs, 70% exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Many past exams available, 3 with solutions + Practice exam with solutions

Textbook Recommendation:  Never ever used the textbook

Lecturer(s): Brett Inder - Pretty cool guy, pretty interesting to listen to, funny. Can be a bit strict with noise, but fair enough.

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 Sem 1

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 86/HD

Comments: Found the lectures boring, not because of the lecturer, but the fact that I never watched the online videos, and the content was stuff that you could read and learn very quickly. Ended up attending two lectures in the semester, but this subject is very easy to study for if you're a quick learner. Everything you need to know is in the notes. I do warn people doing it that the Multi Choice tests will give you a surprise, as they are highly mathematical in some instances. Come exam time, getting a hold of more past exam solutions will help you a lot. That said not everyone learns in the same way, so I definitely suggest you attend the first few lectures.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Muuru on July 11, 2011, 02:58:29 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2407 – Reading Freud and Jung (this unit is currently only offered as ATS3407)

Workload: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Assessment:

1000 word seminar paper and presentation (20%)
2500 word research essay (60%)
2 hour class test (20%)

Recorded Lectures: No

Past exams available: No

Textbook Recommendation: The unit coordinator will instruct you to purchase The Essentials of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud (ed.) as well as The Portable Jung by Carl G. Jung, but all of the weekly readings will be uploaded to Blackboard anyway.

Lecturer(s) : Dr. Christiane Weller

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2011

Rating: 5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 (HD)

Comments: I eat critical theory up better than most, so this unit was a breeze for me. The unit is full of thought-provoking and dense readings from the whole gamut of Freud's and Jung's theories, so if you're after a bludge unit and have no interest in these theorists or psychoanalysis whatsoever, then this probably isn't for you.

Christiane was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and made the dense readings crystal clear. The seminar was also lively and full of interesting discussion, which is more than I can say for other arts units. The unit was taught extremely effectively and was well organised. I don't have any major criticisms to offer, other than the fact that the due date for the major essay and class test fell on the same day, haha.

Even though it was one of the more dense arts units I've completed, it was also one of the most rewarding! In particular, as an English major, this unit really helped clarify how psychoanalysis can be used as a literary device (most English lecturers just gloss over psychoanalytic concepts and expect you to know everything there is to know about the theory).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on July 11, 2011, 03:22:22 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1112 - Numbers, Logic and Graphs

Workload: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour support class per week

Assessment:
Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and/or practicals: 30%

Recorded Lectures:  No

Past exams available:  Quite a few with solutions (many without)

Textbook Recommendation:  Lecture notes, if you're struggling then I suggest you buy Peter Grossman - Discrete Mathematics for Computing (Grassroots) (2Ed,Palgrave Macmillan,2002), it helps alot

Lecturer(s): Dr Daniel Delbourgo, Dr Daniel Horsley

Year & Semester of completion:2011 Sem 1

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 80 (HD)

Comments: Loved the unit but lectures are boring and not too helpful, almost fell asleep every time. Lecturers decided to not record any lectures is so that student would show up to get solution for some work questions in our lecture notes which is stupid IMO. That being said I recommend you to pre-read lecture notes and decide which lecture you want to attend, eg the last 7 or so lectures are useless so skip. This unit might overwhelm you at the start with all these new theory and such but it gets easier later on. Exam is very easy, I mean they give you 7 questions and only 6 of them counts :S, just spam past exam and you'll be fine.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: miss_academia on July 11, 2011, 07:47:09 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1316 - Medieval Europe 

Workload:  One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tute per week.

Assessment: 
Short multiple choice test held in the lecture (10%)
1500 word historiography exercise (25%)
500 word response to questions on one week's readings and short group tute presentation on one or two of those questions (10%)
1500 word research essay (30%)
In-class test; 750 - 1000 word essay based on extracts from the documents in the course reader and a general essay question (25%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes; we were given the previous year's in-class test two weeks prior to ours, so we were familiar with the format, and had the opportunity to write a practice essay.

Textbook Recommendation:  Only the course reader was required for this subject, and you will need it, as it contains all of the primary and secondary documents studied in the unit, including the documents off which the historiography exercise and in-class test are based.

Lecturer(s):  Clare Monagle, Constant Mews, Carolyn James, and a number of other guest lecturers.

Year & Semester of completion:  Semester 1, 2011.

Rating:  4 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: 90 (HD).

Comments: While this wasn't my favourite subject, it was certainly a good break from my other very contemporary subjects, and covered a wide range of topics within the medieval period. I now know a lot more about farming methods, monks who behave like Disney princes (Francis of Assisi, always communicating with animals...), and the origins of modern religious practices than I ever would have otherwise. The readings were tedious at times, mainly due to the apparent inability of medieval writers to STOP RAMBLING (I kid you not, at one point in a primary document, the writer admitted how awful his writing was and then said that he intended to continue on anyway  :tickedoff:), but the lecture quality was very high and the tute discussions interesting. The assessment is not difficult, as knowledge outside of the lecture/reading content is not required. While I am not continuing onto the second-semester unit Renaissance Europe, I would still recommend this unit, as I found it refreshing to study the medieval period after four years of modern history in high school.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: taiga on July 11, 2011, 08:10:00 pm
Subject Code/Name: ENG1091 - Maths for Engineers

Workload:  36x1 hour lectures, 12x2 hour tutes

Assessment:  4x6% assignments, 1x6% mid semester test, 70% exam

Recorded Lectures: No, no screen capture. Lecture notes + in class projector notes are on Blackboard

Past exams available:  Yes, I believe 4 with solutions, it is more than enough for preparation.

Textbook Recommendation:  Mathematics for Engineers Glyn James, only really need 24 pages of this throughout the year for lectures. I didn't find it particularly useful for study, but if you're studious doing everything out of the book (from relevant chapters) will prepare you very well for this subject.

Lecturer(s): Chris Hough, Alireza. Chris knows his stuff, does have a few bad jokes, but covers the content pretty well, you need to pay attention to him though. Alireza has better notes than Chris, but I didn't find the lectures to be particularly helpful after a certain stage (missing 1 or 2 lectures can render the next 4-5 of them meaningless to you) so you pretty much need to attend all of them if you wan't to have a decent idea. The notes are pretty useless unless they are filled out, and the lectures aren't recorded so you can find yourself needing quite a bit of help at the end of the semester.

Year & Semester of completion: S1/2011

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 91/HD

Comments: Overall I liked the subject, the work was pretty interesting if you're into maths and like learning more. That said if you wan't to learn the stuff during your uni hours, you need to be very attentive in lectures and be consistent with filling up the lecture notes etc. I personally didn't find the lectures that useful after a certain stage, but I would probably still recommend you attend all. The assignments are relatively straightforward, but if you don't know your stuff you will lose some silly marks. If you stay in touch with the work the non-exam assessment is very straightforward. Come exam time I personally had to cram in most of the course in a few days, that's when I came to realize the course wasn't too long or difficult. The best preparation is to do all the practice exams available as at least 75% of available marks on the exam are questions you will have seen before (with some numbers changed here or there), but please note that this can obviously change from year to year depending on the exam writer. My advice is to probably try and stay ahead of the lectures and you'll find the subject a walk in the park.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: miss_academia on July 11, 2011, 08:24:51 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1365 - Introduction to Sociology I  

Workload:  One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tute per week.

Assessment: 
Annotated bibliography (10%)
1000 word research essay based on a documentary shown in the lecture (15%)
2000 word research essay (30%)
Two-hour extended response exam (40%)
Tutorial participation (5%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No, as in previous years the exam format had been multiple choice, not extended response.

Textbook Recommendation:  Germov and Poole's book is the only one required, and was very helpful, as it contains Australian statistics and examples, was often closely linked to the lecture content, and could easily be used as a legitimate reference for both of the essays.

Lecturer(s):  Alan Petersen, Anna Halafoff, Jo Lindsay, and various guest lecturers.

Year & Semester of completion:  Semester 1, 2011.

Rating:  4.5 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: 80 (HD).

Comments:   There were so many great things about this subject (none of which were the 8 AM lectures). The spread of topics (general intro, Media & Consumerism, Religion & Society and Family & Relationships), the passionate lecturers, the choice of topics for the major essay. But what made it, in my experience, was the tutes. Get Rachel Goff as your tutor, whatever it takes. She not only knows her stuff, but is down-to-earth and treats all of her students as individuals. Hands down, the best lecturer/tutor/ANYTHING I have encountered at Monash (although Jo Lindsay is also fantastic). Not only am I continuing this subject next semester with Intro to Sociology II, but I intend to major in the discipline. That's how good it is.  :D
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Thu Thu Train on July 11, 2011, 08:28:14 pm
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.

*Totally forgot to put the 70% exam in.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: moekamo on July 11, 2011, 08:35:21 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on July 11, 2011, 08:50:18 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: taiga on July 15, 2011, 07:52:09 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 16, 2011, 12:41:24 am
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 16, 2011, 12:54:23 am
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 16, 2011, 01:02:37 am
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
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 16, 2011, 01:11:27 am
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Stojad on October 18, 2011, 11:59:12 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Spheniscidaphile on November 15, 2011, 11:58:46 am
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on November 28, 2011, 11:17:45 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Muuru on December 03, 2011, 09:48:43 am
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on December 04, 2011, 03:54:16 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on December 04, 2011, 04:04:15 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on December 06, 2011, 06:02:53 pm
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.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on December 06, 2011, 06:10:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC3340 - Options, Futures and Derivatives 

Workload:  1 hour tutes per week

Assessment:  Within semester assessment: 20% Examination (3 hours): 80%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available:  around 2-3 papers with answers

Textbook Recommendation:  read the textbook, options, futures and derivatives by hull 6th or 7th edition

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

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 semester 2

Rating:  5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 99 hd

Comments: Hands down, best undergraduate finance subject at monash -- it is the hardest and most useful finance unit. I suggest people who take up this unit to have a very strong mathematical background, you will be cover lots of mathematical financial theory, eg, option pricing model, black scholes model, futures pricing model etc etc some maths that are involved are stochastic calculus, limits and lots of algebra. The assignments are all done in excel, you will need to program mathematical models and do lots of financial modelling (very important skill later on in the finance industry), the exam is quite hard, with 30 multiple choice questions and 8 long answers, the majority of the exam is mathematical calculations with a tiny bit of theory questions. I HIGHLY suggest reading the relevant chapters in Hull's text in addition to the lecture notes. The explanations and examples provided in the text provide a lot of intuition and will definitely help you understand the concepts better.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Mao on December 08, 2011, 12:59:45 am
Subject Code/Name: MTH3060 - Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations

Workload:  3 Lectures + tute

Assessment:  Two assignments, hand-in tute questions

Recorded Lectures:  Yes/maybe, never understood the fascination about recorded lectures, or lectures in general. Notes are uploaded on blackboard though.

Past exams available:  Yes, one.

Textbook Recommendation:  Go with the lecture notes

Lecturer(s): Simon Clarke, Paul Cally

Year & Semester of completion: 2011 S2

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: Very rewarding subject. Also one of the most difficult ones I've done. Unlike other applied math units, which tend to be the trivial 'this is the theory, and this is a formula', this subject puts a little more focus understanding the mathematics, such as when certain theorems apply and what conditions are necessary. There are a lot of power expansions, so make sure you like summations and recursive equations and such. The assignments are definitely the hardest I've ever encountered, these are not trivial at all, requires actual thinking, and is very refreshing after years of engineering-esque style of learning.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on December 28, 2011, 01:56:10 am
Subject Code/Name: Philosophy: God, Freedom and Evil 

Workload:  1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tute. Seriously light workload compared to what im use to.

Assessment:
(according to the handbook):
Expository exercise (1000 words): 20%
Essay: (2500 words): 40%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

According to what i actually did and what is in the unit guide:
1. Expository exercise (500 words)   10%
2. Expository exercise (1000 words)   20%
3. Essay: (1500 words)   30%
4. Exam (2 hours)   40%


Recorded Lectures:  Recorded video lectures available.

Past exams available:  Not needed. Exam questions are given out at the start of the year in the unit guide.

Textbook Recommendation:  The recommended textbook is written by the lecturer. Even though it intends to be a general purpose book on this area, it closely reflects how the course at monash is run or maybe the course reflects how he wrote the book. We'll never know.. It covers all the readings you need with analysis by him. I think it's a not an absolute necessary purchase, you can get it from the library if you need to use it on the odd occasion. It's not a bad book though.

Lecturer(s): Graeme Oppy.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2011.

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Can't remember.. Credit or Distinction (pretty good considering my essay was like 15 days late)

Comments:   Fairly well put together unit. It covers a lot of the main topics in philosophy of religion. It seems to me though, to more focus on the proofs that are most commonly used by believers and non-believers against each other, rather than more abstract philosophical notions. These might be found in the separate philosophy of religion unit but there seems to be a fair amount of overlap.

My tutor remarked she was a believer at the time and the course use to have a few crummy arguments for God and more than a few really good arguments against God. She said it was fairly better now.

Graeme Oppy (http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/graham_oppy/) is one of the relatively few atheist philosophers of religion, in Australia at least. He seems to be pretty well known in the field, i've personally come across several papers by him and he's been cited a fair few times. As far as im aware he's also head of the philosophy department, so, you're in good hands.

Even as in his other works he seems to focus more on applicable arguments rather than the more abstract.

Workload is very manageable.

I hadn't done any Tertiary level philosophy before but i was very familiar with most of the arguments from my own prior reading and things like that. That said it has no prerequisites and i think most people would be able to manage it, if they're so inclined.

Overall, a good enjoyable unit. Little bit more thin than what i'm use to and i wish it covered more of the arguments but it definitely a well executed summation of all the main issues.



Things covered by week:
Concept of God (Is God all loving, all powerful, all knowing, are these things compatible or possible, ect)
Arguments (What makes a good argument? What makes a logically consistent argument? How to construct arguments, ect)
Ontological Argument: Anselm
Cosmological Argument: Aquinas
Teleological Argument: Paley
Critique of Teleological Argument: Hume
Argument from Scale: Everitt
Pascal’s Wager
Logical Argument from Evil: Mackie (1)
Logical Argument from Evil: Mackie (2)
Evidential Argument from Evil: Rowe (1)
Evidential Argument from Evil: Rowe (2)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on June 09, 2012, 07:56:50 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFF1000 - Principles of Accounting and Finance

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Online quizzes (10%), Tutorial tests (10%), Exam - 3 hours (60%).

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Yes. Four past exams are available - from the previous two years.

Textbook Recommendation: Carey, P. (Ed.). (2010). Principles of accounting and finance (2nd ed.).

Lecturer(s): Ellinor Allen, Keryn Chalmers, Nigel Morkel-Kingsbury and Axel Schulz.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2012.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Comments: Interesting subject content-wise, however, it can get quite dry at times. Starts off with the basics of accounting and in the later weeks, the lecturers touch on management and financial accounting. The tutorial tests (3 tests) are easy enough if you keep up with the tutorial work; hence buying the textbook would be a good idea because that is where the questions in the tests come from (there are second-hand copies of the textbook). The tests can come up in any week from week 3 to week 11, and they take the best two scores from the three tests. The assignment is broken up into parts A, B and C and isn’t too bad - if you read the textbook, all your answers are in there. The online weekly quizzes should be easy as all the answers are in the textbook again. The exam itself is quite similar to past exams with slight variations in the questions. Only real downside is that the lecturers aren’t that engaging. If you have done VCE Accounting, this unit should be relatively straightforward - however if you haven't, it doesn't really matter because they teach everything from scratch. This unit is also a core unit as part of BBus.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on June 11, 2012, 01:17:54 pm
Subject Code/Name: BTF1010 - Commercial Law

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Assessment: Mid-semester test (20%), Online quizzes (20%), Exam - 2 hours (60%).

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: No. Sample exam questions are available though.

Textbook Recommendation: 'Law in Commerce' 4th edition by Brendan Sweeney, Jennifer O'Reilly and Andrew Coleman.
 
Lecturer(s): Mark Bender.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2012.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Comments: Thoroughly enjoyable unit. First few weeks touch on the basics of what the law is etc. and then moves onto areas such as consumers’ rights and supply, agency, partnership and company law. The mid-semester test involves chapters 2 and 3 of the prescribed textbook: negligence/ACL and misrepresentation & commercial misconduct. It is open-book and there is one scenario-based question. I think the key to this unit is citing cases and/or legislation to back up your points, and also to look at everything; whether a party has a right of action/defences and the remedies available to the party/parties. The weekly online quizzes can be somewhat tricky as they are not as straight-forward and there are errors in some of the quizzes as noted by the lecturer. The questions in the exam are quite similar to the tutorial questions in the textbook (scenario-based) and the sample exam questions as well. Again, the exam is open-book so you can bring in any notes you like. There is an exam hurdle requirement of 45% to pass the unit. The workload for this unit is very manageable. Overall, I think this unit is a good introduction and look into the different aspects of law and the lecturer isn’t too bad either.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: JinXi on June 11, 2012, 10:23:25 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS2011- Physics: Quantum Concepts and Technologies 

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures per week, 3 hour labs once a week

Assessment:  1x3% Condensed Matter Physics(CMP) Report, 1x2% CMP Quiz, 2x2.5% Atomic & Nuclear Physics(AN) Quiz, 2x5% Quantum Mechanics(QM) Assignments, 1x6% Lab report, 24% of lab work, 30% 3hr CMP & AN exam, 20% 2hr QM exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, one or two exams available for all 3 subtopics, but solutions to AN are not provided.

Textbook Recommendation:  Don't buy anything, it's all in the library.

Lecturer(s): Michael Morgan, Alexis Bishop, Scott Findlay

Year & Semester of completion: 2012, Sem 1

Rating:  0 out of 5

Comments: The only reason that this got a rating of 0, is that the Quantum Mechanics section taken by Michael Morgan deserves a 5, but the other two subtopics deserves a rating of -5. I went to the first lecture taken by Scott Findlay on CMP and feel asleep, along with alot of other people, within 10 minutes. It was the same in Atomic and Nuclear physics taken by Alexis Bishop, but he was marginally better than Scott Findlay. 2 lectures per week for the first 6 weeks were allocated for CMP, followed by AN, and one lecture a week was allocated to QM. Since I have a clash during the lecture that QM takes place, needless to say, I didn't go to many of the lectures.

Until you have actually sat in Scott Findlay's lecture, you wont know how horrible it is. He just reads of his slides, which are filled to the brim with words, while shaking his laser pointer at the where he is reading from, which only succeeded in distracting people. I'll quote a friend, who told me that "I've learnt more about the physics behind *insert object* in an introductory engineering lecture than I did in a physics lecture..."

After the CMP section was done, I've already lost all motivation for this unit, which may have been the thing that made Alexis Bishop seem equally as bad as a lecturer. No hate on Michael Morgan though, he's a good lecturer without doubt.

Content wise, personally, I found it relatively dry, and I crammed the AN and CMP section in a day. The exam didn't go as bad as I've expected, since the AN section was EXACTLY THE SAME as last year... which is why he didn't provide solutions. Have yet to done my QM exam at the point of writing.

Basically, to sum it up, Alexis Bishop(AN)- bad, Scott Findlay(CMP)- terri-bad, Michael Morgan(QM)- awesome. More of a rant than a review.

P.S. No puns on AN intended.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 13, 2012, 05:54:16 pm
Subject Code/Name: MAE1041 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures a week, 1 Boundary Layer Lab, 1 Paper Plane Project, 1 2hr Problem Solving Class a week

Assessment:  10% BL Lab, 10% Paper Plane Project, 10% tutes/problem solving classes, 70% 3hr exam

Recorded Lectures:  Not Recorded

Past exams available:  Back to 2005 (although the course changed, so really not all the stuff on 2009 and back is relevant).

Textbook Recommendation:  Prescribed: Flight Physics: Introduction to Disciplines & Technology of Aircraft Flight, Recommended: Introduction to Flight 7ed. The prescribed textbook is ok to brush up on theory and to refer to in Lab reports and such, while the recommended book has a few practice questions that are relevant, but isn't really needed unless you want to go and do further questions (although not all of them are relevant).

Lecturer(s): Hugh Blackburn

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 HD

Comments: Overall I found this unit interesting, although at some points it was quite dry, you go through a few derivations that are pulled nearly out of no where, and be prepared for a couple of formulas a lecture (they all add up, around 50 on the formula sheet). There were some "interesting" moments (watching birdstrike videos and turbine blade tests come to mind), and Prof Blackburn does have a sense of humor (unlike some lecturers).

If you can do the questions in the 2hr problem solving class/tute each week, (which is basically free marks if you get all the questions done or hang around - worth 10%) then you should be able to do ok, as the exam is similar to the tute questions and past exam questions (one of them was off the 2010 exam with the numbers changed around). 50% of the exam was on aircraft performance, 30% of the rest of the areas of study (as problems) and 20% on theory (based on the marking scheme for previous papers).

The boundary layer lab is easy to score high in if you know your stuff, while the paper plane project turned out to be quite difficult, making the plane fly in a straight line was the key. You get a couple of weeks notice for it, the goal is to make a paper plane fly 40m from a launching height of 8m using only a glide throw (i.e. you can't throw it hard). This is done in the sports rec center at some stage).

As this is "into to aerospace" you touch on a fair few areas, but don't go into great detail in some, this is done to be given just a general idea of the topic before building on it in later years. Although it does leave you wondering at some points, if you have time you can fill in the gaps there yourself.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: paulsterio on June 15, 2012, 03:29:42 am
Subject Code/Name: MED1011 - Medicine 1

Workload: 12 x 1hr lectures + 1 x 2 hr prac + 4 x 2 hr tutorials + 3.5 hr CBL

Assessment:  25% Mid-Sem Exam, 50% Case Commentary Assignment, 25% End of Semester Exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No

Textbook Recommendation:  Check the recommended list

Lecturer(s): Too many to list really

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating: 4/5

Your Mark/Grade: (Pending)

Comments: It's OK I guess, tutorials are great, lectures are bad, haven't been to a lecture/watched a lecture since the third week of semester, just self-study is usually better. Lectures are boring, and sometimes there's a tendency to fall asleep, but sometimes you do find a needle in the hay stack and get a good lecture. Tutes are usually always fun, clinical skills is the best, so is sociology, HEP tute is a complete waste of time, and I'd much rather not do it, but attendance is taken. CBL is fun, and quite enjoyable. Overall, quite alright :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 16, 2012, 04:15:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: ENG1091 - Mathematics for Engineering

Workload: 3x1 hour lectures a week, 1 2hr Suport Class a week
 
Assessment: 3 Assignments - 6% each, Mid-semester Test - 6%, Support Class Participation - 6%, 3hr Exam - 70%

Recorded Lectures: Recorded with screen capture of the Lecture Notes, but most examples are written on Overhead Slides, which are normally put up on Moodle at some point after the lecture

Past exams available: 2007-2010 (but we were informed that it was the faculty's policy to only release one past exam, so this wouldn't be happening again).

Textbook Recommendation: Modern Engineering Mathematics 4ed - I used the textbook a lot throughout the semester, but you can get the questions that you need to do off Moodle, so you don't have to buy it, but if you want to do extra or go further like I did, then I would recommend you to obtain it. Although the Lecture notes are your main source of learning.

Lecturer(s): Stream 2: Dr.Chris Hough (Stream 1: Mr John McCloughan)

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 94 HD

Comments: I really enjoyed this unit, probably because maths is the thing that I was most interested in this semester. I was in Dr. Chris Hough's lecture stream, and he was willing to help out and even at some points during the semester, gave you the opportunity to email him if you wanted a further explanation on the reasoning and explanation behind some of the methods used, (as we weren't required to know how the formula came about, just how to use it, but this allowed those (like me) who wanted to know to find out :D). He does have a few George Bush/Bill Gates jokes though (be prepared for at least one a week) and went off on a rant or two about the current VCE system. But was willing to help, and unlike some lectures, and actually enjoyed taking the lectures. He even gave a mobile phone number out at the last lecture, so that we could ring him if we needed to clarify something/help on something, as e-mail would be too slow.

The exam was slightly harder than expected, and had a few tricks here and there, but if you were able to do the tute questions/past papers, then you should have been able to do alright.

I think having a good lecturer that was willing to help and enjoyed his maths is what really made me enjoy this unit, the only downside was the 8am lecture on my longest day.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on June 17, 2012, 07:09:39 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2021 - Linear Algebra with Applications

Workload: 3 1-hour lectures and 1 2-hour support class per week

Assessment: 5 Assignments: 4% each, 5 Laboratory work (quiz): 2% each, 3 hours Exam: 70%

Recorded Lectures:  Voice recorded lectures only

Past exams available:  2 past exams are available but only 1 came with solution

Textbook Recommendation:  Printed lecture notes if you attend lectures, its also available on moodle if you want to print it yourself or read it on a laptop/tablet etc.

Lecturer(s):Dr Tim Garoni

Year & Semester of completion:Sem 1 2012

Rating: 3 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: (Pending)

Comments: This subject's name should be changed to MTH2021 - Maths Method (with a bit of matrices) with applications. The first couple of lectures were essentially revision for VCE materials and everything else after that is very simple, to the point whereI felt like I was doing level 1 maths but easier. Except for some matrices operation (tr(A), row(A), col(A) etc.), all other materials are taught in previous maths unit (MTH1030, and MTH2010 if you done it) so I didn't learn much from this unit. Though the lectures had general proves, we are not required to 'understand' it thus making this subject quite easy (of course its the best if you understand the proves, but its not necessary to achieve a HD). If you're looking for a bludge unit I'd say this is the one. The lecturer is apparently quite humorous and knows his stuff but I can't really comment on it too much since I haven't been to more than a lecture (I fell asleep on the time I went). Tutorial class is the same as every other maths unit, if you're up to date and feeling comfortable then its not going to be helpful.

TL;DR It's a bludge unit, if you're looking for an relatively easy HD then take this unit
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 18, 2012, 07:08:10 pm
Subject Code/Name: ENG1030 - Electrical Systems
 
Workload: 3x1hr lectures a week, 1x1hr tute, 1x2hr lab every second week, Lab test in week 10

Assessment: 5 Lab sessions - 1.5% each, Lab Test - 7.5%, Online quizzes - 7% total, Mid Sem Test - 8%, 3hr exam - 70%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture that includes lectures notes being written on (although some things were written on overhead slides).

Past exams available: 6 past exams, no solutions, only one has answers to some questions

Textbook Recommendation: Reccomended - Fundamentals of Electric Circuits 4ed, and a bunch of others, didn't really use them at all, wouldn't recommend them, unless you want to do extra questions during the semester (which I didn't), BUT they don't have answers to know if you're right or wrong (although those can be found online somewhere from a source other than the publisher).

Lecturer(s): Dr Yi Hong (Weeks 1-3, 7-12), Prof. Malin Premaratne (Weeks 4-6) <--- Malin is one of the best lecturers I've had

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating: 

Your Mark/Grade: 94 HD

Comments: This by far has been my least favourite unit this semester, I would have given it a 0.5 if it went for Malin's lectures, BUT I am a bit biased as I did not really want to do this unit in the first place.

The first 2-3 weeks starts off as easy as yr 12, if not easier, then it goes from 0 to wtf is this in about 1 lecture. Malin has been one of my best lecturers I've had, he explains things in a way that the marjority of the room was able to understand straight off, and it was not an easy topic to start with. He actually enjoyed lecturing and in the 5 mins before the lectures started he went around talking to students and seeing how they were going with the unit, or how he could improve (he ended up getting one hell of a round of applause at the end of his final lecture).

Anyway back to the actual unit, I did not enjoy the unit, it just wasn't my thing, the nodal analysis stuff was alright once you got the hang of it but I found Thevinen circuits a great deal harder (didn't sucessfully solve one until the day before the exam....). There are peer-assisted help classes (PASS) running for ENG1030, which I should of taken advantage of. The tutes aren't worth any marks, but I suggest you go to them if you want to pass, as they were really helpful, basically where I learnt most of the course. So far in general over all my units, I've found that the tutes that aren't worth anything are the ones that you actually need to go to to pass.

In week 10 you will have a Lab test, there are 7 tests, one of which you will be given at random. Beforehand you are given the tests so that you can practice in the labs before the date. During the week of the lab test, and even the week before it the labs get packed and you will be struggling to find wires for your circuits, so don't leave practicing your circuits too late, once you are given then start looking into the straight away.

The final lab which is in one of the last two weeks, is a soldering project, where you make a functioning thermometer, actually enojyed this lab quick a lot, you feel like you've actually achieved something for the semester :D
The Thermometer

To sum up, if you like electrical, then this will probably be enjoyable for you, if not, then it can be quite hard.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: pi on June 18, 2012, 08:11:36 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED1011 - Medicine 1

Workload: per week: 12 x 1hr lectures + 1 x 2 hr prac + 4 x 2 hr tutorials + 3.5 hr CBL (Cased Based Learning tutorial) + occasional site visit

Assessment: For the semester - 25% Mid-Semester Test, 50% Case Commentary Assignment, 25% End of Semester Exam (formative assignments include practical write-ups and weekly quizzes). In terms of the year - 5% Mid-Semester Test, 10% Case Commentary Assignment, 5% End of Semester Exam

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture that includes lectures notes being written on (although some things were written on overhead slides)

Past exams available: Yes, although the official ones are quite old, however past questions can be found in exam format through student compilations

Textbook Recommendation:
* means essential

Lecturer(s): Many, depending on the series of lecture (biochemistry, cancer, pharmacology, haemotology, immunology, pathology, etc.)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
The course is divided into four parts (or themes of study):
Theme I: Personal and Professional Development
Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
Theme III: Foundations of Medicine
Theme IV: Clinical Skills

Of the four themes, I (and the vast majority of the cohort) found themes III and IV to be the most enjoyable because they focus on knowledge and skills that have a direct and practical use in future life as a clinician. Themes I and II contain a lot of theory, a lot of which is very logical and dry. Luckily, majority of the course is focused on themes II and IV, and the exams reflect that too.

The lectures are very good, with most of the lecturers being very captivating and interactive with the students. Questions are allowed to be asked before, during and after the lectures, and all lecturers are more than happy to respond to emails afterwards. The lecture notes/slides given are also of a decent standard and it is possible to pass the unit solely using these. There is no attendance requirement for this unit, however it is expected that students attend all lectures (most lectures are nearly full, so that shows the quality of what is given).

The tutorials are also very enjoyable. Each tutorial focusing on one aspect of the themes, for example in the Clinical Skills tute we learn how to take patient histories, give injections, take blood pressures and measure the vital signs. Most tutes encourage group discussions and teamwork (especially the CBL tutes). There is an 80% attendance requirement for all tutes for this unit.

External site visits give this unit extra depth and enjoyment. During the unit, each student is able to have a hospital and a GP placement, which not only are necessary for the Case Commentary assignment, but are also valuable insight into the medical profession and the clinical years of the MBBS (years 3-5).

The unit (and the course overall) also has an excellent society, Monash University Medical Undergraduates' Society (MUMUS) which facilitates student concerns with the Medical department, provides supports to students, organises academic and social events, provides links to AMSA, manages a facebook group, and much more! Every student enrolled in this unit is automatically a member of this society.

Overall, an extremely enjoyable unit, despite the heavy workload :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ShortBlackChick on June 20, 2012, 09:52:20 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1310 - Natural Hazards and Human Vulnerability

Workload:  2 lectures and a 2-hour support class per week

Assessment:  5% Bonus online quiz, 5% Short Essay (500 words), 40% Major Essay (2000 words), Practical class participation: 20% (2% per class, I believe. Unit Guide says a total of 25% up from Practicals, not too sure what it is), 30% Final examination (2 hours)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture. I believe (which means Im not too sure, seeing I didnt check)

Past exams available:  No. Not that I am aware of.

Textbook Recommendation:  K Smith and DN Petley 2009. Environmental Hazards: assessing risk and reducing disaster. Routledge, 383pp

Lecturer(s): David Dunkerley mostly and various Guest Lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2012

Rating:  4 of 5

Comments: The course is pretty much just your basic Geography Subject, covers topics on Natural Hazards such as Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Floods, Bushfires and Storms as well as discussing factors that create vulnerabilities for humans. Technical terms are also covered throughout the course, something which to be honest, I realised when I walked into the exam and saw a question about 'biogeophysical factors.'

You will often find yourself wondering what the relevance is of the Practical class to the topic covered in the weeks lectures. I think second last week we played Pandemic in the Practical Class after which there were questions that you had to answer and hand back to be marked.

The head lecturer/chief examiner David Dunkerley is honestly the best. Some people may find him a drag, but if you like cute (relatively) old people, he's your guy. He makes funny little jokes and is a bit scared by technology but I enjoyed his lectures and how he went about explaining concepts.

Honestly, I would choose this subject if you wanted a bludge subject. There were a lot of 3rd year students in my Prac class who were just doing the uni so they could complete the amount of first year units needed to finish their degree. It can be entertaining at times, but possibly a bit of a drag at others though.

Oh and this unit falls under the Arts Faculty but has resources at both Matheson and Hargreave-Andrews Libraries because Geography falls sorta under both Arts and Science.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 08, 2012, 06:22:19 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC2340 - Debt Markets and Fixed Income Securities 

Workload:  1 hour tutes per week

Assessment:  Within semester assessment: 20%, Examination (3 hours): 80%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available:  ALOT of practise exams about 10-20, about half of them had answers.

Textbook Recommendation:  No textbooks prescribed.

Lecturer(s): Dr Andrew Sanford

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 semester 1

Rating:  5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 99 HD

Comments: Great subject! This subject has ALOT of mathematics involved, so only do it if you're fairly confident with your maths skills. It's certainly not as difficult as AFC3340 (options) but it will be very difficult for people who aren't very strong with mathematics. The tutorials are just standard, you go through each weeks tute questions, although they're not too indicative of what's going to be on exams. Exam questions are worded problems and the harder ones require you do think and apply problem solving skills. Similar to solving mathematical problems but with a financial perspective. I heard the lectures wasn't too useful, I didn't attend any but from looking at the lecture notes, they were generally pretty good but had typos here and there. For some reason they had lecture notes this semester whereas in the previous semester they had a prescribed textbook/topic notes, so if you're doing this subject, let me know and I can send you the books/topic notes. All in all, a great subject to do, essential to higher level finance units and is also a unit that counts towards IAA Actuarial accreditation.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 08, 2012, 06:30:58 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC2240 - Equities and Investment Analysis 

Workload:  1 hour tutes per week

Assessment:  Within semester assessment: 20%, Examination (3 hours): 80%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available:  About 2-3 practise exams with solutions.

Lecturer(s): Dr Manapon Limkriangkrai

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 semester 1

Rating:  4 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 99 HD

Comments: Pretty enjoyable unit, you will cover topics like superannuation, review of different investment products, types of managed funds, how to review performance etc. It focuses on different types of investments and concepts behind them. There's not too much mathematics involved, however the final exam is EXTREMELY long, you need to really know your stuff inside out to write constantly to finish with a good mark. This subject also covers the topics needed for CFA exams, so you will also cover CFA ethics/code of conduct etc, so if you are planning to go for CFA exams, this unit will be extremely helpful. It is also a preq for AFC3440 (pensions and financial planning), so if you plan to do that unit, you must do this one. Besides that, weekly tutes just covers the weekly tute questions. I heard lectures were alright, didn't attend any but listened to a few online exams near exam period, the lecturer really knows his stuff and tries to explain concepts with quite alot of examples; which is always helpful. The midsem wasn't very hard, just MCQ + short answer, just know your stuff and you should do fine, however you need to really memorise the theory for the final exam. All in all, fun and useful unit, not particularly difficult, just put in the work and you should find it enjoyable.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on July 08, 2012, 06:47:15 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC3540 - Modelling in Finance 

Workload:  2 hour tutes per week

Assessment:  Within semester assessment: 60%, Examination (3 hours): 40%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available: 1 practise exam, with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  No textbooks prescribed.

Lecturer(s): Dr Paul Lajbcygier

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 semester 1

Rating:  5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 98 HD

Comments: freaking awesome unit, very very enjoyable, I would personally say this is the most useful finance unit alongside with AFC3340 (options). Everything you do in this unit will be VERY VERY practical in the real world and the skills you learn in this unit will stick with you forever if you choose a finance career. The unit is considered to be quite difficult, it really depends on the individual actually, some will say this is one of the hardest units however I personally think it's probably one of the 'easier' ones if you're a dedicated student. Some find it hard because there is a TON of assignments, there are 42 assignments in total, yes 42, let me break it down for you. There are weekly quizes, weekly tute tests, weekly excel spreadsheets submissions, weekly VBA submissions, weekly debates + MIDSEM + separate assignments in separate weeks. So unless you're a student that really stays on top of your game and meet your deadlines, you will FAIL this unit otherwise. There are so many assessments per week that you literally have to start them at the start of the week to finish them all. The exam is pretty hard, EXTREMELY long, and you have to really understand your stuff before you go in the exam. I suggest those that wanna do this unit should have at least done the following units to get the most of it (these are not unit preqs but simply what I recommend will help): AFC3140, AFC2140, AFC2340, AFC3340 (duh options helps with any finance unit lol). But seriously, if you do this unit, you really should do AFC3340 before or at the same time, why? Well AFC3540 has alot of programming, dw if you haven't done it before, they teach you from scratch, the programming you will be doing is related to VBA (excel) and alot of excel spreadsheets, although it isn't "mathematical"  but it helps if you study mathematics as well since the logical reasoning are the same. Now AFC3540 basically takes all the things you learn in the units I listed before and turns them practical, as in it shows real life applications of how the concepts you learn are actually used in the finance world - this is extremely important as you don't just learn theory to get good marks on exams but rather you need to know how to use them once you start working. AFC3540 teaches you all of that but kinda assumes you already know those concepts already; although the lecturer does explain the concepts before he starts going into the practical aspects of them. The entire 2nd half of the AFC3540 course is based on the practical applications of AFC3340 (options and futures). Having done AFC3340 will give you a huge advantage over anyone doing AFC3540 who hasn't done AFC3340 and it will help you enjoy the subject so much more. You can certainly go into AFC3540 without learning AFC3340, however you will find the options part of the course to be quite confusing; this was the case with several of my friends (who are really high-achieving students) however they were stomped on the options part of the AFC3540 because they haven't done AFC3340.

In conclusion, I would suggest you do this unit only if you have done the subjects that I listed above, they are not monash's preqs but I would say they help you so much more and allows you to get the most of the unit. However if you feel confident enough, you can certainly do it without having done the units that I listed. AFC3540 is a very good unit, you will learn so much in this one unit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on July 08, 2012, 08:34:49 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM1011 - Chemistry I

Workload: (per week) 
Assessment: 
Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, plenty of years

Textbook Recommendation: 
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 91 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on July 08, 2012, 08:52:18 pm
Subject Code/Name: ASP1010 - Earth to Cosmos: Introductory Astronomy

Workload: (per week)
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, plenty of years are available, but only ~2-3 are answered

Textbook Recommendation: 
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 87 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: SenriAkane on July 09, 2012, 12:38:16 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM1011 - Chemistry I

Workload: (per week)

3x 1 hour lectures
1x 3 hour lab

Assessment:
    Lab: 20%
    WILEYPlus Assignments: 5%
    MOODLE Web-tests: 15%
    End of Semester Examination: 60%

Recorded Lectures: Yes

Past exams available: Yes, from 2007-2011

Textbook Recommendation:

    CHM1011 Lecture Notes from Monash Bookstore (didn't buy)
    Chemistry 2nd ed by Blackman et al (didn't buy)
    Chemical Principles, the Quest for Insight; Peter W. Atkins , Loretta Jones (the textbook for Pharmacy)
    Introduction to Organic Chemistry; [William H. Brown, Thomas Poon

 
Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating: 5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 92 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on July 17, 2012, 11:27:46 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHY2011 - Neuroscience of Sensation, Brain and Movement 

Workload:  3 x 1 Hour Lectures
1 x 3 Hour practical class (doesn't run every week)

Assessment:  Like all Physiology units the exam is a fairly low % of your final mark.

In semester multiple-choice tests: 30% <--- 3 of these 10% each, evenly spread out throughout the semester
In semester problem quizzes: 5% <--- A few of these based on a web-flash tutorial thing about a particular topic, only the last one counts
In semester practical class quizzes: 35% <--- No prac reports to write or hand up in this unit, only a quiz based on the prac due a week after your prac class
End of semester theory written examination (3 hours): 30%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, Audio only (but slides/notes provided)

Past exams available:  Honestly can't remember but theres plenty of practice quizes.

Textbook Recommendation:  The textbook is absolutely not needed and not useful for the unit by the lecturers own admission. He provides an excellent set of notes he created, they make any textbook obsolete.

Lecturer(s): Mainly Ramesh Rajan but a few others take over for some portions of the subject like muscles.

Year & Semester of completion: 2012, S1

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Comments: Absolutely fantastic unit. Great breadth of content and very interesting too. Ramesh is one of the best, if not the best, lecturer i've had at uni thus far. He's both entertaining and very knowledgeable. It makes all the difference for the unit. He provides a great amount of resources in comparison to other units which have next to nothing. Instead of a textbook, you can use the notes he wrote himself, which are excellent. He knows every single students name (i'm not exaggerating), i only went to lectures a handful of times in semester (3-6) and he still somehow knew my name, i almost fell on the floor. We're all amazed how he does it but no one knows. It's certainly a nice touch. I think he may have also won a few teaching awards.

There is a lot of neurobiology (receptors, neurons, neurotransmitters, etc) near the start which transitions into the senses (hearing, vision, smell, etc) and finally muscles/movement.

Great unit. If you're thinking of taking physiology, i highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: slothpomba on July 17, 2012, 11:39:40 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1325 - Contemporary Worlds 1

Workload:  one 90 minute lecture
one 1-hour tutorial per week

Assessment: 1. Assignment 1  500 words   10%   

2. Assignment 2 500 words 10%   

3. Assignment 3 1500 words 30%

4. Final Examination  2 hours   40%   

5. Tutorial Participation 10%   

Assignments 1-3 are based off the topics in the lectures (Eg. Communism in China). There is always a list of topics you can have your pick from. Similar with the exam, you can pick from a list on what you will write on.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes.

Textbook Recommendation:  I didn't have the textbook and i survived. It could help though. I also didn't buy the reader but that was a mistake. That you probably should buy.

Lecturer(s): Various

Year & Semester of completion: 2012, S1

Rating:  3.5 of 5

Comments: Good subject. They cover a wide variety of topics in post 1945/WW2 history (the importance of oil, the revolution in Iran, rise of 'communism' in china, the cold war, etc). Only one weekly lecture is devoted to each topic. In my opinion, whilst there is a great breadth and variety of topics, there isn't much depth or time to explore each topic. Huge topics like oil or communism in China only had one 90 minute lecture devoted to them. For the time, they managed to squeeze in a lot but sometimes it came off as very shallow (in the case of North Korea for example). Overall, good unit. Some topics were more interesting to me than others personally and i found this to be true of a lot of people in the course.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on July 18, 2012, 10:26:53 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS3067 - French Studies Advanced 1
This review is applicable to all French language units. If you have any questions about a specific French unit please PM me.

Workload: Generally, 2-4 hours of language + 2 hours of culture per week. For advanced 1, 2 hour language tutorial + 1 hour translation workshop + 2 hour cultural component seminar.

Workload is medium-high, compared to arts subjects in general. You are expected to do one translation per week, which should take 1 hour max, plus read various articles for language and culture, plus do any grammar/aural comprehension/speaking practice as needed.

Assessment: You can find this information yourself on the unit site, but generally cultural component accounts for 50% of your mark (usually comprising presentation, essay and exam) and language component accounts for the other 50% (usually comprising essay, translation test, oral exam and aural comprehension test).

For advanced 1 culture: culture presentation = 10 mins, culture essay = 1000 words in French, culture exam = 1 hour extended response in French.

For advanced 1 language (all in French obviously): essay = 500 words (ish?), translation test = 2 hours, oral exam = 15 min presentation on an unknown article with 1 hour's preparation beforehand + 15 mins conversation, aural comprehension = you watch a video 6 times and transcribe as much of it as you can.

For first-year French students I am reasonably certain that the cultural component will account for 25% and the langauge component 75%.

Recorded Lectures: None. Very annoying.

Past exams available: None, but not really necessary as your "exam" will be a translation test and you can practise that without past exams. For the culture exam we were given the topics beforehand.

Textbook Recommendation: Grammar textbook + workbook, not really necessary unless your grammar skills are weak. You won't be doing any grammar work in class, it will be for your personal study use only.

Ze French department brings out a new course reader each year, which is unfortunately always slightly different from the year before so you do need to buy it as you will be using it in class every week.

Don't buy whatever you're studying in the culture component, you can get those novels in the library (and "cheat" by getting the English translations instead).

Lecturer(s): Varies, but all French academic staff are pretty competent (and generally native speakers).

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating: 3 of 5

Comments: Attendance requirement is 75% and they will take the roll in every class. They claim that if you don't attend 75% of classes you will either fail or get a maximum of 50, but I stopped going to class after week 5 and I didn't fail or get 50 so jokes on them.

Hate to sound like a broken record but fuck everything about the cultural component. Some people like it though so it's really a matter of personal opinion. This semester we studied a bunch of texts and movies to do with the relationship between history and memory. Which was okay I suppose but had nothing to do with French except that the texts were in French.

The language component is good. Just challenging enough to keep you interested but not impossibly difficult. The department is very capable and in my 4th year of studying French at uni I have not yet met a single lecturer/tutor who wasn't highly competent.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on July 19, 2012, 04:34:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2780 - Geographical Analysis 

Workload:  one 2hr lecture a week plus 1 tute/prac a week which goes for either 1 or 3 hours (or 2 if you finish early)

Assessment:  tute papers 20%
group poster + presentation 20%
prac papers 20%
final exam 40%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  One

Textbook Recommendation:  rofl rofl textbooks in this unit are non existent but get ready to do a lot of reading.

Lecturer(s): Stephen Legg, Xuan Zhu and various guest lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1 2012

Rating:  2.5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 HD

Comments: one of the most poorly structured units I've seen, it was quite pathetic. the work was easy for tutes and pracs. with the lectures, there was lots of stuff on mapping which I personally couldnt stand but other people liked, and then there was more humanities type stuff in the other half which was very wordy  but easy enough to wrap your head around. Group project is easy if you have a good group -- i use the word 'group' loosely though because I did my poster with one other person.

It's a new unit so it might get better next semester. I hope it does because I didn't like it except that it was a bludge. when you hand in work don't expect to get it back quickly cause they take FOREVER and i didn't get most of my stuff back until the last tute. tute prep is a lot of reading and writing if you want to do well but if you don't really care you can rock up to the tute and take notes to write up your answers later. It's the most time consuming bit of it i think.

I wouldn't really recommend it, except that it's a core unit if you want to major or minor in Geography. I found it mostly a bludge but i think i was one of the few that did.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on July 19, 2012, 07:03:22 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS3147 - Japanese Studies Advanced 1 

Workload:  1 hr lecture, 1 hr tute, 2 hr seminar.

Assessment:  lots, it never ends and you're constantly cramming for the next one! sadly i don't remember what they're weighted but: 1 speaking test, many ongoing tests, 2 online listening tests, 1 major essay, 1 reading/writing test, 1 presentation, 1 listening test. plus final exam, which is worth i think 25%


Recorded Lectures:  no. and you get marked attendance too if you don't turn up.

Past exams available: pffft no. you get revision questions though.

Textbook Recommendation:  tobira gateway to advanced learning. yes, you should get it. plus kanji book is optional. if you don't have a denshi jisho by now i'd recommend getting one.

Lecturer(s): shimako iwasaki

Year & Semester of completion: semester 1 2012

Rating:  2

Your Mark/Grade: 68 C

Comments:   i generally don't say this, but this unit was a biatch and i couldnt stand it. it was the general consensus of the cohort too so i'm not just being subjective. i died a slow death expecting to fail because throughout the semester i was only scraping a pass.

for the in-class tests, they are held in the MIDDLE of the lesson, and before that they just do normal classwork which is a PAIN. marking is harsh: marks deducted for errors are not really indicative of the question's weighting and so it's far too easy to lose marks. if you intend to major in japanese then you most likely have to do this unit. i'd recommend a LOT of self study and double check all your stuff by another native speaker or somewhere like lang-8. hand in every piece of work that you can cause you'll need it to pass.

oh and the lecture slides are useless -- they tend to be copy-pasted from the textbook. dont get me wrong, i learned lots but i learned it all by myself.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on July 19, 2012, 07:12:58 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2679/3679 - Psycholinguistics and child language acquisition 

Workload:  weekly 2 hr seminar

Assessment: attendance/homework 15%
research journal/presentation (depends if second or third year) 10%
major essay 40%
exam 35%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No, but there are revision questions.

Textbook Recommendation:  First Language Acquisition. it's okay... you don't really need it though, unless you're genuinely interested in background information. You need it for some of the homework but you can just go to the library for that.

Lecturer(s): Anna Margetts

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 semester 1

Rating:  4

Your Mark/Grade: 83 HD

Comments: I really liked this unit and i'd recommend it if you like linguistics at all. the only thing that's a pain is the essay because it's structured like a research paper and if you've never done one of those before (like i have) it's overwhelming. it's a subject where you don't have lots of contact hours but I found I spent lots and lots of time sifting through transcripts so i had data to analyse and it was time consuming, but because I liked it it was okay. The content in the lectures is interesting, but if you don't like kids then don't do this unit. do turn up to class -- it's only two hours a week and there is an attendance mark. the linguistics lecturers tend to be pretty good anyway.

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on July 19, 2012, 07:27:14 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2021 - Linear Algebra with Applications

Workload: 3 1-hour lectures and 1 2-hour support class per week

Assessment: 5 Assignments: 4% each, 5 Laboratory work (quiz): 2% each, 3 hours Exam: 70%

Recorded Lectures:
  Voice recorded lectures only

Past exams available:  yes two, one with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Printed lecture notes but also have a copy on moodle. also Elementary Linear Algebra, which is a pretty good book but you dont neeeed it unless you don't intend on turning up to class at all.

Lecturer(s):Dr Tim Garoni and Jerome (cant remember his last name but it was long and started with D)

Year & Semester of completion:Sem 1 2012

Rating: 4

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: If you did CAS methods, it's probably a bludge unit. Sadly, I didn't. If you did MTH2010 it is probably again also a bludge unit. Sadly, I haven't yet, I'm doing it this semester instead. So, to me, most of the content was quite new, except the stuff covered in MTH1030. Tim is an awesome lecturer and really knows his stuff, the tutes were quite standard but I'd recommend trying to get Marsha Minchenko because I found she was really good and helpful and willing to go the extra mile. The content itself was mostly easy, and the exam was very doable but unfortunately for me I stuffed it up so got a D instead of an HD but oh well. Halfway through the semester they switched lecturers to a french guy called Jerome and he was okay but he had a really thick accent and so if you're not good with french accents it's a bit of an issue.

I really liked this unit, I would recommend it. If you've done methods and etc it is also a bludge unit, so added bonus there. for me it wasnt a bludge though because I've never seen most of the content before but it's easy enough to pick up.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on July 19, 2012, 07:59:36 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS1011 - Physics

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, solutions are scarce

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: 79 D

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on July 22, 2012, 03:53:25 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1020 - Analysis of Change

Workload:


Assessment: 


Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen captures, so lecturer workings on tablet PC recorded

Past exams available:  Yes but solutions are scarce. Can also leech off Engineering maths, similar content

Textbook Recommendation:


Lecturer(s):


Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: 82 HD

Comments:

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Cappuccinos on August 03, 2012, 10:35:04 pm
Subect Code/Name: ATS2143 - Japanese Intermediate 1 (previously known as Japanese 3)

Workload:  1 x 2hr seminar, 1 x 1hr lecture, 1 x 1hr tutorial (It is expected that you have a 75+ attendance for seminar and tutes, rolls are taken at all three)

Order:  Lectures, Tutorials, Seminars

Lectures: I enjoyed them, lecturer was pretty good. Content: Cover some social/culture points, grammar and its appropriate usage, do practice sentences etc.  You could survive without going to them because the textbook has everything you need, some of the sentences are from there but I think going to the lecture is easier than self learning it.
Tutorial: These are normally on the same day of the lecture, or the day after, so if you're not going to lectures, you need to cover the content before you go. The focus is on the grammar we learnt in the lectures, this is done through doing like 'speaking grammar exercises' (I made this phrase up, couldn't find the right way to describe it) from the textbook, so there's alot of pair work/role play/speaking. Oh the teacher picks on random people to answer in front of the class so yeah.
Seminars: Seminars are sort of like, a long tutorial with much more writing and reading practice. I find them harder than tutes. Also, it was a bad idea having my Japanese seminar and then a chemistry lecture straight afterwards because for some reason they tell us to start writing when there’s only 15 minutes of class left, yes you can stay behind and finish it but yeah, had another class to go to and it's embarrassing walking into lectures late xD. Also Kanji tests are held in the middle of the seminar which can be fairly annoying for some.

Assessment: Mid-semester test (15%), Writing Task (15%), Listening Test (10%), Oral Assessment (10%), Kanji quizzes(5%), Vocab quizzes (5%), Exam (40%)

Kanji Tests (5%)
- 6 Tests, roughly once a fortnight
- Done in the second hour of the seminar (Can be timed, depends on your teacher, mine gave us 6 minutes)
- Tested on the writing, readings and the meanings of Kanji from the Kanji list from that chapter of the textbook. Warning: previous Kanji from previous chapters will be tested again. 16 Kanji in a Kanji list
- Layout: Short passage with a mixture of words underlined, these words are written in Kanji or Hiragana, write the opposite of them and then a section where you choose the correct meaning for words written in Kanji

Vocab Tests (5%)
- 6 Tests, roughly once a fortnight
- Done online on blackboard. (Blackboard has been ditched now so I'm not sure how future tests for this subject will be done)
Edit: In ATS2144 (Japanese Intermediate 2), vocab tests are now done in tutorials this may be the case for this subject
- Tested on the vocab from that chapter of the textbook. Roughly 52 words
- 7 Minutes, Roughly 7 questions: 5 MCQ, 2 sections of pair the right words
    Example MC Question:  ビールやワインをのみすぎて、_____になりました。あたまがいたい・・・。
                a. げんき

               b. 日本人

               c. ふつかよい

               d. かぜ
               (Hint: Answer is not b xD)

Exam (40%)
- Particles
- Completing sentences with new grammar (Worth the most)
- Culture Questions (Worth the least)
- Reading Comprehension (Answer in English and/or Japanese)
- Writing (not an essay, but just a bunch of sentences with certain requirements)
- No listening tasks
- No dictionary/notes

Recorded Lectures:  Yep with screen capture

Past exams available: Nope. Zero. They give you a revision sheet though. You don't really need it, just redo exercises from the workbook/make up your own sentences and you should be fine.

Textbook Recommendation:  Genki II 2nd Edition Textbook and Workbook are prescribed. I brought mine. It's up to you really. I guess you could borrow the textbook from the library, you use it every lesson though and homework will also be assigned from the workbook which teachers do check (its not worth any marks though, I never did mine [I forgot okay! :P ], I just got a whole lot of red circles on it) They also recommend some dictionary, but you should have one already and that should suffice, you're rarely allowed use it for assessments anyway (infact only once, for the writing task)

Lecturer(s): Dr. Shani Tobias

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 1

Rating: 4/5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments:
So this is the unit you do if you'd like to study Japanese at a Monash and you've already done Units 3/4 in VCE. To be quite honest, I found this more relaxed, maybe even easier than Units 3/4. Some of content you've definitely covered before, maybe not so much the Kanji, but grammar and vocab definitely. (Do these ring a bell: ~し, ~そうです, Relative Clauses, Potential form and much more!) However, there's also assumed knowledge, so yeah don't empty your brain after Units 3/4 . The frequency of the assessments (vocab/kanji tests or some sort of other assessment almost every week, or every other week if your lucky and vocab and kanji tests fall on the same week  :P) may be a bit difficult for some, I'm a fairly good crammer though (Flash cards are pretty amazing, however if you're lazy like me and can't be bothered making your own, http://kanji.asianmideast.duke.edu/index.php is an awesome site) so it wasn't an issue but some people may find that there is ''so much to learn and so little time"

Oh and yes the teachers conduct class (tutorials & seminars) in mostly Japanese, not sure if that’s the way it's meant to be officially or what. I thought I wouldn't be able to survive when I heard this but it's fine, really. They don't speak super fast or use any crazy grammar patterns and they do use English/simpler words when they see that their students have the ' I have nfi what you said' look plastered all over their face xD. But lectures are held on both English and Japanese.

Overall I liked this subject, it was a fairly good mini refresher of Units 3/4, I sort of forgot everything so it wasn't too repetitive. However, if you did exceptionally well in units 3/4 (45+ I think, not sure if raw or scaled), this subject may be not challenging enough and I believe you are eligible to do a different subject.

So yeah, hopefully that was somewhat helpful and I didn't scare anyone off the subject :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 15, 2012, 12:25:35 am
Subject Code/Name: ENG1060 - Computing For Engineers

Workload: 2x1 hr lectures, 1x3 hr Comp Lab per week

Assessment:  9x2% Comp Labs, 2% Library Test, 10% Assignment, 70% Exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Both Sems from 2005-2011 (Only 3 with solutions)
 
Textbook Recommendation:  Textbooks were pointless for this unit, don't need them at all.

Topics

Lecturer(s): First 6 weeks: Dr Yi Hong, Second 6 weeks: Yogen Padayatchy

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 92 HD

Comments: Besides the lectures being quite boring, and going over the simplest of things sometimes, this unit wasn't too bad, once you learnt how to put up with a frustrating Matlab. Looking back at it, you could probably learn this unit easily off the lecture notes and with a fair bit of practice. The compulsory library test is an absolute waste of time, but it needs to be done anyway. With labs, the best way to approach them is to prepare your code before hand, bring it in on USB and then just make the final touches to it during the lab. Its best if you get Matlab to use on a computer at home to practise on. With the assignment, while it isn't easy, its not hard, just confusing and not well worded (well for us anyway). Ended up getting the harder part right, but missing a line of code on q1a (the easiest one on the whole assignment...) which put the results of q1 b,c,d out... In short, make sure you check the easy parts too...., missing one line of code cost me full marking the internal component of assesment.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 15, 2012, 12:40:58 am
Subject Code/Name: MAE1042 - Introduction to Aircraft Structures and Dynamics

Workload:  1x2 hr + 1x1 hr lectures + 2 hr tutorial (not compulsorily, carries no marks) per week
 
Assessment:  10% on Field Trip Questionaire, 10% Midsem, 80% Exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, Only 1, with 1 set of solutions

Textbook Recommendation:  Same Textbook as MAE1041, but to be honest, it isn't needed at all either.

Topics

Lecturer(s): Professor Brian G. Falzon

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating: 4.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 93 HD

Comments: I enjoyed most of this unit, particularly the Orbital Mechanics section towards the end of the semester. The crack propagation and beams sections were a little dry, while the mechanical vibrations had a lot of overlap with what we were covering in the Engineering Physics elective unit. The unit was fairly well delivered by Brian Falzon, and he tried to keep us interested at times when the material we were learning wasn't that interesting. The Field Trip was to the RAAF base at Point Cook, where we had a talk by a current employeed aerospace engineer, while the assesment for the day was a multiple choice question sheet on the displays at the museum, followed by an aerial display (which wasn't too interesting). With the mid semester, a fair few people found it hard, while a few of us scored well on it, although we were the ones that acutally went to the tutorials. They aren't compulsory, but helped quite a bit in learning the material, and I would say it would be best to go to them. The exam was worth 80% of the unit, which is a hell of a lot, but doing the tute questions prepared us well for the exam, and well since there was only one past exam, the tute questions were the major thing to focus on in SWOTVAC. So in conclusion, go to the tutes and actually do questions, as that is what will get you somewhere in this unit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 15, 2012, 01:07:41 am
Subject Code/Name: ENG1081 - Physics for Engineering

Workload:  3x1 hr lectures +1x3 hr Laboratory per week

Assessment:  8% Midsem, 4x1.25% Online Mastering Physics Assigments, 5% Team Poster at the end of semester, 17% on labs, 5% on a formal report, 60% Exam
 
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, 8 past exams, 3 with solutions

Textbook Recommendation:  Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Randall D. Knight (2nd edition, Pearson 2008) - Was good for questions and to go over a bit of theory, you didn't 'need' it but it helped.

Topics

Lecturer(s): Newtonian Mechanics - Dr Mikhail Egorov, Waves - Mr Ali Moghimi, Quantum Physics - Dr Tim Petersen

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating: 2 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 90 HD

Comments: I'm going to be honest, I didn't enjoy this unit (and kind feel like as others on here have said, that physics really is cursed). I don't really want to pay out the lecturers here but, there was more than a few occasions where I felt that I would have spent my time better learning it at home out of the textbook, than to waste the hour in the lecture learning nothing. The labs were quite annoying too, with you ending up being left to do all the work on your own when your team members had no idea what they were doing, although they were rotated each 3-4 weeks or so. The formal report was a bit of a mess too, as we found out we had to write it on a lab that we'd completed 4 weeks ago, which most of us had forgotten the key ideas and points about. The team poster was also another mess, as we were only allowed one slide, with a minimum text size of 16 pt, not much information could be fit onto the 'poster', which left a wordy presentation of it, not the most efficient method of doing it. We all did horribly on the mid semester, with not many people passing, as a result, they scaled it which made most people only just pass, although for some of use it meant a 30% increase in our mark, and those who had gotten 70%, ended up with scores of over 100% that counted as more than 100%. The exam itself wasn't easy, with somethings I had to kinda guess and prove it to myself that it fitted the situation on the spot, with the quantum mechanics section being the hardest, and well difficult to get your head around, although in the lectures it was presented at a higher level than the other two sections.

So in short, this wasn't a great unit, but we had to put up with it. Although for those doing aero (and possible mech-dynamics?) there was some overlap with mechanical vibrations (waves in physics) and orbital mechanics, which at some points, I was using what I'd learnt in physics and using it in the aero unit, while using what I'd learnt in aero and using it in physics. So the overlap did help a bit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: pi on November 16, 2012, 07:57:59 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED1022 - Medicine 2

Workload: per week: 9 x 1hr lectures + 3 x 2 hr prac + 2 x 2 hr tutorials + 3.5 hr CBL (Cased Based Learning tutorial) + occasional site visit

Assessment: For the semester - 18.75% Mid-Semester Test, 6.35% Rural Assignment, 12.5% Evaluating Popular Information Assignment, 37.5% End of Semester Exam (hurdle), 25% OSCE (hurdle), 0% Human Life-Span and Development Assignment (hurdle only) (formative assignments include practical write-ups, weekly quizzes, and the Injecting Competence Test). In terms of the year - 15% Mid-Semester Test, 5% Rural Assignment, 10% Evaluating Popular Information Assignment, 30% End of Semester Exam, 20% OSCE.

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture that includes lectures notes being written on

Past exams available: Yes, although the official ones are quite old, however past questions can be found in exam format through student compilations

Textbook Recommendation:
* means essential
^ means choose one of these based on personal preference (personally I used "Thieme Atlas and Textbook of Anatomy General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System 1st - Schuenke, et al.")

Lecturer(s): Many, depending on the series of lecture (cancer, pharmacology, pathology, upper limb, lower limb, cardiology, neurology, etc.)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
The major difference between this unit and the previous one is the amount of content covered (despite there being less contact hours!). The Faculty really steps it up and personally, I found the semester alone more difficult than my whole VCE.

As with the rest of the course, the unit is divided into four parts (or themes of study):
Theme I: Personal and Professional Development
Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
Theme III: Foundations of Medicine
Theme IV: Clinical Skills

Similarly with Semester 1's MED1011, of the four themes, I (and the vast majority of the cohort) found themes III and IV to be the most enjoyable because they focus on knowledge and skills that have a direct and practical use in future life as a clinician. Themes I and II, again, contain a lot of theory, a lot of which is very logical and dry. Unfortunately, a fair portion of the exam tests these Themes I and II.

Having said that, the semester is much more interesting. There is a large focus on gross anatomy, clinical anatomy and relevant physiology, this is not only reflected in the tutorials but also in our new lab sessions: cadaver dissections and radiology sessions. This new aspect of the course made all the work worthwhile. Despite initially being a somewhat daunting and queasy moment, dissections were definitely the highlight of my academic week. These sessions are complemented by anatomy tutorials, lecture series, and radiology tutorials.

Furthermore, OSCE preparation becomes more intense in clinical skills tutes, with the clinical systems covered being: upper-limb musculoskeletal (shoulder, elbow and wrist), lower-limb musculoskeletal (hip, knee, ankle), upper-limb neurological, lower-limb neurological, and cardio. Group and team work becomes vital in these tutes and participation is the key to preparation for the eventual OSCE.

However, not all is well. Epidemiology is introduced, a subject which I can safely say was the bane of my semester. The tutes were dull and far from engaging (I honestly fell asleep thrice) and seemed to largely be repetitions of the lecture content. The exact content of the tutes was, however, useful and will become important as you learn to read academic journals or when/if you conduct your own research.

In terms of the lectures throughout the semester, again, they are at a high standard, still captivating and interactive. As last semester, questions are allowed to be asked before, during and after the lectures, and all lecturers are more than happy to respond to emails afterwards. The lecture notes/slides given are also of a decent standard and it is possible to pass the unit solely using these. There is no attendance requirement for this unit, however it is expected that students attend all lectures (most lectures are nearly full, so that shows the quality of what is given).

External site visits also take a step-up in this unit, further giving this unit extra depth and enjoyment. During the unit, each student is able to have two hospital site visits, and will get the opportunity to test their musculoskeletal and neurological exams on real patients, as well as practice their clinical deduction skills for the first time in a clinical environment. A good taste for the clinical years of the MBBS.

In terms of the hurdle requirements, there are three (compared to none from the previous semester): the HLSD assignment, the OSCE and the End of Year Exam. The HLSD is fairly easily marked, so no worries there, however the other two are of concern as they are tough assessments. Passing these are compulsory to passing the unit (and hence the year) and failure to do so will result in your repeating of the year. However there are a few students who are on the borderline who are given the opportunity to sit Supplementary Exams (~20 students in total) to redeem themselves to the Faculty and progress to Year II.

On the whole though, a very intense unit in terms of workload, but again,a unit that is extremely enjoyable and rewarding :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on November 21, 2012, 10:52:51 am
Subject Code/Name: AFF1300 - Money and Capital Markets

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Presentation (5%), Tutorial participation (5%), Exam - 3 hours (70%).

Recorded Lectures: No.

Past exams available: Yes. One past exam - from the previous semester.

Textbook Recommendation: 'AFF1300: Money and Capital Markets' 1st edition by Ben Hunt and Chris Terry (compiled by Piyadasa Edirisuriya).

Lecturer(s): Huu Nhan Duong and Wicky Wickramanayake.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2012.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Comments: This unit is a good introduction into what to expect if you are planning to major in banking and finance. It introduces you to a range of markets and how each one operates respectively. The major assignment is a business report (2,500 words +/- 10%) due late in the semester. It requires a lot of research and referencing to score highly. The lecturers can be difficult to understand at times, but if you keep up to date with everything - you will be fine. It is imperative you complete the weekly tutorial questions because the final exam questions are taken straight from the tutorial questions. Participation is an easy 5% as long as you do the tutorial questions. Overall, AFF1300 is a good unit, however, the content can be dry and boring at times.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on November 25, 2012, 07:07:57 pm
Subject Code/Name: ASP1022 - Life and the Universe

Workload:  (per week)

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, plenty. Around 4 with answers

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 87 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on November 29, 2012, 12:51:51 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS1022 - Physics

Workload: (per week)
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, Stream 2 only

Past exams available: Yes, around 4-6 exam papers available, I think 3-4 have answers

Textbook Recommendation:
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: 82 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on December 01, 2012, 01:22:04 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1030 - Techniques for Modelling

Workload:  (per week)
Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, no screen capture (they may change it next year)

Past exams available:  Yes, a few. Maths peps only allowed to give one solution

Textbook Recommendation:
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 80 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Furbob on December 03, 2012, 12:08:12 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS3148 - Japanese Studies Advanced 2

Workload: 

- 1 hour lecture
- 1 hour tutorial
- 2 hour seminar

Assessment: 

- 10 minute job interview test: 20%
- homework exercises
- vocabulary/grammar tests
- haiku/tanka poetry project: 6%
- final examination: 25%

*cant remember how everything was calculated apart from the ones I mentioned

Recorded Lectures:  no

Past exams available:  no, but you will receive a handout outlining how the exam will be structured

Textbook Recommendation:  majority of the unit content is based on the prescribed textbook material, 上級へのとびら

Lecturer(s): Shimako Iwasaki

Year & Semester of completion: semester 2 2012

Rating:  3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: the course was organized very well with a weekly timetable sheet that you get in week 1 - detailing what we would go through each when and highlighting when tests would be held and due dates for projects. Attending all lectures/tutorials/seminars is compulsory (apparently) or Iwasaki sensei will try to chase you considering there's only 50~ students taking the subject so it's noticeable when you're away. This unit taught a reasonable amount of grammar patterns and vocabulary across three themes - history, literature and politics.

Overall I found Iwasaki sensei to be pretty bland as a lecturer although she got the job done. Most people tried to escape lectures by going on 1 hour "toilet breaks" since they taught very little but were interesting sometimes in various group activities.

I really wanted to love this subject but the lack of engagement from the lecturer was a let-down and the keigo (formal speech) part of the course was taught poorly. Not to mention how kanji felt non-existent in class outside the homework kanji exercises

It's not a difficult unit if you put the work in and I do value what I had learned it. Motivation for the learning the language is key really~
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Phy124 on December 03, 2012, 12:10:48 am
Subject Code/Name: ENG1060 - Computing for Engineers

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture. The code shown in lectures is also uploaded.

Past exams available:  Yes, 14 (2005-2011, both semesters) available in the past exam database. Worked solutions were provided for 2011 semester 1 and 2, however I also have solutions to 2008 semester 2 and 2009 semester 1 and 2.

Textbook Recommendation:  Lecture notes will suffice for a good mark, however if you're interested in doing more reading or want more exposure to eng1060 related questions "Applied Numerical Methods for Engineers & Scientists" by Chapra may be helpful. A book written by Wai Ho Li, who wrote the lecture notes and from what I can gather helped design the unit, is also available in the Hargrave-Andrew Library.

Lecturer(s): Dr Yi Hong and Mr. Yogen Padayatchy

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2012

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 91 HD

Comments: Well firstly, if you're studying any type of engineering at monash you will be required to undertake this unit whether you want to or not. With this being said, I found the unit quite enjoyable, despite the amount of time I spent being frustrated at matlab.

My best recommendation towards studying for the unit isn't necessarily reading textbooks like you may other units, but rather spending quite a bit of time on matlab as it practically provides most of the stuff you need to know. The more time you spend on matlab the more you learn about how the code works and how to fix errors, which has focus in parts of the exam.

The lectures can be useful, but most of the time can be quite dry at times due to easy material and not all that engaging. The material is also taught pretty much from the slides with an example here and there. I made the decision to stop attending lectures early in the semester (although I still attended some), choosing to learn the course material solely from the lecture notes, which seemed to suffice.

I strongly recommend trying to begin, if not complete, the lab class questions before your session as they can be quite long and arduous at times. It's also a good idea to try and allocate your lab later in the week because if you get stuck you'll be able to get friends who have already done the lab to help. In regards to finishing the lab sessions early, the same goes for the assignment. Although, it isn't hard once you grasp the concepts, you do want to make sure you grasp them early and really avoid making silly mistakes, as they can be quite costly when you actually know what you're doing.

For the latter part of the unit I recommend doing more questions and really cementing in your brain the method behind the questions, as the only thing that really changes from year to year in part B of the exam is the numbers used in the questions.

Additionally, I attended a few PASS sessions which were quite helpful, you go through worksheets relating to the course material being studied that week and also do a bit of coding on matlab. If you're struggling grasping the course content I would certainly recommend dropping into one of these. Even if you don't sign up originally you can ask to be allocated to a time or just appear in one hoping they have room, which they most likely will.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on December 08, 2012, 05:09:24 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM1022 - Chemistry II 

Workload: (per week) (this will change next year!!)

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, plenty. Answers available for plenty of them, but only at the library for short term loan

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 Semester 2

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 94 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Dallas45 on January 01, 2013, 10:01:49 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1248 - Ancient Civilisations II

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  With the new layout, if they put up the 2012 exam there will only be one past exam but they do give a brief sample of the layout. This isn't a full practice exam though, just an A4 page that shows the structure to give you an idea of the layout and what sort of questions to expect.

Textbook Recommendation: 
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2012

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 79 D

Comments:

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: pi on June 13, 2013, 01:53:11 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED2031 - Medicine 3

Workload: per week: 12 x 1hr lectures + 3 x 2 hr prac + 2 x 2 hr tutorials + 3.5 hr PBL (Problem Based Learning tutorial - new name for CBL of last year) + 6 hr CBP (Community Based Placement)

Assessment: For the year - 10% Mid-Semester Test, 6% Student Project Case Written Summary, 3% Rural Individual Assignment, 7% Rural Group Assignment, 6.8% Health Promotion Assignment, 4% Student Project Case Oral Presentation, 10% End of Semester Written Examination, 0% Breast Examination (hurdle), 0% CBP Placement Plan (hurdle) (formative assignments include practical write-ups, system quizzes, and the formative OSCE)

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture that includes lectures notes being written on

Past exams available: No, the Faculty has now published a document with threats to expel students from the course if they are caught compiling past questions or distributing or using past compilations. All past compilations have been removed from the MUMUS site.

Textbook Recommendation:
* means essential

Lecturer(s): Many, depending on the series of lecture (respiratory, GIT, renal, urinary, endocrinology, pharmacology, pathology, etc.)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
The workload really steps up in second year, in both contact hours (commonly 30+) and in workload. However, unlike first year, I found the content to be much more relevant clinically, which provides incentive to learn.

As with the rest of the course, the unit is divided into four parts (or themes of study):
Theme I: Personal and Professional Development
Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
Theme III: Foundations of Medicine
Theme IV: Clinical Skills

Similarly with first year, of the four themes, I (and the vast majority of the cohort) found themes III and IV to be the most enjoyable because aforementioned, they focus on knowledge and skills that have a direct and practical use in future life as a clinician. Themes I and II, again, contain a lot of theory, a lot of which is very logical and dry. Unfortunately, a fair portion of the exam tests these Themes I and II.

This unit essentially focuses on a few bodily systems, namely: respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, urinary and endocrinology, in order of when you do them. Each system provides it's own challenges as you delve into the physiology, gross anatomy, pharmacology and clinical manifestations.

The physiology is taught primarily in the lectures and it is expected that you take the initiative to fill in the blanks in your own time. The anatomy, similar the semester 2 of first year, is taught through dissections, prossections, radiology and tutes with surgical registrars. These are invaluable and practical learning is very enjoyable. Histology practicals accompany each system and reinforce some of the learning.

Again, we pursue with clinical skills tutes and things become more intense. We cover more system reviews and more clinical examinations: respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, obesity, dehydration, diabetes, endocrinology (focus on the thyroid). These are essential to OSCEs and future clinical practice. Again, group and team work becomes vital in these tutes and participation is the key to learning and preparation for the eventual OSCE.

There are two new aspects to this semester: Rural Weeks and Community Based Placements (CBP).

The Rural Weeks (2 week placement in groups of 10-20) are arguably the best two weeks of my academic life: simply amazing on so many levels. I was lucky to travel to Bairnsdale at stay at the luxurious Captains Cove. The placement, academically, consisted of placements at a GP, theatre, emergency department, district nursing, allied health, naturopathy, Indigenous, pharmacy, farm site visit and vets. So in terms of the healthcare aspect, we are given a very broad experience. Personally, I found the district nursing placement to be the best of them, learning so much from a different perspective. Throughout these placements you are able to refine your clinical skills: injections, examinations, histories, vital signs, etc. We are also given the opportunity to participate in a suturing workshop at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

On a social level, the placement is amazing too. After academic hours, you can expect a large party for all. The accommodation is simply stunning with large rooms and units and beautiful lakeside views when you wake up, perfect for a BBQ and some heavy partying. So, we did :P We also had the opportunity to socialise with the 4th year MBBS students who were there too, so we partied hard. In the weekend between the two weeks you are given the opportunity to go home but luckily no-one did, so we were able to road-trip to Lakes Entrance and many other touristy sites. Very enjoyable and many, many great memories.

However, there are two assignments to complete from this rural placement, one individual and one group, so being mindful of those is important too. Also important to note that only half the cohort goes on Rural Weeks in the first semester, the others go next semester in MED2042.

The CBP is also a good experience. Basically, in a small group of 3-6 you go to special schools, youth services, retirement homes, etc and participate and get involved in what is going on once a week for 14 weeks (continues in MED2042). I was lucky to be based in a special school and I am loving the opportunity. Whilst it's a little sad at times, I am really enjoying playing and teaching students. I really commend Monash for having a program like this, it really brings me down to Earth with where many health issues really lie.

However, there is always a downside. He have a "Health Promotion" series of lectures and tutes. In addition, there is also an assignment attached to this. Personally, I gave up on attending the lectures after the first one, honestly not worth my time. However, tutes were enjoyable. Not so much because the learning was beneficial or useful in any way (it isn't), but because my tutor was very engaging and spun the coursework into fun group tasks with opportunities for lots of laughs. These laughs soon diminish when the assignment comes up though.

Another downside (in my opinion), was the Student Project Case (SPC) which is completed in groups of 3-4. Essentially it has two parts: a written summary of your assigned condition (asbestos-related lung diseases, haemochromatosis, Dengue fever, or breast cancer) and then present a 30 minute oral (word used loosely as you can use technological aids - my group for example made short video clips and a powerpoint presentation) presentation. The downsides I found with this were how much of your time it consumes and the fact that the oral presentations are a couple of days before the End of Semester Exam. Other than the stress, the learning is somewhat enjoyable.

In terms of the lectures throughout the semester, again, they are at a high standard, still captivating and interactive (except for Health Promotion). As last semester, questions are allowed to be asked before, during and after the lectures, and all lecturers are more than happy to respond to emails afterwards. The lecture notes/slides given are also of a decent standard and it is possible to pass the unit solely using these. There is no attendance requirement for this unit, however it is expected that students attend all lectures (most lectures are nearly full, so that shows the quality of what is given).

In terms of the hurdle requirements, there are two: the CBP Placement Plan and the Breast Examination (completed by those who did not do Rural Weeks in this semester). Passing these are compulsory to passing the unit (and hence the year) and failure to do so will result in your repeating of the year. 

On word of caution is that if you are lucky to go on rural in this semester, the workload piles up at the end of the semester. Both rural assignments, the SPC oral presentations, the Health Promotion assignment  and the End of Semester exam are within 3 weeks of each other. This is a stressful time, but I guess it's better to get this whammy of assessments now that at the end of the year when there are even more exams (additional written exam and a summative OSCE). Better end of a bad deal.

Just something I'd like to add that isn't academic is the issue of study groups. Not being a jaffy, I've been given the opportunity to participate as a tutor (volunteering) in Year I/II study groups. This is something I've found not only very helpful to my own revision, but also very enjoyable. In addition there are also Year II/III study groups for you to get some extra help too, I love these too.

On the whole though, a very intense and tough unit in terms of workload, but again, a unit that is extremely enjoyable and rewarding :) Starting to feel like you know things is a good feeling :P
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on June 13, 2013, 10:22:44 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFX4030 - Advanced Modelling in Finance 

Workload:  3 hours lab each week.

Assessment:  3 assignments worth 10%, 10%, 15%. Academic paper presentation: 10%. Participation: 5%. Matlab/VBA/SAS Programming Exam: 30%. Research Paper Exam: 20%.

Recorded Lectures:  N/A

Past exams available:  N/A

Textbook Recommendation:  N/A

Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. Cameron Truong

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Semester 1.

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Pending

Comments: Perhaps the best Finance honours subject there is. I suggest this unit to those that have done AFC3540, which is the undergrad modelling in finance unit taken by Paul. AFX4030 combines both elements of academic research and modelling into one and does so in a way that makes it all seem so natural. Essentially the first 6 or so weeks you will be doing VBA/MATLAB programming then the last 6 weeks you will be doing SAS programming. Combined with this, each week there will be at least 3 academic papers to be read. The unit is then structured such that you replicate the methodology and analytical data manipulation in research papers using your own knowledge from each of the programming languages learnt in the unit. There will also be an academic paper review, essentially everyone is assigned a paper and you have to present the paper (similar to an academic research proposal) as if you were the actual author. This is a truly rewarding unit for those that want to delve deeper into academic finance research as you gain not only theoretical skills but also apply it in an academic context.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TommyLie on June 14, 2013, 05:45:18 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS1011 - Physics

Workload: 3x1 hour lectures per week. 1x3 hour lab per week.

Assessment:  There is an online 'Mastering Physics' assignment every few weeks, which is essentially just questions which contribute to your final mark - they can be quite challenging, but every question has 'hints' which sacrifice marks for help, if the first hint doesn't help you can use another which will be more in depth than the last, but more costly of marks. There were two actual assignments. The first was just a set of questions which was on Mechanics and was easy marks (Finished it in half an hour). The second was a lab report on an experiment you and your partners will do sometime in the first few weeks. This was worth 5% but was quite large. There is some good resources on moodle to help you with this; an example of a bad lab report with annotations telling you why it was bad, along with an example of a good lab report.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes.

Past exams available:  Yes, back to 2006 with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  PHS1011/1022 directly follows the Randall D. Knight textbook. I got the 3rd edition which only came out a month or so before I got it. I highly, highly recommend it, it is very well written, thoroughly comprehensive and interesting. It has questions at the end of every chapter with answers to every second question.

Lecturer(s):  Kevin Pimblett and Tim Peterson. I only went to Kevin's lectures, but Tim came in to a few of Kevin's at the end. Kevin is an incredibly engaging lecture, he makes everything interesting and fun, and is able to explain things well. He is also very enthusiastic. From the little experience I had with Tim's lectures, I liked him a lot as well. Could explain things well and was entertaining.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, sem 1

Rating:  4.5/5

Comments: I enjoyed this subject a lot. Mechanics was pretty much a coming together of specialist maths with VCE Physics, plus some additional Physics definitions. After that we did Thermodynamics, which I really enjoyed. Kevin took these topics, then we had Tim for Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves/optics. SHM was interesting, and Waves covered theory for all wave types in general. We finished with Special Relativity with Kevin, which while being very interesting, I felt it was rushed and was annoying that it was at the end of the course very close to the exam because it was quite difficult.

Make sure you read the texbook BEFORE you go to lectures, it helps sooooo much, especially for labs. I would advise you do some textbook questions before each lab if you want to do well in them. The 3 hour exam is 180 marks and, if you understand the theory and have done a couple of previous papers, then you will do well in this subject.

Also, I believe 2013, sem 1 was the last time PHS1011 will be have it's labs run in the way they have been the last few years. Next year the new $280 million dollar Physics building will be finished and first year labs will be done there with an entirely new lab structure.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: m.Chemia on June 17, 2013, 05:02:46 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM1051 - Chemistry I (Advanced)

Workload:  2 x 1 hr Lectures, 1 x 1 hr Workshop (Lectorial), 1 x 4 hr Lab

Assessment: 5 x Pre-Lecture Quiz (2.5%), 5 x Post-Lecture Test (7.5%), Lab Proforma (30%), Final Exam (60%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, Many. The structure of first year chemistry was changed in 2012 or so, the new CHM1051/1011 stuff is the mixture of old CHM1011/1022. Two new sample exams are also provided.

Textbook Recommendation:  "Chemistry, 2nd Edition" by Blackman (Wiley). Not essential, only buy if you think explanations on lecture notes are not clear enough. 1st Edition is also okay.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Chris Thompson, Dr. Alison Funston, Dr. Mike Grace

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1

Rating:  5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Pending

Comments: This is the advanced version of CHM1011 and this is a new unit in 2013. A VCE Chemistry score >=37 or ATAR >=90 is required. Since CHM1051 and CHM1011 have the same lecture content and the exam is the same/nearly the same, the only "advanced" part of the unit is we have longer labs. We do essentially the same pracs as CHM1011 but a bit more complex. Although the structured time slot for labs is 4 hrs, the longest lab we have is a bit more than 3 hrs. Instead of tutorials, we have the so-called workshops, basically the lecturer performs experiment and we work on a problem sheet each week. The whole unit is about physical chemistry, and divided into:

Atoms (Structures, periodicity)
Molecules (Lewis, VSEPR, VBT, MO, gases)
Thermodynamics
Equilibria
Kinetics

Some of the topics are VCE topics or extension of VCE topics, not too difficult if effort is put in. Physical chemistry might be boring for some people (me included) but is really important for later Chemistry units, and sometimes it is kind of rewarding. They lecturers are great, Chris Thompson (Wk 1-4, Atomic Structures, Molecular Sturctures up to VBT) is the best lecturer you could ever have, he really knows how to teach. Alison Funston (Wk 5-8, MO, Gases, Thermodynamics) is good too, but not as good as Chris, and apparently she is a better researcher. Mike Grace (Wk 9-12, Equilibria, Kinetics) is funny too. Labs are fun, sometimes you get to design experiments. Labs worth 30% and a pass in labs is a hurdle requirement, but don't stress out if you don't like labs, all the pracs are pretty easy/intuitive and the demonstrators are generally nice. There are no assignments, and each time you have a week or two to finish pre-/post-lecture tests.
This is an essential unit for people who want to major in chemistry and also for those who do chemistry to satisfy BSc requirement. There is not much difference between CHM1051 and CHM1011, after completing this unit, it is not like that you know more about chemistry than CHM1011 kids. But if you do have high enough ATAR and/or Chemistry score, DO CHM1051 Chemistry I (Advanced)!! At least it sounds cooler, doesn't it?  :P
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: brenden on June 18, 2013, 12:03:33 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1314 - Human Rights Theory 1 

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures (auto-allocated), 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

Assessment: 
Recorded Lectures:  Yep, no screen capture so you'll have to download the slides. There were more microphone muffles in the recordings of this unit than other unit, so wagging lectures is sometimes a gamble, as you might have a muffle-obstructed recording.

Past exams available:  None. They said if we wanted to practise writing essays, we should go back to AT 3 and write on a prompt that we haven't already written on. Evidently, in Sem 1, 2013, practise exams weren't a problem once they gave us the prompt. You would probably be better off doing the readings that will be tested in the exam and summarising them etc. rather than practicing an essay on readings that won't be assessed in the exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  You have to buy the ATS 1314 Reader, and that is all. You definitely need it.

Lecturer(s): Dr Linda Barclay and Dr Andy Lamey

Year & Semester of completion: ...Woops. 2013. Semester 1.

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 86

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 18, 2013, 12:51:39 am
Subject Code/Name: BMS1031 - Medical Biophysics

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Some. Most relevant ones uploaded to Moodle page by course admins, others available by searching the online library database.

Textbook Recommendation:


Not necessary to buy either, really - but Physics for Biosciences is extremely useful, especially for those who haven't done physics before.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: This is a core (and therefore compulsory) unit in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. It is partly paired with PHS1030, so you'll be sharing 2/3 lectures with them per week (labs are separate, and you'll be split up for a couple of lectures during Electricity, Radiation and Waves and Optics. They also aren't part of your physiology lectures).

This is an interesting unit for those who like physics and how it relate to the body/to medical practices. The lecturers aren't the best, and the content can be a bit tough (especially at the beginning) for those who have no background in physics. Reading the textbook and doing questions helps, but ultimately lectures are the best source of information.

The unit is co-handled by the School of Physics (represented by Professor Kris Helmerson) and the School of Physiology (represented by Professor Helena Parkington).

You will have 8 physics labs (buoyancy, fluid flow, forces in biomechanics, energy, centrifuges, electricity, optics and radiation) and 2 physiology labs (cardiovascular systems and membrane potentials). The labs are reasonable easy, and you work in groups of 3.

There are 4 online Moodle quizzes throughout the unit (Fluids/Energy, Electricity, Waves and Optics, Radiation). These can be a little tricky, but you get two attempts and they take the highest grade. There are non-assessed quizzes with similar question for each topic that you can take prior to the actual quizzes, as many times as you want.

Two assignments are set during the course:

As for lecturers:

The exam is decent. I found it quite easy (having no physics background whatsoever), as it was generally just applications of formulae (a formula sheet is provided). Only trick they put in is unit conversion; I recalled just after the exam that m3≠L :-X. The exam is in two parts; Part A - Physics (116 marks, this may vary each year) and Part B - Physiology (24 marks, also subject to variation by year). The only real revision I did for the exam was past papers (for the physics component) and rewatched lectures (for physiology).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 18, 2013, 01:20:01 am
Subject Code/Name: BIO1011 - Biology I

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Nope. Exam is reworked every year, but a 100-question practice quiz is available on Moodle close to exam time.

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: Quite an easy unit, not significantly harder than VCE biology (in fact, all content other than plant and animal diversity was exactly the same as VCE biology).

There are 6 labs, 5 of which are practical and one being a poster that you create and present with a lab partner. Labs are fine, especially if you have a good TA (shout out to Claire!).

Over the course of the unit, there are 4 online Moodle tests. These questions are mostly taken from the Pearson database. Also, you have a Pearson MasteringBIO quiz to do each week, of material that will be lectured on in that following week. These are fairly easy, and often have video tutorials built in.

The textbook is good, but I used it maybe once - I didn't do the readings at all, but they'd definitely help someone who's never done biology before. Diagrams and explanations are good.

All of the course material and lecturers are fine (John Beardall (and his plant Boris) and Gerry Rayner are particularly good), but personally I found plant diversity to be incredibly boring.

Labs are alright, I had a good lab partner so that definitely helped. My one serious gripe about the labs were the weird 'quizzes' that we had prior to the labs - you needed to sign into a (fairly crap) system via Authcate and do a MC quiz (usually 4 questions) based on powerpoint slides. These quizzes counted for some of the lab mark.

The exam is 144 multiple-choice questions, with ~6 questions from each lecture.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: brenden on June 18, 2013, 07:01:13 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1371 - Philosophy: Introduction A (Life, Death, and Morality) 

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures (not auto-allocated), 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

Assessment: 
Recorded Lectures:  Chyup, but no screen capture. Lecture slides provided every week on Moodle.

Past exams available:  No, because that would be pointless - they give you seventeen potential questions ahead of time as aforementioned.

Textbook Recommendation:  Definitely need to buy the Unit Reader. (Really well written, too). Practical Ethics by Peter Singer is also a compulsory textbook and you definitely need to read some of it to get the marks on the ATs. I suppose you could borrow it from a library every time an AT comes around and prior to the exam, and only do the readings required for the various ATs - however, this will leave you with an extremely stunted and shallow understanding of the course material. I really would just buy Practical Ethics (very interesting read, anyway!). These two are all you will ever require.

Lecturer(s): Dr Justin Clark-Doane and Dr Toby Handfield.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1.

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 90

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: brenden on June 18, 2013, 07:51:51 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1903 - Introducing Literature: Ways of Reading 

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures (auto-allocated), 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

Assessment: 
Recorded Lectures:  Yeah, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  That's a negatory. However, you can practice with the essay prompts from AT 3 - which are highly relevant, as many of the same texts will be on the exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  If you want to be dodgy, you don't need to buy the Unit Reader. I bought the Reader and to be honest, I used it once, to read nine chapters of Don Quixote - the nine chapters were contained within the Reader, evidently. Otherwise, the reader is full of poems that you're supposed to read, but they don't discuss in the tutorials or lectures. Reading these poems would probably greatly enhance your understanding of the material. Perhaps not, I honestly have no idea due to not having read them. There are also novels that you need to read, but don't need to buy. You could easily source them from any local library, as they're relatively famous novels. You could theoretically get away with not reading Hamlet and just SparkNotes-ing the passage they give you - but good luck with that. Moreover, you could theoretically read zero novels this entire unit and still pass the exam, as you could look at the exam specifications, choose poems for comparison and analysis, and then Google the poems. This is likely a recipe for failure. I recommend finding out the booklist ahead of time, borrowing the books in February and reading some of them then. This will significantly decrease your workload.

Lecturer(s): Dr Peter Groves is the main lecturer, but they change frequently corresponding to their level of expertise in relation to the current topic (realism, modernism etc). I only listened to two other lectures other than ones of Peter's, and both of those lecturers are nice, but I'd have no idea who they are.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1.

Rating:  3/5

Your Mark/Grade: 82

Comments:
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Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on June 18, 2013, 09:42:00 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW5152 - Taxation Law 506

Workload: 3 hour lecture per week

Assessment: Optional assignment (40%) + exam (60%), otherwise you do a 100% exam

Recorded Lectures: No

Past exams available: Yes, on the library database

Textbook Recommendation: Prescribed textbook (definitely necessary), plus a book of all the relevant taxation legislation which is twice the size of the textbook. You can print it yourself for free from AustLII of course, but the book contains annotations explaining the provisions, also I'm pretty sure printing that much legislation is going to cost you about the same anyway.

Lecturer(s): Stephen Barkoczy

Year & Semester of completion: 2012 semester 2

Rating: 2/5

Comments: Look, honestly, many people aren't going to enjoy tax law. It can be tricky and complicated, there's some maths involved (not very complicated maths thankfully) and it's just generally quite dry - you'll learn a bunch of rules on how to calculate income tax, GST, capital allowances and so on. It's handy knowledge to have if you're doing commerce/law I think, or wanting to supplement your knowledge if you intend on pursuing careers in accounting/finance or tax law.

If you're interested more in the policy issues behind taxation, this is a newly introduced subject that looks interesting and is taught by a highly competent person: http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/units/LAW4243.html
edit: I've now taken this subject and written a review on it here

Stephen is very good. The only criticism I have is that he wrote all the prescribed books and every single lecture he will talk about how brilliant the books are because he wrote them, hah. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on June 18, 2013, 09:54:13 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW4155 - International Human Rights

Workload: This semester we started in week 6 and had a 4-hour lecture per week

Assessment: Optional assignment (40%) + exam (60%), otherwise you do a 100% exam. For the optional assignment, you are free to choose your own research topic (subject to approval by Adam), provided it has some relevance to the topics covered by this subject. This is a good chance for you to do some research into an area of human rights you are passionate about! Some of the topics approved in 2012 included offshore processing of refugees, abortion, environmental rights, humanitarian interventions, ASIO assessments and the right to a fair trial, and freedom of religion.

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with video capture

Past exams available: Yes, on the library database

Textbook Recommendation: Prescribed textbook is very good for getting more detail on the stuff talked about in lectures. The lecturer is one of the authors, so he sticks quite closely to what the textbook covers.

Lecturer(s): Adam McBeth

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 semester 1

Rating: 5/5

Comments: This is one of the very few law subjects I genuinely enjoyed. It is less intense (in my opinion anyway) than the compulsory law subjects in the sense that it is more policy-based and open-ended, and there have been many interesting discussions in lectures because of the nature of the subject.

The course focuses generally on the two primary international human rights treaties (ICCPR and ICESCR), but we do go into some depth (that is, looking into some of the international jurisprudence) on some of the specific civil and political rights, such as the right to life and the obligation on states to avoid discrimination. NB: the right to life case studies are about the death penalty, not abortion (if abortion is something that you're not comfortable discussing etc). You'll also learn about the limits on these rights and how the UN enforces them.

We also cover regional human rights systems, Australia's international human rights record (spoiler alert: our record on refugees is atrocious) and the relationship between human rights and terrorism. Recently (May 2013) the optional protocol for the ICESCR (treaty for economic, social and cultural rights) came into effect, which allows individuals to make complaints about states. So if you're studying this in 2014 or beyond, you'll hopefully get to see some interesting jurisprudence about that treaty as well. Unfortunately for us, we only really had the ICCPR-related (treaty for civil and political rights) decisions.

Finally, there is some discussion about the expanding scope of human rights - does it cover environmental rights? The rights of animals? Future generations? What are the obligations of non-state actors like corporations?

Adam himself is very knowledgeable, obviously, considering he wrote the textbook :P

I highly recommend this subject to anyone who is interested in human rights law.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on June 18, 2013, 10:12:54 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW5216 - Professional Practice 512

Workload:
This unit is run in 17-week blocks:
- Compulsory half-day (9am to 12:30pm) legal service session every week (this is where clients come into the service. You will be required to interview them and provide legal advice if necessary).
- Compulsory seminar (approx 2 hours) every week for the first 10 weeks. The service invites guest "lecturers" (including lawyers from other community legal centres, social workers and other professionals). You will learn about dealing with the most commonly encountered client matters, such as motor vehicle accidents, divorces/domestic issues, and basic criminal procedure.

The remainder of the time is spent on working at the legal service. Your time commitment will really depend on your caseload. The supervisors generally expect you to be at the service at least one other full day in addition to your legal service session, but I've had weeks where I've only needed to come in 2 days and other weeks where I was there 9am-6pm the entire week because I had so much to do.

You are expected to prioritise your prof prac work over any other academic commitments, such as lectures/tutes etc.

Assessment:
- 60% legal service work (interviewing, paperwork, court appearances if applicable)
- 20% "community engagement" - you will get a choice of activities. In my intake, this included working with troubled youth and updating the Lawyers Practice Manual.
- 20% "written assignment" - every fortnight you are required to write a reflective journal, which is pretty much a diary where you talk about how the subject makes you feel and then your supervisor reads it and discusses your feelings with you (seriously)

Recorded Lectures: No lectures, the seminars aren't recorded.

Past exams available: No exams.

Textbook Recommendation: No textbooks unless you feel like forking out $2000 to buy a Lawyers Practice Manual (I'm being facetious, please don't do this you don't need it)

Lecturer(s): No lecturers, you'll be assigned a supervisor who will be one of the solicitors at the legal service (either Monash Oakleigh or Springvale)

Year & Semester of completion: 2012-13 summer semester

Rating: 5 billion out of 5

Comments:
What this subject actually entails:
You are assigned to either the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service (MOLS) or the Springvale-Monash Legal Service (SMLS).

The services have either opening hours where clients can drop in for legal advice (Springvale) or make an appointment for legal advice (Oakleigh). You are assigned to one of those sessions (at Springvale they were 9:30-12:30 every morning except Friday) along with about 4-5 other students and a supervising solicitor. From here I will only be speaking for SMLS since I have no experience of MOLS.

During the sessions, clients will come in. You will first do a conflict check using the CLSIS system, which basically involves you taking their name and the names of any other person involved in their matter, entering it into the system, and checking to see if the service has advised any other parties to the matter. If it has, this creates a conflict of interest and the service is NOT allowed to assist them. You will have to tell them to seek advice elsewhere.

If there is no conflict, then you will interview them to find out what their legal issue is. This can be frustrating because clients generally do not know how to only give you the salient legal details - you will need to know what questions to ask and how to stop them from going off on tangents, or you'll end up there for 3 hours listening to their life story. For some clients, this will also require you to use the services of a telephone interpreter. Many clients who come to the service speak very little English.

Then, you will speak to your supervising solicitor, telling them what the issue is (hopefully in a succinct and clear manner). Your supervisor will then tell you what legal advice to give the client. If it's just a minor issue they can sort out themselves then you will tell them what to do. If it's a more complicated matter (but not so complicated that the client will need to engage a private lawyer), the service may agree to take the client.

If a client's matter is taken on by the service, the file is assigned to one of the students. If you are assigned a file, from that point you are pretty much responsible for handling that case (though obviously you can always approach your supervisor for help). Handling files may involve paperwork like completing divorce applications or wills, as well as things like speaking to police, contacting government departments/agencies, and speaking to the other parties in the matter (e.g. one of my friends spent weeks trying to get in touch with the uncooperative spouse who just refused to accept that her husband wanted a divorce).

Generally, the supervisors will try to assign files so that you get a range of matters to deal with. Some of the stuff I handled included a will, power of attorney for a dying client, motor vehicle accident, theft (which I appeared in court for), body corporate disputes in VCAT, divorces, a debt matter, and a restraining order application.

If you are lucky enough to get a client who has to show up to court for a relatively minor offence (e.g. minor theft, divorce hearing, drink driving), you may be able to present a plea-in-mitigation for them in court as a barrister would. This will always be at the Magistrates' Court (no student would be allowed to present at a higher court). A supervising barrister will be present and ready to step in if you make a major screw up, but otherwise he/she is out of the picture and you are expected handle everything yourself in court.

This is an AMAZING experience - JUMP at it if you get the chance! I got some first-hand experience of court processes and received some fantastic advice from my supervising barristers (you generally only have one, I had two because the matter got adjourned and the first barrister couldn't make it to the second hearing) and the magistrate as well. It is not as scary as it sounds - apparently my magistrate had a reputation for being a hardass in court, but as soon as I sought leave to appear as a student I could see her demeanour change and everyone - the judge, the prosecution policemen, the court staff - was immensely supportive and encouraging.

I loved this subject and so did most people. I learned so much about running a client file - stuff you'll never learn in law school. And you also grow as a person, I think. Personally I learned to be more assertive - after dealing with abusive clients and incompetent police/govt departments, you kind of have to be or your matter will never be taken seriously! Not to mention, of course, that if you get to do a plea you'll have the chance to work with a barrister and pick their brain. I got a lot of "inside" knowledge about what to expect if you want to be a barrister this way.

If you are considering becoming a lawyer and want a taste of what it may entail, this is the subject for you.

It's worth 12 credit points, not 6, but this is for a reason - it is quite a heavy workload and I would not advise doing more than 2 law subjects alongside it. The supervisors will not take kindly to you leaving your work undone because you had an unrecorded lecture to go to! You WILL be expected to prioritise your prof prac work over everything else.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 18, 2013, 03:17:58 pm
Subject Code/Name: BMS1011 - Biomedical Chemistry

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No, but practice questions are available on Moodle prior to the exam.

Textbook Recommendation:
None of these are absolutely critical, but Lehninger and MBOTC are extremely good texts and will be used in later units.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3.7/5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: This is a good unit, pretty interesting and full of content. There is a lot to know, but assessment is done fairly and simply, so it's quite easy to score well. Tutorials are long, but often finish very early and you can usually leave as soon as you complete your work.

The unit is split into four sections:

Section A - Biological Chemistry
Section B - Enzymes: Structure & Mechanism of Action

Section C - Metabolic Release of Energy - the Body's Power Supply

Synthesis of Macromolecules

Section A is covered by the mid-semester test, and is therefore NOT on the exam.

The exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions, and is 3 hours long.

All lecturers are of extremely high quality, and are very enjoyable to listen to. All present their material in a very effective manner.[/list]
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: lynt.br on June 19, 2013, 02:31:31 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW3101 - Administrative Law 306

Workload:  3 hours of lectures per week + 1 hour tutorial every second week.

Assessment:  Examination with optional assignment (worth 40% in my year)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with/without screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes - but due to the nature of the subject it is difficult to do more than 1-2 past exams.

Textbook Recommendation: Control of Government Action by Creyke and McMillan (prescribed)

Lecturer(s): Changes each year.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating:  4 out of 5

Comments: A lot of people find this subject boring but honestly I thought it was really interesting and fairly straightforward. The crux of the course involves challenging decisions of the executive and involves a lot of political tussling between the Courts and the Executive, which leads to some interesting policy issues. The course is structured a little bit back to front but ultimately you will learn about the main steps for seeking judicial or merits review of administrative decisions (e.g. decisions made by government bodies and specialist tribunals such as the Refugee Review Tribunal). It is more interesting than it sounds.

The exam involves a lot of statutory interpretation and will require you to read up on a short piece of legislation beforehand. Make sure you know it back to front before going into the exam. Unfortunately, because each exam is tailored to its particular legislation, it is difficult to do practice exams (as you won't have the legislation from those years).

Finally if you are interested in administrative law then I recommend taking part in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal moot which will give you practical insight into how merits review is conducted. It is also a very well run competition.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: lynt.br on June 19, 2013, 02:53:55 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW5147 - Intellectual property II: Patents, Trade Marks and Unfair Competition 506

Workload:  3 hours of lectures per week.

Assessment:  Examination with optional assignment

Recorded Lectures:  No, but the lectures are based heavily on the textbook which the lecturer co-authored

Past exams available:  Yes - but due to the nature of the subject it is difficult to do more than 1-2 past exams.

Textbook Recommendation: Australian Intellectual Property Law by Davison, Monotti and Wiseman (also used for Intellectual Property I)

Lecturer(s): Ann Monotti

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating:  3.5/5

Comments: This subject is divided into two parts. The first 6-7 weeks covers patents (including the requirements for a valid patent + infringement of patents). The rest of the course covers trademarks (including the tort of passing off). Patents can be a little confusing to begin with because there are a lot of technical legal terms that you will need to get use to. Once you get the hang of it is is not too bad. Trademarks and passing off are more straightforward but can be a little confusing here and there.

There is actually not that much content in the course (as an indicator, my exam notes were only 14 pages). The exam requires a lot more factual analysis than other subjects, and less reciting legal principles (which is great IMO). Before the exam, you will be given a sample 'patent specification' along with some 'prior art' (see what I mean about terminology!) which you will need to study for the patents section of the exam. There is also a bit of policy. Policy doesn't feature that heavily in the course but during the first few weeks you will look at 'patentable subject matter' which is pretty topical with things like gene patenting and such.

Lectures move through the material quite quickly which can make it a bit difficult to follow along. The first few weeks will be the most confusing, but once you get on top of it it isn't too bad. Occasionally you will have guest lecturers who are typically legal practitioners in the IP industry. They can be a bit hit and miss.

Finally you don't have to have done IP I to do IP II as they each cover different topics (IP I is more about copyright and registered designs).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: lynt.br on June 19, 2013, 03:12:57 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW5162 - Cyberlaw

Workload:  3 hours of lectures per week.

Assessment:  Examination with optional assignment

Recorded Lectures:  Yes with video capture

Past exams available:  Yes (roughly 2-3 available)

Textbook Recommendation: No prescribed textbook. The reading guide lists Internet and E-Commerce Law by Fitzgerald but I never used it all semester.

Lecturer(s): David Lindsay

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating:  3/5

Comments: So. Much. Content. This subject is HUGE - easily one of the biggest subjects I have done content wise. The subject covers the following topics: theories of internet governance, the domain name system, establishing jurisdiction, e-contracting, content regulation and classification, privacy and spam, trademarks and passing off, intermediary liability for copyright infringement, internet defamation and cyber-bullying and sexting (this last topic was cut my semester because of time constraints). Each topic has 100+ slides. Should give you an indication just ow huge this course is.

It helps (but is not strictly necessary) to have done/be doing the following subjects when doing this subject: Contracts, Equity, Civil Procedure, Media Law, IP I and II. It also helps if you have some basic understanding of computers and how the internet works (this is covered in the introductory lectures but it can be very technical if you don't know much about IT).

IMO this subject tries to squeeze too much in and as a consequence, lectures move ridiculously fast and I found it very hard to follow along in some topics. Topics range from the more philosophical (internet regulation), to understanding extremely complicated statutory schemes (content regulation), to understanding technical/political aspects of the internet (DNS Governance) and you will also learn a bit of comparative law (for instance, you learn a bit of US law here and there). The mix between content and policy is reflected in the exam, which has a 40% policy component if you don't do the optional assignment. I found these policy questions to be quite specific and challenging.

That said, some topics are really interesting, particularly intermediary liability which deals with issues such as whether ISPs should be liable for copyright infringement by their customers. You will learn about pretty recent cases such as the iiNet case and the Google Adwords case.

Overall a difficult subject but some parts near the end are quite interesting.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on June 21, 2013, 11:25:15 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2911 - Synthetic Chemistry I 

Workload: 

Assessment: 

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  A few, but no solutions manual

Textbook Recommendation: 


Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 86 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: brenden on June 22, 2013, 01:16:52 am
Subject Code/Name: PSY1011 - Psychology 1A 

Workload:  1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour "lab" per week.

Assessment: 
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, I think with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Nope, but there's this thing called 'MyPsychLab' which generates multi-choice questions for you. I can't attest to how good it is 'cause I never used it (there's a code in the back of the textbook to redeem and I just borrowed the textbook).

Textbook Recommendation:  If you want to do well in the exam, you should probably get the compulsory Lillienfield textbook. If you took Psych Units 1-4 in VCE, you could probably skate through pretty nicely on lecture slides or something like that. If you have never done any Psych before... I probably wouldn't recommend winging it.
There is also a text that is referred to as "Findlay" which is quite useful for the written assignments they want you to hand n. Has how to reference, what font to use, what size to use, how to structure and whatever. If you wanted very high marks, get it. If you just want solid marks, you could probably navigate with your common sense and any sample-assignments provided by the lecturer and still get pretty good marks. In sum: If you want brilliant marks, get both Lillienfield and Findlay. If you don't give a fuck and you've taken VCE Psych, you could probably get away with not having either. If you don't give a fuck and you haven't taken VCE Psych, you'll probs fail.
Edit: If you're going to minor in Psych, get Findlay, because it's pretty cheap and I've got a friend in second year who's still using it, so it'll pay for itself. I also think the Lillienfield textbook might be used in second semester, but I'll come back and let you know.
Lecturer(s): Did not attend lectures (8am, good joke) or listen to majority of recordings, so, not sure.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1.

Rating:  2/5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA 88

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on June 24, 2013, 10:58:12 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS2547 - Cities and Sustainability 

Workload:  2X 1 hr lectures per week, plus 1 weekly hour long tutorial

Assessment: 
participation -- 5
field trip -- 15
tute presentation -- 20
major essay -- 30
exam -- 30

Recorded Lectures:  yep, with screen capture. Stephen Legg likes to ramble though, so expect to miss the last few minutes of each lecture if you listen to them exclusively online.

Past exams available:  In the exams database. You need to look for 'Cities and Sustainability', not the unit code.

Textbook Recommendation:  None. Some readings, which I didn't do.

Lecturer(s): Stephen Legg

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating: 3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: Walk in the park if you are a geography student. The content itself was interesting enough, if you are into environmental issues and stuff like that. The assessments are generally easy marks, as long as you spend a little time doing the work before hand. Field trip is optional, if you don't go on it you have to do some alternate report, but I'd recommend going on it, the fieldtrip is only 1 day long and cost about 30 dollars. The major essay wasn't due til week 10 but I knocked mine out over the course of a few days, research and all during the Easter break so I could forget about it, and still got an easy D+. Having good writing skills is a prerequisite for doing well in this subject, you will be writing a fair few essays, and the exam is basically just 3 essays in 2 hours. The beauty about Geography is that even though it's a 'science' subject too, you can walk into the exam knowing that you've already passed.

Lectures were okay, when I went to them but I didnt find myself taking many notes. You can easily get away with not going to them because the slides have a lot of writing on them. Tutes were quite fun, but I think I was just lucky cause I had a good tute group. During the tutes you basically all take turns giving a presentation, and you get your participation marks by turning up to most of them and asking relevant questions/making relevant statements etc. I guess I'd recommend this unit if you are interested in Geography at all. It was pretty easy.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on June 24, 2013, 11:06:15 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS2674/3674 - Semantics and Pragmatics 

Workload:  a 2hr seminar per week.

Assessment: 
3x 20% assignments
10% midsem
30% exam
Recorded Lectures:  Yep

Past exams available:  None, but there are revision questions and the mid-sem gives you a good idea of what it will be like.

Textbook Recommendation:  Semantics by John Saeed. It's a good one to have, but you don't need to buy it. You will be doing a lot of reading from it but there's the library for that.

Lecturer(s): Alice Gaby

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: A good fun unit. But I like linguistics, so I am quite biased. Alice is a good lecturer and is very receptive to feedback from students, making it a point to ask us several times throughout the semester what we thought of the unit, if we wanted anything to be changed, etc. She was quite thorough. Some of the stuff on logic and truth introduced a whole heap of symbols and stuff that you would be familiar with if you were a maths/computer science student, but if not you would probably be a bit clueless. Some of the content was more technical than I'd expected but it is still relatively easy to understand. Alice ran several optional tutorials throughout semester to go over some of the more difficult concepts and was very helpful.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ShortBlackChick on June 24, 2013, 04:16:18 pm
(Dammit Spaciiey, you beat me to it, but you just made my part easier now I can just casually quote you :P )
Subject Code/Name: ATS2547 - Cities and Sustainability 

Workload:  2X 1 hr lectures per week, plus 1 weekly hour long tutorial

Assessment: 
participation -- 5
field trip -- 15
tute presentation -- 20
major essay -- 30
exam -- 30

Recorded Lectures:  yep, with screen capture. Stephen Legg likes to ramble though, so expect to miss the last few minutes of each lecture if you listen to them exclusively online.

Past exams available:  In the exams database. You need to look for 'Cities and Sustainability', not the unit code.

Textbook Recommendation:  None. Some readings, which I didn't do.

Lecturer(s): Stephen Legg

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating: 2.5/5

Comments: The content seemed a bit too dry for me, could barely sit through the lectures because they went so slowly. I dont think it was as much of a fast-paced, shitload of content kinda unit which kills me a bit. A lot of it, I felt, was based on common sense, rather than actual content, just talking about society's and governments' responses to various sustainability issues. On the topic of Planning Cities, which seemed to be a theme, there was a bit of theory involved. I felt that the lectures didnt necessarily have any relevance to the tutorial presentation/questions, but rather served as a background for them, and similarly I didnt feel as if any of the so-called 'content' that was tested in the exam was directly covered in the lectures. Its one of those units that you will need to Bullshit your way through. Just make up shit, and as long as it answers the question and is relevant to the themes at play you should be fine.

Didnt go on the fieldtrip, did the 'virtual fieldtrip' which means you look at a whole bunch of maps and analyse the data presented in them pertaining to the demographics of certain municipalities, their position within Metropolitan Melbourne and problems that have arisen/could arise from such facts in terms of sustainability. Cant say I did too well in that though, seeing as I forgot a bibliography ahahaha. Didnt do too well in the Major Essay too, wrote about 900 out of 1500 words, but still got a Credit, I guess thats not too bad for a half-attempt, cant imagine it would be too hard to do well if you put in effort though.

Tutorial Presentation was fun though, I did the one on transport which meant we had to create a survey and ask Monash Students about their habits on transportation to uni and then come up with improvements to our (as in Monash as a whole) sustainability. Got a D for that though.

Definitely agree with Spaciiey though, a very cruisey unit
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: michak on June 25, 2013, 08:38:14 pm
Subject code/name: ATS1281 - Understanding Crime

Workload: 1 x 2hr lecture, 1 x 1hr tutorial

Assessment:
•   Tutorial attendance 10% (pretty much just need to rock up and sign your name)
•   Essay 40%, given the option of 4 different essay topics that mainly deal with the content from week 1 to 6. They were fairly easy topics that almost tell you exactly what to write in each paragraph.
•   Exam 40%, this year was the first year of the new exam format. This consisted of 25 multiple choice questions worth 2 marks each and 5 short answer questions worth 10 marks each. The exam isn’t a hurdle requirement.

Recorded lectures: Yes

Past exams available: No as this was the first year of new format. However in week 12 we were given a sheet of a practice questions with answers.

Textbook recommendation: Isn’t entirely necessary as the exam was purely based off the lecture slides. It is useful for the essay but there are about 5 copies in the library that you can borrow.

Lecture(s):
Dr Claire Spivakovsky (main) and Rachel Hale (guest)

Year and semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating: 3/5

Your mark/grade: TBA

Comments:
•   To be honest going into this subject I was quite excited, the material looked very interesting and criminology was an area I have always enjoyed. However I was disappointed quite a bit.
•   In terms of content each week we would look at a different theory or two and look how it explained certain crimes. For example we did strain theory, social disorganisation, rational choice theory etc. The theories itself were interesting and quite informative but the subject itself became very rote-learning based in that we spent learning two hours on the facts of a theory and that was it. Most of the time this just got quite boring.
•   The tutorials themselves were ok and sometimes didn’t even relate to the actual lecture content. The thing that I didn’t like about the tutorials is that the theories themselves were never debated whilst looking at its advantages and disadvantages. It was kind of like we were accepting all these theories and just debating about which crimes they can explain; I for one was expecting more discussions about the theory itself.
•   The main lecturer Claire was brilliant and could tell that she not only knew what she was talking about but loved teaching us the information. Most of the time her lecture slides were quite bare so you actually had to listen to what she said which I think is much better than a lecturer just reading of their slides. She also regularly broke the lecturer up by playing us youtube clips and showing as articles that related to the information. Rachel Hale did the lecture on women and crime which is her area of expertise and she is also the head tutor for this subject. Also like Claire she was very well spoken and quite knowledgeable.
•   In all wasn’t my favourite subject this semester but it wasn’t all bad. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 25, 2013, 09:12:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2010 - Multivariable Calculus

Workload: 3x1 hr lectures a week, 2 hr tute

Assessment:  4x20 min tests worth 5% each, 4 assignments worth 5% each, 60% exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, audio only though, although lecture transparencies are scanned and put onto moodle.
 
Past exams available:  Yes, 1 exam with solutions (although you can probably dig around for others)

Textbook Recommendation:  Stewart's is a pretty good resource for this unit, although not absolutely necessary. Others I know relied on it heavily, I didn't really use it much though (tute questions were scanned onto moodle). If you want to (and have the time to... this was my problem this semester) to do a little bit extra then it's probably worth it.

Lecturer(s): Dr Simon Clarke

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 95 - HD

Comments: I really enjoyed this unit, but wished I had more time to enjoy the back end of the material properly. I didn't have much time at this stage, although that's probably more to do with me overloading than the unit itself. What you learn in MTH2010 seems to actually be useful, and in itself is interesting enough to entice you to do more tute questions (and put off other units/assignments to do them). In some of the early stages you may think that you're just learning random tools, but towards the end of semester it all ties in together really nicely, and I would say this is in my top 2 favourite units so far (I can't split this with ENG1091). Although in the odd case any of you transfer from eng to the double degree, the first couple of weeks will be a re-run of ENG1091.

One of the downsides to how the unit was run this semester was the 20 minute tests worth 5%. You normally get 3 or 4 questions, the first two tests this was doable without pushing two hard, but for the third and fourth test you really only got one shot at each question, no time to stop and think, you just had to power through it to try and get them done on time. As a result you make a lot more simple mistakes, or if you didn't see the way to do the question right away, you probably wouldn't have had time to get back to it.

Lectures are worth going to, as are tutes (although with a test one week and an assignment that has to be handed in in the tute the next you can't really skip too many, well skip showing up for at least 5 minutes anyways :P). Seriously though, it's just practice, make sure you do the tute questions each week, and make sure you go over past exams from previous years during swotvac. You'll see past questions coming up again, and the others are to be approached in similar ways to other questions, (and you'll see a tute question from the semester appear in the exam every now and then).

If anyone wants to start this unit early, here are the topics covered (roughly by week)
 - Vectors+Geometry of Space, Lines, Planes, Functions of Several Variables
 - Limits and Continuity, Partial Derivatives
 - Tangent Plane, Linear and Quadratic Approximations, Chain Rule for multivariable functions, directional derivative and the Gradient Vector
 - Double Integrals, Iterated Integrals
 - Double Integrals over a general Region, double ints over polar coordinates, applications of double integrals
 - Triple Integrals, Triple Integrals in Cylindrical Coordinates
 - Triple ints in Cylindrical + Change of variables in multiple integrals
 - Vector Fields, Line Integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Line Integrals
 - Green's Theorem, Curl and Divergence
 - Parametric Surfaces, surface area, surface integrals
 - Stoke's Theorem, The Divergence Theorem

But yeah, you'll be dealing with things like this (it's cool! :D)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 25, 2013, 10:00:29 pm
Subject Code/Name: MEC2401 - Dynamics I

Workload: 2x1 hr lectures, 2 hr tutes, 3 labs (which are done in the tutes)

Assessment: Tutes + 2 Assignments - 15%, Labs and Reports - 15%, Mid Semester Test - 10%, Exam - 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Nope, no recordings...

Past exams available:  Yes, 2 with sols, a few more in the textbook if you buy it

Textbook Recommendation: Custom made 'textbook' that basically has the lecture slides explanations and a bit more, the tute questions and a few more, and the past exams in the back. Worth buying, is useful to learn/revise from, and some of the tute questions are worked through in the book too.

Lecturer(s): A/Prof. Raafat Ibrahim

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating:  3.8 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 76 - D

Comments: Even if you're told that the exam is not going to be that hard, make sure you prepare for whats coming. The content itself is interesting , but some questions can be quite tedious by hand. Actually that's an understatement, I should say most of the questions from the latter half of the course can be very tedious by hand. You may make a small mistake and spend the next 30-45 minutes trying to find it, or just put the wrong number into the scientific calc and be running in circles for the next hour. The concepts themselves isn't that hard, it's more just executing questions that is the hard part.

At the end of each tute you hand in the questions for the week to be marked, which contribute to the final overall grade. You will have 3 labs, all to do with balancing masses. The first is just observing whether a disk is balanced on a spinning machine. The second required you to do calculations to balance masses in a single plane, while the third requires you to actually balance masses in multiple planes on a rotor test rig, which leads into what you'd have to do to balance masses on pistons and crankshafts in an internal combustion engine (not exactly like that, but the ideas are similar, you deal with a rotating mass, the engine deals with rotating and reciprocating masses, although you do a complete balance rather than a partial balancing of the system). It's cool though, when you see the vibration minimise after your hard work and calculations. Something that I did learn from this semester though is that a V6 cylinder engine has a greater potential to reduce vibrations than a 4 cylinder engine as the V6 can be completely balanced, while the 4 cylinder can only be partially balanced when optimized, (I thought it was partly counter intuitive at first). After the labs you need to do a proper write of the three labs, which is marked. Just don't do what I did and be finishing it at 6am the day it was due, you want to do well on this, and do it properly.

You also deal with balancing train locomotives and such later on, which there always seems to be a question on this relating to balancing in multiple planes, so make sure you learn how to do it. The last point to note is, even if you cover vibrations in one lecture in the final week, expect it to come up on the exam, mostly it's just Lagrange's Formula, but know how to derive the equations from it.

As with the previous review, the topics covered are:
 - Revision on Kinematics, Rectilinear Motion, Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration
 - Dependent motion of particles and pulleys
 - Relative Motion, General Plane Motion, Absolute Motion
 - Velocity of a point on a Link
 - Acceleration of a point on a Link and Vector Analysis
 - Forces in Mechanisms using dismemberment and inertial forces
 - Balancing of Rotating Masses, Balancing of single and several rotating masses
 - Balancing of masses rotating in the same and different planes
 - Balancing of reciprocating masses
 - Forced Vibration, Lagrange Formula
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 25, 2013, 10:37:42 pm
Subject Code/Name: MAT1830 - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Workload: 3x1 hr lectures, 1 hr tute

Assessment: 10 Weekly Assignments - 3% each, 70% Exam

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Yes, 2 Past Exams, 1 with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation: I think there was a textbook for the unit, but it's not needed at all, don't bother buying it.

Lecturer(s): Dr Daniel Horsley, Dr Heiko Dietrich

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating:  4.2 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 81 - HD

Comments: Although this unit wasn't exactly my thing, I did enjoy some aspects of it (I was only in the unit to fill an elective slot). There are a few interesting concepts, and a few dry and dull ones to go with them. The content itself isn't too hard, although you have weekly assignments, so you can't really afford to get too behind, or you start dropping 3%'s, which add up. (I completely missed one assignment due to nearly burning out in the middle of semester, again more to do with me overloading than the unit itself). The lecturers are actually fairly nice compared to the standard uni lecturer, and are willing to help out and have a chat with you. As far as tutes go, I used them more as a social thing, rather than to learn the material.... (this was just me... make sure you learn the material). I was one of the louder ones in the tute, I think overall I.T. seems to be quieter than other faculties (not trying to stereotype, just an observation).

Really, as with most of my reviews so far, if you can do tute questions you can set yourself up well for the exam. As far as lectures go, I think they're worth it, but not entirely essential if you make it up in your own time. A side note, the lecturers like putting little comics/xkcd in the slides relevant to what you're learning :)

Topics for those who are interested:
 - Arithmetic
 - Logic
 - Logic + Induction
 - Sets
 - Functions
 - Relations
 - Recursion
 - Recurrence Relations
 - Graphs
 - Trees, Colourings
 - Congruences
 - Cryptosystems (Not assessed)
 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 26, 2013, 12:26:43 am
Subject Code/Name: STA1010 - Statistical Methods for Science

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes. This semester we were only given the 2004 and 2012 exams (with solutions).

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s): Dr. Jonathan Keith

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  2.75-3/5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: Not a fan of this unit, really. I found it to be extremely dry, and very broad in terms of difficulty (i.e. some areas were quite challenging, whilst others were ridiculously easy). This unit gives some very useful knowledge and techniques relating to scientific statistical practices and inference techniques, but it is very non-mathematical (if you can't do it on a basic scientific calculator, it's not in the course; e.g. no PDFs/CDFs/Calculus).

Jon is a good lecturer, and he delivers the necessary explanations well. However, he is quite softly-spoken so the attention tends to wander during the lectures; I found it worthwhile to relisten to critical lectures online. In all honesty, I stopped going to lectures after the sixth one (out of 31 or so), but I made sure to rewatch any lecture on things I wasn't sure about during SWOTVAC.

Labs were pretty much useless, in that the tutor simply walks you through the problems in that week's entry of the lab manual. In a way, it does reinforce the practices presented in the lecture, but more through repetition than anything else. You do get marked for attendance and participation (10% of the overall mark, if I understand correctly). The lab manual questions can provide a source of practice exam questions if needs be, I guess.

In-semester assessment consists of:

The areas of study covered (generally) are:
amongst other areas of study.

Be very prepared to be using a lot of statistical tables...

It's not really my thing, but some of the content (specifically hypothesis testing, ANOVA and confidence intervals) were very interesting and seem to be useful in many (if not most) areas of science.

The exam is very simple - the only real revision I did was the 2012 paper, which was extremely similar to the 2013 one. Success! The questions are very straightforward, and the exam is very easy to prepare for.

Also, from what I hear, this unit is compulsory (unless another Maths credit is done) for those undertaking the B.Sc. It must be completed at some point in the degree.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ShortBlackChick on June 26, 2013, 02:14:34 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS2909/3909 - Villains and Rogues: A History of Ideas About Gangsters 

Workload: 1x 1.5 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial

Assessment: 

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screencapture

Past exams available:  No, it was not required as the unit had a take-home exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  The unit reader which cost about $25 from memory.

Lecturer(s): Annabelle Baldwin and Ernest Koh

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1

Rating:  3 of 5

Comments: Yes, there's a unit about gangsters. It sounds very awesome and like its just a interesting unit, but in reality, its not.  The lectures act as a background to the weekly readings, providing historical context to the readings and random information relating back to the topic. Each week focused on a specific mafia or gang, besides the first 3 weeks which talked about Gangs and Mafias in general. The readings were the core of the unit, as in they were what was discussed in the tutorials- the ideas presented in the readings about the topic was focused on heavily in the tutorials and were expected to be discussed in the assessments. But they werent covered in the lectures, which made the lectures almost irrelevant. But I found them to be the most interesting. The readings unfortunately, were a drag, and many people struggled to get through them, as did I. I dont think the unit focused on the romanticisation and portrayal of gangsters by society as much as I expected, besides there being a whole reading on it in one of the first 3 weeks. I also struggled to comprehend the distinction between a Villain and a Rogue and a Mafia and a Gangster and as such I found myself just alternating between the 4 titles accordingly in the assessments as they werent clearly defined I felt. I didnt even attend the lectures half the time, but I think doing the readings and attending the tutorials is probably the most important and essential thing to doing well in this unit. I did feel a lack of direction half the time while doing the major assessments and struggled as a result. I just had no idea what to say. I felt like the unit was hyped up a lot, just by the name and what it seems to imply its about and the fact that Ernest Koh is a lecturer. He's no doubt an awesome lecturer, he's just funny and makes the lectures more enjoyable, but it didnt change the content I guess. You may remember him from Contemporary Worlds 1 and 2 (First Year History/Politics/International Studies Core Units) where he left quite the impression on students from his humor. I think he only took 2 lectures for this unit, those were enjoyable. Annabelle made the lectures interesting too, but they werent a highlight by any means.

I dont think I'm going to do as well as I hoped for this unit. It was quite complicated and not as interesting as I expected. Its more of a History Unit, but it wasnt as engaging as I hoped for.

I had other stuff to say but its 2AM and I cant remember what they were.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on June 26, 2013, 08:40:28 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2951 - Environmental Chemistry: Water

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  3-4 exams available, no solutions available. However, there are revision lectures during SWOTVAC where they pretty much give you every answer to one of the past exams

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):


Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 89 HD

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on June 26, 2013, 10:52:40 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2121 - Algebra and Number Theory

Workload:
-Three 1-hour lectures
-One 1-hour support class per week

Assessment:
-Examination (3 hours): 70%
-Assignments and tests: 30%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, only voice recorded

Past exams available:  2 past exams, one came with solution

Textbook Recommendation: 
-Recommended: A Book of Abstract Algebra by Charles C. Pinter

Lecturer(s):Dr Tom Hall (Number Theory) and Dr Norm Do (Algebra)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 77 D

Comments:
Awesome unit, I find it quite manageable so if anyone is consider doing a higher maths level unit, may I suggest this. The lecturer (Norm) was excellent at explaining all the group theory etc. and for once the written notes were useful compared to other units. The tutorial was engaging enough that I never skipped out on a single one until the new guy for number theory came in. I reckon this unit is good for people who wants a taste of pure maths, its not overly complicated but it had some proofs which was fun to learn.

However I must emphasis on the fact that I enjoyed this unit purely because Norm was an excellent lecturer/tutor so if Daniel Delbourgo or Daniel Horsley ever teaches this unit, I recommend to just buy the book and read it at home.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on June 27, 2013, 12:01:13 am
Subject Code/Name: MTH2140/MTH3140 - Real Analysis 

Workload:
-Three 1-hour lectures
-One 2-hour support class per week

Assessment: 
-Examination (3 hours): 70%
-Assignments and participation in support classes: 30%

Recorded Lectures:  No recorded lectures, however there are hand written lectures notes

Past exams available: Multiple past exams on the monash library section, only one exam with solution

Textbook Recommendation:
-Must buy: Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott, you can bring a clean copy of this book into the exam

Lecturer(s): Dr Jerome Droniou, Dr Gilbert Weinstein

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating: 2 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 73 D

Comments:
This unit was fun to learn, if you're good at self learning. I didn't attend the lectures but from what I've heard, it is garbage. The written notes were barely readable so I suggest learning off the text book rather than spending hours deciphering what the heck was that word in the hand written notes. I thought the unit was a bit too difficult and there's hardly any relevant examples in the tutorial that can help you in the assignments, which is generally how I learn to approach a question. Furthermore, there aren't much pure maths units before this (I guess only MTH1112 and MTH1000, which is not exactly pure maths) and for an introductory unit to pure, they assumed that we had a very good knowledge to the relevant topics, which makes this unit more frustrating since they don't explain some of the topics such as probability generating function in detail. Also I'm not sure if it was just my tutor but she is terrible at marking, how can a marker skip an entire page of working, which was worth 6 marks out of 30, and when I ask her to read over my working, she gave me the full marks.

Anyways this is turning more to a rant but if anyone out there doing pure maths major, consider choosing level 2 over level 3 and do plenty of pre-reading before the semister starts
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 27, 2013, 04:30:16 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2021 - Linear Algebra with Applications

Workload: 3x1 hr lectures, 2 hr tute

Assessment: 3 Assignments - 6% & 7% & 7%, Midsem test - 10%, Exam - 70%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available: Yes 2, 1 with solutions. (there are more out there though)

Textbook Recommendation: You don't really need it but - Elementary Linear Algebra - Howard Anton

Lecturer(s): Week 1-6: Dr Tim Garoni, Week 7-12: Dr Jerome Droniou

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating: 2.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 - HD

Comments: To be honest, I absolutely hated this unit throughout the semester, but over the day or two of cramming right before the exam, I've warmed to it a little bit more. I should note that this has nothing to do with the lecturers, who were fine, it has more to do with me not enjoying the course content, pure maths just isn't my thing. The first four weeks are not too hard, you start off with basis concepts dealing with matricies, determinates and such. After about 4 weeks you start on vector spaces, which is where everything seems to go downhill. A lot of the cohort struggled with this (me included), and once you down understand the first parts to it, you get lost and have no clue with the next couple of weeks of the course. We were told that the median mark for the semester was below 50%. After a bad midsemester result I may have started not attending lecturers as much. In short, I was still learning content the day before the exam. The main annoyance with this unit is that you have to remember a lot of material, it's not hard once you get it, it's just a lot.

Although, after I actually sat down and went through the course properly, and after it clicked, it isn't actually that hard, you've just got to remember how to do everything (a lot of things), and small, small notes here and there. There are proofs (it may be labelled an applied unit but it's basically an intro to pure maths with a few applications thrown in). About 12% of the exam was proofs with another 10% or so of 'show that' which required you to have the knowledge to do a proof of similar nature.

When I approached cramming for this (I did it in 1 day.. one long day...), I knew that I wasn't going to be able to get proofs down in time, and focused on learning how to do things from past exams, not exactly why.. (this is a very bad way of learning, if you can call it learning at all, don't do this unless you run out of time in the end). This required a fair bit of memorization, although I started to enjoy the unit a little bit, when I could actually do questions. There are some applications that can make a few things a lot easier, and so simple compared to other methods we would have used. (Think about cutting down 2 pages of working into a few lines using another method, this was actually quite cool).

For those who want to go ahead, the following are the topics covered:
 - Gaussian Elimination
 - Elementary matrices, LU decomposition
 - Determinants, Cramer's Rule, Constructing curves and surfaces
 - Euclidean Vector Spaces, Orthogonality, Real Vector Spaces and Subspaces
 - Spanning sets, linear independence, Bases and Dimension
 - Coordinates, change of basis, Fundamental matrix spaces
 - Matrix Transformations, transformations of the plane
 - Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization
 - The power Method, differential equations
 - Inner Product Spaces, Gram-Schmidt Algorithm
 - Least Squares solution, fitting data
 - Orthogonal matrices and diagonalization
 - Quadratic Forms, Optimization
 - General Linear Transformations
 - Applications: Markov Chains, Discrete Dynamical Systems, Error Correcting Codes


EDIT: 100th review in this thread! \o/
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 27, 2013, 05:20:29 pm
Subject Code/Name: STA1010 - Statistical Methods for Science

Workload: 3x1 hr lectures, 1x2 hr "Lab" (using excel/tute questions)

Assessment: 10 On-line Quizzes - 1% each, Labs, prelabs & participation - 10%, Two assignments and group inference project - 20%, Exam - 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 2 with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation: You really don't need it.

Lecturer(s): Dr Jonathan Keith

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating: 2 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 90 - HD

Comments: I should start off by saying that Jon was a great lecturer and the rating should not reflect on him. It was more that the content he had to teach wasn't that great. If you did further and Methods during yr 12, then the first 6 weeks will be a piece of cake, you will learn next to nothing. Basically take a watered down version of the worst part of methods, probability and combine it with the driest part of of further, statistics. After that you learn a few more concepts (Central Limit Theorem, Confidence Intervals) before moving onto hypothesis testing, which is the meat of the course. In itself it's not too hard, but just like Yr 12 probability, the hardest part is picking which formula to build and apply to the situation.

Although this is an easy unit, it requires time throughout the semester, it sucked up time that I wanted to use for other units, you have all these small assessments here and there, prelabs, on-line tests, assignments. Although, as a result of being lax for this unit (only 2 hrs study during swotvac), I probably lost a few more marks than I planned to on the exam. But that was because of prioritising other units, but the message here is that yes it is easy, yes you can slack off, but don't completely slack off.

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on June 27, 2013, 07:11:40 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFF2401 - Commercial Banking and Finance

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Assessment: Group assignment (20%), Class test (10%), Exam - 3 hours (70%).

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Yes, one sample exam with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation: Lange, H., Saunders, A., & Cornett, M. M. (2013). Financial institutions management (3rd ed.). North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill. Not really necessary as it is sufficient to follow the lecture slides, however useful for practice of tutorial questions.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Kym Brown and Dr. Tram Vu.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: Pending.

Comments: Commercial banking and finance builds from AFF1300, and goes into greater depth and knowledge. The most difficult aspect of this unit is the group assignment (or can be done individually). This involves thorough research and detailed analysis of the Australian banking system in relation to the GFC and discussing whether the "big 4" banks have too much power or not. The report is 4,000 words long and hence, if you want to do well, you should start on it as soon as possible. The class test is held in the lecture theatre and is a mixture of short-answer and multiple-choice questions; it shouldn't be too difficult if you have studied for it. The exam itself is pretty similar to the set tutorial questions throughout the semester, so going over those questions and the sample exam is a good approach. Initially, I didn't really enjoy this unit however it gets better throughout the semester. Really interesting unit, and if you work hard, it will definitely pay off.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TrueTears on June 27, 2013, 07:30:50 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFX4060 - Issues in Corporate Finance 

Workload:  3 hours lab each week.

Assessment:  2 Paper Review each worth 10%. Participation 15%. Academic paper presentation: 15%. Exam: 50%

Recorded Lectures:  N/A

Past exams available:  N/A

Textbook Recommendation:  N/A

Lecturer(s): Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Dr YangYang Chen.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Semester 1.

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Pending

Comments: Brilliant unit. Do not compare this unit to the standard undergraduate corporate finance units, this unit is on a league of its own. In AFX4060, you tackle the forefront of corporate finance research by reading up-to-date academic papers, each week readings range from 4-6 academic papers and it is a truly rewarding experience. The first half of the unit is taken by Madhu, who is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of corporate finance, each week he would give an academic presentation seminar and it really gives you a deep insight into how academic proposals are done by a professional. The second half of the unit is taken by Yang Yang, who is literally a beast at corporate finance. His part of the course is more theoretical based and focuses on the mathematical proofs of relevant theorems etc. Essentially, we go through 5 main theoretical aspects of corporate finance: Capital structure, payout policy, management compensation, cash holdings and securities issuance. Every single theorem/corollary/lemma that we go through is backed with a mathematical proof. The exam is split into 2 parts. First part is YangYang's theoretical aspects, hence they are all proof questions. Second part will be based on Madhu's part, which is basically the academic papers that were read throughout the semester. All in all, fantastic unit and I'd highly recommend it to anyone specialising in finance.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Fyrefly on June 27, 2013, 07:48:27 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS3083 - Translating Across Cultures

Workload:
Weekly 1.5h Lecture (called a "seminar" but really a lecture)
Weekly 2h Tute

Assessment:
Tute Participation Peer Review (5 x 2%)
Almost every week you either have "homework" or an assessed translation due. Weeks where you have homework due is where the peer review participation comes in. The homework is a short translation piece that you have to prepare beforehand and bring into class. During class, you'll swap your homework with a classmate, and you'll fill out a review sheet for each others' work. By filling out a review, you'll earn yourself tute participation marks for that week. Your review doesn't affect your classmates' mark (you can say their work was shit if you want, and it won't affect their mark). There are five peer review tute participation weeks, and each is worth 2%.
Assessed Translations (4 x 5%)
There are four translations during semester, each ~500 words. Two will be LOTE --> English translations, and two will be English --> LOTE translations. You also write a brief (~400 words) to accompany your translation, explaining and justifying the decisions you made while translating. The pieces you translate are selected by the lecturer/tutor, so everyone in your class will be translating the same piece.
Group Translation (1 x 20%)
Group of two or three people. Together, you translate a text of your own choosing either from LOTE --> English or English --> LOTE. I forget the word count exactly, but I think ~1600 words. You must also do a group presentation about your translation (15-20min presentation).
Long Translation (1 x 20%)
You translate a text of your own choosing either from LOTE --> English or English --> LOTE. The text should be ~1000 words. You also write a brief similar to those of the assessed translations, just longer (800-1000 words I think).
Final Exam (1 x 30%)
2 hours, plus 10min reading time. Purely practical. One translation from LOTE --> Eng, and one translation from Eng --> LOTE. Both translations are about 500 words. You must also write a brief no longer than one page for each translation. You can take a paper and/or electronic dictionary into the exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No sample exam, and I don’t think there are any past exams in the database… I don’t think you really need any though.

Textbook Recommendation:  This unit doesn’t have a textbook.

Lecturer(s): The unit coordinator is Kenta Koshiba, but he only does about two lectures himself. He organises for a different guest speaker to come in each week and speak about different topics related to translation. As far as I remember, the guest speakers are all university staff whom teach other units too. The unit as a whole is designed to be practical, so in the lectures there’s some theory but also lots of general discussion and examples. I think Kenta ran out of guest lecturers, because we only had lectures up until Week 10. Kenta himself is a really easygoing guy. The quality of the lectures varies week-to-week obviously, and is dependent on the quality of the guest speaker.

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1, 2013.

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Exam results aren’t out yet, but HD overall for the in-semester stuff.

Comments:

This unit had five streams this semester: German, Italian, Spanish, French and Japanese. In past semesters there was Chinese and Vietnamese too I think, but I’m not sure whether they’ll bring those back or not. I was in the Japanese stream. It’s necessary for you to have a relatively high level of proficiency in your chosen language stream, otherwise you won’t be able to grasp the intricacies of what you’re translating. Lectures are in English. Tutes are streamed into your languages. There’s only one tute time for each language stream, so you’ll have to work around it in your timetable. Each tute stream will have two tutors – one native speaker and one English background speaker proficient in your LOTE.

I felt like the lectures were kind of a waste of time, because all assessment in this unit is practical. Beyond serving as a means for you to get an understanding of the key terminology, I honestly don’t think there’s much point to them.

I feel that your mark in this unit is largely dependent on your level of language proficiency more than anything else. For me, I was getting HDs in the LOTE --> Eng translations, but only Ds in the Eng --> LOTE translations because my Japanese proficiency isn’t exactly absolute (I’m not good with idioms, flowery language… that sort of stuff, which happens to be important in translation). I can’t speak for all the language streams obviously, but everyone in the Japanese stream for this unit was either a native speaker, or studying Japanese Advanced 5 concurrently this semester. I think perhaps you’d also be okay with Japanese Advanced 3.

The other thing that will help you get a good mark is your ability to bullshit. So long as you demonstrate a bit of commonsense and you can justify it in your brief, you can pretty much translate your work however you want.

Overall, I think the assessment in this unit was pretty easy, though biased towards people with higher language proficiency. Putting the assessment aside though, this unit is practical and thus very applicable to real life. It doesn’t teach you about translation so much as it teaches you how to translate, which I think is far more useful and more important.

I felt like this unit was a good chance for me to be less concerned about assessments and more about learning for the sake of learning. It’s a third year unit, but I don’t think it’s particularly hard. Overall, this is a unit I found engaging, and that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the practical side of translation and linguistics.

This unit will help you a LOT if you're studying Japanese and intend to do ATS3152 later on, which also has a heavy emphasis on translation.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on June 28, 2013, 02:14:54 pm
Subject Code/Name: MAE2401 - Aircraft Structures 1

Workload: 
-3 x 1 hour lectures
-3 hours practice sessions or laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week

Assessment:
-Progress test:10% (Basically 1% per tutorial)
-Computer Laboratory work:10%
-Final examination (3 hours): 80%

Recorded Lectures:  None, only lecture notes were uploaded

Past exams available:  5+ available from past exam data base, none with solution

Textbook Recommendation:  Mechanics of materials 5th edition by Bear, Johnson, DeWolf and Mazurek, textbook is a must for this unit

Lecturer(s): Tuncay Alan

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating: 2.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 84 HD

Comments: This review applies to MEC2403 - Mechanics of materials as well since its just the same unit but with different assessments (MEC is 5x easier than MAE). First of all the lecture notes have the basic information but it doesn't help you to do tutorials at all, if you want to pass the unit, make sure to buy the text book or at least loan it from Hargrave Library. The work load is not all that bad but it's always a good idea to finish the tutorial ahead of time because it's pretty hard to finish it in the 3 hour time frame they give you. Throughout this unit I felt like that I didn't learn much and the content is quite dull. Not sure if the lectures were useful since I didn't bother going but from what I've heard, just stick with reading the text book. For those of you doing the MEC version, the tutorials are worth 3% each and you don't have to do any computer laboratory work (so unfair :()
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: xZero on June 28, 2013, 02:53:43 pm
Subject Code/Name: MEC2402 - Engineering Design I

Workload: 
-2 x 1hours lectures
-3 hours laboratory/tutorial classes
-10 hours of private study per week during the Warman Competition and 3-4 hours during Assignment 2

Assessment:
-Computer Labs, Tutorial work and Design Assignments: 60%
-Examination (3 hours): 40%

Recorded Lectures:  None, only lecture notes were uploaded

Past exams available:  Yes, 5+ on moodle and 1 with solution

Textbook Recommendation: 
-Australian Engineering Drawing Handbook. SAA/IEAust. (EDH) (recommended)
-Introduction to Engineering Design. B. W. Field. (required)
(Both can be taken into the exam)

Lecturer(s):Scott Wordley

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 73 D

Comments:
Feel like doing a unit with an equivalent work load of 2? Well look no further, to some people this unit may even have a work load of 3 units worth. From week 1 you were given the Warman competition assignment, which is to design, draw, do calculations and build a working prototype to navigate a course while carrying an object within 5 weeks and the final product completed and ready for testing on week 6. Straight after this assignment, you are given another assignment, which is to simply design something, in my case a UAV Launcher. It may sound easy but the amount of calculation and CAD work you have to do is quite insane. Thankfully its a group work so be sure to find people who are committed and willing to spend hours on this unit. During the assignment 2, there will be tutorials on different drawings and computer CAD task which takes a long time to complete. In my opinion, they packed too much content in this unit, I genuinely felt like I was doing 3 units worth.

The Warman task was quite ridiculous since the time frame they give you is way too short, the actual competition starts in September so I don't understand why Monash wanted to finish the competition so early. However Monash do pick one group to represent in the national competition and from what I've heard, there are plenty of scouts in the national competition so doing well in it can land you some job/internship offers. Overall this unit was quite fun, if they reduce the work load by a bit I'd say this unit deserves at 4.5/5.

PS NEVER GO FULL MECHANICAL, THAT BONUS 1 MARK IS NOT WORTH ALL DEPRESSED FEELING AND HOURS OF EXTRA WORK ON SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT WORK GIVEN THE TIME FRAME >:(
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on June 28, 2013, 03:12:34 pm
Subject Code/Name: MKF2111 - Buyer Behaviour

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one 1-hr-30-mins tutorial per week.

Assessment: Tutorial presentation (15%), Consumer diary (15%), Mini tasks (20%), Exam - 2 hours (50%).

Mini tasks involve:
Recorded Lectures: No.

Past exams available: Yes, one sample exam (no solutions).
 
Textbook Recommendation: Hoyer, Wayne D., Deborah J. MacInnis, and Rik Pieters, "Consumer Behavior," South-Western Cengage Learning, 6th edition. Definitely consider purchasing as lecture slides alone are not sufficient for study.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Gerri Spassova (semester 1), Dr. Mauricio Palmeira (semester 2).

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: Pending.

Comments: This unit isn't too hard as the assessment tasks and exam are relatively easy. The consumer diary is the piece of assessment that takes time, as you have to record your product/service purchases for a week and with another person, analyse each other’s purchases in relation to marketing theories and principles. You have the option of either doing research participation surveys or a research paper to gain 4% of the marks. The research participation is an easy way to get free marks as you just complete surveys for the department which are quick and anonymous. The tutorial presentation requires some research, but again, not that difficult. The exam is pretty straightforward if you have read the textbook and made summary notes. Buyer behaviour can be quite dry at times, however it's a relatively straightforward unit as an elective or core major unit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on June 29, 2013, 07:03:18 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2911 - Synthetic Chemistry I 

Workload:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 4 hour lab per week (Week 1 and 2 have 2 hour labs)
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week (optional). These start Week 2.

Assessment: 
Prac work: 30% (This is a hurdle requirement, you need at least 50% in this component to be awarded a pass)

Final exam: 70%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, many available from the Monash Library Exams database. Exams from the past two or three years are available, as well as some older ones (though the course structure may have changed a little since then). No solutions are provided.

Textbook Recommendation:
C.E Housecroft, A. G. Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry (4ed. in Sem 1 2013)
J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, Organic Chemistry (2ed. in Sem 1 2013)

Neither of these is compulsory to buy.

Lecturer(s):
Inorganic Chemistry: Leone Spiccia
Organometallic Chemistry: Cameron Jones
Organic Chemistry Part 1 : Kellie Tuck
Organic Chemistry Part 2: Brendan Wilkinson

Year & Semester of completion:
Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade:
Unknown at this time.

Comments:
This subject is a prerequisite for most 3rd-year chemistry units. (so definitely a must if you wish to major in Chemistry).

The subject is largely divided into four sections:

Inorganic mainly builds on concepts learnt in first-year chemistry (properties of ligands, properties and structures of metal complexes, crystal field theory) and goes into a bit more depth. Lots of different kinds of ligands are introduced (thankfully, only a small subset of these need to be memorised). Crystal field theory is expanded upon a bit more, and is linked to UV-Vis spectroscopy. There is also a bit on the equilibria and thermodynamics (with regard to stability) at the end of the section.

Organometallic is more of an introduction, since this isn't really covered that much in first-year. It covers an introduction to organometallic bonding (the orbitals, electron donation and physical chemistry stuff), the 18-electron rule for complexes (similar to the Octet rule for regular molecules), and a wide variety of organometallic ligands and reaction types. Towards the end of the section, the role of organometallic chemistry in industry is covered, with some catalytic cycles discussed.

Organic Part 1 builds on the organic chemistry learnt in first-year, specifically mechanisms, resonance, carbocations and organic reactions. Don't worry if this isn't your strongest area of chemistry, all the first-year stuff is revised and everyone is brought up to speed. In terms of new concepts, NMR is covered in a bit more detail, as well as the different mechanisms of substitution and elimination reactions. If you want to do well in this section, make sure you have got the basics down pat.

Organic Part 2 is more about the various kinds of transformations involving functional groups that we can make (particularly those involving the carbonyl group). There are a lot of reactions and reagents to learn for this section. The difference between substitution and addition reactions is discussed, and how to predict which reaction will occur. Oxidation and reduction from an organic chemistry point of view is covered. Towards the end, there is a bit on pericylic and aromatic chemistry reactions. I felt this was the most memory-intensive of the four.

On the whole, this was a very enjoyable unit. All of the lecturers were very adept at explaining concepts, and all were more than happy to answer questions during and after lectures.

The labs could be draining at times (finishing uni at 6pm was never easy), but the lab demonstrators knew their stuff well, and were quite helpful and considerate, especially considering my ineptitude and slowness. In the labs, you mainly perform experiments related to the content covered in lectures (though the order of the labs won't necessarily match up to what you're currently learning). You also learn a wide variety of techniques (by the end of the semester, we had all tried Melting point, IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy. Thin-Layer Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Liquid-liquid extraction, Recrystallisation and lots of Vacuum Filtration).

The lab marks consist of filling in 'proformas', which are just like worksheets, except you have to fill in an MSDS at the front, which is basically a risk assessment of all the chemicals and hazards you are dealing with in the prac. Weeks 1 and 2 are 'dry labs', you practice interpreting NMR spectra here. The 'wet' labs start from Week 3. Make sure you have good safety goggles and a lab coat. Gloves are provided.

The tutorials usually take one of two forms: Either you attempt the questions, and call the lecturer over when you're having a bit of trouble, or the lecturer will make it more interactive, and pick some questions for the class to have a Q-and-A session over. They're not compulsory, but doing the tute questions is good practice for the final exam.

The textbooks aren't really necessary to do well in the unit, but do offer good explanations (and can help a fair bit when trying to answer the lab proforma questions). Lecture notes are how content is delivered. Note, though, that some of the textbooks may be needed in 3rd year chemistry, should you wish to continue.

The subject isn't overly demanding in terms of workload, but there is a lot of content, so make sure you know at least a little before SWOTVAC comes along. It's practically impossible to cram this in one or two nights if you're looking for a really good mark. During SWOTVAC, a few revision sessions were held (where you just show up and ask the lecturer questions). These were quite helpful too. The exam isn't also overly difficult (but is a bit more difficult than the 1st-year exams), so long as you have revised.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on June 29, 2013, 11:40:33 pm
Subject Code/Name: DEV2011 - Early Human Development from Cells to Tissues 

Workload:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 3 hour lab per week.  This is optional, except for when you have to attend the midsemester test, and at the very start of the semester.

Assessment: 
Two online Moodle tests (Weeks 3 and 10): 5% each
Midsemester test (Week 6, in lab session): 10%
Cell Profile Report: 20%
Final exam: 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Not available. No sample exams either.

Textbook Recommendation: 
B. M. Carlson, Human embryology and developmental biology (4ed. in Semester 1, 2013)

Not compulsory to buy. Did not consult much during semester.

Lecturer(s): Too many to mention. Most lecturers only take 2-3 lectures each.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this time.

Comments: This subject is a prerequisite for DEV2022 and 3rd year DEV units.

The content is fairly varied. At the start of semester, you learn about the various ways in which developmental biology is studied. You then move on to the basics of cells, such as communication, movement, adhesion, proliferation and death. After that, you learn about gamete formation, and the initial steps that occur during and after fertilisation. This includes the initial life of the zygote, how it develops and turns into an embryo, and the formation of the main cell layers.

After that, the focus is more on how individual cell types develop from these layers. Germ cells, muscle cells, nerve and neural cells, spinal cord and connective tissue cells, epithelial cells, blood and blood vessel cells, bone cells and stem cells are all covered. The last week is mostly revision.

Unfortunately, I found a significant proportion of the lectures fairly dull. Some of this is due to the subject matter, which I do not blame anybody for, but some of it was also because there were times when the lecturer was just reading from the lecture notes. In those times, it honestly would have been better had I just stayed at home and used the time to learn things by myself. There were some good lecturers who tried to explain things well, but these were in the minority, in my opinion. Also, a fair amount of the work in this unit requires rote-memory, which is something I don't particularly like to do (and there's a lot of content as well). In addition, I feel the lecture structure wasn't the best. There were just a couple of lectures that seemed 'out-of-place' given what we had just studied.

The labs were optional. I attended most of them in the first half of semester. You need to attend at the beginning in order to collect your cell slide. Most of the rest of the labs just consisted of us filling in our lab booklets with answers to questions, from the various posters put up around the lab. I think the material was designed to complement the stuff you learn in lectures, but after a while, my motivation for that decreased. The lab in the week before the midsemester test really helped for the test though. My lab demonstrator was very helpful and friendly, and pointed me to a good resource (Functional histology by Jeff Kerr). Honestly, I stopped going a week after the midsemester test.

There was one thing the labs were very good for, however: they provided a good amount of time to get work done on the Cell Profile Report. This is a written report on a cell type that you are assigned to when you first come in to the lab at the very beginning of semester. Basically, it's more like a research essay, but it's not like you're trying to research a topic you're really unfamiliar with (like in the BIO1011 and 1022 essays). You will write on the functions of your cell type and how it comes about from the initial fertilised egg. You then get a section to write on your own research choice for your cell type (and when I say your own choice, there have been some very creative and diverse choices in the past).

You also use a high-powered microscope to take pictures of the slide you collected (that's one of the good things about the lab time, the microscopes are there in practically all of the weeks). You're meant to annotate these pictures and use them in your report.

I didn't really consult the textbook much, so I can't really comment on its quality, but it seemed to explain some of the concepts fairly well.

The online Moodle tests are doable as long as you have your lecture notes with you. The mid-semester test isn't too bad either, as long as you've revised. It has a few questions from the lab the week before.

The final exam is divided into four parts. One consists of MCQ questions (and is worth around half the exam mark). The other three parts are short-answer (1-1.5 pages was what the lecturers intended) responses. In each of the three parts, you respond to one out of six prompts. (so there are 18 short-answer questions in total, but you answer three). I felt that this probably saved me from failing in the exam, because it meant that as long as you knew a few areas quite well, you could find something to write decently about. Some MCQ questions were directly recycled from the online and midsemester tests. I honestly was very lazy with this subject and ended up cramming for it on the night before the exam (please don't do that). I wouldn't suggest to take this unit if you're just looking for something to do. It genuinely seems like it'd be quite taxing if you didn't have a real passion for it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on June 30, 2013, 01:51:36 am
Subject Code/Name: PHY2021 - Body Systems Physiology (Recoded as PHY2042)

Workload: 
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 3 hour lab per week (There are only about 6 labs, and 2 weeks where the lecturer will go through the theory behind the prac (which usually takes around 1 hour). So, you effectively get 4 weeks off.

Assessment:
11 online Moodle tests (your best 8 are counted) - 25%
5 Lab Reports - 20%
4 Online Learning Tasks - 5%
Final theory exam - 30%
Final prac exam - 20%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  No. However, there were lots of practice questions and sample exam questions on Moodle, for both the theory and prac exams.

Textbook Recommendation: 
E. P. Widmaier, H. Raff, K. T. Strang, Vander's Human Physiology - the mechanisms of body function (12ed. in Sem 1, 2013)

Not compulsory to buy. Did not use much during semester.

Lecturer(s):
Homeostasis: Wayne Sturrock
Autonomic nervous system: Marianne Tare
Cardiovascular: Roger Evans
Respiratory: Farshad Mansouri and Ross Young
Renal: Kate Denton and Yvonne Hodgson

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments:
This unit is largely divided into five sections:

Homeostasis is mainly a revision from first-year biology about homeostasis (what else?) and its role in allowing organisms to function. It also covers cell-cell communication and signalling, and goes into a little bit of detail about the various ways in which extracellular molecules interact with the cell membrane.

Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is about why we need such a nervous system, the division and difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and where all the nerves that lead to various organs are found in the brain and spinal cord (you're not meant to memorise all the positions). The main neurotransmitters, how they are synthesised, released and broken down, and their receptors are also covered for the ANS. These main concepts are applied to situations such as control of the bladder, heart and sexual response. There's also a bit about energy storage and release at the end.

Cardiovascular is an introduction into the structure and function of the heart, and goes through the cardiac cycle, how the heart contracts, blood flow through the heart and body, blood pressure and pulse, the role of the various blood vessels, and how these are all controlled. The knowledge here is applied to situations such as exercise and injury. Towards the end, there is also a bit on some heart diseases and their proposed causes, which is also meant to be an application of the knowledge you've learnt.

Respiratory is an introduction into the structure and function of the lung, and goes through the airways from the trachea down to the alveoli, how breathing is actually accomplished, how we can measure breathing capacity, the roles of some cells in the lungs, how gas exchange with the blood is accomplished, and how the body can regulate breathing. Throughout, the case studies of various lung diseases are used to help with understanding the concepts. Towards the end, there are applications such as being underwater or on a high mountain.

Renal is an introduction into the structure and function of the kidney, and goes through how substances are filtered from the blood into the kidney and how the kidney selectively reabsorbs substances. Water and sodium balance form a major component of the theory for this section, and the hormones, receptors and mechanisms by which this is achieved are covered. Also covered is a bit of acid-base homeostasis, and applications of water and sodium balance to various situations in the body.

This was also a very enjoyable unit. At the beginning of the unit, we were told "The more you understand, the less you have to memorise", and understanding the principles to apply to specific situations was a focus and a real highlight for me. All of the lecturers taught with this focus in mind, and it was probably the only thing keeping me awake throughout the lectures (as they were all at 8am or 9am).

The labs didn't reach this lofty standard, but were still decent. It's mostly done in groups of three or four (just whoever happens to be sitting at your table). When you perform the experiments, the data is logged into a computer at your table, and you email the data to yourselves. Then, you use the data to complete the lab reports (which are more like worksheets). These are usually due on the Friday two weeks after the relevant lab. The labs mainly reinforce the theory. On a couple of occasions, there will be a tutorial session a week after the lab, where the lecturer will go through the prac. Taking notes here is well worth it, as it really helps you to answer the worksheet questions well, and helps with prac exam revision.

I didn't really use the textbook much either, except for a little during SWOTVAC. I actually found the lecture notes and the lectures themselves more coherent than the textbook.

In terms of assessment, the online tests are reasonable, if you have your lecture notes in front of you. There are usually one or two more difficult questions in each test, just so everyone isn't getting 100% for that component. However, your best 8 marks out of 11 are counted, so it's not too difficult to get a pretty decent score for this section.

The prac reports are a little time consuming (expect to spend at least three hours if you want to do them well), but aren't overly difficult either. Almost all the questions you'll have to answer will come either from the theory, or will be explained by the demonstrators/lecturers at some point during the lab.

The online learning tasks are a really awesome revision tool. There are four of these, and each examines how a different body system works to maintain homeostasis in a specific situation (when I did it, it was when the body is exercising). The good thing about these is that as long as you put in a decent effort into answering all the questions, you'll get the 5% regardless of whether you're right or not. Suggested answers are provided after you submit each task. These are also a bit time consuming, it took me just over a full day to get through all of them.

The theory exam is divided into three sections. There's the MCQ, the short answer responses (I'd say you're expected to write around a page for each), and the extended responses (I'd say around two pages for each). For the short answer responses, you answer 5 out of 9 questions (there's usually two questions on each topic except for Homeostasis, you pick one of them). For the extended responses, you answer 2 out of 4 questions (one for each topic excluding Homeostasis.) It isn't particularly difficult, but you do have to know each system fairly well in order to be able to write the longer response questions.

The prac exam is just divided up into sections from each prac. If you go over the lab reports you've made in the semester, you should be well on your way to getting a good mark. For both exams, there are a fair number of revision and sample questions on Moodle. Taking a look at these is a good idea.

On the whole, this unit exceeded my expectations, and was the best biology unit I've done, by far.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on July 01, 2013, 02:22:44 am
Subject Code/Name: MTH2021 - Linear Algebra with Applications 

Workload: 
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 2 hour tutorial per week (starts Week 2, not strictly compulsory, but you'll be attending a few weeks anyway)

Assessment: 
Three written assignments (6%, 7%, 7% respectively)
One midsemester test (10%)
Final exam (70%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, two available. One has answers.

Textbook Recommendation: 
H. Anton, C. Rorres, Elementary linear algebra (applications version) (10th ed. in Sem 1 2013). Not a compulsory buy. Did not consult much throughout semester.

Lecturer(s):
Weeks 1-6: Tim Garoni
Weeks 7-12: Jerome Droniou

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments:
This unit basically extends upon the concepts covered in part of MTH1030 (the matrices, Gaussian elimination, eigenvalues/eigenvectors part), and also tries to generalise some of the concepts of vectors into a more abstract sense.

The ordering of topics here doesn't quite reflect the order in which they will be covered in semester, but rather, a grouping that reflects the links between the familiar and the more abstract.

Interpretation of linear systems, Gaussian/Gauss-Jordan elimination, elementary row operations, matrix operations, determinants and inverses (largely a revision of MTH1030 bringing everyone up to speed, this will be at the start of semester).

General vector spaces - introduces the idea that there are really a LOT of things that can be called 'vectors', goes through some of the properties of these, including span, linear independence, basis and change of basis, dimension, subspaces. Links back to matrices are found in row space, column space, rank, nullity. This is really the foundation of a lot of the unit, so it's good if you understand the concepts here.

Dot products, angles between vectors, scalar and vector projections, magnitude and distance between two vectors are then covered, which is also revision from Spesh/MTH1020/MTH1030. There are a couple of new things (like the matrix of orthogonal projection), but most of the stuff is revision. Later on in the semester, these concepts are learnt in a more abstract sense. Instead of dot products, you now have inner products and inner product spaces. Instead of perpendicular vectors, you now have orthogonal vectors. Instead of magnitude, you now have the norm of a vector.

Matrix transformations/linear transformations - using matrices to transform vectors into other vectors (think rotations, reflections, stretches and skews, as well as just turning vectors into other vectors). Later on in the semester, we get the more abstract 'general linear transformations'. Now, we're no longer just mapping vectors from R^m to R^n, but from any vector space to any other vector space. Isomorphism, onto and one-to-one transformations, linearity of transformations and change of basis are covered here.

Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, eigenspaces, similarity and diagonalisation, as well as applications to quadratic forms, internet search engines, multivariable calculus, solving systems of differential equations. Later on, this gets combined with inner products/orthogonality to form 'orthogonal diagonalisation' (one of the best things Jerome will ever say with his French accent).

Finally, the last chapter is about some other applications in probability (if you remember Markov chains from Year 12 Methods probability, and how we used matrices there, it's a bit like that), and a bit about coding, and a bit about fields and modular arithmetic.

On the whole, this was also a pretty good unit for me (compared to MTH2010, for example). Both Tim and Jerome put in a decent effort to explain things, as opposed to just filling in the lecture notes booklet. On that note, I highly recommend you get the lecture notes booklet, and fill it in as we go through the course. Basically, it will have the theory already there, and the examples/proofs will be filled in by Tim and Jerome as you go through the course. I just found it to be a nice, organised way of having all the lecture notes with you at one time.

The tutorials were OK, you collect a particular week's problem sheet, and bring it to the tutorial where the demonstrator is there to help with any questions/do some examples on the board, etc. I don't think they're strictly compulsory, but you have to attend the tutorials sometimes anyway (in order to hand in assignments and sit the midsemester test), so you may as well stay :P.

I honestly didn't use the textbook at all, except for a bit of leisurely reading before the start of semester. It's definitely not required unless you want to learn more or consolidate your knowledge; the lecture notes booklet is what will be used.

In terms of assessment, the assignments are quite doable if you have your lecture notes in front of you and you are capable of following the steps/working out involved. There's usually one or two slightly more difficult questions on each assignment, just to provide a bit of challenge. For one of the assignments, you are encouraged to use a computer to help with your results, so if you can get Mathematica or MATLAB or something of that sort, it might make your life a little easier. (The use of computer software is not compulsory, however).

I found the mid-semester test to be quite doable, as long as you understand the concepts. University maths (from the science faculty at least) is really about understanding the concepts. Some of the more abstract stuff might make your head spin at first (it honestly did that to a lot of people, myself included), but if you can try to have it make sense in your mind, it really makes your life a lot easier. Apparently the median mark for the midsemester test was a fail, so please, please, try to understand the concepts.

The final exam was a little easier than I had expected. As Tim Garoni said in our final lecture, "If you want a HD, you will have to be able to do proofs/'show that' type questions. If you just want a C or a D, you can probably get away with just trying the numerical computation style questions." Basically, what he was trying to say is that proofs/'show that' questions aren't a major part of the exam, but will make a difference if you want a good mark. The proofs are usually the easier and simpler-type ones in the lecture, so don't feel as if you have to memorise the incredible number of proofs in the notes. As revision, he suggested going over the mid-semester test (there were similarly-styled questions on the final exam and the mid-sem test). Also, know the key ideas of each chapter well. The vast majority of marks are always for the working out, rather than the answer (I found out to my horror that even in 1-mark questions, you won't get the mark if your working is wrong).

In summary, this unit isn't really all about computations. There is a fair amount of abstract stuff to get your head around, and lots of content is linked, so if you miss a few lectures, it's really easy to have no idea what on earth is going on. The 'applications' aren't the major part of the unit; the theory is. (of course, applications can still be examinable). The content can honestly seem fairly 'dry' and be a seemingly endless maze of "Theory, Proof. Theory, Proof." most of the time. If you like fairly abstract stuff, I think this unit can be a good one to try. However, if you don't, you may find yourself resenting the theory and the way in which it is presented.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Reckoner on July 08, 2013, 08:16:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC1000 - Principles of Accounting and Finance

Workload: Two 1-hour lectures and one 1.5 hour tutorial

Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Unfortunately not. Best to show up though, can be helpful despite being a bit boring at times. 

Past exams available:  Past exams with solutions are available dating back to 2009. Pretty similar across the years, but the emphasis on finance has decreased a bit since 2009.

Textbook Recommendation: Carey, P. (2010). Principles of accounting and finance (2nd ed.). Is prescribed and needed, covers just about everything you need to know, and contains the weekly tute questions which you need to do for preparation marks.

They also recommend this iStudy USB accounting study guide if you haven't done accounting before. This is not needed, save your $15. I hadn't done accounting before and didn't touch it.   

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Semester 1

Rating: 4/5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 HD

Comments:
 
This is a core unit that you have to take if you're a commerce student at Clayton. Fairly interesting for the most part, however I can see how some of the content could be seen as dry. I highly recommend keeping up to date throughout the semester. Some of the content and terminology can take a little while to get used to if you haven't encountered it before. Cramming isn't easy for accounting, and with the hurdle on the exam you want to do well on the exam.

Financial Accounting
This is the part of the unit that I hear VCE accounting helps out with. I can't comment on the similarities between the two as I didn't do accounting in Yr 12. Covers the background + ideas of accounting, transaction analysis, debits and credits, the accounting equation, balance day adjustments and ratio analysis. Probably the part of the unit that people have the most trouble with, so again keep up with the course if you can. They use accounting to explain accounting here (the textbook defines a debit as "the left side of an account" which meant nothing to me when I was learning it) and is where the difficulty comes from. The mid-sem covers financial accounting         

Management Accounting
Covers performance measurement, costing and budgets. I actually found this to be the most interesting part of the course. Ralph was my favourite lecturer of the 3 too. Is easier than financial accounting, and is also much shorter at only 3 weeks/6 lectures. 

Finance
Not very much is covered, as this part of the unit has been reduced and is now only 4 lectures. Covers the time value of many, interest rates and compounding, types of investments and risk. The easiest part of the course if you haven't touched accounting before imo.

Tutorials
Tutorials consist of going through the answers to that weeks set questions, and then review of the material which is very helpful. Tutes are worth 15%, which is a good thing imo as it encourages you to show up. 5 of that 15 is a group presentation where you basically answer a question. You get 2 goes at this and only the best mark is used. 

Going into AFC1000 you hear about the 30% fail rate (only was that high one semester I think) and can be a bit intimidated by this unit, especially if you hadn't done accounting before. I sure was. Well don't be. Just keep up to date (hopefully I've drilled that into your head enough :P) which isn't too difficult given the structure of the unit and you may end up liking it. I definitely did.     

TL;DR Pretty good unit; basically accounting with only a little finance attached to the end; keep up to date so you don't have to cram. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Furbob on July 14, 2013, 08:08:26 pm
Subject code/name ATS1001 - Chinese Introductory 1

Workload:

- 1 x 2 hr lecture
- 1 hr tutorial
- 1 hr seminar

Assessment: 

- 2 x 10% oral presentations (either individually or with a partner)
- 15% mid semester test
- 3 x 1% cultural presentation online quizzes
- weekly only quizzes (worth <1%)
- 3 x vocab quizzes
- 3 x 2 hr sessions of using Second Life to practice conversational skills
- 40% end of semester exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  No, but you will receive a guide outlining what questions will be on the exam

Textbook Recommendation:  Contemporary Chinese 1 by Wu Z - textbook, exercise book and character book

Lecturer(s): Scott Grant

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2013

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade:  86

Comments:
This unit is the starting point for those that know 0 mandarin - if you have an asian-speaking background (such as being able to speak Cantonese or another Chinese dialect) you will be shifted to the background speakers class

This was a huge relief for me since I was worried that the class would be filled with an asian speaking background that would cruise through the unit for an easy HD. The staff are quite strict on this as they will scan through the role and question you on your last name and background to make this class a fair playing field for all students.

Scott is a fantastic lecturer who is very enthusiastic about teaching and is very active online with emails and conducting weekly online tasks. I was initially worried that I would be picking up Chinese in an Australian-accent from Scott as he's non-native but he has lived in China for 20+ years and has a chinese wife who he speaks to in mandarin so rest assured his accent and knowledge of the language is pretty damn good.

As for someone who already picked up a few hanzi (or kanji) characters from Japanese, I found it pretty easy to adapt to the writing system but this may be the hardest part (and the most rewarding) for most. Scott automatically gives everyone a Skritter account at the beginning of the semester to practice the weekly hanzi we learn. You can use Skritter on-the-go with an iPhone to practice but as an Android user I missed out on this.
The seminar teacher Chen laoshi also provides context behind the hanzi and why they are so which is pretty interesting and helps with memorizing as meaning is given to them

As for the tutes, most consist of The tutorial teacher, Yao laoshi was like the asian-uncle-I-never-had. He may come across as a grumpy asian uncle but he's very hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed tutorials with him. Most of his tutes involve going through the weekly vocabulary from lectures, reading dialogue out loud and having him break down the sentences further for explanation on grammar and how the language works.

I wasn't a huge fan of using Second Life as a means to practice conversational skills and for doing tasks. I personally prefer having a real-human experience with speaking face-to-face with someone - but I suppose this provided a barrier for people to not go all nervous and quiet in front of native speakers since they were hidden behind an avatar. I thought that quite a bit of time was lost in these sessions from technical difficulties and having people lost behind the steps but I think this will all be smoothed out in coming semesters as we were the first semester to use Second Life (I think)

Overall I enjoyed this unit quite a lot and I give a thumbs-up to the staff. The semester load was made up of many little tasks but it makes up with a less-than-50% exam. Would recommend Scott as a great lecturer for newcomers to Chinese
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Phy124 on July 18, 2013, 02:31:39 am
Subject Code/Name: ENG2091 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics A

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures: Dr. Alina Donea uses a tablet to do examples and her lectures are recorded with screen capture. These examples are are also uploaded to moodle.

Prof. Paul Cally uses a computer to display lecture slides, however uses a separate (non record-able) projector to do examples on. These examples are scanned and uploaded to moodle, I believe.

Past exams available:  Yes, two, one with solutions as per the science faculty rules. However, more exams are available if you know where to look.

Textbook Recommendation:  Lecture notes will certainly suffice for a good mark, as this is all I used. However, if you are looking for some extra reading for consolidation or just extra questions to do, the recommended textbook is Advanced Modern Engineering Mathematics (4th Edition) by Glyn James, I believe.

Lecturer(s):
I watched a lecture or two of hers online in SWOTVAC when I was looking to learn PDEs, she's a good lecturer who explains the concepts well. She goes through A LOT of examples, so if this is how you learn you might benefit from going to her lectures.
I went to two of his lectures early in the semester, he was pretty good, it seems as though he takes a more theoretical approach to the concepts, with less examples than Alina. He uses lecture notes which are somewhat interactive (you can mess around with 3D diagrams and such) which is quite helpful, too.
I did not attend any (of the few) lectures he took, so I can't comment on his lecturing ability or style.


Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments:

This unit covers the following topics:
Edit: Fuck clicked Post instead of Preview, I shall edit in part by part as I do each, stay tuned.

Edit #2: I'm lazy as fuck and have no motivation to finish this. However, it will happen, one day.

Edit #3: Don't worry guys, I promise I'll finish this. It will happen, eventually.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Hutchoo on July 18, 2013, 03:48:39 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1325 - Contemporary Worlds 1

Workload:  one 90 minute lecture
one 1-hour tutorial per week

Assessment:
1. Assignment 1  1000 words   20%   

2. Assignment 2 1500 words 30%   

3. Final Examination  2 hours   30%   

4. Tutorial Participation 10%   

5. Online quizzes 10%

The first assignment was based on two topics. The first topic was looking at the Russian occupation of East Germany and the second topic was looking at the partition of India. The second assignment had about 8-10 options based on the topics covered from weeks 1-10. The exam was split into two sections. Part A had 10 dot points. Each dot point was based upon one major factor/person/philosophy covered in each week. You had to choose 3 out of the 10 options and write ~250 words on them, talking about how the major factor/person/ideology shaped the modern world as well as defining it.  Part B was an essay, you had two options and both of these options were given to you in week 12. This means you have 2 weeks to write/memorise your essay!

EDIT: The online quizzes were a breeze. There were 10 quizzes in total and each quiz only had 3 questions. The questions were very easy! I counted these (as well tute participation) as 'free marks'.
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes.

Textbook Recommendation: I bought the textbook and it helped a little bit, but I don't recommend purchasing the textbook. The only thing you should really purchase is the unit reader, that is a definite 'must have'.

Lecturer(s): Various

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, S1

Rating:  4 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Enough to make me aroused. lolwat?

Comments: I really enjoyed this subject. I've never studied politics (formally) before and I really regret it. They cover a wide array of topics  covering post-1945/WWII, with a focus on Eastern vs Western ideology (Capitalism vs Communism) as well as revolutions/oil etc. There is only 1 lecture per week and the lecturers are quite good and interesting. The lectures are full on, they only go for 90 minutes but you cover quite a lot of content. The tutors (from what I hear) are all great fun and really know their stuff. The whole faculty is quite structured so you definitely know what to study as they are direct with their instructions.

You should only do this unit if you're an active reader/writer. I saw a lot of international students struggle with this unit as it is wordy and difficult, so if you are an international student, only do this subject if you're very fluent with reading/writing. In terms of difficulty, the subject can be hard at times. When writing the first essay, I had no idea how to reference and actually write a university style essay (which reflected in my result). However, you do get better with time =)
As for the exam, it's not too hard. I read over the main concepts/topics and then memorised responses ~2 days before the exam. As long as you are good at memorising facts/dates, the exam will be a breeze. I crammed 2 days prior to the exam and still managed to get 94%.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Hutchoo on July 18, 2013, 04:22:57 am
Subject Code/Name: AFF1000 - Principles of Accounting and Finance

Workload:
Two hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial.

Assessment:
1.Major Assignment 20%
2.Tutorial presentation 10%
3.Mid-semester test 10%
4.Exam - 3 hours 60%.


Note: There is a 50% examination hurdle. If you do not achieve 50% or more on the exam the maximum mark you can get is 48%.




Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Yes. Four past exams are available - from the previous two years.

Textbook Recommendation: Carey, P. (Ed.). (2010). Principles of accounting and finance (2nd ed.). BUY THIS BOOK, IT'S YOUR BIBLE.

Lecturer(s): There were about 4, I only remember Ellinor Allen and Ralph Kober.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013.

Rating: -16 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: Distinction

Comments: I only did this unit because it is core for BComm/BBus students. I have never done accounting before so it was quite troublesome. Essentially, the first 6 or so weeks are based on VCE Accounting Units 1 - 4, so you cover 4 units worth of study about 6 weeks. This wouldn't be a problem, however, accounting is dry and boring. The only way I could do this subject is by taking long breaks in between my revision. The lecturers (God bless their socks) sucked. The worst lecturer was Ralph Kober. He reminded me of one of those people who think they're funny, but really aren't. His lecturing style was worthless, he would just stand there for 2 hours reading the powerpoint slides. He was also ostentatious, he spent the first 5 slides of the first lecture going over his accolades. This wouldn't be a huge problem, but he made it very clear that he was a douche by titling slide 1 as "Achievements" and then slide 4/5 as "but wait, there's more!".   -19/10 for you, Mr.Kober

The unit focuses on management and financial accounting. You delve into 'finance' during the last 2 weeks, going over complex topics like "calculating simple interest".
As for the assignments, they're split into two parts. Part I was based on a company that didn't know anything about accounting. You had to read through all of their transactions and then fix their errors/use accounting principles to order them. Part II was based on the same company in Part I, in fact, it's a continuation of their accounting transactions. The only difference is that with Part II, you go over adjusting entries (which differ from your normal entries), you also make balance sheets etc in Part II. The assignments overall aren't too hard, I got 18/20 overall and I have never done accounting before.

The tutorial group presentations were so stupid. You're either matched up with international students or people who generally don't give a damn. Luckily, I had a group that had 3 active members and 1 complete jackass. The presentations are essentially tutorial questions, you have to complete the questions and then tell everyone how you completed them/give them advice. Pretty boring and the marks are quite biased/inaccurate. I know people who said ~3 words and somehow got 10/10. The exam was very long - 3 hours of pure focus is required if you want to get a good mark. Why? Because accounting is one of those subjects that require you to make 0 mistakes, otherwise you will ruin your projections/ratios and then answer questions wrong. The exams are all quite similar, you are given a company and you have 8 tasks to complete. I strongly suggest you do the past exams if you're looking for a HD. If I didn't do the past exams, I would not have achieved a decent mark.

tl;dr: If you have done VCE Accounting/enjoy accounting (if you do, there's something wrong with you), this unit is a walk in the park. If you haven't, then be prepared to start memorising the crap out of your textbook. This subject is based purely on memorisation, nothing is abstract or complex.. it's simply memorising definitions....
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on July 19, 2013, 01:21:46 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2668/3668 Syntax - Grammatical Typology and Universals 

Workload: a 2 hr seminar per week

Assessment:
attendance -- 5
weekly homework -- 15
major essay -- 30
assignment -- 25
exam -- 25

Recorded Lectures:  Yep

Past exams available:  none, but there are revision questions given out in week 12. and the exam isn't worth much anyway!

Textbook Recommendation:  Understanding Syntax by Maggie Tallerman. I didn't buy it because you can get it online through the library. I did refer to it quite a bit though.

Lecturer(s): Anna Margetts

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 1

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: I didn't like this subject, but only because I don't really enjoy syntax -- I'd rather focus on applications of linguistics. In terms of structure, planning, workload, etc, I really don't have any complaints, which is why I am still giving this subject a positive review. If you turn up and pay attention and do the weekly homework, you are pretty much guaranteed an easy P or C (I mean, she practically gives away 20 marks for free just by turning up and doing the homework -- which doesn't even have to be right!). Getting anything more than a C takes effort obviously haha.

For the assignment, you are given a language data set. You have to decipher it and come up with phrase structure rules, and draw trees, etc. Pretty straightforward stuff if you're a linguistics student. The assignment I REALLY disliked was the major essay but it could be someone else's idea of fun! You had to pick two languages (not English!) and then compare the way they constructed either relative clauses, causatives or passives and write it up in a mini research essay. It was a pain in the butt to format and gloss and put in coherent academic writing, but it was very satisfying to finish. Anna is quite particular about how you set out your research though, so make sure you do what she wants and you will be fine.

I did this unit because I needed it for a linguistics major. You can do this unit at second or third year level, but I'm glad I waited til third year to do this unit, because I'm sure I would have struggled in second year. Do this unit if you like syntax, otherwise you probably won't like it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TommyLie on July 24, 2013, 11:08:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1035 - Techniques for Modelling (Advanced)

Workload: The workload was pretty decent. You need to make sure you keep up to date for lectures, and put in the effort for the extra content in MTH1035 compared to MTH1030, but otherwise I would put MTH1035 learning curve about the same as specialist math learning curve. Sometimes you will need to go out to the library and borrow a random textbook to read up on something, but otherwise it's easily manageable for a dedicated student.

Assessment: If I recall correctly, there were three assignments. There was nothing additional for MTH1035 though, 1035'ers just did the same assignments and the 1030 people. The first one being a massive project using vectors and a bit of linear algebra to finish designing a half build square. It had to be typed and every line of mathematics had to be justified with a sentence. Everyone hated the project and I feel sorry for those who must endure it again. The next one was a fairly straight forward answer Q's type assignment. Then the last one had three Q's, one wanted you to explain how matrix reflections related to some mirror image of the apple logo or something, then the last two were sort of proofs.

I did not enjoy the first or last assignments and did not feel like I benefited or learnt anything from them....the second assignment I leanred a great deal from.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes I believe so, but I never used them.

Past exams available:  Yes, there were a few with solutions. Leo did a sample exam in the last few lectures which he put up with solutions as well.

Textbook Recommendation:  Stewart Calculus: Early Transcendentals is the prescribed textbook, but in the beginning of the course they cover a lot of Linear Algebra with is not in Stewart, but is a vast chunk of the course. I just borrowed a book on Linear Algebra from the Hargave Library for this. If you plan on doing MTH2010/2015 - the next maths unit - then you should without a doubt get Stewart. Its contains a majority of the MTH1030/1035 course and is an excellent textbook with Q's & A's for every topic.

However, if you don't want to spend the money, you basically get a free textbook uploaded on Moodle written specifically for MTH1030. This is definitely sufficient in place of the textbook. But I would recommend Stewart if you want deeper a understanding and more questions.

Lecturer(s): Heiko - Vectors, Linear Algebra, Calculus. Leo - Sequences & Series, ODEs. Both Heiko and Leo were very good at teaching their material and exceptional lectures.
Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 1

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Comments: It was a decent unit. Pretty much the last 'broad' maths unit before you start specializing in specific maths units in later years, eg Multivariable Calculus or Linear Algebra. Simon Teague takes the MTH1035 Workshops and tutes, he is a good teacher and will ofter go off on tangents about strange and interesting things in mathematics if he is asked by someone in class - which often happens in 1035.

The difference between MTH1030 and MTH1035 is the final exam has two or three out of the 10ish questions replaced with harder ones for 1035. So about 80% of the exam is 1035. Another difference is that in the workshops, you go a bit further into the proofs and mathematics.

The topics covered are:

Also, Simon has thousands of question sheets for MTH1035 exam questions which you can get from him leading up to the exam.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TommyLie on July 25, 2013, 12:05:20 am
Subject Code/Name: MAE1041 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Workload: Quite heavy, you will probably need to do a fair bit of study to follow the lectures. There is a very large amount of content compared to my other first year subjects - MTH1035, PHS1011.

Assessment: The first assignment was a lab on boundary layers using the small wind tunnel engines. I though this lab was poorly organized, rushed and there was not enough explanation of what was going on and why things were happening. After the demonstrator practically did everything for you, while leaving your group their wondering what was going on, we had to write a fairly substantial lab report on it...

The second assignment was a much better one, we had to design a paper airplane (It could be made of as many pieces of A4 paper and sticky tape as you want) that would fly as far as possible, from a height of 6 meters with a gentle gliding throw. We then had to write a report on our design, making reference to important design aspects of aircraft wings and aerodynamics, and how this affected the flight path and results.

These were worth a combined total of 20%. There was a weekly 2 hour tutorial session where you sat down and did a problem set. You either get a mark of 0, 1 or 2. These counted for another 10%. I wasn't very pleased that no solutions were posted on Moodle for these until literally the days leading up to the exam. Solutions would have helped a lot if they were posted earlier, if you wanted solutions you had to go to the tutors and look at them yourself - you weren't aloud to take a copy for some reason...

Recorded Lectures:  No.

Past exams available:  Yes, and solutions. I believe about 4 or 5.

Textbook Recommendation:  The prescribed textbook is 'Flight Physics'. It used to be 'Introduction to flight' by John Anderson, but Hugh changed it because he believes it explains the stuff we do later in the unit better. I had both textbooks and, in my opinion, Anderson's textbook is much better than 'Flight Physics', and I highly recommend it. It has Q's & A's, where as Flight Physics does not, it gives a much smoother transition between topics and is easier to understand.

Lecturer(s): Hugh Blackburn took the whole unit. Personally I did not find Hugh's teaching style to work for me. I certainly enjoyed his sense of humor, but it felt as if he assumed everyone in the class was a genius, and thus did not explain a lot of things in as much detail as I would have liked. I felt like a lot of things went over my head in lectures, and so I heavily relied on the textbook.

For me, the lecture notes were worthless. They were way too brief and did not explain how things work, they just had a lot of formulas and a few sentences here and there. But reading through them, it felt like all I was doing was trying to memories 50+ formulas and 100+ definitions, while not really understand that much.

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 1

Rating: 2 Out of 5

Comments: Overall I did not enjoy this unit at all. Although I did like the stuff we were learning - particularly aerodynamics - the way it was presented to us and they way the unit was run was not good in my opinion. Like I said above, I did not really feel like I was actually doing much problem solving most of the time, just memorizing where and how to use the 50+ formulas they gave us. It was not fun to do this.

A major problem I found was the huge amount of content (IMO) combined with the broadness of it. We covered so many different topics which were not really at all connected (At least in the amount of depth we went into them they were not), and thus you could not really link things together, nor go into much detail into anything because there wasn't enough time. But I guess thats what you would expect with a unit called 'introduction to....'
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: synchronise3 on July 25, 2013, 12:12:58 am
Subject Code/Name: MGC1010 - Introduction to Management

Workload:  One 90 minute lecture and one 90 minute tute.

Assessment: 

Assignment 1 (Annotated bibliographies) = 15%
Assignment 2 (Individual Essay-2500 words) = 25%
In tutorial quiz = 10%
Exam = 50%

Recorded Lectures:  No

Past exams available:  No

Textbook Recommendation:  Schermerhorn, J., Davidson, P., Poole, D, Simon, A., Woods, P. & Chau S. S. (2011) Management:
4th Asia Pacific Edition John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd. (This textbook is vital for this unit since the exam is open-book).

Lecturer(s): Dr Tui McKeown, Associate Professor Ingrid Nielsen, Dr Andrea North-Samardzic

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: Good subject but can be a little bit boring. However, the content was fairly easy to grasp with nothing overly complex. I would definitely recommend going to tutes and lectures if you're keen (I only went to two). Like any other subject going to tutes will benefit you particularly when you're given assignments and tutor will often give great tips. There are two assignments and the first one requires you to read 5 (?) academic articles and write an annotated bibliography (don't worry if you don't know what this is, they cover it). The second assignment is an essay and I must stress that you are going to want to start it early, you wouldn't believe the amount of people writing up a 2500 word essay the night before. The exam was fairly straightforward and it was probably one of the exams I prepared least for. Given that the exam is open-book, you should do a few of the questions in the book as preparation because I found 1-2 of the questions I did from the text book ended up in the exam itself.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: babygurl on July 25, 2013, 04:34:32 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1355: Fanatics and Fundamentalists: The Global Politics of Violence (Recoded in 2014 as ATS2942)

Workload: 

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial

Assessment: 

500 word essay - 10%

2000 word mid-semester exam - 40%

2500 research essay - 50%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Exam questions are posted on moodle one week prior to exam.

Textbook Recommendation: Unit instructor will recommend you to buy 'Terror In The Mind of God' by Mark Juergensmeyer and 'God Is Not One' by Stephen Prothero - the former is more useful than the latter.

Lecturer(s): Dr Irfan Ahmad, various guest lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1.

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: This unit is full of thought-provoking and dense readings on religion and theology (Nietzsche, Freud, Aquinas, Maududi), terrorism, violence and global politics. So if you're interested in doing a bludge unit and have no interest in religion, terrorism, violence or politics whatsoever, then this unit probably isn't for you.

Dr Irfan Ahmad was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and made the dense readings crystal clear. His lectures were very interesting and engaging at the same time. He also invited a guest lecturer almost every week for the second half of the lecture (this helped keep things fresh in my opinion). The tutorials (Dr Irfan Ahmad was my tutor as well) were also lively and full of interesting discussion, which is more than I can say for other arts units I've completed at Monash. Overall, the unit was taught extremely effectively and was well organised.

Even though it was one of the more dense first-year arts units I've completed, it was also one of the most rewarding! Your perception about global terrorism, violence and certain religions (such as Islam) will no doubt change by the end of the unit! I would highly recommend this unit for those seeking to complete a politics major at Monash :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Stojad on August 13, 2013, 11:58:38 pm
Subject Code/Name: ECE2061 Analogue Electronics

Workload:  3 lectures per week, 1 hour tutorial, 2 hour lab

Assessment:  Labs (30%) and exam (70%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available: No

Textbook Recommendation: The prescribed textbook is Microelectronic Circuit Design by Jaeger and Blalock. Lectures should suffice.

Lecturer(s): Jean-Michel Redoute

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 1

Rating: 5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 92 HD

Comments: This unit is core for electrical engineering and is frankly one of the more enjoyable core units. It comprises three major parts. The first part is on operational amplifiers, starting with ideal operational amplifiers and moving on to non-ideal amplifiers, and some basic feedback systems theory. The second part is on solid state electronics (diodes and transistors), and the third part is on single transistor amplifiers.

The lecturer for this unit, Jean-Michel, is what makes this unit. He is entertaining and adds a lot of personality to the unit, which makes a huge difference. The lectures are thoroughly enjoyable and well-presented, especially for an engineering unit. The concepts are somewhat difficult, but pay close attention to the lectures (and watch the recordings of them during swotvac) and you will have no trouble with it. There is a book that covers all of the same material, but it is an absolute tome. Reading it is far from necessary to understand the concepts. It's one of those books you begin reading and soon after stop reading once you realise you have read the same paragraph four times and haven't paid any attention to the text.

The tutorials are not what you would traditionally expect. They are essentially like lectures except Jean-Michel spends the hour working through the tutorial sheets. They are also recorded like lectures, which is a bonus. There are weekly labs, and prepare to struggle with them on occasion, as things tend not to work as planned. Don't stress too much about the labs, though. The demonstrators hardly care about the overall quality of your lab work as long as you attempt everything. If you put in the effort, consider them an easy 30% of your grade.

Don't fall behind in this unit. Most of what you learn will build on what is previously covered, so make sure to be up to date with the lectures and tutorials. If you are comfortable with the tutorial problems, the exam won't be an issue. It is reasonable and none of the questions contain any nasty tricks. If you are interested in microelectronics, this unit is a very satisfying introduction. The unit also has a third year continuation: ECE3062 Electronic Systems and Control, so it would be a good idea to understand this unit well or ECE3062 will be very difficult for you (and it's also a core unit).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Ahmad on September 02, 2013, 01:02:20 am
Posting this on behalf of binders:

Subject Code/Name: ATS2924 - Ancient Egyptian Language: The Basics 

Workload:  Weekly 1 x 1h lecture, 1 x 90min tute.

Assessment:  80% 8 x weekly take home translation tasks, 2 x 10% in-tute tests.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No.

Textbook Recommendation:  A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian, Boyo G. Ockinga

Lecturer(s): Colin Hope

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Sem 1

Rating:  5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 86


Comments: This subject introduces you to the language of the middle kingdom period of ancient Egypt, and to the hieroglyphic script. The language is taught through lectures on grammar, and weekly, open book translation tasks where the grammar learned is applied. Colin's lectures are indispensable, as the textbook is quite dense, and a bit too concise. By the end of the semester,
you should be able to tackle simple hieroglyphic inscriptions, and have developed a love/hate relationship with Ockinga's text.

The textbook should provide you with everything you need to complete the subject, but occasionally you will find a word or hieroglyph missing, so access to Faulkner's Dictionary of Middle Egyptian or Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar (both available in the Matheson) can be useful when you're otherwise stumped by Ockinga.

The workload is heavy, especially at the start, with the tutor advising us in the first tute that 15hrs of study for the weekly homework is not unreasonable or unusual, but that this decreases as you start to master the signs and vocab. Both the lecturer and tutor are excellent, and take the time to clearly explain and repeat concepts until they are understood.

Advice: You won't need to learn every hieroglyph in the book (there are 54 different kinds of birds alone), but you really really should learn the 100 or so "alphabetic" hieroglyphs in the front of Ockinga sooner rather than later, as this will save you a huge
amount of time when it comes to the weekly tasks - other students who took the time to do this early on report that they only spent about 2-4 hours a week on the homework assignments.

I and many of my classmates really enjoyed this subject. It's pretty cool to be able to just read some text from 4,000 years ago, straight off a photo of a tomb wall or a papyrus (yes, just like Daniel Jackson) - but - it's easy to underestimate the workload for the first half of the semester. Easily the best and most well run subject I have taken at monash.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on October 19, 2013, 05:30:33 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2922 - Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  A few. No answers as per School of Chemistry rules

Textbook Recommendation:
Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: eeps on October 23, 2013, 02:19:46 pm
Subject Code/Name: BFF2631 - Financial Management

Workload: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week.

Assessment: Tutorial participation (5%), Trading simulation (5%), Mid-semester test (20%), Exam - 3 hours (70%).

Recorded Lectures: Yes.

Past exams available: Yes, two past exam papers with solutions are provided.
 
Textbook Recommendation: Corporate Finance Custom Book + Access card + Myfinancelab, 2nd edition PEARSON EDUCATION AUSTRALIA. Didn't buy it personally, but might help for extra reading.

Lecturer(s): Dr Manapon Limkriangkrai and Nigel Morkel-Kingsbury.
 
Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Your Mark/Grade: TBC.

Comments: This unit is really quite interesting in my view. It builds on from previous finance units and you learn about topics such as financial mathematics, capital budgeting, portfolio theory and CAPM. The trading simulation is the most enjoyable aspect of the unit as you work in teams with other students, and you essentially trade stock on the market (this is done in one of the labs in week 10). You're assessed on the basis of your team's performance. Tutorials in this unit are crucial, because it really does help to solidify your understanding of the topics (you should get the full 5% just by attending all of the tutorials). Definitely try to keep up to date with the work because it gets progressively harder as the semester goes on. The mid-semester test is not that difficult as previous years' tests are provided for revision; practicing tutorial questions and the papers are a good idea.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ninwa on October 24, 2013, 12:17:55 am
Subject Code/Name: LAW4243 - Tax Policy

Workload:
3 hour lecture per week.
Compulsory readings per week which can take anywhere up to 12 hours depending on length and difficulty.
(NB: Unlike normal law subjects where I think you can get by without reading any cases, I strongly recommend doing the set readings because the topics are quite complex, and there's only so much time in lectures to go through the basics. Kathryn had to cut the last topic out of the exam because there was just too much content and not enough lecture time.)

Assessment:
10% class participation
40% compulsory assignment (2000 words strictly, no 10% leeway)
50% 2 hour exam (and 30 mins reading time)

Recorded Lectures: No, because this is the first time this subject has been offered and so the structure of the subject is still in development, but Kathryn mentioned it might be in future.

Past exams available: No because first time offered etc. Kathryn was kind enough to write up a sample exam though.

Textbook Recommendation: None - all set readings are uploaded to Moodle

Lecturer(s): Kathryn James

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments:
Lecturer: Kathryn is awesome. Engaging, extremely knowledgeable (her PhD was in this area), funny and she has really cool hair (used to be a mohawk, currently half-shaved :3)

Assessment: 10% class participation (not sure how this is marked, but she'll memorise everyone's names and faces by week 2 so you better have something interesting to contribute).
40% compulsory assignment covering 2-4 topics in the course and relating them to a current event. This year's assignment question related to the Business Council of Australia's proposal to increase the GST and reduce the company tax rate.
50% exam.

General comments:
We cover topics including:
- economic theories of tax reform
- philosophical perspectives on tax and justice
- criteria used to assess tax policies
- whether to tax the wealthy
- the theories and realities of taxing income and consumption (i.e. GST)
- tax bases like death and bequest taxes
- theories behind the politics of tax reform
- tax expenditures and how they help achieve social justice objectives

Because it's a policy unit, there are very few cases studied (and the ones we do look at, we only look at briefly). The majority of readings are more theoretical in nature. It is a very different subject to the majority of standard law subjects, and the exam reflects this (I've also attached the sample exam to this post).

I couldn't believe I chose this as an elective after how much I despised taxation law, but I'm so happy I did because it's been one of the most interesting law subjects I've studied. It's also by far the toughest subject I've ever studied and the hardest I have ever worked. Some of the readings will leave you feeling like you've been bashing your naked brain against a rusty barbed wire fence for 10 hours. In fact, all of the readings will leave your head aching... but in the same way that your muscles ache after a good work-out. Except philosophy which I will forever maintain that I'm too stupid to understand. Fuck you John Rawls you've taken 10 years off my life span.

If you've ever been interested in economics, tax reform or government policy, you will learn SO much interesting stuff in this unit. But be prepared to work your butt off, especially if you have no background in basic economics or philosophy. (I didn't, and a lot of people didn't, but after flailing around hopelessly for the first couple of weeks I managed okay.) I've attached the reading guide to this post as well to give an idea of the workload!
edit: sorry I forgot to remove all my crappy highlighting and notes from the reading guide that I uploaded
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Water on October 25, 2013, 01:38:54 am
Posting this on Behalf of Binders :)

Subject Code/Name: ATS2925 - Ancient Egyptian Language: Intermediary Stage
 
Workload:  Weekly 1 x 1h lecture, 1 x 90min tute.
 
Assessment:  100% 10 x weekly take home translation tasks.
 
Recorded Lectures:  No.
 
Past exams available:  No.
 
Textbook Recommendation:  A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian, Boyo G. Ockinga
 
Lecturer(s): Colin Hope
 
Year & Semester of completion: 2013 sem 2
 
Rating:  5 Out of 5
 
Your Mark/Grade: not yet released.
 
 
Comments:
 
This unit continues on from ATS2924 Ancient Egyptian Language: the basics, starting with a bit of revision on semester 1's noun clauses, then diving straight into verbal sentences.  The same textbook from semester one is used, and by the end of semester, you will probably have worked through most of it.  We didn't get to cover negative constructions in depth, but made it to the reading translation of The Shipwrecked Sailor - an actual ancient literary text - by week 12, which was tackled as an unseen - sight read - in class (not for assessment).
 
Comments on workload and resources from the review of ATS2924 apply to this unit also, though you will find yourself being able to sight read more hieroglyphs than you thought you could have in semester 1.
 
The format is slightly different, as the lectures were taken in a tute room and not a lecture theatre, and so more of an interactive, tute-feel.  Each week grammar would be introduced, some unseen examples worked through as a group, then a weekly translation and grammar analysis assignment given. In the next week's tute, the assignment is handed in and the answers worked through in thorough detail until everyone understands the material.
 
Don't be put off by the participle and relative forms of the verb towards the end of the textbook, if you are still baffled by them after the lecture, ask the lecturer and he will try another tack at explaining them.
The same admonition about rocking up to every lecture applies - if you miss them, you will really struggle.
 
My objective verdict is that I found this subject awesome.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on October 27, 2013, 11:37:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2962 - Food Chemistry

Workload:
Assessment:  (Outline the various assessments which make up the subject and how much each counts for)
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available: A few, lecturer goes through answers for one

Textbook Recommendation: Don't need it at all

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2

Rating:  3/5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: BigAl on October 31, 2013, 12:16:10 am
Subject Code/Name: ASP2062: Introduction to Astrophysics

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures per week, 1x2 hour problem solving class or computer lab

Assessment:  Labs and tutorials 30% Mid Semester Test 10% Exam 60%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, overhead/notepad notes

Past exams available:  Yes, only two past exams available. Questions are pretty similar each year.

Textbook Recommendation:  Not necessary if you are not considering astrophysics major

Lecturer(s): Dr.Andrew Prentice-Best lecturer at Monash. He has so much sense of humour. He is also a genius. One of the best jokes he made was when we were discussing a past exam question and the answer was ambiguous..He said "That's alright..we invent a different answer every year" . And he calls some of the symbols a turkey
Dr. Alina Donea-She is a good lecturer. Most of you may know her from ENG2091 I believe.
Dr. Daniel Price-Pretty decent
Dr. Rosemary Mardling-Most of you may know her from MTH2032
Year & Semester of completion: S2/2013

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: tba

Comments: Overall I found this unit pretty interesting. It essentially extends upon the topics covered in ASP1010 with more detailed mathematical models and computer simulations. Firstly, you'll be going into star and planet formation with Dr.Prentice. He makes these topics so interesting that you may just fall in love with astrophysics. Then Dr.Alina Donea takes over the unit and then you'll pretty much work through things you learned in ASP1010 and watch couple of videos on youtube. Dr.Daniel Price teaches Stars and also Cosmology part. You may get into some mathematical modelling here with 4-5 differential equations and some nuclear physics. Make sure you have a decent background in maths, preferably MTH2010...because you need to be able to derive these equations. Dr. Rosemary Mardling's part was pretty interesting but also heavily overloaded with differential equations. You'll be solving two body problem and derive the equation of an ellipse out of Newton's law...I must say I really appreciate Newton's law after seeing all those things. Only negative side of this unit was computer labs...You'll be having a linux and windows day...and you'll be having a bad day with linux if you have no experience at all. Make sure you learn basic codes! Some of the tutorial work was so tedious that you pretty much hand your work in the following week. Each lab/tutorial class is 3% so make sure you turn up...Mid Semester test was not that hard at all.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 06, 2013, 06:27:12 pm
Subject Code/Name: MAE2402 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Workload:  3x1 hr lectures per week, 3 hr tute (not marked), 3 Labs throughout the semester with 2 small lab reports on the first 2 and a long group lab report on the last one

Assessment:  3x5% topic tests, 2x3% short lab reports, 9% long lab report, 70% exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.
 
Past exams available:  7 past exams, no solutions or answers.

Textbook Recommendation:  Prescribed Text: Y.A. Çengel, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, 2nd ed, McGraw-Hill, 2008.
The textbook is quite useful, you'll need to read up on extra material for this unit.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Meng Wai Woo

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 2 2013

Rating:  3.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 60 - C

Comments: Going to get this out the way right away, this unit isn't easy. It'll require a lot of work, things aren't straight forward and you'll need to do a lot of extra work to just be baseline. The first half of the course is on Thermodynamics, as the unit title suggests, which at first is a little tricky and takes a bit of getting used to. There is one or two main formulas that you will use for Thermodynamics that you'll need to get manipulating for each problem (there are a whole heap of other smaller formulas for thermo, but that's the main one. Know how to use the first law and everything goes from there). Heat Transfer is quite different to Thermo, in the sense Thermo had a few main formulas, while Heat Transfer has a whole heap (and I meant a large amount) of formulas. Once you work out which formula to apply though, it's not too bad, it's just a matter of working out what fits the situation. I found Thermo harder than Heat Transfer, but most people were the other way around (could have something to do with being sick and missing a week of unit when we were covering the guts of the Thermo component though).

The labs aren't too bad, in our year we had a Steam Boiler efficiency lab where you look at efficiencies throughout certain stages of the steam boiler, a finned surfaces lab where you look at the heat transfer rate of different types of fins and compare them to a flat plate and finally an IC (Internal Combustion) Engine + Propeller lab where you try to work out a power band for the propeller and explain why it's the shape it is, and why the efficiency is so low or high. They take a bit of outside research to write them up properly, the last lab you write up as a group report and is worth three times as much as the other labs and you get 2 weeks to write it up. You get to choose which lab you want to do as the big write up, as you add yourself to a lab group at the start of semester corresponding to certain lab timetables. But there are only a limited number of slots for each, so I suggest you decide which one you want to do, form a group and get in early.

Now for tutes, they're aren't compulsory (and we're given solutions to them beforehand), and because of that not many people go, unless it is the tute which has the test in the same week (which for us was the 3 hr block before the actual test). Now this means in a tute you can get lots of help if you want to. I got slack a little bit after I got sick, and so wasn't always up to date with tutes. I suggest you go to the tutes and get worth out of them, I know they're not compulsory but don't get slack, don't put them off. The tests jump up on you quickly.

There are three tests, for us the first two were on the thermodynamics component and the last on one part of the Heat Transfer component. Not many people did well on theses tests, with the distribution of test 1 being multi-modal with one group centered at 25% and one group centered at around 75%. That is you either get it or you don't. It improved for the latter tests, but again, you don't want to be learning the content and questions the night before. Thermo and Heat Transfer takes a lot of situation and thinking about properties of the material or substance, rather than just using formuals. You need to be able to plug in the correct values into those formuals, which is the tricky part. It's not always clear cut, be prepared to have every question having something new in it.

The exam itself, I found it quite hard, even if you think that you're prepared, odds are you're not. Do not underestimate this unit. I did at the start of the semester, and then when I missed a week of uni was forever fighting to catch back up. Don't let yourself fall behind. You have a scientific calc, but at some points you will have to do fairly complicated methods with it.

Unit Topics and Breakdown:
Thermodynamics
 - Thermodynamic Concepts
 - Energy and Enegry Transfer
 - First Law and Energy Analysis
 - Properties of Pure Substances
 - Property Tables and Ideal Gases
 - Energy analysis of closed systems
 - Internal energy and specific heats
 - Energy transport by mass
 - Energy analysis of steay flow open systems
 - Second law of thermodynamics
 - Refrigerators and heat pump
 - The Carnot Cycle
Heat Transfer
 - Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
 - Steady Heat Conduction
 - Steady Heat Conduction in Cylinders and Spheres
 - Heat Transfer from Finned Surfaces
 - Transient Heat Conduction
 - Transient heat conduction in multidimensional geometries
 - Convection heat transfer
 - External forced convection
 - Internal forced convection
 - Laminar and Turbulent Flow
 - Natural convection
 - Internal natural convection
 - Radiation heat transfer
 - Radiation Properties
 - Radiation view factors
 - Radiation heat transfer between surfaces

I've also included two sample questions from the Heat Transfer part of the course, with what you'd have to do to approach it and go through it. Just to give you a feel for the unit.
Heat Transfer Sample Question 1
Engine oil at flows over a -m-long flat plate whose temperature is with a velocity of . Determine the total drag force and rate of heat transfer over the entire plate per unit width.

Solution:
Firstly we find the film temperature, which is the average of the temperature of the surface and the temperature of the free stream medium.
.

The fluid properties of oil are then evaluated at this temperature. For this we turn to our data tables, and since they normally have intervals of , we would linearly interpolate between the values to get our constants. That is we would use , which since we're going to need four constants means we have to do this four times (this is the annoying part -.-).
So we're given this for the properties of Engine Oil from the data table.

Interpolating gives


Now to find out the behavior of the flow (that is whether it is Laminar, Transitional or Turbulent), we need to find the Reynolds number, which is a dimensionless constant given by .
We are told that the critical Reynolds number is , since this is less than that we have a Laminar Flow.

Now to find the rate of heat transfer, we need the heat transfer coefficient, , but to find this we need to find another dimensionless constant, the Nusselt Number, Nu. The relationship between Nu and Re, Pr will change depending on the flow. We look at the formula sheet which has three relationships for Laminar, Transitional and Turbulent flows, which as we know the flow is turbulent comes out to be given that , which is true.


Now we can find the rate of heat transfer, using .

Heat Transfer Sample Question 2
A long -cm-diamter steam pipe whose external temperature is oasses through some open area that is not protected against the winds. Determine the rate of heat loss from the pipe per unit of its length when the air is at atm pressure and and the wind is blowing across the pipe at a velocity of .

Solution:
We'll use the same method as above, except that our relationship for flow around a sphere will be different, and the characteristic length, is the diameter of the cylinder, rather than the length of the plate. Since we have a sphere we will assume the flow is turbulent around the back end of the sphere, and so turbulent throughout.

Properties of air at atm.


Finding the Reynolds number.


Finding the Nu number. We have a correlation for flow around a cylinder.


The heat transfer rate then becomes

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TommyLie on November 06, 2013, 08:22:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2010 - Multivariable Calculus

Workload:  Three 1-hour lectures and one (non compulsory) 2-hour tutorial per week

Assessment:  Starting from week 3 I believe, we had an assignment every second week, and a 25 minute test every other second week, which were done in tutorial classes.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes. Steve uploaded everything he wrote down in lectures.

Past exams available:  1 with solutions, 1 without

Textbook Recommendation:  Stewart Calculus: Early transcendentals - basically a must in my opinion. Although Steve's lecture slides were excellent and he also uploaded a hand written summary of every topic in the unit on Moodle at the beginning of sem, the textbook is extremely well written and the unit follows it word for word basically. Another reason the textbook is a must is that your weekly problem set is a list of questions which are in the textbook, however I believe they photocopied these questions from the textbook and put them on Moodle anyway. Also, Steve pu up handwritten solutions on Moodle to all the selected textbook questions.

Lecturer(s): Steven Siems

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 2

Rating:  4.9 Out of 5

Comments: I really enjoyed this unit. The content I found to be thoroughly interesting, it began with extending derivatives and integrals from single variable calculus into xyz space - partial derivatives and multiple integrals - then we moved onto Vector Calculus which is essentially a generalization of all calculus. Steve is a brilliant lecturer, he kept everyone interested with his enthusiasm and self proclaimed loud American voice, and is never afraid to crack a joke or to rip on engineers just for being engineers (For some reason he likes 'swearing at engineers' lol ).

The tutes are not compulsory but are well worth it, basically my tutor would go over all the content that Steve did in lectures but in a fair bit more detail and depth. I would highly recommend always showing up to tutes for this unit. Every second week there was a test which ran for 25 mins in tutes. They had generally 3 or 4 questions on them and were worth 5% each. They were always very doable, and if you had done all the problem sets before hand then there is no reason you couldn't get close to 100% on them every time - the questions were never anymore difficult than what was in the problem sets (sometimes it was even the same question). The assignments were every other second week and also worth 5% each.

If you enjoy Calculus - particularly if you enjoyed specialist maths - then you I think you will really enjoy this unit, as it basically completes elementary calculus and generalizes it quite nicely - although you will only do it for xyz space. If you want to do it for n space you will have to take real analysis and do some pure maths.

Also, I highly recommend anyone studying calculus use Pauls Online Maths Notes, its a fantastic resource and helped me a huge amount in this unit. I wish I had discovered it earlier. http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: ShortBlackChick on November 06, 2013, 09:37:06 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2626 - Global Disasters: Impact, Inquiry and Change (Recoded in 2014 as ATS3626 - Global Disasters: Catastrophe and Social Change)

Workload: 1x 90 min Lecture, 1x 1 hour tutorial

Assessment: 1000 word Disaster report, (20%) 2500 word Research Essay, (50%) In-class test, (20%) Tutorial Attendance and Participation. (10%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture etc.

Past exams available:  No, the In-class test doesnt really count as an exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  Unit reader, available from bookshop for ~$26

Lecturer(s): Dr Susie Protschky

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2

Rating:  3.5 of 5

Comments:
I really enjoyed this unit, as it was structured well and gave way for discussion into disasters in a very in-depth and socially focused manner, including looking at why certain groups of people are more vulnerable to disasters and how they are impacted by them. The unit also emphasised on how Disasters and Disaster victims were portrayed by media outlets and the attitude towards them by wider societies. The lectures essentially provided a background for the readings and the analysis undertaken, especially where case studies were used. Tutes provided an outlet for the ideas in the readings to be discussed and debated, but I suppose at times could be quite a abysmal discussion considering the topics we discussed. I didnt really like the first assignment, where you had to link 3 of the first few readings and the arguments dicussed in them to a particular Natural Disaster. Pro-tip: Chose a Disaster wisely, search if there are relevant articles written on it, in relevance to the topics you need to talk about. I didnt do this and as a result I ended up talking about how Sunrise was an effective media outlet with regard to the 2011 Brisbane flood and how they essentially personalised the news and involved their audience :o Not necessarily the in-depth discussion I wanted to have, nonetheless, got a D for that assignment. (Pro-tip: Dont hand your work in 7 days late and lose 15 marks) For second years, the essay question for the Research Essay is provided. (If you do this unit 3rd year, you have to create your own essay topic) Essay topics are fairly straightforward, however I struggled to stay within the word limit. (Apparently it was a hard limit, . Also, Phy124 saw my tutor marking my essay on the bus LOL) In-class test is for an hour, except at Clayton, Susie SOMEHOW did not realise the lecture room was too small, and 20 people had to do it in a different room. Leaving spaces between each student? LOL yea totes. Anywho, it had 2 sections to it, the first was 5 short answers where you had to write 100 words each, which OMG is so hard when there's so much to say, then there was a extended response essay of 500 words, and the 3 questions to chose from were given out in the last lecture/tute. Lecturer was nice? Dunno only went to one lecture. Tutes were awesome, readings were worthwhile most of the time, tutor was coolbeans!!

tl;dr This unit is awesome, do it peeps.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: TommyLie on November 07, 2013, 01:05:48 am
Subject Code/Name: MAE1042 - Introduction to Aircraft Structures and Dynamics

Workload:  3 hours of lectures per week and one 2 hour tutorial. We had a one hour lecture on Monday and a two hour lecture on Tuesday. Personally I the workload in this unit very manageable, there was nothing revolutionary in the content that required hours of study to understand so it was just a matter of doing the tutes Q's and attending lectures and a bit of study to write up some notes. Quite a reasonable workload in my opinion.

Assessment:  We had a field trip that was worth 10% (It was easy to get 100% on this, all you had to do was walk around a museum and answer a multiple choice question sheet. All the answers were in the museum). The then tutorials were worth 10% in total as well - each being worth 0.5%. Further, all you had to do in order to get 100% in the tutes was ATTEMPT 70% or more of the questions. The exam was worth 80%.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes. But I never used them.

Past exams available:  There were none because at the time I took this unit, it had just been completely restructured in terms of content. So old MAE1042 exams were not relevant. However, Wenyi provided many worked examples in lectures, and there was the tutorial Q's. Also, much of the content was the same as Engineering Dynamics and Engineering Structures, so you could use these exams as practice.

Textbook Recommendation:  To be honest, most people probably won't need the textbook. Wenyi had all relevant theory on the lecture slides. This unit was much more about being able to solve the problems - there really wasn't that much theory to go with it. However, if you want to learn things in as much depth as possible (As I did), then I would recommend any Engineering Dynamics and statics textbooks (I used the ones by Meriam and Kraige, but Wenyi recommended the ones by Hibbler. It doesn't really matter though, as these these subjects are very traditional and wont really change from textbook to textbook). For the small airframe analysis component, a recommended reading is Understanding Aircraft Structures by Jeremy Liber.

Lecturer(s): Wenyi Yan

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, sem 2

Rating:  4.9 out of 5

Comments: Personally, I was very impressed with the way this unit was executed. This was the first time Wenyi had taught it, and he had changed the content quite drastically. But his lecturing was of a high caliber and he presented everything concisely and clearly. He did many examples in each lecture, which for the topics being taught is a must.

The tutes were always pretty straight forward and always drawn from the textbook. Although spending 2 hours of your life each week obtaining 0.5% may not sound fun, you will likely learn a lot from going. The tutors are also very helpful and Wenyi was at every one of them.

The content taught in this unit was, as the title suggests, introductory Engineering Statics and Dynamics with a small component of aircraft structure nomenclature and history. Its nothing all that exciting, but its is necessary to have a good foundation in these topics as an Aerospace & Mechanical Engineer.

For the aircraft structure and history part, we basically were taught about the famous pioneers of aerospace engineering and their contributions (About 1 - 2 lectures in total), then we spent 1 lecture on the anatomy of aircraft airframes - basically just nomenclature and nothing more.

For the statics component, we studied:

For the dynamics component, we studied:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: pi on November 12, 2013, 08:36:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED2042 - Medicine 4

Workload: per week: 10 x 1hr lectures + 3 x 2 hr prac + 2 x 2 hr tutorials + 3.5 hr PBL (Problem Based Learning tutoria) + 6 hr CBP (Community Based Placement - ends at around Week 10)

Assessment: For the year - 10% Mid-Semester Test, 6.8% Social Determinants of Health Group Assignment, 2.55% CBP Reflective Essay and Learning Journal, 0.85% CBP Academic Advisor Assessment, 10% End of Year Written Examination, 20% OSCE Examination (formative assignments include practical write-ups, anatomy "flag races" and system quizzes). Important to note that there is also another examination, the dreaded VIA, but this will be covered in my review of MED2000.

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture that includes lectures notes being written on

Past exams available: No, the Faculty has now published a document with threats to expel students from the course if they are caught compiling past questions or distributing or using past compilations. All past compilations have been removed from the MUMUS site.

Textbook Recommendation:
* means essential; ^ means a text not recommended by the Faculty but one I thought was amazing

Lecturer(s): Many, depending on the series of lecture (reproductive, haematology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmacology, pathology, etc.)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
The workload is similar to last year (30+ contact hours and so forth), but this is by far the most interesting unit and the last unit at the Clayton Campus.

As with the rest of the course, the unit is divided into four parts (or themes of study):
Theme I: Personal and Professional Development
Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
Theme III: Foundations of Medicine
Theme IV: Clinical Skills

Similarly with first year and last semester, of the four themes, I (and the vast majority of the cohort) found themes III and IV to be the most enjoyable. However not only were they enjoyable, they were conceptually the hardest too. The physiology is far more advanced and there is much more to remember and the exams become more serious and more weighted. Again, fantastic relation to clinical practice as we refine our basic physical examinations and develop an understanding of examining all the major systems. Again, there is the burden of Themes I and II (including the surprisingly enjoyable Law and Ethics!), however to a much lesser degree, making this unit even more enjoyable.

This unit essentially focuses on a few bodily systems, namely: reproductive, haematology, psychiatry and neurology. Each system provides it's own challenges as you delve into the physiology, gross anatomy, pharmacology and clinical manifestations, however it was well agreed upon that neurology was by far the most content heavy and the End of Year examination is nearly entirely neurology.

As with previous units, the bulk of the physiology is taught in the lectures and it is expected that students take the initiative to fill in the blanks in your own time. The anatomy is taught much the same as previous semesters, through dissections, prossections, radiology and tutes with surgical registrars. A new inclusion this semester was "flag races" during prossections which are formative and test your understanding of the anatomy, great to try and see where you stand in the cohort. Arguably the last chance to learn some gross anatomy without getting grilled by consultants, these are more valuable than ever.

We finalise our basic set of clinical skills in this unit learning: haematology (history and examination), reproductive (history), cranial nerves (examination), mental state examination, eye examination, ear and throat examination, interpretation of ECGs. There is also a large amount of revision of previous examinations in preparation for the final OSCE. As previously mentioned, group and team work becomes vital in these tutes and participation is the key to learning and preparation for the eventual OSCE.

This semester marks the end of the Community Based Placements (CBP), and I personally count this as one of the major pluses of my degree so far: enjoyed it to bits! As mentioned in my MED2031 review, I was at a special school and coming back from the full 14 weeks of the placement, I was really glad I was there. So much practical learning and some amazing and touching memories that I will hold close forever. Definitely recommend taking full advantage of these placements and enjoy them.

An academic downside for me was a series of lectures on "Knowledge Management". Although I didn't actually attend any of them or watch/listen to them online or read the slides, I hear they were largely useless. Any questions from here can be winged on the exam with no troubles.

Otherwise lectures are still at a high standard, and as captivating and interactive (except for Knowledge Management). I particularly enjoyed the neurophysiology lectures, defnitely recommended to attend those. As with before, questions are allowed to be asked before, during and after the lectures, and all lecturers are more than happy to respond to emails afterwards. The lecture notes/slides given are also of a decent standard and it is possible to pass the unit solely using these. There is no attendance requirement for this unit, however it is expected that students attend all lectures (most lectures are nearly full, so that shows the quality of what is given).

In terms of the hurdle requirements, there are two: the End of Year Exam and the final OSCE. The MED2000 component is also a hurdle. Passing these are compulsory to passing the unit (and hence the year) and failure to do so will result in your repeating of the year (although there are some supplementary exams as with MED1022!). 

As mentioned in my previous review, study groups are amazing. Continuing my Year I/II study group was excellent revision and good to see yourself making a difference. The Year II/III study groups were again invaluable resources, and I can't thank my Third Years anough for their support and resources.

Social side took a back-seat for much of the semester with the heavy work-load and large exams coming. Having said that, there is time to party and post-exams there are AXPs and so forth to indulge in. One noteable exception is the MUMUS Medball, which was simply amazing.

This unit sees the end of pre-clinical medicine and peaks in intensity towards the end. Very enjoyable and worth every moment :) Come at us hospitals :D
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: pi on November 12, 2013, 08:50:31 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED2000 - Year 1 and 2 Final Grade

Workload: N/A, this unit consists of a single examination and occurs throughout the first two years. There is a VIA revision lecture every week run by MUMUS.

Assessment: As per the name of this unit, it combines the first two years of the MBBS into one grade:

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: No (for the VIA), the Faculty has now published a document with threats to expel students from the course if they are caught compiling past questions or distributing or using past compilations. All past compilations have been removed from the MUMUS site.

Textbook Recommendation:
* means essential; ^ means a text not recommended by the Faculty but one I thought was amazing

Lecturer(s): Various presenters depending on revision topic being discussed.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
This is an unconventional "unit". Essentially it is one exam that demonstrates knowledge from Years I and II, so it's a pretty important exam (the second VIA is done after Year IV).

Preparation for the VIA is essential as it has a massive weighting, and everyone had a different style and approach. Personally I found re-writing notes on each system and topic to be useful with not too much reference to textbooks, however what is important is that you don't leave it to the last moment.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: michak on November 12, 2013, 09:59:13 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1873 - Introduction to International Relations

Workload: 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment:
•Comparative analysis 15%, 1000 words - two topics were provided and for each topic you were given two different articles covering that topic (this year we got the Syria crisis and nuclear weapons). As it states you had to compare the two articles arguments coming to the conclusion on which one argues the case the best. The sample pieces were provided for guidance which were extremely helpful. The big problem for a lot of people was they wrote their essay like a language analysis in school in that the compared the stylistic approach by the authors. This task doesn’t care what they have used to persuade you but looking at the argument itself and its credibility, what info have they left out etc. This piece helps you quite a bit for the major essay as valuable feedback is provided.
•Major essay 35%, 1500 words – 12 topics were provided one for each week. Topics were pretty straightforward and some a bit open ended allowing you to explore the topic from various angles if you wished.
•Tutorial participation/speech 15% - this was broken up into two parts. Tutorial participation and as the name states no marks were awarded for just showing up. My tutor was always stressing that he is very stingy with these marks and everyone must contribute to the discussion. The second part was a debate topic that you had to present. This involved picking one of the topics from the various weeks and present an argument with a powerpoint presentation arguing your point.
•Exam 35% - 2 hours in the exam period. First part requires you to write an essay on one of three topics. The topics were on the theories we looked – realism, liberalism and wold systems theory/Marxism. Second part is you are given 12 short answer questions in which you write on 6.

Recorded lectures: Yes

Past exams: Yes all the way back to like the late 90s but only the last few years are relevant as they changed the structure of the exam.

Textbook recommendation: there is one recommended but don’t buy, will be a waste of money. It’s good for extra reference but that it just borrow from library if needed.

Lecturers:
•Remy Davison is the main lecturer and he is really good. His powerpoints are laden with info but he doesn’t just read off of them. He gives many examples to go with the theory and unlike some other lecturers he generally enjoys what he is talking about. And he cracks jokes at everyone including university.
•Justin Shearer who is one of the tutors takes one of the lecturers and some other guy takes one as well.

Year & Semester of Completion: 2013, Semester 2.

Rating: 5/5

Your Mark: TBA

Comments:
•In terms of an introductory unit I thought this subject was brilliant.
•To start with you look at the major theories in world politics such as realism, liberalism, Marxism, world systems theory and all their variants. Next you move onto a new topic for each lecture. We looked at things like security, sovereignty, failed states, nuclear weapons, cold war, nationalism, United Nations, humanitarian intervention, human rights and others. Keep in mind that you spend only 50 minutes on each topic so you don’t look at them in depth but as an overview it was quite good. As a side note a lot of these subjects can be studied in later year such as security studies which is a whole 2nd year unit.
•Because of the array of topics some were more boring than others but there should be something there for everyone.
•In terms of assignments they are pretty standard for an Arts subject. They weren’t overly hard and my tutor provided brilliant feedback which is always good.
•For the tutes I had Justin and I would highly recommend him. The guy is like 25 but he is extremely knowledgeable on a lot of areas and he brought up some brilliant discussions. The discussions in this tutorial were so thought provoking that I actually enjoyed going and everyone was actually willing to provide their own input – something you don’t get in all tutes. I have also heard good things about the other tutors.
•In all a superb subject that was really well organised and run and would recommended it to other people.
•Also if you were wondering knowing and keeping up with world events is always advantageous in just everyday life but it isn’t necessary to do well in this subject. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: JinXi on November 14, 2013, 12:23:24 pm
Subject Code/Name: MAE2403: Aerospace Computational Mechanics

Workload: 3x 1hr lectures, 1x 2hr labs (Not compulsory to attend)

Assessment: 30% Labs (3+6+6+7+8 % - 1 lab report due per 2 weeks approx.), 70% Exams

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture etc.

Past exams available: Many dating back to 2007. (Search for MAE3403 which was the previous unit code)

Textbook Recommendation:  YOU'RE IN 2ND YEAR AND STILL ASKING THIS QUESTION?

Lecturer(s): Prof. Murray Rudman

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Sem 2

Rating: 3 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Exams tomorrow. Procrastinating now.

Comments: Alright confession time I hardly went to any of the lectures at all as they put me to sleep. It isn't that Murray is a bad lecturer but its just there's WAAAay too much information on the slides and he tends to skips algebraic steps when going over the methods (which he has to or we'll run out of time). Also, I felt that the way to learn was to practice the methods instead of reading and listening. Attendance at the few lectures I went to were limt -> 8:00am Attendance = 0. We had around 80 people in the course and we'll get 15-20 people on a good day according to my friends that attends lectures.

Anyway the content taught in this unit was fairly useful and definitely challenging. Labs takes a huge amount of time to complete and you will want to punch the computer at times. Definitely one of the harder second year unit. Try not to fall behind in this unit as the content isn't easily crammed during swotvac as I'm realizing now...
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 14, 2013, 06:31:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS1022 - Physics

Workload:  3x1 hr lectures and a 3 hr lab each week

Assessment: It's broken up a bit, so to list them
 - 20% Lab work (10 labs+1 presentation, includes prelabs)
 - 5% Formal Report
 - 3% written problem set
 - 7% Mastering Physics Assignments
 - 7% Mid-semester test
 - 58% Exam (yes, 58, such an odd (we'll even but the other kind of odd) number)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, 2011 and onwards are more relevant, we had two of those with solutions. Pre-2011 there were two exams instead of one, and we got 5 sets of 2 with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  You don't really need it, but anyways: Physics for Scientists & Engineers 3ed

Lecturer(s):
 - Rotation & Gravitation: Dr Istvan Laszlo
 - Electricity & Fields: Dr Shane Kennedy
 - Magnetism & Fields: Dr Istvan Laszlo
 - Quantum Physics: Professor Michael Morgan (Head of the School of Physics)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2 2013

Rating:  3.8 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 91 - HD

Comments: Overall this unit is alright, I don't particularly like physics so it goes without saying that since I partly enjoyed it that it's probably a good unit. I didn't go to lectures after the mid-semester test, which wasn't because of the lecturers but more because I just got lazy. You have clickers for this unit, that is you can go and borrow a clicker at the start of the semester, and throughout the lectures they'll ask questions, which you respond with your multiple choice option, then a chart comes up with the lectures %'s for each option. I decided not to get one, because I had a clash with 2 out of 3 lectures a week (so I was only physically going to one lecture a week for physics), but it seemed like a good idea.

The labs aren't too hard, as long as you keep on top of things. It's mostly groups of three, and every 4 weeks your group members change. In the first two blocks I was in a group of 2, which I feel we might have got marked a little easier because we had one less set of hands to do things. Towards the end there is a lab where you get to pick from a series of labs, you're not given a procedure but have to come up with your own idea and method on how to test the question or concept that you're given. Then 2 weeks later you give a 5 minute presentation as a group on what your experiment was, results and what you can conclude from it e.t.c. (For this I was in a group of three, but we had one member not show up and so had to wing a third of the presentation, if you know your material and sound like you know what you're doing then you'll do well. Even be a bit enthusiastic, the demonstrator seemed to like that for our presentation).

Some of the concepts might be a bit challenging, and hard to get your head around. The quantum section gets kind of tough at the end, but I seemed to enjoy it once it all made sense and fell into place. The breakdown of the exam was as follows:
Gravitation/Rotational     12.78%
Electrostatics                   26.11%
Magnetism                       30.56%
Quantum Mechanics         30.56%
Which meant that exam was weighted more towards the Electromagnetism part of the course.

Overall, I think if you keep on top of things you should be fine, but if you don't then it's crammable given that you put the hard yards in during swotvac (probably not a good idea though).

EDIT: Post number 3141 *cough* 3.141(592653589793.....) *cough* (and no I'm not rounding it up to 3.142)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on November 16, 2013, 07:37:15 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS3887/APG4887 - Designing Urban Futures: Urban Climate, Water and Adaptation

Workload:  2x 1 hour lectures
1 fortnightly(ish) 2 hour prac

Assessment: 

3rd year students:
Lit review -- 25%
Prac reports -- 3x 5%
Research essay -- 30%
Exam -- 30%

4th year students:
Lit review -- 20%
Prac reports -- 3x 5%
Class presentation -- 15%
Research essay -- 25%
Exam -- 25%

Recorded Lectures:  yes

Past exams available:  1 in the past exams database.

Textbook Recommendation: No single set text, but there is a reading list. If you're that interested you could probably find relevant stuff in the library.

Lecturer(s): Nigel Tapper, (many!) various guest lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 2 2013

Rating:  1 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA, probably a D

Comments: I don't even know where to begin. I guess I should say here: don't bother doing this unit, it's sh!t. I really did try to like this unit but there weren't any redeeming qualities, apart from the fact that the pracs are easy marks.

Okay, let's start from the start. The lectures were crap and this unit had no real structure. There were far too many guest lecturers and Nigel Tapper was, well, hardly around. Trying to get in contact with him was a royal pain in the arse and it took forever to get ANY work back at all. Case in point -- I handed in my research essay in Week 11, and I didn't get it back until the 14th of November -- the day before the exam. No one got any feedback, just a numerical grade number. The fact that most of the unit was made up of guest lecturers meant that there was no real cohesion, and a lot of confusion as to what was actually examinable/how we could be assessed on the stuff. There was maybe 3 or 4 weeks of actual content, and the rest of it felt like a long and drawn out advertisement for Nigel's CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. There was SOME interesting content, I'll grant it that, but a lot of it was a repeat of first and second year and to be honest, I got by with a basic understanding of climate science and common sense.

The lit review was annoying. They gave out the topic at the start of semester, but beyond that we weren't given any clues as to how to actually do it. Furthermore, it was not made clear to us that we were not to write on the topic that we were given, rather we were meant to take that topic and narrow it down so it could be refined into a 'better' topic. That would have been fine... if we were told we had to do it. As a result, a lot of us crashed and burned simply because we misunderstood what was wanted. Oh, and the marking criteria wasn't released until a day or two before it was due... but then when we got our essays back, a DIFFERENT marking criteria was used, so there was plenty of potential to lose marks in categories that didn't previously exist (like including an abstract!).

As for the research essay, well... we were given more help to work on it as opposed to the lit review, but not much more help. You're supposed to look at the data they give you and come up with a research question, answer it, etc. It was annoying because communication in the unit was really poor -- there was an extension given out at the last minute to everyone, but it was so poorly publicised that most of us were unaware until after we handed our stuff in. I've done research essays before and generally quite like them, but this one was just a pain.

Exam was straightforward, stock standard essay writing and a handful of definitions.

I was enrolled as a third year, not a fourth year, so I can't comment on how difficult the class presentation is to put together, but by the looks of things it seemed an easy way to get marks, so I'm kind of spewing that the third years weren't given a similar opportunity. Plus, if you enrol in this unit at 4th year level, all of your individual assessments are weighted less so I guess it's an advantage.

TL;DR unless they revamp this unit and get someone else in, don't bother. This unit sucked, and this is coming from someone that likes geography!
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: spaciiey on November 18, 2013, 08:30:17 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2779 - Climate Change and Variability 

Workload:  2x 1 hour lectures per week, plus fortnightly 2 hour pracs

Assessment:  prac reports -- 6x 5% = 30%
writing task -- 35%
exam 35%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  None (see comments), but the review lecture gave a good indication of what the exam would be like.

Textbook Recommendation: Global Warming by Houghton. It's certainly useful but not absolutely necessary.

Lecturer(s): Ailie Gallant

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 2 2013

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: I was a bit apprehensive going into this unit because it got a bit of a bad rep... but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is the first year that Ailie taught this unit and she did an excellent job. She is engaging, passionate about her work, a good teacher and very helpful (and made a good solid effort to learn everyone's names). We covered stuff about past climate variability, current climate variability, stuff about projections, modelling climate, and how various government bodies responded (or have not responded) to climate change. Although I'd seen some of the content before, quite a bit of it was new to me and so it was very interesting. I liked learning about it. There's a lot of content and the lectures are a tad fast, so if you're not a good note taker you might struggle a bit.

The only reason that I docked a mark off of my rating was that at the start of the semester the practicals were BAD. We had two hour classes but the amount of work we were supposed to do in them was really not possible. Also, there were major discrepancies in marking between tutors -- those who were in Ailie's prac class were marked generously but everyone else was marked (very!) harshly. However once it was found out, all of our marks were adjusted and our pracs became shorter too and turned out to be quite enjoyable. Mostly it's computer work in Excel, sifting through various data and answering questions based on it.

The other thing I didn't like was that stuff took FOREVER to come back to us. Though halfway through the unit the person taking the prac classes ditched and so Ailie took ALL of the classes on, so maybe that's why. The general consensus was that she was such a nice person that we couldn't mind *too* much, but if you're anal-retentive about getting work back on time you'll probably be a bit annoyed.

The writing task was quite fun, you picked a Wikipedia article on climate science and critiqued it in 2000 words, which is different from your standard geography essay. Naturally I picked something relatively short that had a fair few errors so I could spend most of my time saying that websites are not good sources of academic information. It was a bit of a drain to individually read and critique each reference though.

I found myself doing a fair amount of work for this unit, but overall it was nicely structured and there was a clear progression between topics. Lectures were engaging (though a very small turnout, probably because of previous years?) and so in order to I think encourage attendance we had 'bonus questions' that were asked during lectures, and we could answer them later for a once-off reward of 3 free marks to the best answer. A good idea in theory, but in practice it meant that people attended lectures until they got their bonus marks and they stopped coming.

The exam was straight forward, 5 short answer questions and 3 mini-essays. I found it to be very fair. No past exams because the unit has apparently been revamped, so past exams would have been a bit useless anyways. It's easy to pass this unit but if you want to do well you need to put in some effort. Overall I really liked this unit and I'd recommend it, especially if Ailie continues to take this unit next year.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 19, 2013, 07:18:00 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2132 - The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

Workload:  1x1 hr lecture and 1x2 hr lecture a week (that's it!)

Assessment:
25% - Weekly Problem Sets which are handed in during the next week's 2 hr lecture
25% - 1500 word 'Essay' - It's more of a maths article where you pick something you're interested in, talk about it, explain it and show the maths
50% - Exam

Recorded Lectures: No.

Past exams available:  Not exactly a past exam, but a list of 120 questions. 80% of the exam will be these exact questions. (No solutions or answers to them though).

Textbook Recommendation: Don't have to buy anything, but Burkard's book 'Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof' is pretty good for what I've seen of it.

Lecturer(s): A/Prof Burkard Polster

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2 2013

Rating: 6 Out of 5 (not a typo)

Your Mark/Grade: 86 - HD

Comments: This has been the most enjoyable unit that I've completed so far, and it'll take a fair bit to top it, (I really think it'll stay my most enjoyable unit). While the maths itself in the unit isn't hard (basic maths really as a lot of students from other faculties take it as an elective, e.g. arts comm e.t.c), the approach to learning is different than most units. It's not just a 'here's the method/formula, plug and chug/apply', it requires more out of the box thinking in some situations.

Each week you'll get a problem set due in the next week's 2 hr lecture. These problems aren't too hard, and since there was more people taking the unit this year only one or two problems were marked out of the 4 each week. We weren't told which problems though, so you still had to do all of them really. Some of them will be a little... shall we say, different from what you're used to. That is you might have a basic algebraic manipulation from some kid of diagram to prove something, or you might need to take a photo of yourself with a hexaflexagon to prove you've made it, or even making a cube withing a cube with bubbles (you get the ingredients for the mixture you need to make). This may sound all odd, but there are mathematical principles behind it all, and really it's a lot of fun as well. There was a cool trick that you could do with the bubble mixture, setting your hands on fire without actually setting them on fire, which some of you might have seen ended up on Stalkerspace.

For the essay, don't make it hard on yourself, start early. At least have a good idea and do a bit of an investigation into it early on in the semester. Pick something your interested in and try and find a bit of math in your everyday life. It's due just before the midsem break (so that he can mark them over the midsem break).

Throughout the semester Burkard will show you a fair few mathematical movie/tv clips, which you'll find a few of them here http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips/index.html
Also you should check out his and Marty's (one of the guys who takes UMEP, also Burkard takes MUEP classes) website, always good for a bit of thought provoking procrastination: http://www.qedcat.com/.

Finally the exam itself, while the unit is not a hard unit, you'll need to remember a fair few theorems and concepts/ideas for the exam. I left it until a bit too late to start memorising and committing these to memory, start early if you can. Doing the list of questions he gives you is good practice for the exam (as half of them are the actual exam questions). Also the questions that were on the problem sets may come up again in the exam, my friends and I kinda assumed that they wouldn't since they were already on the problem set, and well lost a few marks when the popped up on the exam as we didn't revise them.

All in all, a great unit, I'll list the topics as follows.
• Symmetry (regular solids, tilings, Escher, ruler-and-compass, origami)
• Fibonacci numbers and Golden Ratio
• Optimal design (soap bubble maths, minimal networks)
• Mathematical soul capturing (the maths of juggling and lacing shoes)
• Visualising the 4th dimension
• The shape of space (Möbius bands, Klein bottles, "pacman" spaces)
• Infinity.

I should point out that he uses a lightsaber as a pointer, and the content and demonstrations will always keep you interested. Anyways, check out a juggling demonstration that he did for open day this year (you'll get to see it again during lectures), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zabtIAUKVXY.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: b^3 on November 20, 2013, 02:49:08 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2032 - Differential Equations with Modelling

Workload:  3x1 hr lectures, 1x2 hr tute per week

Assessment:  3x5% Assignments (The second two are 'reports' on excel modelling PDEs), 5x2% Quizzes, 15% Mid Semester Test, 60% exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, as per the Mathematics Faculty policy, 2 exams but only 1 with solutions.

Textbook Recommendation: You don't need it, (but if you're that keen: E. Kreysig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (9th edition).

Lecturer(s): Weeks 1-6: Dr Jerome Droniou, Weeks 7-12: Rosemary Mardling

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2 2013

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 82 - HD

Comments: I enjoyed this unit, although at times there are some small annoyances. For the first 6 weeks under Jerome you will need to be meticulous in your working, and will need to write what you're doing for each step (i.e. "We have a second order linear homogeneous ODE (Ordinart Differential Equation)", <show the equation>. "Using the variation of parameter method" <show working>. Missing after introducing a constant of proportionality can lose you a mark, as well as if you don't have the right keyword in your explanation. i.e. I lost a mark on tests for not stating "By superposition" when finding the particular solution for a Second Order Linear Non-Homogenous ODE with constant coefficients. So yeah, what I'm getting at is you have to be picky with everything for the first six weeks. For the second six weeks, you can be fairly lazy in this regard, as Rosemary doesn't mind as much.

You won't be able to learn enough by just going to lectures. It's better to sit down with the lecture notes and go through and work out a method for each type of question, with the overhead slides from the lecture complimenting this. With that being said, I stopped going to lectures after week 7, but that was not because of Rosemary, (she was actually pretty good for the few I went to).

The averages for the 2% tests were all over the place, with some being med-high and others being really low. They're a good trial run though, as the questions are very similar to the mid-semester test (which is only on Jerome's content). The first assignment is like any other normal maths assignment, while the latter two will require you to come to the tute to do some work on excel (or Matlab or w.e. you wan't really), to model a situation regarding PDEs. The first is just about modelling a wave with a Fourier Series. The second is on the Heat Equation, so the heat transfer through a 1-dimensional rod and how it varies through time, modelling the temperature distribution with a Fourier Series.

Most people found the exam itself quite hard, and it was above average in the end. You probably won't be short on time, but will get to some questions and go "well,.. what... where am I even meant to start?". There was a 10 mark question (out of 99 marks, so around ~10%), that not many (if any) were able to get. Your best be for preparing is to make sure you know how to apply each method to solve an ODE, and memorise the few theorems that you will encounter throughout the unit, then do past exams and you should be fine.

Topics for those who are interested.

Weeks 1-6
 - First order ODEs - Separable, Linear, Exact, ODEs of Homogeneous Type
 - Existence and uniqueness of solutions      
 - Modelling with first order ODEs - Radiocarbon Dating, Newton's law of cooling, Gravity Currents, Curves of Pursuit, Kinetic Chemistry, Population Dynamics
 - Recasting ODEs of order into systems of first order ODEs
 - Numerical Solution of ODEs - Euler's method, Heun's method, error analysis and rounding errors
 - Second oarder ODEs- Existence and uniqueness of solutions, method for second order linear homogeneous ODEs, constant and non-constant coefficients cases
 - Free, Forced, Damped, Undamped Oscillations
 - Second Order ODEs - Non-homogeneous case - The method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters
 - Reduction of order methods
 - Series solutions of linear ODEs and Power Series Solutions

Weeks 7-12
 - Partial Differential Equations
 - Fourier Series
 - The Heat Equation
 - The Advection Equation
 - The Wave Equation

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on November 20, 2013, 06:58:20 pm
Subject Code/Name: BIO1022 - Biology II

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  No. As with BIO1011, there is no practice exam supplied. However, a 'Revision Superquiz' (100 MCQs) is avaliable in the ~2 weeks prior to the exam from a bank of ~500 questions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Campbell Biology 9th Edition (the same textbook as for BIO1011) - 8th Edition is pefectly fine as of 2013.

Lecturer(s):
Dr. Heather Verkade (Molecular Biology)
Dr. Marien de Bruijne (Metabolism/Thermoregulation/Nervous System)
Dr. Christopher Johnstone (Homeostasis/Muscular-Skeletal Systems/Nutrition and Digestion)
Dr. Bob Wong (Hormones/Reproduction/Animal Development)
Dr. Meredith Hughes (Microbiology Lectures 1-3)
A/Prof. Frank Alderuccio (Microbiology Lecture 4)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: Objectively, this is quite a good unit, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd expected to (because a lot of it was just stuff we'd already covered to a greater extent in Biomed), though it was definitely an improvement on BIO1011 - presumably because there was no plant biology whatsoever ;D . The content was very good, and as always the lecturers were brilliant. Special mention to Chris Johnstone and Bob Wong, who were particularly entertaining.

If you've done VCE biology and BIO1011 (and you've definitely done the second one if you're doing this unit), then you shouldn't find the theory particularly difficult at all, though some of the content is new or in greater detail. For me, the most challenging stuff was Animal Development as I hadn't been exposed to the material before, and Reproduction for the same reason (these are both very anatomy- and developmental biology-based, so it's good to get a bit of background from the internet/readings first).

The most important advice I can impart for this unit is to do all readings BEFORE the lectures and labs (i.e. during the weekend). The textbook is really good, and the biology department makes a strong point throughout the semester that the material is examinable, and it's extremely useful otherwise. However, if you honestly don't have the time you can definitely get by on the lecture notes - they're very detailed and the exam is perfectly manageable from just these (as in, there's nothing examined that's not at least briefly mentioned in the lectures).

The labs are good, except the "E-Rat" lab (an "online rat dissection" which was optimised for windows '95 and didn't work for most people) which was a trainwreck. For labs where you need to write a report - and for the essay - follow the guidelines they provide you on Moodle VERY closely, even if you've learnt different ways of doing these things in other subjects. They will be very tough on you mark-wise otherwise.

There are a lot of assessment tasks that you need to keep track of like the MBio quizzes and the Moodle Tests. I personally recommend a calendar or a reminder system of sorts to keep on top of all these things - otherwise it can be very overwhelming, especially in the context of all your other units.

The exam is the same structure as in BIO1011, i.e. 144 MCQs (~6 from each lecture) in 2.5 hours. I studied by making fairly detailed summaries of each lecture, which ended up being 106 pages long. If you can find a better way of studying than this, PLEASE do it. I have never been so exhausted that when I finished those summaries.

This is a prerequisite unit for all life-science majors, and it's a pretty good one at that. It's even better if you're studying non-biology based things as well, because it'll provide a good amount of diversity to your studies.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: alondouek on November 20, 2013, 09:59:57 pm
Subject Code/Name: BMS1042 - Biomedical Science and Society

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, quite a few from 2009 backwards on the Monash exam database.

Textbook Recommendation:

Lecturer(s):

Biostatistics:

Epidemiology: (many guest lecturers)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  5 out of 5 (I'd give it more if I could lol)

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: I went into this unit expecting it to be terrible. Was I wrong! Many people didn't like this unit because they didn't consider it 'hard science' like most of our other biomed units, but I loved it. Even biostatistics was good, though it's usually a struggle.

I'll comment on this units in two parts with individual grades (epidemiology/public health and biostatistics), given that it was essentially two distinct areas combined into one unit.

Biostatistics - 3.5 out of 5
Biostats was admittedly a little bit boring, but it was made up for by the fact that the material was taught well and that it was obviously all relevant to vital procedures in biomedical and medical practice. Baki is a great guy and he really, REALLY knows his stuff - he's got such a great sense of humour (said in the first lecture that he'll respond to "Great Baki") and was such an interactive lecturer that he really got us interested in the biostatistics side of things. My only complaint is that he has a really thick Bangladeshi accent which was a little tough for white guys like me (hahahaha) to understand at first, but he makes up for this by going over everything in a logical, repeated and explanatory manner so you're not left behind. Plus, you get used to his accent after a couple of lectures. (Baki catchphrases to note: "Jiro" (= zero), "oh ma gahd").

The biostats material was as follows:

You have one 2-hour tutorial for biostatistics per week, and this is super-important for learning the content in detail. Have a read of the module notes both before and after the tute, it'll help reinforce the large amount of material you need to understand.

The assessment for biostats (outside the exam) consists of:
1. 5 weekly(ish) pre-tute question sets that you do as a group with 2 other people in your tute. These can be a bit tricky, but as a group you'll figure them out quickly. Also, make sure all your wording is specific and always correct, because your tutors are definitely trying to take marks off (even 0.25 of a mark, as was seen multiple times throughout the semester haha) to make you develop the correct language for statistical reporting.

2. A group biostatistics assignment with the same people you do your pre-labs with. This is also quite challenging, as a couple of the questions are trickily worded so as to see if you can describe and use the correct statistical analysis method for the data at hand. It also involves the interpretation of SPSS output data, so make sure you understand these outputs.

Epidemiology - 10000000 out of 5 :P

Epidemiology blew me away totally, I have never found anything as fascinating as the stuff I learnt in this unit. I'm even taking a Summer Research Scholarship at the Monash SPHPM (Alfred) because I want to pursue it further. I've listed the breakdown of the epidemiology material above in the "lecturers" section. All these people (except Basia) were guest lecturers, and all of them (including Basia) were brilliant and really enjoyable to learn from. I also found it a lot more intuitive than biostatistics, but that might just be down to bias and my particular style of learning.

You have one 2-hour epidemiology tute per week, which goes over the lecture content in much greater detail, with examples etc. I had an amazing tutor (shout out to Breanna) who really helped me understand the principles behind epidemiology and how disease manifests itself both in the individual and the population, and how it can be studied. It was worth getting up for the 8am tute every Wednesday, didn't even consider missing it once.

The epidemiology side of assessment (excluding the exam) consists of:
1. An online assessment (done through Twitter) that involves playing the 'Dumb Ways to Die' game and posting an example of public health that you encounter every day.

2. 2 group orals done in your epi tutes; one is on ethics and the other on population health. These are pretty easy to do well in, especially if you've got a passionate group.

3. An individual written assessment, where you review a journal article on a public health/epidemiological issue and a corresponding media article relating to the journal article. This was really easy to do as you were allowed to directly answer it in a 'question-answer' format (i.e. you just had to answer the questions instead of making it an essay). I chose to write on a study exploring the efficacy of Bifrontotemporoparietal Decompressive Craniectomies in treating trauma patients versus the 'standard care' option of induced coma. I found this really enjoyable to do, and it really got me interested in the clinical side of biomedical sciences.



Aside from these, there was a Moodle MCQ test as our mid-semester. In hindsight, it wasn't too hard but the time allocated was almost universally stated by we students to be insufficient. It was a combination of all the biostats and epi theory we'd learnt up to that point.

This issue of time allocation carried through to the exam, which was only 2 hours long (should have been AT LEAST 2.5 hours). It consisted of two sections, the first being 30 MCQs for epidemiology (with a tiny bit of biostats theory blended in), and this took me no time at all; if you know your epi theory well it's a breeze. Then came the biostats section, which although being only 4 short-answer questions long was really a struggle. The biostats questions were pretty tough (spent 45 minutes on the first question alone), and I only just finished when the invigilators called "pens down". Most of the people I know weren't even able to finish, so I hope they review and change this for next year (I have a feeling they will).

Overall, spectacular unit that massively exceeded all of my expectations.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on November 22, 2013, 01:04:13 am
Subject Code/Name: PHY2032 - Endocrine Control Systems 

PLEASE NOTE: The structure of this unit has changed a bit from when I did it in Semester 2, 2013. Some parts of the course (such as the exercise physiology bit) are probably not in this unit any more, as there has been a reshuffle of the 2nd year physiology units and their content. For information about the other second year physiology units in general (and what you need to take to complete a minor/major in physiology etc.), a place to start is here.

Workload:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 3 hour lab per week (there were 6 weeks of labs when I did it, 4 of which were genuine lab sessions, 1 intro lab and 1 speech presentation).

Assessment:
Four online Moodle tests - 5% each (20%)
Two prac reports - 10% and 15% respectively (25%)
One prac test - 5%
One research oral presentation - 10%
1 final exam - 40%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with/screen capture.

Past exams available:  No, but many practice questions put up on Moodle and in the final lecture.

Textbook Recommendation:  E. P. Widmaier, H. Raff, K. T. Strang, Vander's Human Physiology - the mechanisms of body function (12ed. in Sem 2, 2013)

Not compulsory to buy. Did not use much during semester.

Lecturer(s):
Endocrinology: Yvonne Hodgson
Digestion: Rick Lang
Metabolism: Aneta Stefanidis and Sarah Lockie
Reproduction: Renea Taylor
Exercise: Wayne Sturrock and Farshad Mansouri

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments: This unit is largely divided into five sections:

Endocrinology is about the various parts of the body that make up the endocrine system, how endocrine communication works, what types of hormones there are and what they do. The pancreas, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, adrenal gland and thyroid gland are discussed in addition to what hormones they secrete/are affected by, and their modes/patterns of secretion as well as their effects (for example, growth hormone, adrenaline, thyroid stimulating hormone and many more). An interesting lecture was spent on looking through an old scientific paper on the link between a hormone from the hypothalamus and one from the pituitary gland, and drawing conclusions from it.

Digestion is about what happens in our bodies from the moment we see food to the moment we finally remove the waste products. The general anatomy and structure of the digestive system (such as the composition of the GI tract walls) is discussed, as well as the enteric nervous system - almost like a 'second brain' in the gut. We also learnt about how digestion and absorption work in the stomach, small intestine and large intestine, and the different kinds of contractions of the gut, to push the food along. There was also a bit about how activity in one part of the gut can alter the behaviour of other parts of the gut.

Metabolism is about how the body actually uses and stores the nutrients we get from our food, as well as the many pathways by which different stores of energy are converted into each other, and also how different hormones can affect this. We also consider the various ways in which energy can be expended, such as through heat production and exercise. We look at the brain, and how it controls our appetite in response to our current body energy stores and condition. Finally, we look at disorders of metabolism, how these are defined, how we test for them and how we can treat them.

Reproduction is about the male and female reproductive system anatomy, the ovarian and uterine cycles, how eggs and sperm are formed, what happens before, during and after fertilisation, the hormonal changes and triggers associated with puberty, and finally what happens during pregnancy, in order to ensure that the fetus can survive. There was also a bit at the end about methods used in research to study the genes involved in reproduction and the survival of the embryo.

Exercise is about how the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscle systems work together to allow the body to meet the demands of exercise. As not everyone is familiar with all three systems from earlier units, some general physiology lectures are given to ensure everyone is up to speed, and then concepts such as oxygen debt, methods of generating energy during exercise, how different nutrients are used in different proportions, the recovery process and adaptations to exercise are covered.

This was a reasonable unit. While there was a fair bit of content to learn, the lecturers made a good effort to go through it in a logical order, which made learning things a bit easier, and a bit more fun. The prac work is done in groups (as usual), but what happens this time is that all members of a group will work together to write up a lab report of around 2000 words or so. There is some peer feedback for this, but usually people put in a decent effort to get it done, since all members of the group get the same mark (assuming no great anomalies in the peer feedback form).

One fun thing this semester was a group research project. Basically, at the start of semester, you get into a group of 4-6 people, and pick a topic that is somewhat related to the stuff you cover in lectures. Then over the next 5 weeks, you go and look up papers on the topic, and eventually give a 10 minute group presentation to everyone in your lab session, and field questions from lecturers, guests and students.

In terms of assessment, the online tests aren't of an impossible difficulty (apparently the average mark is around 80-85% across the four), and sitting down with your lecture notes to do them really helps.

The lab reports were also OK, they're the standard introduction-methods-results-discussion-conclusion type of thing. The main hurdle (for me at least) were the statistical tests - you have to do tests on the data you receive, to see if any of it is different enough within certain confidence intervals, and you do it on the physiology lab's preferred software, which isn't the easiest to navigate. Nevertheless, you do get sheets that explain how to run and interpret the tests.

The final exam is divided into 3 sections: multiple choice (based only on the Exercise part of the course, because we didn't get an online test in the semester for it), short answer (answering a number of short answer questions that can range from labelling/drawing a diagram to standard answering), and essay questions.

Basically, for the short answer and essay questions, you get a bunch of options, from which you pick a few. This helps in revision, because if you really want to, you can skip revising your weakest area, since you don't have to write on it. Apparently the essays are the worst-performing area for most students, Rick said "Tell us a story. Even if you don't get all the facts right, we would like you to tell us a story". So make a good effort to structure your essay, and probably avoid dot points unless you're really running out of time. The exam was reasonable, I was just a bit time pressured (from writing too much in my essays), but it wasn't a particularly large deal.

All in all, this was a nice physiology unit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on November 22, 2013, 04:36:38 pm
Subject Code/Name: DEV2022 - Principles of Organ and Body Design 

Workload:
2 x 1 hour lectures per week (occasionally 3 lectures per week)
1 x 3 hour lab per week (NOT compulsory, except for when you have to sit the midsem, but attendance is marked, see note below (*)

Assessment: 
Two online Moodle tests - 5% each (10%)
Oral presentation - 15%
Poster presentation - 5%
Mid-semester test - 20%
Final exam - 50%
(*) It was implied during prac class that good prac attendance can lead to a small "boosting" of your final mark, so that if you're on the border between two different letter grades, there is some chance that your final mark will end up on the higher of those two grades. I'm not sure if this actually happens or not. You did not hear any of this from me.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Not from the library database, but in the final week of semester, Jeff goes through the topics from past exams. So it's a really good idea to attend those final lectures!

Textbook Recommendation: 
B. M. Carlson, Human embryology and developmental biology (4ed. in Semester 1, 2013) is the prescribed textbook. However, the two other textbooks that were used throughout the course are General Anatomy by Norman Eizenberg, and Functional histology by Jeff Kerr.
None really required, except when you want to do some further reading or research.

Lecturer(s):
Jeff Kerr - takes the majority of lectures
Other lecturers include Helen Abud (GI tract), Ryan Wood-Bradley (Kidney), and some other lecturers who give one lecture each.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 3.8/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments: This subject is a prerequisite for 3rd year DEV units. Also, it's a prereq for Melbourne Med and Dent, if anyone wants such a thing.

 It is about studying the anatomy of the human body, with a developmental viewpoint in mind. Firstly, we cover the most general anatomy of the body (anatomical terms, compartments of the body and limbs, general nerve innervation, extensor and flexor muscles, and the spinal vertebrae). Then we move onto the more focused anatomy, which takes in the skin, bones, thorax, lungs, heart, abdomen, gut, liver/pancreas/gallbladder, kidneys, nervous system and reproductive system. Yes, that sounds like a great deal of stuff. And it is (I'm sorry, there's no other way of putting this).

The anatomy we learn is less specific than what a person in a Medicine degree would study, for example. It is more about general concepts than learning about every single thing in the body. For example, when we consider a nerve plexus, we simply learn that certain divisions of the plexus will cause general types of movements, instead of learning what each of the divisions does specifically. We still look at things from a developmental perspective, however. This means that you're not really just memorising where everything fits in the body, but you learn about how the developmental processes lead to everything being in its 'proper place' in the adult. In addition, most lectures having a short section on congenital abnormalities, where development does not go as planned.

Jeff Kerr takes the majority of lectures. How he knows so much anatomy, I have absolutely no idea. He can give off the impression of being a "schoolmaster" type, and makes you feel like you're back in the classroom again (even our demonstrator agreed with this), but he is a very good lecturer who puts in the effort to explain many of the concepts we encounter in simple and logical terms. One thing about him is that he speaks fairly slowly (good if you like taking notes), and clears his throat a lot. The other lecturers are decent too. (I particularly like Ryan's quote, "I don't do lectures. Lectures are what your parents give you when you misbehave, and what they did to people in the Dark Ages who couldn't read.")

Remember how I said most weeks, we had 2 lectures? Well, it turns out that instead of a third lecture each week, we get these things called "SDLs", or Self-Directed Learning tasks. Basically, these consist of a series of pictures that have questions/labels for you to fill in, based on that week's lecture material. You then go and discuss the previous week's SDL in your lab class, where you get put in a group of around 20 or so students with one demonstrator. You're not expected to know how to fill everything in, but some demonstrators do try to encourage you to actually think about the question, rather than just telling you the answer. They're also a pretty good revision tool (more about this later).

The SDL discussion takes up the last hour of the three-hour labs. For the first two hours, usually there is a dissection of a particular organ to be done, along with answering questions based on posters, X-rays, specimens, etc. around the anatomy lab. You don't have to answer everything, and there are no marks attached to the actual pracs themselves, the pracs are just there to consolidate your knowledge, see some of the things in anatomy first-hand, and are a really good opportunity to talk to the demonstrators about any concepts you're struggling with. So even if you're not a big fan of dissection (I'm certainly not the most enthusiastic), there are good benefits to going, and you may just end up memorising one or two little facts or tricks (perhaps just by overhearing things or by osmosis) that will come in handy for assessments.

In terms of assessment, the Moodle tests are MCQ tests where you get shown a picture, and asked a question on it. They're not too bad if you have your lecture notes in front of you when you do them.

The oral presentation is where you get assigned a topic in Week 2, and you work with a partner to research and present a 10 minute talk/powerpoint presentation on your topic. These topics were fairly diverse, from frog morphogenesis, to muscle regeneration, to bone cells. After the talk, you get asked questions from your demonstrator and peers in your group. I did end up consulting my textbook for this presentation, as well as a number of scientific papers, so it's good for developing research skills. It was also somewhat interesting, and at 15% of your final mark, is definitely worth putting effort into.

The poster presentation is where you choose a poster topic to work on over the mid-semester break. This is more in-line with what was covered in lectures. You work together with a partner to design an A3 poster (handwritten/drawn) on your topic, and draw up the poster during the actual lab class itself. Most people did quite well on this one, and it's a good way to shore up your understanding of concepts. You don't really 'present' your poster, you just make it and hand it in. The best posters get prizes though :)

The midsemester test takes 75 minutes and has both an MCQ section (which again, is questions based off images they give you), and a written section (where you write an essay on an organ).The list of possible organs is given out beforehand, but you won't know which one you have to write on until you actually start the test. The images for the MCQ section are based on your SDLs, so this is why it's a good idea to at least attend the pracs so you know something about the images.

The final exam is like DEV2011; you have an MCQ section (AGAIN based on the SDLs . . . see what I'm getting at here? ;) ), and three essay questions. For each essay question, you choose one topic out of 5 or so. So, your first essay will be on a topic from the first 1/3 of semester, your second from the second third of semester, and your third will be from the final third of semester. Before the exam, Jeff shows you all the past essay topics (so you can try to predict what will appear), and also publishes a 'shortlist' of images that the MCQ questions will be based on. I found that looking at these images, and writing a paragraph or so on each of these helped with revision, and also with getting enough information to write essay topics.

The standard of the final exam is somewhat demanding - Jeff said that in order to get the best marks, your essays must go beyond what was covered in lectures and need to include your own research - but it's still possible to get a HD-level response without that. At times, it honestly seemed like there was a mountain of stuff to memorise. However, this unit still had its nice moments, the lectures were done well, and at least you didn't have to memorise absolutely everything for the assessments. Definitely an improvement on DEV2011.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: steph753 on November 22, 2013, 08:01:27 pm
Subject Code/Name: ECF1100 - Microeconomics

Workload:
1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week

Assessment: 
Tutorial participation and homework completion - 10%
Group assignment - 10%
Mid semester test (multiple choice) - 20%
Online quizzes (weekly) - 10%
Exam - 50%

Recorded Lectures: 
Lectures are not recorded, however slides which the lecturer has annotated on are uploaded onto noodle

Past exams available: 
No past exam available, however there was one practice exam provided, some of the exam questions appeared on the practice exam

Textbook Recommendation:  What must you buy?  What is "recommended"?  Do you need it?

Lecturer(s): George Rivers and Kristy Coulter

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: (Pending)

Comments:
Overall this was a very good introductory subject into microeconomics. Assessments were easy and the lectures were engaging. I had George Rivers as my lecturer and he made the lectures interesting with the odd joke and showed the lighter side of the subject.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: steph753 on November 22, 2013, 08:10:59 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETX1100 - Business Statistics

Workload:
1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial each week

Assessment: 
Tutorial attendence and homework completion - 10%
4 assignments – 5% each (totalling 20%)
Exam - 70%

Recorded Lectures: 
Lectures are recorded

Past exams available: 
No past exam available, however there were 3  practice exams provided, which were helpful

Textbook Recommendation:
Business Statistics 3ed by Bereson prescribed. Didn’t use the textbook for most of the semester. The end of section questions were very useful when preparing for the exam

Lecturer(s): Gerrie Roberts

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: (Pending)

Comments:
As a compulsory Bachelor of Business subject, it wasn’t the greatest, however if you are maths minded you would probably enjoy the subject. Gerrie was a great lecturer (I have heard negative reviews about other lecturers). Assignments were very easy, however the subject does have a 25% fail rate most semesters
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: DisaFear on November 23, 2013, 12:53:23 am
Subject Code/Name: SCI2010 - Scientific Practice and Communication

Workload:
Assessment:
(This seems to have changed in the 2014 handbook!)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, a few. No answers available ( ;) ) but Moodle is active

Textbook Recommendation:  Don't even go there, the only thing from the two 'textbooks' are two diagrams or so, fully covered in the lecture notes

Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments:
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: steph753 on November 23, 2013, 03:11:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: MGF2661 - Human Resource Management

Workload:
1 x 1.5 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial each week

Assessment: 
Inclass essay – 15%
Guided readings weeks 1-4 – 5%
Group essay  - 15%
Group presentation 10%
Guided readings weeks 5-11 – 5%
Exam - 50%

Recorded Lectures: 
Lectures are recorded

Past exams available: 
No past exam available, however there was one practice exam provided. This was very beneficial in exam preparation

Textbook Recommendation:
Human Resource Managament by Nankervis et al. 7th edition. This textbook is vital for this subject. Especially for the inclass essay and exam.

Lecturer(s): Dr Susan Mayson

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: (Pending)

Comments:
This was a really well run subject that prepares you for third year human resource subjects. It provides the foundation knowledge and it is quite easy to do well in this subject.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: steph753 on November 23, 2013, 03:16:39 pm
Subject Code/Name: BTF1010 - Commercial Law

Workload:
1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week

Assessment: 
Inclass test (one question like what features on the exam) – 20%
Online quizzes (weekly) – 20%
Exam - 60%

Recorded Lectures: 
Lectures are recorded

Past exams available: 
No past exams available, however there was one practice exam provided in week 12.

Textbook Recommendation:
Law in Commerce 4ed by  Sweeney, O’Reilly and Coleman. Essential for weekly quizzes, in class essay and exam. The subject is pretty much taught out of this textbook

Lecturer(s): Mark Bender

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade: 91 HD

Comments:
This was a pretty good subject, with easy straightforward assessments. You need to really keep on top of weekly readings in order to do well in this subject and preparing summary notes, especially of cases throughout the semester is extremely helpful when it comes to exam time as the exam is open book.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: steph753 on November 23, 2013, 03:23:16 pm
Subject Code/Name: MGF1100 - Managerial Communication

Workload:
1 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 2 hour tutorial each week

Assessment: 
Self-analysis essay – 20%
Group project – 25% (10% for a group presentation and 15% for an individual essay on group dynamics)
Persuasive presentation – 10%
Participation – 5%
Exam – 40%

Recorded Lectures: 
Lectures are not recorded

Past exams available: 
No past exams available, however there was one practice exam provided in week 12.

Textbook Recommendation:
The textbook for this subject (Interpersonal skills in Organsations) was not very useful. It contained information that is common sense. This subject is engaging at times however it is pretty much what most people know about communicating in the workplace

Lecturer(s): Viv Interrigi

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 HD

Comments:
As mentioned above, this subject is fairly straightforward with very easy assessments. I managed to get a HD with barely any work undertaken outside the contact hours. This is a core subject of Bachelor of Business – majoring in management. If this is your major, I advise to get this subject done early in your degree as you will go insane if you leave it to late in your degree
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Reckoner on November 23, 2013, 09:14:43 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC1030 - Introduction to Financial Accounting

Workload:  Two 1-hour lecture plus one 1.5-hour tutorial = 3.5 hours

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, about 7 all with solutions

Textbook Recommendation:
Introduction To Financial Accounting 2ed - Gerrand J & Hardy L & Contessotto C: Not a particularly helpful book to learn the material covered, but it has the tute questions in it, so you'd better get a copy.

Accounting handbook - this is what contains all of the accounting standards. Is recommended, and you're allowed to take it into the exam and tests with underlining (no writing). I hardly used it at all really, all of the relevant standards are covered in the lecture notes well enough, and its not too difficult to just remember the important aspects. If you're planning on doing more accounting, or have a really poor memory, or don't like studying then I suggest getting it, but if you aren't sure then maybe postpone buying it until you know whether it would be useful.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Serry: packs a lot into his lectures, but goes through things step by step and logically. Definitely worth going to his lectures. Also, he leaves part of the slides blank, so you at least have to watch them online to get all of the journal entries.

John Gerrand: As much as I love John, his lectures weren't particularly helpful. Although he did cover the more boring topics, so its not his fault. 

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Semester 2

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 90 HD

Comments:
This unit essentially continues on from the accounting topic in AFC1000, but in more detail. The main topics are:

Week 1 - Conceptual Framework + capital maintenance
Not a whole lot in week 1. You should already be familiar with the conceptual framework from 1000, and capital maintenance is to do with how much profit can be distributed while maintaining the wealth of the business.

Week 2 - Incomplete records, internal control
Involves the reconstruction of accounts, which is important for the later lecture on cash flows. The main part of internal control discussed is bank reconciliation.

Week 3 - Inventory
Looks at AASB102, and covers what is included as part of the cost of inventory, and that inventories should be recorded at the lower of cost and Net Realisable Value (NRV)   

Week 4 - Balance day adjustments
Prepayments, accruals, straight line and reducing balance depreciation, and allowance for doubtful debts.

Week 5 - Background to financial regulation (zzzzz)
The various regulatory bodies of financial reporting, really dry stuff.

Week 6 - Companies
Also pretty dry, introduces goodwill and the purchase of companies, as well as the creation of a new company and issuing of shares via a prospectus.

Week 7 - Non-current assets
What is included as part of the cost of a non-current asset, and their subsequent revaluation and impairment. Also intangible assets. 

Week 8 - Liabilities/Leases
Looks at liabilities, operating and finance leases, provisions and contingent liabilities

Week 9 - Income
Looks at when to recognise income, and construction contracts (which weren't covered this semester, John ran out of time in his lecture)

Week 10 - Expenses and intangibles
Looks at whether particular items should be recognised as an asset or expense, such as oil exploration and research and development.

Week 11 - Cash flow statements
Primarily involves being given an income statement and balance sheet, and you have to create a cash flow statement.

Week 12 - Agriculture
The valuation of biological assets, tension/conflict between accounting standards and the conceptual framework (touched on in earlier weeks too) and revision.


The two tests are pretty straight forward, if you can do the tute questions you should be ok. The first one was almost entirely practical, but the second one had a bit more theory. The exam was VERY similar to the past papers, so if you work through them all then you can get through the exam fairly easily.

I didn't enjoy this unit much at all really. It's not particularly difficult, and doesn't involve much actual "study" I found. If you can force yourself to do the tute questions each week and read the lecture slides, then all should fall into place. It's just getting used to applying the various rules that you learn in a practical sense, which can be done easily from doing the past exams. Apart from the regulation week that is, I really do feel for anyone who has to endure that week, and also for John who has to give that lecture again... 

You'll be doing this unit of you want to major in accounting, but if you know that you're not going to major in accounting, I suggest doing something else as an elective. Sure it's not too taxing, but can be very dry which makes its not very enjoyable and difficult to force yourself through if you don't have an interest. Leases were my favourite part of the course, the rest was all pretty similar.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on November 23, 2013, 09:56:48 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2922 - Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry 

Workload:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 4 hour lab per week

Assessment: 
Practical work: 30% (consists of 8 Lab Reports and a Moot Court Presentation)
Three online Moodle Tests - 3.33% each (10%)
One Mid-semester test - 20%
Final exam - 40%
NOTE: Prac work is a hurdle requirement; you need at least 50% in the prac component to pass the unit.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, several from past years available on the Monash Library Database. No solutions provided. Note that not all topics in these past exams may be relevant, because the topics assessed in the mid-semester test and final exam occasionally get switched around (more on this later).

Textbook Recommendation:  Principles of Instrumental Analysis, by Skoog, Holler and Crouch. (6ed. in Semester 2, 2013).
 Did not consult much throughout the semester.

Lecturer(s):
General analytical principles, UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Atomic Spectroscopy, Chromatography: Mike Grace
Mass spectrometry, Electrochemistry: Chris Thompson
Fluorescence, IR spectoscopy, Raman spectroscopy: Toby Bell

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4.75/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments:
This subject is a prerequisite for most 3rd-year chemistry units. (so definitely a must if you wish to major in Chemistry).

Each of the three lecturers mentioned above takes four weeks of content:

Mike's section begins with an introduction to analytical chemistry, which is about key terminology in describing experimental results and methods (such as sensitivity, selectivity, accuracy, precision and so forth), and a brief description of what analytical chemistry is used for (as DisaFear mentions, there is an emphasis on forensic applications in this unit). The actual chemistry starts off with UV-Visible spectroscopy, and extends on from your first-year knowledge of the Beer Lambert Law, with complications and additional techniques introduced. We then move on to Atomic Absorption and Emission spectroscopy - so we learn about the Boltzmann distribution, briefly cover Grotian diagrams, and learn about the different types of techniques (e.g. Graphite Furnace AAS, Flame Ionisation Detection). Finally, we learn more about chromatography, with HPLC and GC techniques, along with general chromatographic principles such as gradient elution and resolution.

Chris' section starts off with an extension of the Mass Spectrometry you learnt in Year 12, except now it goes into more detail, like why you're likely to find certain fragments at certain intensity values, how isotopes affect mass spectra (behold, the BINOMIAL THEOREM!), and how fragmentation actually occurs (through the use of 'mechanisms', not dissimilar to mechanisms in organic chemistry)! Again, we go through the techniques and instrumentation (such as 'hard' and 'soft' methods of ionisation, and different kinds of detectors). Electrochemistry begins with a review of your standard Year 12 Redox section (so once again, we have the electrochemical series, salt bridges, anodes and cathodes and all that), before moving on to the Nernst equation, which FINALLY allows you to work out cell potentials under NON-STANDARD CONDITIONS!! We also further the concept of 'activity' versus 'concentration', and learn about the Debye-Huckel equation, and the ionic strength of a solution. We then learn about potentiometry, which is about how we can use electrochemistry to measure the concentrations of things, and go into some detail about the various electrodes used. There was meant to be a lecture on voltammetry, it got cancelled this year, but still appeared on the exam! Grrrr. . .

Toby's section is an introduction to the process of fluorescence, which covers the physical chemistry of fluorescence with Jablonski diagrams (basically more fancy energy level diagrams), Kasha's Rule, and some calculations on the kinetics of fluorescence (we get rate constants here too, and natural lifetimes). We also have a short bit on molecular orbital theory, and how it applies to more complicated molecules, and a bit on chemical and biological luminescence. We then move on to IR spectroscopy, but now we actually see why only some vibrations of some molecules show up on an IR spectra (if you do physics, this will be a piece of cake, if not, don't fret!). We consider IR instrumentation, as well as a modified form of the Beer-Lambert Law. Finally, we look at Raman spectroscopy, and how it differs from IR spectroscopy, Stokes and Anti-Stokes radiation, and applications such as monitoring ozone levels, and rocket fuel.

This was a nice unit. All the lecturers were really helpful at answering questions during and after lectures, and all taught logically and clearly. If you've somehow taken it upon yourself to read my summary of the course above, you'll notice that I mention "instrumentation" and "techniques" a lot. This is because this unit has a focus on not only the chemistry involved, but also on being a good experimental chemist. To this end, you're expected to learn a very basic knowledge of how instruments work (something as simple as knowing examples of a source of light, what kind of devices are used to select a particular wavelength, or how we can differentiate ions by their mass/charge ratio), as well as 'practical considerations' - where certain laws don't always hold, what kinds of things can interfere with your experiment and how to deal with them, and some statistical treatment of your results, with confidence intervals, standard deviations, and other related things.

Of course, the same focus on being a good experimental chemist also shows up in the lab. Being meticulous is encouraged (though after a few weeks, I think everyone just starts to slacken a bit on that), because you really want good experimental results (you get some marks for that, and also it comes in handy for the Moot Court). Often, you are asked to make multiple samples and readings, and then use statistical analysis on them in your lab reports, in order to demonstrate your findings. On that note, if you've done CHM2911 (Synthetic chemistry), I shall say now that the lab reports are a lot more involved than those proformas. You're now expected to do a formal write up of your experiment, due on the next lab session(with introduction, method, results, analysis, discussion and conclusion). I was spending at least 5 hours each week writing the lab reports, just trying to get a decent mark. The lab work is always done in groups of two or three, and the lab you do might not be related to what part of the course you're currently on.

For a couple of weeks, you don't have to write up a lab report; instead your group gets questioned by your demonstrator at the end of the prac, on the theory and results you have. This can sound a bit intimidating, so doing a bit of reading up on the theory beforehand helps. Usually though, the demonstrators try to guide you along and aren't too harsh (I definitely said a couple of things that were wrong, but still got a reasonable mark). And it's honestly a nice feeling to not have to write up a lab report.

Finally, there's the Moot Court. This is where you use your data from one of the pracs throughout the semester, and try to argue a pseudo-legal case against another group from your prac session (who are also given the same prac). You'll have to give a copy of your data to the other group for scrutiny, and in turn, they will give their data to you, so make sure you take good records, and perform your experiments well! Then, you have a week to prepare your case and argue it in front of a "judge" and "jury". This takes you all the way back to those key analytical chemistry terms at the start of the semester, as well as all those experimental considerations with the techniques used in the prac. It's honestly a lot of fun, some students dress up in suits, and you get to ask questions of your opposing group, and let your inner lawyer rule.

In terms of the assessment, I've already gone over the lab reports. The online tests are of a reasonable standard. Sometimes, you get to practice on a 'tutorial' mode before you undertake the 'assessment mode', and it's no surprises that lots of people just wrote down all the answers from the tutorial mode, and put them in to the assessment mode.

The mid-semester test was on Mike's section this year. A key thing is that the stuff on the mid-semester test doesn't appear on the final exam. The week beforehand, there was no practical, and instead Mike generously went through a past paper in the prac section, which really helped. Make sure you revise for it, as it's worth 20%, and can really put you in a good position before the final exam.

The final exam was on Chris and Toby's section this year. It wasn't incredibly difficult, but there was definitely a fair bit of time pressure on, and a few challenging questions in there. It definitely would end up separating students. In SWOTVAC, both Chris and Toby held a revision session (and there was free pizza afterwards!) where they also went through typical exam questions, so it's really worth going to those.

This unit could be tiring at times, and its experimental focus can be annoying to the theory-minded amongst us (as Mike said, "If you think 'analytical chemistry' is overly pedantic, look at the first four letters of 'analytic'. Does that make sense now?"), but the lecturers were simply awesome, had a great connection with the students, and all had a great sense of humour. If you want to major in Chemistry, you'll be taking this unit anyway, so I can't really tell you to take it or not. But it certainly offers perspective into 'real-world' chemistry, so I'd recommend to make the most of it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject reviews & ratings
Post by: Reckoner on November 23, 2013, 10:31:18 pm
Subject Code/Name: ECC1100 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Workload:  One 2-hour lecture + one 1-hour tutorial = 3 hours

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, but but Dinusha does a bit of work on transparencies that are not recorded.

Past exams available:  Nothing unfortunately.

Textbook Recommendation:  principles of macroeconomics seventh edition - Taylor, Weerapana. Prescribed. Contains the weekly tute questions, and isn't too bad at explaining the concepts. I recommend getting it. 

Lecturer(s):
Dinusha Dharmaratna - Knows her stuff. The lectures are very well structured imo, and are pretty helpful. Just about all you need to learn the content. 

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 91

Comments:
The main topics covered are:

Enjoyable unit if you're interested in economics. The first half of the unit is primarily focused on defining relevant terms and ideas, and the second half is where you get into more economic analysis with monetary and fiscal policies. ECC1000 (microeconomics) is recommended before you do this unit, but definitely not necessary. The topics assume minimal prior economic knowledge, and what is assumed can be picked up very quickly. There is no maths beyond about year 7/8 level. Dinusha puts a slide on the maths and calculus behind the concepts, but its not discussed too heavily and you don't need to know it at all for the assessments   

The exam is a 50-50 split between multiple choice covering the whole course, and short answer questions relating to week 6 on-wards. It's not too difficult to guess the essence of the short answer questions. The online tests are fairly straightforward, if you have the textbook next to you should be able to do most of the questions, as the answers often come straight from the text. The mid-sem is entirely multiple choice with no real tricks thrown in.

I do recommend this unit if you have a spare elective spot if you have an interest in the subject. It doesn't take up a large amount of time (no assignments, unless you want to count the online tests which take 20 mins each) and can be interesting. Although if you go into this unit without at least some interest in economics I can see how it could be seen as pretty dull. A few eng people take this unit as an elective and from what I saw, a chunk (as well as some com students) lost interest in about week 6. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Reckoner on November 24, 2013, 03:04:09 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETC1010 - Data Modelling and Computing

Workload: Two 1-hour lectures and one 1.5-hour tutorial/computer lab = 3.5 hours

Assessment:

*Only applies to the first 4 tutes, 2 marks for each. Later tutes have no attendance marks.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, heaps most with solutions, some have incomplete solutions though

Textbook Recommendation:  Introductory econometrics by Wooldridge is recommended. Do NOT buy this textbook just for this unit. It only applies to about 4/5 weeks of the unit, and the lecture notes cover everything you need to know. Not needed at all for this subject. Save your money, unless you are planning on doing more econometrics.   

Lecturer(s):
Lee Gordon-Brown - Topic 1: spreadsheet/computer modelling (I think he may be leaving though?)

Donald Proskitt - Topic 2: Multiple regression

Graham Forbes - Topic 3: Actuarial stats (also may be leaving I think)

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 Semester 2

Rating:  3 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 87

Comments:
So this is a core unit for students in bachelors of economics and its double degrees. If you're in commerce, you'll be choosing this unit as part of an actuarial, econometrics or business modeling major. It's split up into 3 topics, so I'll review them one at a time.

Topic 1
Topic 1 covers spreadsheet modelling. Is VERY PRACTICAL, and is almost an excel tutorial. The whole topic is based on making decisions to optimise a certain output variable (eg profit). Lectures involved Lee effectively running through the construction of a model, and its interpretation. You learn a few handy excel functions, concept diagrams and sensitivity analysis. There is also a tiny bit of conditional probability chucked on the end, which isn't very demanding especially if you've done Maths Methods. That being said, the lectures aren't too important in terms of the exam. More on that later

I really enjoyed the lectures. Lee was very engaging, and you could immediately see that the stuff you were being taught was very applicable to the real world. I've already used some of the stuff we used at work.

The first assignment is from this topic, and you have to create a spreadsheet model and interpret it by answering a few questions. It's not too difficult (most people, myself included, tried to make it more complex than it really needed to be) but there are a few things that you can lose easy marks on. This included not identifying/highlighting your decision and output variables in the concept diagram and model; and not referring to specific figures from you model in the report. As in don't just say "Dodo power and gas should be chosen", say "the optimal decision in order to minimise average complaints is to choose Dodo Power and gas, because *insert values from the model here*". If you do these things you should be able to get a fairly good mark.

Tutes are very similar to the assignment, in the sense that you create a model and interpret it. Can be pretty fun if you have a good tute and tutor (Behrooz!!!) and your attendance is marked, so best to show up.

Topic 2
Multiple regression. Lectures were not particularly helpful here to be perfectly honest. Most of the stuff was covered in ETC1000. New parts were prediction intervals, taking the log of the dependent and independent variables, and interaction terms (you don't even have to know how to interpret them, just know that they exist and can change interpretations) all of which is covered thoroughly in the notes. But yeah, all of the hypothesis testing, dummy variables, confidence intervals and coefficient interpretation was covered in ETC1000.

Tutes are no longer marked, and are also no longer helpful as well, unless you have specific questions to ask the tutor. To be fair, I did this unit at the same time as ETC2410 (intro econometrics) so had done all of the new material 3 or 4 weeks prior, so don't really know how helpful the tutes and lectures were for learning this stuff personally. From speaking with other people though they too said they were not particularly beneficial.

All that you need to know for the assignment for this topic is covered in the lecture notes. If you have them next to you while doing it you shouldn't have too many hiccups. Just phrase your interpretations and set out your hypothesis tests the way they do in the notes and you're set.   

Topic 3
A very basic introduction to actuarial studies. Seems almost like a sales pitch trying to get more actuary majors. Covers compound interest and time value of money (If you've done AFC1000 you know this stuff already, even further maths and you should be sweet), demography (life tables, population pyramids) and also what insurance is, various types of policies, and introduces a few probability distributions that actuaries may use. Not a great deal of maths, all the formulas are given to you and you basically only have to know the names of the various distributions. A little bit on the principle of equivalence too.

All the topics are very introductory, and can be easily learned from the lecture slides and the past papers. Some people had stopped coming to the lectures after topic 2, and they follow the lecture slides extremely closely.

No assignments for this topic either. Tutes can be worth it, life tables may take a little getting used to so they can help with that. Decide for yourself. I personally didn't get much out of them (still went because my tute was good fun) but others found them to be pretty helpful.

Exam
The exam is made of of 20 marks from topic 1, 40 from topic 2 and 40 from topic 3. The structure is very similar to the past papers, so definitely work through them.

Topic 1 is always create a concept diagram for, and interpret, a model given to you. Also about 4 marks of conditional probability tacked on the end.

Topic 2 is interpreting a regression, perform hypothesis tests etc. If you can do the assignment and past papers you'll be set.

Topic 3 is a whole bunch of 1 and 2 mark questions, again not too difficult if you've done the past papers and at least read the lecture slides.

Overall the exam isn't too challenging, I was a bit pushed for time though so don't take it too leisurely. I had to rush the last 20 or so marks because I spent way too long on the concept diagram. I recommend doing topic 1 last.



Overall I liked this unit, mainly for topic 1. Involves minimal study throughout the semester, just the assignments. If you are half decent at maths, and didn't mind ETC1000 definitely worth it if you're looking for a not too taxing unit. That being said topics 2 and 3 aren't the most interesting things, especially if you've already done ETC2410, and lots of people hate it. So while I liked it, I'm doing an econometrics major. If you're doing accounting/marketing etc. it may not be your thing. Topic 1 is very practical and useful though, unless you are already very familiar with excel.     
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: d3stiny on November 24, 2013, 03:23:17 pm
Subject Code/Name: BTC1110 - Business Law

Workload:
Semester 1
1 x 3hr lectorial
Semester 2
1 x 2hr lecture, 1 x 1hr tutorial

Assessment: 

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, audio only

Past exams available:  1 past exam (2012) with sample answer guide

Textbook Recommendation:
Concise Australian Commercial Law 2ed (Prescribed) - You will most likely need this book.
Law in Commerce 5ed (Highly Recommended) - Not needed if you have CACL.

Lecturer(s):
Sem 1 - Roger Gamble
Sem 2 - Mathews Thomas

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2 2013

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 85 HD

Comments:
Enjoyable and challenging unit. Compulsory for all Commerce students at Clayton except Comm/Law students. If you have Mathews as a lecturer he will divide the classes into the usual lectures and tutorials but the other semester's lecturer (Roger) will combine the classes into one 3 hour long lectorial. No idea whether the lectorials are better or not but conventional lectures/tutorials work for me.
Make sure to print out all the Acts and statutes provided and have a concise summary of all the important cases (i.e. ones that are frequently mentioned in lectures etc.). It's emphasized so much through out the course but keeping them neat and organized really will help greatly in this subject, as you will need to constantly refer to cases and statutes in your answers.
Tutes aren't compulsory but they are pretty much the only source of getting answers to questions and such, since sample answers are rarely uploaded to Moodle and when they are, it's only to a question or two.

If you have Mathews as a tutor you will find that his teaching style is quite different, and you may find that he somewhat undermines or belittles students in a light hearted manner but i guess its just to set students straight haha. While others may not like him, he does a good job of teaching the material although being a tightass (especially with lateness to lectures). He says his methods are more suited to Science and Engineering students and I would say I'd agree, so if you happen to Sci or Eng at least give him a go.
One of the librarians, Tami Castillo holds two sets of seminars in the matheson library throughout the unit to assist with note taking and exam prep. The exam prep one was recorded but the exam prep wasnt, so you really have to attend them if you don't want to miss out. Just a word of warning that they get booked out super quick, as I found.

Concise Australian Commerical Law is needed for the tutorial questions. Not sure if the 1st edition is the same but apparently it is. Law in Commerce is the book used in Caulfield and was recommended by Mathews as it had better explanations of certain topics toward the end of the course, so it might be worth borrowing it and having a look. The multiple choice quizzes are a bit tricky but 10 out of the 20 marks available are pretty doable. Apparently Moodle stuffed up the displaying of the results so don't count on immediate results (they usually take a week or two and different weeks pop up randomly), and there are no reviews available. Going through the lectures will help you with them greatly.
 
Topics covered are:

As said by Mathews himself, it's probably the hardest first year compulsory Commerce unit, and with a high fail rate and low HD rate. However it is just a first year unit so it's still manageable, I'd say. Be prepared for lots of logical thinking and a loong 3.5 hr exam. However if you have an interest in Law and how it all works, you'll go a long way in this unit.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Reckoner on November 24, 2013, 04:04:16 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETC2410/3440 - Introductory Econometrics

While I took ETC2410, this can apply for ETC3440 as well. Everything is exactly the same, but 3440 students have one extra 5 mark question on the exam. Assignments/lectures/tutes are exactly the same otherwise.

Workload: Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial/computer lab = 4 hours

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, about 4 were given out with solutions, but there are quite a few on the library database without solutions.

Textbook Recommendation: Introductory econometrics 4th edition - Wooldridge. A pretty good textbook, the course follows it very closely, but you are given pretty comprehensive notes so its not entirely necessary. I bought it with the eviews software package, which you'll need if you want to do the assignments at home. I personally found buying it worthwhile, others didn't use it at all. Wait a week or two and see how you go. 

Lecturer(s):
Phil Edwards - cross sectional data

David Harris - Time series + regression with matrices

Year & Semester of completion: 2013 semester 2

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 86 HD

Comments:
I liked this a lot. You basically look into OLS. The underlying assumptions, when it is unbiased, what happens when the assumptions fail etc.

You start off looking at deriving the formula for B0_hat and B1_hat under OLS, and then go into proving their unbiasedness using summation notation. The Gauss-markov assumptions are introduced, which when they hold show the OLS is BLUE (best linear un-biased estimator). You then move onto omitted variable bias, functional form, inference and hypothesis testing, prediction intervals, dummy variables and interaction terms, and heteroskedasticity. Some of these topics can take a little while to get your head around, but the first 2 assignments help a lot with learning the material. Phil covered these topics. His lectures did seem a bit rushed, but he knew his stuff and I found them helpful. That being said, the textbook and notes could suffice.

David took over from week 8, and went into time series regression for a couple of weeks. You get a few new assumptions, and go into FDL, AR and ARDL models, and the interpretation of coefficients using lag multipliers. Pretty interesting stuff. David's lectures are much more structured, and he taught the stuff using an example, checking assumptions as we go. He finishes off by basically re-teaching the first part of the course, but using matrices rather than summation notation. Very good revision for the exam.

The assignments can be tough, but if you can work through them you'll be set for the exam, as the exam is pretty well the assignment regressions and questions with a few more in-depth theory questions attached. Make sure you are very clear with all of your explanations, and perform a billion hypothesis tests. There are no word limits so go nuts if you want to get a high mark. They're not too difficult to pass though, but to get 80+ on the assignments you have to put in a fair bit of time.

Tutes are very helpful. You learn how to use eviews here (essential for the assignments) and basically run through a few questions, while the tutor teaches some of the important parts of the theory. While there are no tute marks, I do suggest going as the questions that you run through in the tutes are similar to the assignments. Eviews is very simple to use and shouldn't take too long to pick up.

As mentioned before, the exam is primarily interpreting regression outputs, performing tests for heteroskedasticity and various hypothesis tests with some OLS theory chucked on. About 20% is theory based, while the rest is mainly interpreting and practical. The 3440 students have 1 extra question worth 5 marks on the theory of OLS, otherwise exactly the same.

This is required for an econometrics major, and can count towards economics (2410) and finance (3440) as well as a fair few others. ETC1010 used to be a pre-requisite but no longer is. I did 1010 at the same time as 2410, and found that 1010 didn't help a great deal with 2410, but 2410 helps a lot with 1010. ETC1000 (or equivalent intro stats unit) is all you really need.

Overall it is a fairly challenging unit with a fair amount of content to cover. Unless you're very strong at maths/stats already it will take a fair chunk of study to understand the topics completely. I spent about as much time on this unit as my other 3 commerce units combined and still felt I could have been more prepared and spent more time on it. While the maths behind it isn't too tough (methods is all you need to start off with), knowing summation notation and matrix algebra prior would help a lot with the proofs. You could just wrote learn them, but better to learn the small amount of maths so that you properly understand them. I did like the content though, and I recommend it. Pretty interesting and useful stuff on the whole.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Rohmer on November 24, 2013, 04:42:41 pm
Subject Code/Name: AFC3240 - International Finance

Workload:

1 x 2hr Lecture
1 x 1hr Tutorial

Assessment:

Mid-Semester Test - 20%
Group Assignment - 20%
Exam - 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  One past exam (2012) but without the answers and the MCQ's

Textbook Recommendation:  Multinational Business Finance 13ed, (Eiteman, Stonehill and Moffett). There will be some tute questions from this book most weeks, so it's worth considering getting a copy. Alternatively you could photocopy pages from a library copy each week. The book itself covers most of the course material, though it isn't really essential reading. Some chapters use different terms and don't cover all the material. In terms of study you'd be better off generally doing the readings (articles are put up weekly on relevant topics), looking over the slides and doing the tutorial questions.

Lecturer(s):

Dr Mohan Nandha (First semester)
Assoc Prof Elaine Hutson (Second semester)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: This is one of the better finance subjects at Monash in my opinion, and it mostly examines exchange rates and their impact on financial institutions. The first week is pretty much introductory stuff on the relevance of international finance. Week two introduces some exchange rate terminology and standards (probably a recap for most commerce students) and then covers the history of international monetary systems and currency regimes. Week 3 is the influence of the balance of payments on exchange rates, week 4 is a study of the Eurozone crisis and GFC. The next few weeks are then about the determinants of exchange rates in terms of interest rates, inflation etc. - this stuff is largely theory based (purchasing power parity, the fisher effect...) but none of it is particularly difficult; some if it was covered briefly in AFC2000 and I imagine it would be particularly easy for those studying economics. The mid-sem covered the first five weeks and was held the week 8 lecture. The content being tested largely related to the tute questions and was fairly expected. There aren't many calculations in this unit, particularly early in the course, to the extent that there isn't a formula sheet given. The best method of studying for the MST (and the exam) is to know the tute questions well. It's a good idea to go to the tutes for this, as although they aren't marked, solutions aren't generally released (except for calculation questions). You'll want to focus on some theory questions from the book, but also those that relate to the article readings as these are usually tested to an extent.

After the MST it's probably worth starting on the group assignment. This semester it was a 2000 word research essay on the 'carry trade' due at the end of week 10. Groups were self-organised, 3-5 people per group. I recommend using google doc's to write it all up together; research can basically all be done through journal databases (Econlit, ABInform etc.). Having a group essay was a strange piece of assessment I thought, an essay would usually be an individual task. Splitting it up can be a bit of a pain, but it's not too hard, and I thought the topic was interesting.

The lectures from week 9 to 11 cover currency derivatives and their use in firms preventing exchange rate exposure. Currency derivatives is pretty much a re-hash of the stuff you'd do in options in Advanced Corporate Finance. If you've done options then there's probably no need to show up for week 9. This part of the course has more calculations type questions, though there's still theory and practical examples from the readings. If there's an options question you'll get the formula in the exam though, so it's fairly straightforward. Probably the most difficult part of the course is the hedging of foreign currency receivables/payables in week 10-11, and this is usually on the exam. Week 12 was international portfolio finance - simple enough if you've done a few finance subjects (e.g. Equities), this week was only covered on the MCQ section of the exam. The exam this semester was 25 multi choice questions (worth 0.8 marks each, so 20 marks total), and 5 20 mark questions, of which you choose 4 = 80 marks; therefore a total of 100 marks. The multiple choice questions are fairly easy and are largely comprehension stuff - study the slides and the questions. The short answer questions are largely what you'd expect, although one question involved a 14 mark analysis of a certain reading - you'd have to know the readings fairly well to be able to answer that, so I (and a lot of other people) pretty much had to skip that question out of the 5.

Overall, a good unit. Covers a lot of real life examples and doesn't get too bogged down in theory. I took this unit s2 2013, so the lecturer was Elaine Hutson, it may be a bit different in s1 as I believe another lecturer takes it generally. Lectures were good if you went to them (recorded if you couldn't make it), Elaine knows her stuff and doesn't just read off the slides. Tutes, as mentioned, are probably more important though in terms of knowing the getting the answers down, as the mid sem and exam are generally not dissimilar.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: nerdgasm on November 24, 2013, 11:57:23 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2032 - Differential Equations with Modelling 

Workload: 
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 2 hour tutorial per week (Technically not compulsory, but you'll be attending most weeks for the quizzes and assignments).

Assessment: 
Five quizzes (in tutorials): 2% each (10%)
Three assignments: 5% each (15%)
One mid-semester test (in tutorials): 15%
Final exam: 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture. For Weeks 1- 6 (Jerome's section), he wrote on a tablet and what he wrote on the tablet is the "video" for the recorded lecture. He also uploaded his writings on Moodle. For Weeks 7 - 12 (Rosemary's section), she did most of her writing on transparencies, which do not show up on the recorded lectures. However, most of what she writes is same as in the lecture notes booklet.

Past exams available:  Yes, two. One had answers.

Textbook Recommendation: E. Kreysig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (9th edition).
Did not buy, so definitely not compulsory.

Lecturer(s):
Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs): Jerome Droniou, Weeks 1 - 6
Partial Differential Equations (PDEs): Rosemary Mardling, Weeks 7 - 12

Year & Semester of completion:
Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown at this point.

Comments:
This subject revises and extends upon the concepts covered in the Differential Equations part of MTH1030, as well as providing an introduction to Partial Differential Equations, and some applications of both ODEs and PDEs.

Firstly, I'd encourage you all to go and buy the lecture notes (if available). They are really helpful in both sections of the course. For ODEs, they contain all the theory and necessary algorithms (if a bit verbose and densely-written at times), and for PDEs, they are an almost exact copy of what Rosemary writes on her transparencies. They also contain tutorial questions, two of the assignments you need to do, as well as the solutions to the tutorial questions for PDEs.

Jerome's section focused on ODEs. We start off with some basic terminology relating to DEs - linear, homogeneous, 1st and 2nd order etc. Then, we revisit some of the techniques you used in MTH1030 to solve 1st-order ODEs, except in a slightly more rigorous manner. For example, you will probably notice "separable" ODEs are the ones where you could go or something similar in MTH1030. "Linear" ODEs are the ones where you would use "the integrating factor", except now we cover it a bit more rigorously through understanding the "homogeneous" and "particular" solutions, and the principle of superposition. We also go through two new types of 1st-order ODEs, which are 'exact' and 'homogeneous type' ODEs. These have their own solving methods.

We then look at how we can turn higher-order ODEs into 1st order ODEs, except now with vectors replacing variables. Unfortunately, this does not make them any easier to solve (and most of us were questioning why we would even do such a thing), but it does allow us to more easily state if a solution exists. Remember Euler's method from Specialist Maths? Well, we revisit it, and learn that it is in fact a relatively poor approximation scheme. We look at Heun's method, which is more accurate, and work out a rough guide to "accuracy" of a general class of approximation schemes, which both Euler's and Heun's methods fall under.

Next, we turn to 2nd order ODEs. You probably learnt how to solve ones with constant coefficients in MTH1030; we do that again here. However, we also learn some new techniques for solving 2nd order linear ODEs, with non-constant coefficients, such as the method of "variation of parameters", and the humble "trial solutions" method. We learn how to check if solutions to an ODE are linearly independent (this is important because it is a necessary requirement for many of out solution methods), through the Wronskian matrix. Then, we learn about how to deal with ODEs where we might not have an present, or a present, even if is present (and things like that).

Finally, we learn about series solutions to ODEs. Sometimes, it is very difficult for us to see if a particular ODE has a solution. So what we can try and do is see if an infinite polynomial solution works (much like a Taylor series). There was also a section on Bessel's functions, Legendre's and Frobenius' methods, but we never got around to learning those in lectures.

Throughout this part of the course, there are applications mainly to simple harmonic motion and harmonic oscillators, but also things such as radioactive decay, Newton's Law of Cooling and curves of pursuit are covered. There are also a number of "fundamental theorems", which are basically statements that do not solve an equation, but tell you that a solution exists, or some property of the solutions. You will soon see that it is very important to know the conditions under which these apply, and to invoke them appropriately.

Rosemary's section is focused on PDEs. The general terminology is covered again, before we then look at the ways in which a PDE is different to an ODE (for example, you no longer get arbitrary constants when you integrate, but arbitrary functions). We look at boundary and initial conditions, and learn some relatively simple methods for solving PDEs (e.g. noticing it is similar to an ODE and the method of separation of variables).

We then move on to Fourier Series. Basically, the point of this section is to show you that any periodic function (a function that repeats itself after some time), can be modelled as a (potentially infinite) sum of sine and cosine graphs. Fourier Series solutions to differential equations actually make up the majority of solutions you're likely to see in the Heat and Wave equation parts, so it's really worth your while to make sure you understand this part of the course well. We look at periodic extensions of functions with limited domain, too.

After learning about Fourier Series, we look at the Heat Equation, which models how the temperature of a rod changes over time. We go over Taylor Series in two variables again, before deriving and solving the Heat Equation, given some initial and boundary conditions. Next, we learn about the Advection equation, which models how objects might float along a stream of some kind, and about "characteristics". Finally, we look at the Wave Equation, and how to solve it. We also see an alternative method of solving the Wave Equation (the solution of d'Alembert), which represents a wave as a sum of two travelling waves (if you do Physics, this should jog your memory), which interfere with each other. If nothing else, that's pretty cool.

This unit was a reasonable unit. Unfortunately, most students found it difficult to understand what Jerome was trying to teach, probably because he didn't really explain his derivations very well, and didn't have a good grasp of when he was talking about a difficult concept that he needed to spend more time on. Either that, or he expected us to work through any difficulties we faced at home. Rosemary was a pretty clear lecturer who had fairly good explanations.

In this unit, explanations are important. It's always a good idea to state what you're doing as you're doing it (even if it seems incredibly obvious to you), because there are always marks allocated for explanations. Knowing when to invoke theorems, writing down what class of DE we have, and things like that are all easy to forget, but cost you marks in the end.

The tutorial quizzes last for 20 minutes each, and were initially at the start of the tutorial, before we asked Jerome to put them at the end (so we could actually ask our tutors for help). The ODE quizzes were reasonably challenging and had a fair bit of time pressure. The PDE quizzes were a bit easier.

The first assignment was a typical maths assignment where you answer questions from a sheet. The latter two are more of a computer modelling exercise (using Excel, MATLAB, or other computer software), where you numerically approximate Fourier Series and the Heat Equation, respectively.

The mid-semester test is on Jerome's section of the course, and goes for an hour. It's not impossible, but does test several different areas of the course. The final exam is roughly of the same difficulty of the midsemester test, just covering the whole course. There were some tricky questions in both sections.

All in all, there were areas where the unit could have been improved, but it is certainly a useful unit if you wish to do maths or science, as DEs appear almost everywhere in those fields.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Dallas45 on November 28, 2013, 02:01:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2610 - Ancient Religions

Workload:  1 x 2 hour lecture + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment: 

Analytical Exercise | Worth 10%. Relatively simple task in which you are required to answer a few
                                questions in relation to a particular article or chapter and summarise/analyse
                                the main points. Completed by Week 4.

Oral Presentation  | Worth 10%. During one of the tutorials (weeks 2-11) you are required to give a
                                max 10 minute presentation on one of the readings for that week. It is your
                                choice what week you do the presentation and which reading you present on.

Long Essay            | Worth 50%. For the essay you have to write 1800-2000 words on a topic of
                                your choice. It could be related to an overall theme from the lectures/tutorials,
                                a particular ancient religion or something that caught your interest in one of
                                the tutorial readings.

Exam                      | Worth 30%. Comprised two sections. The first section, a short essay (700ish
                                 words) is on one of the lecture themes and is chosen by the lecturer. The
                                 second section, another short essay of approximately 700 words, is chosen by
                                 you and relates to one of the studied religions. The essays do not require you
                                 to "argue" anything but instead simply require you to summarise the lecture or
                                 aspect of a particular religion in question.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  No and there was no sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  Ancient Religions - Sarah Iles Johnston. Prescribed and required as the lectures are based on this book specifically, with lecture one corresponding to chapter 1, lecture two to chapter 2 and so on.

Lecturer(s): Tamara Prosic

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: High Distinction 82

Comments: Overall, ATS2610 is interesting. Some weeks are more interesting than others which will depend on your personal interests. Each two hour lecture is broken into two sections with the first looking at a particular theme (e.g. Monotheism vs. polytheism; magic; law and ethics) and the second focusing on a particular religion (e.g. Egypt, Hittite, Early Christian).

Tamara is a good lecturer and tutorials helped to clarify anything as required. Tutorials were relatively small with around 12-15 students.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Dallas45 on November 28, 2013, 02:31:59 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2617 - American Civil War

Workload:  1 x 1.5 hour lecture + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment:

"Free Writing Task":     Worth 5%. Due in the first tutorial. This is a simple task which simply asks
                                     you to write about 250 words on why you are studying the subject, what
                                     you hope to learn etc. Easy marks basically.

2 x Film Reviews:          Worth 10% or 5% each. You MUST submit both reviews to receive credit.
                                     The first review is based on Birth of a Nation and the second is based on a
                                     movie of your choice (e.g. Cold Mountain, Django Unchained) which is taken
                                     from a given list. It sounds easy and to some extent it was. However, the
                                     tight word limit of 250 words is incredibly restrictive. The lecturer screens a
                                     number of the listed films as a class at Caulfield at night which was handy.

Convention Response: Worth 10%. Part of the course is a counter-factual role play in week 6.
                                     Basically, in the lecture we have to complete a role play in which we pretend
                                     we are negotiating to avoid the secession of the South from the US. This
                                     response is based on this event and you are required to answer one of
                                     about 4 or 5 questions.

Essay:                          Worth 35%. The essay topic is your choice of 12 given topics which included
                                     the home front, the global civil war, women in the war, soldiers' experiences
                                     etc. You are provided with some starting sources in the unit reader and the
                                     unit guide. You only have 2000 words at 2nd year and 2500 at 3rd year and
                                     you will find this incredibly hard to stick to as block quotes take up a lot of
                                     words, especially when the lecturer does not allow for the +/- 10% rule.

Exam:                           Worth 20%. Comprised 50 questions at 2nd year level and 60 at 3rd year
                                     level. It was an online exam of 2 hours and therefore was essentially
                                     open-book. It was also multiple choice/ true or false questions in its entirety
                                     and so was relatively easy as long as you attended the lectures and did
                                     some basic study.

Tutorial Participation:   Worth 20%. Participation marks were based upon your attendance at
                                     tutorials and completion of the weekly reading guide questions which were
                                     based on the weekly readings.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No and no sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  There is no textbook and instead you are required to buy the course reader. You must buy this as all readings and course info is found in this book.

Lecturer(s):  Taylor Spence. He is an American lecturer who only started at Monash last year. He is a hard marker and doesn't allow the +/- 10% rule which can be a real pain in terms of essays.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: This course is definitely one of the most interesting I've taken so far. The course content can be heavy at times but the lecturer is great and makes it easy enough to follow. In comparison to previous years, Taylor additionally looks at the "West" as opposed to only the North vs. South idea as well as incorporating "the Global Civil War" where he looks at the effects of the civil war on places as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The course covers the antebellum US, the war years and the Reconstruction era which followed.

The Convention in week 6 is a great experience in which you have to work together as a lecture group to try negotiate and avoid war. Each tutorial takes on the role of a particular group such as the free blacks, the abolitionists or staunchest supporters of slavery. It's a fun experience, especially if you have drama students in the class who put their all into the performance as we did!

Assessment is good in that if you fail one piece of assessment it doesn't necessarily mean you will fail the class as there are many small assessments rather than one or two high percentage ones.

Tutorials are good with Taylor, the lecturer, and two other tutors taking the classes. Each tutorial was a mix of second and third years.

I would particularly recommend this course to anyone interested in military history, strategy and the like as Taylor Spence is particularly interested in this area and includes a lot of this type of information in addition to the social, cultural and political facets of the war.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Dallas45 on November 28, 2013, 02:47:09 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2352 - Egypt's Golden Age

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment: 

Tutorial Participation:                    Worth 10%. This comprises not only attendance and participation
                                                      in tutorial discussions but also the completion/submission of a
                                                      reading summary each week.

Tutorial Presentation:                   Worth 10%. During one of the tutorials you must give an oral
                                                      presentation on the readings for that week. The exact week you
                                                      present is your choice.

Annotated Essay Bibliography:     Worth 10%. A few weeks before the major essay is due you need
                                                      to submit an annotated bibliography of at least 10 sources in
                                                      which you explain why you will be using them in your essay.

Essay:                                           Worth 50%. Topic is chosen from a given list.

2 x Exam:                                      There is no exam in the examination period. Instead you must
                                                     complete 2 slide tests, one in week 6 and the other in week
                                                     12/SWOTVAC. These tests comprise 10 powerpoint slides and you
                                                     have 5 minutes to answer each slide. Each slide comprises an
                                                     image of some sort, perhaps a particular artefact or building or a
                                                     photo of an excavator. You must answer the given questions
                                                     relating to that slide. Each image is taken from the lecture slides
                                                     and each exam is worth 10%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No.

Textbook Recommendation:  Oxford history of Ancient Egypt.

Lecturer(s): Colin Hope.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments:

This course is particularly interesting and looks at the so-called Golden Age of Egypt. You will look at the reigns of kings/queens such as Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and Hatshepsut as well as aspects of Egyptian culture and life such as religion, political administration, and conspiracy. You also look at particular archaeological sites such as Deir El-Medina.

The tutorials are really good, but like any unit there will always be some weeks where the readings are particularly boring. Tutorial and lecture size are relatively small with only 10-12 people in tutorials and maybe 40-50 in the lectures.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: ShortBlackChick on November 30, 2013, 02:13:43 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS2634/3634 - Global indigeneity (Recoded in 2014 as ATS3634 - Global Indigeneity)

Workload:  1x 1 Hour lecture and a 1x 1 hour tute

Assessment:  3x1000 word Response Papers worth 20% each, 10% for participation and attendance and 30% In-class test

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available: No

Textbook Recommendation:  The reader from the bookshop which is kinda expensive coz it was massive- it was around 35 bucks

Lecturer(s): Jullian Millie and someone who substituted for a while when he was away

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  4.5 of 5

Comments:
I love love love this unit. I think its by far one of the best units I've taken at Monash. The response papers are structured around the 3 modules of 'Indigeneity in Kenya' on the Nubians, 'Indigenous religion in the nation state' on Indonesia and 'The endangered languages of indigeneity' on Aboriginal Indigeneity and you have to submit each paper for each module a week after the module finished, but all three times Jullian was kind enough to extend this to everyone for 2 days. The response papers were based around the readings, which forced you to read and understand the readings to a deeper level then just summarising it exam time. The questions for the response papers I found very hard to write in 1000 words, and often I had one massive paragraph with my main point and a significantly smaller paragraph for a counter-argument, and thank god for 10 percent leeway but it still wasnt enough, especially to cover all the readings. The modules were very interesting, the first covered international responses to indigeneity and how globalisation has helped indigenous groups in their fight for self determination, as well as the politicalisation of indigeneity, in general and in case study of the Egyptian and Kenyan Nubians. The second module was about the Indonesian politicalisation of religion in indigenous groups to gain status within Indonesia and how the indigenous were forced to conform to the state's expectations and generalisations of religion, away from customs, to gain political and social status and acceptance. Thirdly, was the module about the loss of language culture in Indigenous Australia and the inherent assimilation of Indigenous people into mainstream Australian society through the downplaying of their native languages, where it also discussed how cultures could be revived and the different views towards doing so. TBH I didnt do that well in the response papers, got average marks. The in-class test was where again you had to write I guess, mini essays. You had to answer 3 out of 5 questions and so each response was worth 10%. It was only for an hour so each response would only be like 400-500 words I guess. The questions were a tad less general and perhaps were testing knowledge of one weeks worth of content but tbh it wasnt hard to bullshit if you had done the readings. Oh 3rd years just have to submit a 1500 essay instead of doing the in-class test.

The lectures themselves, I never went to, purely because a) ceebs b) I heard they were pointless and he doesnt even have slides for the lectures and just keeps rambling on aimlessly and that its hard to actually decipher content from them. Also apparently the lectures was just an hour long version of the condensed weekly overview he posted on moodle each week. He's a nice guy, ran tutes awesomely, where we did group activities in scenarios which forced you to discuss and understand the various facets in the weeks' content.

Would definitely recommend this unit for any International Studies major, as it is List A (was??? Not sure with new restructuring of majors)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on December 04, 2013, 09:53:34 pm
Subject Code/Name: BMS1062 - Molecular Biology

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Nope!

Textbook Recommendation: Molecular Biology of the Cell 5th edition - Alberts et al. You don't need this book per se, but it's an incredible textbook and is written to cater to everyone from those who struggle with the material to those who are really good with it. (The pictures are pretty too :P )

There are also a lot of other textbooks that the lecturers talk about, but don't buy them! If you really need to read them, the Hargrave-Andrew Library will have numerous (dusty) copies for you to look through as you please.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: This is a very solid unit, and I know the organisers have worked very hard to improve it in any way they can. The content is exceedingly interesting but there is a lot to know.

The assessment is also quite good; labs are well-run, well-described and very interesting, but sometimes a little repetitive. The major complaint that I had is that the labs aren't always directly relevant to the content (p.s. if you don't like running gel electrophoresis, this unit is NOT for you, lol). For example, we'd learn about transgenic organisms in the immunology lectures but there's no way they could get us to do that in the labs. Also should note that the labs were really cool, especially doing extractions and tests with your own DNA, bacterial transformations and the ELISA lab to name a few.

The mid-sem was an MCQ test, 45 questions in as many minutes. It was definitely not hard, but the questions were sorta picky and you needed to know some very specific things (like sigma-subunits, holoenzymes etc. that were only covered briefly in the lectures).

The exam was looooong (or at least it felt like it), about 130-or-so MCQs. It wasn't exactly a hard exam either, just quite tedious (mind you, I'm limited by an inability to sit relatively still for 3 hours, so that might have been a factor). The invigilators interrupted our exam 12 times to issue corrections, and there were a few pissed off people, so I think that future exams will be proof-read and written a lot better.

One thing that is CRITICAL to know - and the lecturers will reinforce this throughout the semester - is that the lab materials are examinable, and you WILL get questions on the exam based on the lab theory and techniques. A few people were slightly thrown by some of the lab questions, especially those relating to bacterial transformation/conjugation and the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, which will probably be your last lab of the semester).

The lecturers are great and really friendly, I haven't got a single bad thing to say about them except that Robyn Slattery sometimes gets so passionate about her material that she speaks unbelievably quickly (or at least it seemed so, some of her immunology stuff was pretty challenging). However, the lectures are recorded so you can go back to them for reference whenever.

Overall, a very good unit and one that provides a lot of important information and techniques for future studies and careers in biomedical sciences.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on December 08, 2013, 06:51:17 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1020 - Analysis of Change

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yes but only audio is recorded. All the workings for your lecture notes are uploaded to Moodle though.

Past exams available:  Yes, but only one.

Textbook Recommendation:

Calculus – Early Transcendentals 7th edition by Stewart. This is a great textbook for explanations/reference/extra questions etc. but is by no stretch of the imagination critical. Not worth buying, and you can definitely find a .pdf version online if you look hard enough.

MTH1020 Lecture Notes by A/Prof Cristina Varsavsky, available from the Monash Bookstore for about $18. BUY THIS, you take it into the exam with you.

Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments: First things first, I passed lol, probably the most surprised I've ever been. This is in no way an indictment on the unit or its teachers, rather my unique and sometimes hilarious mathematical ineptitude. This unit is for the most part well taught, and the lecturers are quite passionate, definitely knowledgeable and deliver the content as well as any maths teacher I've ever had. In the interests of transparency, I didn't attend the majority of the lectures due to clashes with biomed stuff, so I can't comment well on the lecture quality - but I liked what I was there for.

The course content is essentially Specialist Mathematics plus a tiny bit more, all compressed to 12 weeks. It might sound difficult, but it's actually quite manageable, even with 3 other full-on units; you just need to manage your time well. The workload is by no means excessive and there are plenty of people you can approach for help.

Aside from the lectures, there is a 2-hour tutorial in which you complete a problem set (essentially a worksheet) with a tutor present if you need help. My tutor was very helpful, but if yours isn't then don't worry because tutes aren't compulsory, and there is the Maths Help Centre available in the Maths building if you need help (definitely use this, I didn't until the end of semester and I regret not doing so far earlier).

The assignments are a bit more complicated and involved than what you generally come across in the problem sets, but they're fairly easy to full-mark if you devote a fair amount of thought to them (hint, WolframAlpha helps if you're stuck). In order to get full marks for the assignments (as well as the exam questions) you need to do more than get the question right and show your working; you need to write "mathematically" according to the guidelines at the back of the lecture notes. In some cases, this might involve giving written explanations to your working (though you could probably get away with not doing this for the most part).

The exam is a hurdle (i.e. you need to pass the exam to pass the unit) and I personally found it quite tough, but I wasn't properly prepared and if you do the practice exam that they give you a few times you'll be well set for the exam. As mentioned above, you can take your annotated bound lecture notes book into the exam for reference, which is helpful given the length of the exam and the breadth of content.

Overall, I enjoyed this unit somewhat because it taught maths in a way that worked far better for me than how it's taught in VCE, even though the content was definitely harder than what I experienced in school.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: brenden on December 08, 2013, 10:22:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1315 - Human Rights Theory 2

Workload:
 Assessment: 
 
Recorded Lectures:  Yessum. With screen capture iirc. There was definitely a video file of the lecture if that counts?

Past exams available: Nope.

Textbook Recommendation: You need the Subject Reader if you want to pass. That's actually the only thing they tell you to buy.
Lecturer(s): Dr. Robert Simpson (maddest guy!)

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2.

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 81

Comments:

I really, really enjoyed this subject. The latter half of the semester gets more philosophy based, so it's definitely better than the first half of semester. The first half of semester was still pretty important though. The implicit philosophical question of this unit is: What does it mean to be human?

The topics covered were probably slightly less interesting than HRT1 but still pretty great. Bob is a pretty good lecturer and a really nice guy. He's really funny too, although I don't think many people got his sense of humour. I had Jess B as my tutor and she is actually phenomenal. She's a harsh marker and won't give away free marks - which is so fantastic and a bit different to the usual in my experience. Be prepared to get lower marks than you're used to if you get her has your tutor. My first assignment came back with a 69 which is significantly lower than a similar assignment in Sem 1. My essay score was also ten points lower than Sem 1. That said, she gives incredibly detailed feedback that can really bolster your philosophical thought. I consider myself pretty lucky to have landed in her tute and would highly recommend trying to get into one of her tutes (so long as you're not a pansy who wants free marks).

Would really recommend this unit if you enjoyed HRT1. If you didn't enjoy HRT1... well... yeah. Also, taking it without HRT1 is doable but would be challenging. They don't assume any knowledge to a massive degree, but the background was really valuable in my experience.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Poplar on December 09, 2013, 03:29:27 am
Subject Code/Name: FIT1040 - Programming Fundamentals

Workload: 2 hours of lectures, one 2-hour laboratory, one 1-hour tutorial

Assessment:

Short tests during tutorials and labs - 20% (tests are worth 1% each, pretty much just to make sure you didn't sleep through the tutorial)
Assignment 1 - 10%
Assignment 2 - 10%
Written exam - 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  I was part of the first group of students to do this subject so there were no past exams, only a sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  I don't remember if there was something on the recommended reading list, but I can't see how a textbook would be necessary or helpful.

Lecturer(s): Peter O'Donnell, definitely one of the more engaging lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 1

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 88 HD

Comments:

This is a core unit in all of the IT streams offered at Monash, although students with a background in programming could opt to 'test out' for an exemption. This is because the unit was designed for the students who have no background whatsoever in programming (like myself).

Instead of using a written programming language, we used a drag-and-drop interface called Scribble. It reminded me of those Lego Mindstorms kits I used when I was younger, haha. I found it kind of fun but a lot of the people I talked to thought it was pretty boring. A lot of these people could've tested out, but decided not to.

The lectures were quite engaging but I found I didn't miss much if I went straight to the tutorial without watching the week's lectures. I admittedly put quite a bit less energy/time into this subject than my other, more difficult units (namely FIT1029 and MAT1830).

Overall I enjoyed this unit as a relaxed introduction to programming, although in hindsight I would've liked to do a bit more as it's not, in my opinion, a sufficient introduction to lead onto units such as FIT1008.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Poplar on December 09, 2013, 03:58:15 am
Subject Code/Name: FIT1029 - Algorithmic Problem Solving

Workload: Two hours of lectures, one 2-hour tutorial. I highly recommend giving the optional PASS sessions (1 hour/week) a try.

Assessment:

Assignment 1 - 10%
Midsemester test - 15%
Assignment 2 - 15%
Written exam - 60% (hurdle requirement, you must get 40% or more on the exam to complete the unit)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available: There were some available but no solutions so it wasn't very useful to me. I tend to do the past exams at ridiculous hours of the morning so a response on the online forum would take a while, and I can't be bothered travelling 1.5 hours each way to uni just to get some feedback. The PASS leader supplied a bunch of exam-style questions (with answers) which were helpful.

Textbook Recommendation: I think there were ~7 books on the "recommended" list. There's really no need to buy them unless you want to pay $1000 on a bunch of textbooks of which you might look at 1-2 pages.

Lecturer(s): Dr Peter Tischer

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 1

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 69 C

Comments:

This unit made me want to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

For someone 100% new to the subject, it was kind of hard at first to work out how the lectures actually related to the tutorials or actually writing out an algorithm. The first half of the semester seemed to be just talking about different puzzles, and the second half different algorithms (using recursion, search algorithms etc). Even when I attended lectures, I often couldn't work out what was going on in the tutorial. The PASS sessions were much more useful for me.

I didn't really understand what was going on in this unit until the night before the exam, after doing 10000000 past exam questions. This was known for having a particularly high fail rate, so I kind of panicked a bit in the nights leading up the the exam. It wasn't particularly easy or particularly engaging but looking back, I feel like I actually learned something so it's a worthwhile subject if you can get through it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on December 09, 2013, 05:29:33 pm
Subject Code/Name: ASP3012 - Stars and Galaxies

Workload: 
- 3 x 1hours lectures
- 1 hour laboratory
- 1 hour  tutorial class

Assessment:
- Examination (3 hours): 60%
- Assignments: 20%
- Computer laboratories: 10%
- Field-trip report: 10%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 2 on moodle and 1 with solution

Textbook Recommendation:  None, the lecture notes + extra reading materials is all you need

Lecturer(s): Dr Maria Lugaro, Dr Daniel Price and Dr Alina Donea

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 2 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 70 D

Comments:
Another unit with a HUGE amount of workload, they give you 2 x 1 hour lab to finish a lab sheet that requires at least 5 - 6 hours, worst of all only the specific computers in the math building has the linux program that you need to complete the lab. Besides that the tutorial are almost useless as they ask you to proof ridiculous amount of theorem, which would be fine if they don't do any weird math logic. An example would be "hey look I know that there's a square root of 2 here, but let's just ignore it since it doesn't affect the equation much anyways" or "quick, assume density does not depend on distance so we can integrate this!", these logic just frustrates me to no end.

The amount of content in this course is quite scary, especially if you came from a physics minor with no astrophysics background, the lecture notes are terrible and the only saving grace is the extra reading material they upload. Despite all that, the field trip was rather mind blowing, I never knew so many stars were visible at night!
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on December 09, 2013, 05:50:30 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH3020 - Complex Analysis and Integral Transforms

Workload: 
- 3 x 1hours lectures
- 1 hour tutorial class

Assessment:
- Examination (3 hours): 60%
- Assignments and quizzes: 40%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 2 on moodle and 1 with solution

Textbook Recommendation:
- Fundamentals of Complex Analysis by E.B. Saff and A.D. Snider (optional)
- Schaum's outlines Laplace Transforms by Murray R. Spiegel (must for exam)

Lecturer(s): Dr Greg Markowsky

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 76 D

Comments:
Overall an enjoyable unit, though I can't say the same for many of my friends. The content is very challenging and despite the name "analysis", it is very different from real analysis, there won't be many rigorous proofs like induction, contradiction and all that, its more of algebra manipulation and theorem application. This course will start off quite easy, with some basic complex numbers such as Euler's identity, the imaginary plane, conjugate and whatnot. Then the course takes you to a brand new territory, filled with new theorems that's only available in complex numbers (they are quite fun to think about) and they teach you how to do integration and differentiation in complex plane. Then it moves onto taylor series, laurent series, a slight introduction to mobius transformation and conformal mapping. But hang on, theres more! You will also learn laplace and fourier transformation! This unit is very useful for engineering students whose also taking a science degree, it's not overly difficult but don't underestimate the amount of things you have to study for the exam.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on December 09, 2013, 06:04:41 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH3150 - Algebra and Number Theory II

Workload: 
- 3 x 1hours lectures
- 1 hour tutorial class

Assessment:
- Examination (3 hours): 70%
- Assignments and tests: 30%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 2 on moodle and 1 with solution

Textbook Recommendation: Lecture notes will suffice

Lecturer(s): Associate Professor Ian Wanless and Heiko Dietrich

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating: 5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 81 HD

Comments:
In terms of the content, this unit is the best out of everything I've done. This unit dwarfs algebra and number theory 1 in terms of difficulty, yet it is doable while remaining enjoyable. Similar to the first unit, there's a weekly assignment that's worth 10/3% and they are quite challenging. I'm trying to think of other things to say but this unit is just so awesome that I don't know where to begin so rather than writing a massive essay, I would fully recommend you to check this unit out yourself!
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on December 12, 2013, 12:19:31 am
Subject Code/Name: PHS2022 - Physics: Electromagnetism, Light and Entropy

Workload: 
- 3 x 1hours lectures
- 3 hours lab

Assessment:
- Examinations (One x 3 hours and One x 2 hours): 50%
- Assignments: 16%
- Practical work (compulsory): 34%

Recorded Lectures: Forgot, most likely recorded with screen capture although they are all useless

Past exams available: Multiple exams, the number varies between each sub topics

Textbook Recommendation: Wikipedia and library, no need to buy any text book

Lecturer(s): Again I don't remember, all lecturers were different for each sub topic

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2012

Rating:  1.5 Out of 5 (comparatively)

Your Mark/Grade: 68 C

Comments:
First of all let me just say that I did this unit a year ago so my memory aren't the best so do ask around before deciding whether this unit is for you or not!

When I wrote comparatively, I meant that it is slightly more enjoyable compare to PHS2011. The 3 hours lab each week is quite troublesome and most likely you won't finish it on time, which is to be expected. In terms of lecture quality, it's a physics unit so don't expect anything awesome, personally watching a lecture is worse than staring at a hypnotoad gif for an hour. With my personal opinion out of way, lets look at things more objectively. There are some pros such as the content is ... decent, I'm not saying that its not boring (if its fun then its either not physics or its too basic) but you do learn some interesting stuff, optics was quite fun and electromagnetism was good as well since its mostly an application of calculus. Optics involves stuff like polariser, phase difference with some matrix while electromagnetism is just applying Maxwell's equation to simple cases like calculating the electric field of a single electron with spherical co-ordinates. You also get to go on an excursion to visit the synchrotron, its sounds cooler than it is and you'll have to summarise an article from the Natures journal afterwards. Now onto the cons, thermal physics...... when I did thermodynamics I thought that was the hardest shit I've ever done, I passed it with a very satisfying results and going into this sub topic I thought I would be ready, how wrong was I (story time).

I rocked up to the exam (2 hours) and I swear to god, I prepared the shit out of thermal physics, during the reading time I cried because I couldn't do most of the questions. I don't know if its just my year but they gave us questions that wasn't even on the lecture/tutorial/assignments, HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSE TO DERIVE SOME BULLSHIT ENTROPY STATE FOR THE CURRENT ROOM?? I AIN'T A PHD AND FUCK YOU DR LINCOLN TURNER. Similar story can be said about optics, but not as bad as thermal physics.

All in all, if you're considering this unit then either your majoring in physics or astrophysics, let's just say that this unit deterred me from doing a physics major. For those who are seriously considering doing a physics major, the work load from now on will only get worse and the content will be even harder (from what I've heard off a friend, who never complained about the difficulty of a unit, he said that physics is "fucking g**")
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Poplar on December 12, 2013, 05:59:01 am
Subject Code/Name: FIT1004 - Data Management

Workload:

Two hours of lectures, one 2-hour laboratory

Assessment:

Assignment 1: Data collection and markup - 5%
Assignment 2: Database manipulation - 20%
Assignment 3A: Conceptual design - hurdle requirement
Assignment 3B: Full database design - 20%
Tutorial participation and quiz completion - 5%
Written exam: 50%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available: 6 past exams with solutions

Textbook Recommendation: Database systems - Design, Implementation and Management - I used this book a bit, but mostly for looking up the notation for diagrams. There's nothing in the book that you couldn't get on the internet.

Lecturer(s): A./Prof. David Dowe

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, semester 2

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 83 HD

Comments:

The workload isn't HUGE for this subject but I found it pretty daunting.

The exam for this unit was divided into six parts, and this could apply to the unit as a whole as well:
The hardest part for me was the SQL. My lab demonstrator wasn't the best at explaining what we had to do, so it was pretty much up to us to work on the questions given for that week. I talked to people in other classes who said they learned a lot during labs so it really depends on who you have as a demonstrator.

I found assignments 2 and 3 pretty hard, so I attended consultation sessions when I got really stuck. Maybe I wouldn't have needed to so much if my lab demonstrator was a bit clearer, but the consultation really was helpful for me so I managed. With the exception of assignment 1, the content of the assignments was quite similar to what was on the exam, so if you understand the assignments you'll be okay on the exam.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Cappuccinos on December 13, 2013, 12:50:09 am
Subject Code/Name: MKC1200 - Principles of Marketing 

Workload:  2 x 1hr Lecture,  1 x 1 hr tutorial
Tutorial Structure: Submit tutorial exercises, do some practice multiple choice questions, discuss tutorial exercise, random group activity.  I found that time in tutorials flew pretty quickly.

Assessment:
Assessment 1: Individual Tutorial Exercises 10%
So for 8 of 12 the weeks of tutorials, there were tutorial exercises that needed to be completed. These tutorial exercises were uploaded onto Moodle and you needed to complete before your tutorial and then submit them in your tutorial. The tutorial exercises where mainly 1 page tables that you had to fill out but somtimes were textbook questions. Each exercise was worth 1.25 and you could consider the easy marks because they were either marked as satisfactory (got the 1.25 marks) or not (0 marks). Staying in bed and skipping your tutorial can be tempting though :3

Assessment 2: Multiple Choice Test 15%
Test done in tutorial consisting of 25 MCQ. I just remember the night before frantically trying to learn 4 weeks of content and still doing good/average (21/25 was the average mark). You could have deduced most of the answers from common sense, but some were pretty specific. If I recall correctly, you got the whole hour to do it which was way more than enough time imo

Assessment 3: Marketing Mix Analysis 25%
I hate writing essays so when I saw this in the unit guide I was like 'oh boy'. But it’s actually not too bad! The essay is 1800 (±10%) words and involves analysing the marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion) of a product (we got to choose between Toyota Prius C, some tooth brush thing and the HTC One). You also get to make a pretty cover sheet for it :3

Pretty straight forward once you figure out what you're doing. Spent around 2-3 days on it and managed a C (would’ve been a HD if I didn’t hand it in two days late #regrets). You may or may not think 1800 words is heaps, but I struggled to keep below the word limit and for most people I spoke to they hit above 1800 words. Some of the knowledge required for the essay needed to be self-learnt because it was due to be covered after the essay was due. This may or may not be the case when you do this unit, it was easily managed though.

This essay can be tough as it might be the first essay you’ve written in uni and have no clue about APA referencing (Q MANUAL IS YOUR BIBLE), and finding good journal articles was an absolute pain but there’s a library seminars specifically for this essay and it’s not restricted to peer reviewed journals (“only” had to use 4) and you could use textbooks (including the prescribed), company/product websites, newspaper articles etc. 

Oh and you don’t actually get a numbered mark for this essay. You do however get a filled out rubric and a letter grade (N, P, C, D or HD)

Exam (50%)
2 hour exam. 100 marks. Hurdle (must achieve at least 50%)
Make sure you know your examples!

Recorded Lectures:  Nope

Past exams available:  Sample exam and one from 2007. Dewi told us not to look at the 2007 one as she has a different style of exam writing. The sample exam was pretty good indication of the structure of the exam. She also held a lecture in the last week about what topics would be covered on the exam which was very helpful.

Textbook Recommendation:  The prescribed book is Kotler, P., Burton, S., Deans, K., Brown, L., and Armstrong, G. (2013). Marketing (9th Ed.). Pearson Australia.

Didn't buy it (new textbook, $$$, yolo) so can't really comment on it. I did however consult other textbooks by one of the authors. Some tutorial exercises did come from the textbook, but when this was the case an excerpt of relevant part of the book was uploaded onto Moodle so yeah. I think the textbook would have been really useful for the essay, I ended up referencing the textbook through quotes in the lecture slides >< (wouldn’t recommend haha). Oh and the textbook would be really useful for examples. Every question on the exam required a few examples. The textbook I consulted had random American examples which I hadn’t even heard of haha.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Dewi Tojib (Chief Examiner), Peter Thompson

Each lecturer would take one lecture a week.
It was Dewi’s first semester of taking this unit and when I found the motivation to attend uni she was great! Didn’t read off the lecture slides, had great examples and a few good jokes. Peter, on the other hand,  scared me off from his lectures in the first week (picking on random students to answer, finds students with laptops annoying, angry kind of tone etc) so I can’t comment further :P  Seriously, I didn’t attend any of his lectures afterwards hahaha. I heard he reads of the lecture slides and left the lecture 5 minutes in when the technology wasn’t working. 

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 2, 2013

Rating:  3.75 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 78

Comments: A lot of content but most of it is fairly straightforward and not too dry. Overall a decent unit and well organised. Disappointed with myself for not putting more effort in the class
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: m.Chemia on December 21, 2013, 12:48:02 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1171 - Korean Introductory 1

Workload:  1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial

Assessment: 1 x Read aloud test - 10%
                      5 x Online listening tasks - 5 x 1%
                      1 x Listening test during last lecture - 15%
                      1 x Written work - 10% (IIRC, as I took it in semester 1 and I can't find the unit guide anywhere.)
                      1 x Speaking test - 20% (IIRC, same as above)
                      1 x Final exam - 40%


Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture, but the recording will be online for one week only. Lecture slides are uploaded.

Past exams available:  No.

Textbook Recommendation: My Korean 1 by Moansh. PDF version is on moodle. A hard or soft copy must be brought to tutorials.

Lecturer(s): Dr. In Jun Cho, Dr. Dam Bi Kim

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 1

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 90 HD

Comments: Overall, this is an enjoyable and easy unit. Most of the people doing Korean really like K-Pop and they already know some expressions/vocabs. But it doesn't really matter, this unit assumes zero previous knowledge and they teach you from the very beginning so there is nothing to worry about. I stopped going to lectures after week 5 or so because I found them pretty useless, not that Dr. Dam Bi Kim is not good, she is actually pretty awesome. And my tutor, Hye Yun Bae is the most awesome tutor I have met at uni so far. She is nice, approachable, caring and is pretty good at teaching. Try and get into her tutes if you can. (She will most likely be the only 1st year Korean tutor  anyway as the other female tutor was on maternity leave.) And one final thing about the exam, don't focus too much about the weird vocabs (such as crab) you are never gonna use, just study the common ones and read the book through from the beginning to the end for 20 times or so, read every single thing written in the book aloud and you'll most likely get a good mark.
I'm not sure about other languages, people doing Koreans (from the same tutorial) are generally quite close to each other, and I mean go out all the time kind of close, so it is very likely to you will make some good friends doing Korean. So anyone thinking about doing a language at an introductory level, Korean is probably the best.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: m.Chemia on December 21, 2013, 09:55:12 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1172 - Korean Introductory 2

Workload:  1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial

Assessment:  1 x Read aloud test - 10%
                       4 x Online listening tasks - 4 x 1%
                       1 x Listening test during last lecture - 16%
                       1 x Written work - 10%
                       1 x Speaking test - 20%
                       1 x Final exam - 40%


Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture, but the recording will be online for one week only. Lecture slides are uploaded.

Past exams available:  No.

Textbook Recommendation:  My Korean 2 by Moansh. PDF version is on moodle. A hard or soft copy must be brought to tutorials.

Lecturer(s): Dr. Dam Bi Kim

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, Semester 2

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 93 HD

Comments: This is the second Korean unit at Monash. The vast majority of students have completed Korean Introductory 1 in Semester 1, but some students who have Korean language skill to some sort of extend might be put into Korean Introductory 2 directly. This uni basically has the same difficult as Korean Introductory 1. And again, I only went to the lectures in week 1 and week 12, I personally found them useless but I don't recommend anyone to skip them. As usual, the tutorials are compulsory, and you actually learn stuff from tutorial. I didn't even listen to the recording of the lectures. All I did was going to the tutorials and work really hard. And once again, I have to mention that the only tutor (she took SIX tutes this semester), Ms Hye Yun Bae was amazing! She was so friendly, helpful and approachable. Geez, I don't know what else to say, this unit is pretty much the same as Korean Introductory 1. Please refer to the review for that as well for exam tips and everything.

*The Korean Introductory 1 review is right above this one.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Dallas45 on January 21, 2014, 10:41:33 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1041 - World Religions

Workload:  2 x hour lecture + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Assessment:

10 x Pre-tutorial quizzes: Worth 20% (2% each). Relatively simple, short answer online quizzes for which you have the questions in advance in the unit reader. Based on the weekly readings.

Expository Exercise:         Worth 10%. Summary of an article.

Essay:                              Worth 30%. 1500 words. On a topic of your choice from a set list of questions. There are around 10 questions per religion studied so there is heaps of choice and you should be able to find something of interest.

Tutorial Presentation:      Worth 10%. A short 5-10 minute presentation during one of the tutorial weeks on that week's studied religion.

Exam:                              Worth 30%. 2 hour examination. The lecturer gives really good preparation in the last week, but other than that there are no practice exams or other help.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No and no sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  There is no textbook and instead you are required to buy the course reader. You must buy this as all readings and course info is found in this book.

Lecturer(s):  Constant Mews (Course Co-Ordinator) + various other lecturers

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2013

Rating:  3 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 71 D

Comments: The assessment was pretty easy (just tutorial participation/attendance, a couple of article summaries/synthesis exercises, an essay and an exam if i remember correctly.)
The lectures and tutorials were easy to follow and easy lecture was given by a different lecturer with expertise in that particular religion. Each week looked at a different religion (Aboriginal spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, new religious movements like Scientology etc) and the essay was a topic chosen from a list based on one of these religions. You are given roughly 10 essay topics to choose from per religion so there is heaps of choice.

The exam was relatively simple and the lecturer/tutor (Constant Mews) prepared for it well.

Overall, the subject was good, though it could get a bit boring sometimes but that's the same with any subject - some topics will interest you more than others. Workload wasn't too bad either. Only 1 x 2hr lecture + 1 x 1 hr tutorial per week and the weekly readings/essay readings and research :)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: ninwa on January 26, 2014, 03:30:00 pm
Subject Code/Name: LAW4160 - Negotiation and Mediation Law 406

Workload:
Summer semester intensive: scheduled for 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday (1 week), but in reality we finished around 3pm every day.

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:
No. Negotiation is a practical thing anyway so if you don't plan to show up to class then don't bother taking the subject, you won't learn anything.

Past exams available:
No exam, you get the scenario/facts for your simulated negotiations in advance.

Textbook Recommendation:
Pre-reading: Fisher and Ury, Getting to Yes - Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In - you can find this online for free if you Google it, and it's a really useful and very easy-to-read summary of a lot of the skills you'll be learning.

There is also a course book with relevant excerpts from a range of textbooks on negotiation/mediation, which you are expected to purchase. I would buy it because it's a handy resource not just for this subject but also for life in general.

Lecturer(s):
Tom Harber (summer and winter semesters)
Dr Sandy Caspi-Sable (semester 1 and 2)

Year & Semester of completion:
Summer semester B, 2014

Rating: 10 out of 5, shut up I'm admin and I say this rating is possible

Comments:
Lecturer: Tom is a negotiation/mediation skills consultant. He used to be a lawyer for Allens, then went to Harvard to get an MBA which included studies in negotiation (basically he is incredibly smart). All of the skills and theories we learned came from Harvard; all our handouts were branded with the Harvard Business School logo etc., so (IMO) you would be learning some of the best skills out there. Tom is highly engaging, knowledgeable and funny. You'll have a good time with him.

I don't know what Sandy is like as a lecturer, but we did watch a video where she was mediating a negotiation and it was clear that she very much knew her stuff.

Subject: I've enjoyed subjects before, yes, but I never thought I'd actually have FUN at law school. But here we are and I will gladly eat my hat. This is a great subject, not just for conducting negotiations in future (which you will have to do in almost any industry you decide to go into, including legal - most legal disputes do not actually go to litigation), but also just generally in real life. Cashier won't let you return your item 1 day after the return period? Negotiation skills! Internet company being stubborn dicks again? Negotiation skills! Boyfriend won't see a girly movie with you? NEGOTIATION. SKILLS.

You will learn not only negotiation, but also basic game theory, economics, psychology and there's even a neurobiology bit about the brain and amygdala and emotions or something like that, which I'm sure would have been interesting if I had any idea what any of it meant.

Make sure to start applying for this subject at least 1 or 2 semesters before you graduate, because it is highly popular and you might not get in the first time. For example, there were 42 spots in my class and, according to Tom, 94 people on the waiting list. (NB: those graduating sooner will take precedence, then the rest will depend on what you write on your application, your transcript has nothing to do with whether you'll get in so don't worry about that.)

My only slight criticism is regarding the 30% worth of in-class simulated negotiations. Basically, you got a general summary of the facts, then a confidential summary of facts applicable to your side (e.g. what the party you are representing wants out of the negotiation, what they are willing to concede on etc.). The most desirable outcomes are assigned the most points and the least, 0 points. This points system is also confidential to you (so your opposing party can't exploit the points your party is willing to concede on, and vice versa).

I totally understand that time constraints make it impossible for the lecturer to sit through and assess every single group, and therefore it naturally has to be results-oriented. But I found the outcome also depended a lot on who you are assigned with. For example, in one negotiation the opposite party refused to budge on something which could have benefited BOTH of us (i.e. we BOTH would have gotten more points if he'd backed off, which was really bloody annoying when I found out later). In the 6-party negotiation, another party and I wasted like 15 minutes engaging in a battle of wills arguing over a point on which neither of us was willing to concede, which must have really pissed off the remaining 4 members who were very willing to compromise on everything else (lol my bad, in my defence my party was the veto-holding party and without this concession I wouldn't have been allowed to agree to any agreement).

Anyway, tl;dr highly recommend this subject it's great and you should apply for it ASAP.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: DisaFear on March 01, 2014, 11:54:27 pm
Subject Code/Name: CHM2990 - Introductory chemical research project

Workload:
Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  No lectures for this unit

Past exams available: No exams for this unit

Textbook Recommendation:  No textbook for this unit

Lecturer(s): No lecturer for this unit. However, I worked under:

Year & Semester of completion: 2013/2014 Summer Semester

Rating:  6/5

Your Mark/Grade: 82 HD

Comments:

This is going to be really long. So hold onto your horses.

What is this unit about?

This unit is about research. It allows undergraduates the chance to try out their hand at one of the research projects available from the Chemistry Honours Handbook. It is a great way to see what research is like, see if you'll want to do it in the future or not.

Basically, you go through the handbook. If there is a project you like, you contact the person associated with it and if they're interested in taking you on, then bam, you're a researcher part of their group working on stuff that no one has worked on before!

I had the privilege of being in a 'joint-project' between two groups. I worked on a project in collaboration between Professor Alan Chaffee's group and Professor Douglas MacFarlane's group.

Is it scary?

Oh yea. During the first 3-4 days when you start out, sure you'll be questioning if you are worthy, as a second/third year student, of undertaking  'real' research. But you are worthy! I was scared everything I touched would break, but I only managed to break one beaker over 2 months :)

The people are there to help. Everyone is so so so friendly. You will use equipment you've never used before, equipment that could take up whole rooms by themselves. But your supervisor will show you, and you will get the hang of it.

What did I work on?

My project involved the capture of carbon dioxide using mesoporous silicas infiltrated with amine-functional ionic liquids. Ionic liquids have the ability to form carbamates with carbon dioxide, meaning you can have carbon dioxide adsorb to the ionic liquid at certain conditions (temperature/pressure) and then have it desorb at other conditions, to safely store the carbon dioxide while regenerating the adsorbent. This was to be developed especially for carbon dioxide capture from post-combustion waste gas from places like coal-fired power generators.

There was a lot of paper work to fill out initially. All the usual safety stuff.

After all that was covered, straight to the synthesis. I had to make 18 samples; made them 3 at a time, each sample taking around 2-3 days to make. If nothing else, this unit will make you very confident in your lab work in future years. I have so much experience now, it feels great. Got to use vacuum ovens, rotary evaporation units, thermogravimetric analysis units, pycnometers and lots of other cool stuff. I had a lab which I shared with two other people.

After making the samples, they were characterised using techniques like Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Helium pycnometry and Nitrogen adsorption/desorption. Then, we tested the materials for their carbon capture capacity.

Life is good. You can take breaks whenever you want. It's just like you're working, without the pay. Leave a sample to stir or sonicate for a while...if it needs one hour and you have no other samples to prepare, bam, you have a break :) and there's all the facilities you need like a microwave, fridge, hot water, coffee, etc. I had a bit of office space to myself too, shared with Honours/PhD students in our research group, but I  never used it because they all had keys and I didn't so it was locked all the time - embarrassing to always ask them to open the door.

I loved every bit of this unit. You get to meet some amazing people around the faculty. You get to see how cool instruments work. You get to see all the mechanics of a lab, like how they change gas cylinders, how to use the liquid nitrogen tanks, how to order new glassware. You overhear conversations where people are talking about how their paper is about to be published, or how their results look good, etc. It's such a friendly atmosphere.

Yea, I could keep going on about how great it was, because it was!

Assessment

The oral presentation was quite scary. I had to present in front of 20 odd scientists for 10 minutes...even though I'm usually decent at presentations, I stammered a lot in that. Be prepared for questions...if this is what conferences are like, haha...

The report was 13-14 pages long, ~3300 words. There are samples on the Moodle page. Don't leave it to the last minute :P

Lab work should be easy marks. Just work diligently, keep your lab tidy, etc. Label stuff properly, keep clear records. When you are making 18 samples, accidents in naming can occur. One white powder looks the same as another white powder :P

Final words

If you are interested in research, definitely do it. It is an amazing experience. The professors are very adept at explaining concepts, if you're worried that you won't understand what's going on, it won't be that way. I remember, we had a group lunch once to say farewell to a German researcher. The professor, while explaining some chemistry to me, pulled out a pen, took a napkin off the table and started drawing diagrams. Everyone is there to help! So don't be afraid :)

If you have any questions regarding the unit, feel free to contact me. Or maybe if you want to read my crappy report.

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Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on March 02, 2014, 01:59:48 am
Subject Code/Name: SPHPM Summer Research Scholarship

Workload:

Assessment: There is no official, graded assessment, but there are certain conditions that you need to meet:

Recorded Lectures: N/A

Past exams available: N/A

Textbook Recommendation: There are no textbooks - given that this isn't a unit - but get ready to read a boatload of journal articles!

Lecturer(s): N/A

Year & Semester of completion: Summer 2013-2014

Rating: 5/5 at least!

Your Mark/Grade: N/A

Comments:

A bit about SPHPM

So it's not technically a unit, but it is offered by Monash and it is an amazing learning experience so I thought I might write up a review of the SPHPM Summer Research Scholarship. SPHPM is the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine under the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science. It is located at Monash's Alfred hospital campus, and contains a number of departments including the DEPM (Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine) and the DOFM (Department of Forensic Medicine) amongst others. As well as being right in the hospital premises, it's also right next door to the Burnet Institute, Baker IDI and AMREP so it really is a central hub for medical research.

There isn't any undergrad representation at SPHPM, which consists of Honours, Masters and PhD students, as well as post-docs and full-time researchers. This gave those of us who were part of the program the opportunity of working in a research centre devoted to everything postgraduate and beyond.

Applying for the program:

Like all other Summer and Winter research scholarships offered by Monash, you need to apply during the relevant period. Make sure to check the Monash website for the specific dates. Also like many of these scholarships, there is paid remuneration for your time spend on the scholarship program.

N.B. that as I write this, the program is offered only to those in MBBS, BBiomedSc and BHSc. I doubt they'd expand it to other degrees like BSc or BA in future, but you never know!

The application process for this was fairly straightforward:

If you are successful in both of these, the program coordinator will email you with your research topic and supervisor prior to the start of the program.

The program itself

Unlike many other vacation research scholarships offered by Monash, the SPHPM program offers a group experience because you're in constant contact with the other people in the program, e.g. there are several tours that you'll go on as a group (I'll elaborate on these shortly), and you'll (hopefully) end up hanging around with these people almost every day by going out to lunch or just seeing each other around the office. Also, it's likely that you'll be sharing a research unit with another person on the program, but you'll probably be working on individual projects. The people who did the program with me were all lovely, friendly, incredibly intelligent people and I made a lot of friends - it's hard not to when you're working with these people all day, every day!

As mentioned above, the program itself is divided into two parts; as well as working on a research project, there are also other activities run for all the scholars by the program coordinators. For us, these activities were the following:

These were all really fun, exciting and informative, and it really helped everyone connect with each other. It can be a bit intimidating working at SPHPM with the amount of incredible and fascinating research going on at any one time, so it was great to have a group of friendly people around to experience the program with (and to complain about the workload to :P).

The research side of the project varies in its specifics depending on your project and supervisor, but the constant is that it's intense. You'll most likely be writing A LOT, be it an abstract, a lit review, parts of the research team's primary paper - you name it. Expect to be at the computer typing a lot; this isn't lab-based research but you'll be doing a lot of data collection and interpretation. This might not sound so great but it is very engaging and it sets you up not only for any research-based stuff you might do in future, but also for scientific practice in later years uni, especially units like SCI2010/2015 if you ever happen to take one of those.

My personal project (simply stated) looked at the causes and effects of various delays in the diagnosis and treatment of NSCLC (non-small cell lung carcinoma), a type of lung cancer. It was really interesting to learn so much about one particular condition and how prevalent it is. At the moment (i.e. I am procrastinating as I write this), I'm writing a literature review and contributing to the research team's primary paper. I'm hoping to submit the lit review for publication soon (I should really get back to work hahaha), and tbh I'm really proud of the effort I've put into my work at SPHPM - I know the same goes for all the other participants in the Summer research program as well. It was a wonderful experience overall, and it gave me a taste of what medical research is really like; I definitely want to do more in this general field.

Highly, highly recommended for those students looking to go into medical research at some point, or even just those interested in public health and medical science.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Treeman on March 05, 2014, 09:28:24 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH2132 - Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

Workload:  Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour support class per week

Assessment:  I think there were 6 assessments spread out across the semester each weighing the same.

Recorded Lectures:  No

Past exams available:  Not when I did it. We were given exam preparation materials.

Textbook Recommendation:  Each topic gets handed out relevant materials, no textbook necessary.

Lecturer(s): Dr Burhard Polster

Year & Semester of completion: 2010, it was also coded MTH1122

Rating: 6 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 68

Comments: This is a very interesting unit which places mathematics in a more artsy perspective (probably designed for art students whose maths is not their strong point haha). Philosophical topics surrounding maths are raised but lightly delved in so don't be put off by that, the assignments are fairly easy but more importantly the material is interesting. Talks about the Golden Ratio all the way to the shape of the universe and mobius strip explained so that layman can understand. Some of the later assignments can get a little tricky but just ask Burkard (he urges you this thru out he entire semester) and he is happy to explain with all too many hints.

Exam: I thought the exam was a bit harder than the assessments he gave us and there was quite a lot to cover for the time given. I'm pretty lazy tho but if you put in some effort this is almost a guaranteed HD

Bottom line: This is a piss easy subject that has a low mathematical component and is great for filling up electives while undertaking your course.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Treeman on March 05, 2014, 10:19:38 pm
Subject Code/Name ATS1347: Music Ensemble (Also known as ATS1347/ATS1348/ATS2800/ATS2801; the unit codes refer to the same subject, labelled for different semester/year)

Workload:  2 hours every Monday from 2pm to 4pm in the Music Auditorium

Assessment:  The music ensemble is an umbrella term for the choir or orchestra. You choose one or the other obviously depending on whether you want to sing in the choir or play an instrument in an orchestra.

The assessment is basically having attendance every week and turning up to live performances that are usually held in the city or the surrounding suburbs or at Monash. The no. of live performances really depend on the unit coordinator, so it could be 3-4 performances, or even just 1. When there was only one performance, we did a very short aural pitch test where you basically just hum in the same key as the piano. Possibly the easiest assessment ever, given you have relative pitch.

I've only done the choir so I can't comment on the orchestra but I'm sure it's very similar.

Recorded Lectures:  N/A

Past exams available:  N/A

Textbook Recommendation:  You are given the music sheet for each music piece.

Lecturer(s): I've had Frank Dobbs twice now but there seems to be a new conductor this semester for 2014, didn't get his name...

Year & Semester of completion: ATS1348 in 2012, ATS2801 in 2013.

Rating: 10 out of 5, oh yeh

Your Mark/Grade: 90 for ATS1348, 90 for ATS2801

Comments: This subject is a walk in the park IF you have a musical background, can sing with relative pitch and can read music notes. Actually reading music notes isn't even necessary if you have very good ears and good control over your voice. Just stand next to someone who can read and you'll be right. But still, reading music should be something all musicians know.
Frank Dobbs was a great conductor, a man with character and excitement about him.

Bottom line: Guaranteed HD for those with a musical background or relative pitch.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: ninwa on March 28, 2014, 08:09:28 pm
Subject code/name: LAW7011 - Copyright
Please note that this is a JD/LLM elective*. However, LAW5146 - Intellectual property I: Copyright and designs also covers copyright law. LAW5146 has more of an emphasis on designs though.

Workload:
Intensive lectures (9am to 4pm for five days), no tutorials

Assessment:
Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%

Recorded Lectures: No

Past exams available: No

Textbook Recommendation:
N/A; we got a folder full of the major cases for free, and additional cases/other readings were uploaded to Moodle.
Optional: hard copy of Copyright Act. I would recommend it if you can afford it because the CA is rather confusing and it might help you visualise its structure if you actually have it in front of you.

Lecturer(s): Assoc Prof David Lindsay

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Comments:
The unit
I remember looking up the unit evaluation and the only comment was "Unit was intellectually stimulating", and I remember saying to enwiabe that this was almost definitely lawyer-speak for "shit's bloody hard yo". And I was right, and why didn't I discontinue and finish my law degree with easy electives like a normal person? sobs quietly

Aaaaanyway, so copyright law can get quite complex. There were top tier lawyers in my class and even they found it confusing at times! There is a LOT of content to get through, meaning that a lot of it was skipped through fairly quickly due to time constraints, which leaves you to work it out yourself at home. The difficulty also comes from the fact that copyright law can get very philosophical/meta/policy-based - there is almost never a firm answer - it's always "a question of fact and degree" (as a law student that phrase should terrify you)

That said, I found this subject extremely fascinating (when I could understand it). I've heard people criticise it for being way too technical and theoretical, but in my opinion it is very applicable to real life - especially if you are interested in the arts or sciences. The importance of copyright law to innovation and cultural development is undeniable.

For me, the most interesting part was seeing how copyright law adapts to and moulds itself in line with technological developments. For example, computer games can only be protected as "films", because at the time the Act was drafted obviously computer games didn't exist. And, my essay topic was on whether computer-generated works could be protected which, given how much more advanced AI is becoming, is only going to be more and more relevant. I was also fascinated by the intersection between copyright law, designs law and the boundary-pushing tendencies of modern art (is a urinal classified as a sculpture and therefore protected by copyright? What about a well-designed and very beautiful yacht?)

If you're looking for an easy D/HD, stay away unless you're the second coming of Michael Kirby, but if you're looking for a challenge - or "intellectual stimulation" - definitely give it a shot.

The lecturer
(David Lindsay takes Intellectual Property I as well, interchangeably with Rebecca Giblin.)

From what I've heard talking to people, you either hate David or you love him. He's extremely knowledgeable, funny and a very kind man who will take all your stupid questions seriously so you never feel embarrassed. I think the problem some people might have with his teaching style is that his explanations sometimes complicate rather than clarify the matter, just because he's such a walking encyclopedia about copyright/internet/broadcasting law that he'll explain a difficult concept by bombarding you with 10 other difficult concepts. Occasionally his "explanations" give me a headache haha. But emphasis on "occasionally"!



*For LLB students: the reason I'm taking a couple of postgrad units is thanks to the Master of Laws Elective Program for undergraduate students, whereby you can take up to two electives from the JD or LLM course. You will study at Monash's city law chambers for JD students, which is right next to the County Court and is seriously so much prettier than Clayton. The classes are much smaller - 15 to 20 maximum - which means it's a lot more interactive. Some of the postgrad lecturers are really great and have amazing credentials. I also found that a lot of my classmates were older students who had already had years of experience in various fields and so could make really interesting contributions to class discussions - some of them were international or top tier Australian lawyers, for example. I highly recommend you take up this opportunity if you have the chance!
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: pi on June 09, 2014, 12:18:51 pm
Subject Code/Name: MED3051 - Medicine and Surgery 1

Workload: per week: varies between sites, you're expected to stay between 7-8am (former for surgery, latter for medicine) to 4-5pm each day giving a total of ~50 contact hours per week, whether you stay that whole time depends on how you study and what you want to get out of being on the wards. Each site usually has lectures on Wednesday and it varies between sites how many lectures there are.

Assessment: 70% Mini Case Records (MCRs - two formative and two summative in this unit), 30% Evidence Based Clinical Practice "Therapy" Task, attendance (80% hurdle), completion of online pathology quizzes (14 in all - hurdle), complete submission of portfolio (hurdle), formative end of semester exam (non-hurdle or hurdle depending on site) .

Recorded Lectures: No.

Past exams available: No, the Faculty has now published a document with threats to expel students from the course if they are caught compiling past questions or distributing or using past compilations. All past compilations have been removed from the MUMUS site. Many EMQ/MCQ books can substitute for official exams though.

Textbook Recommendation:
*Pick one depending on how keen or lazy you are

I'd also recommend utilising UpToDate as much as possible.

Lecturer(s): Many, depending on the series of lecture (reproductive, haematology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmacology, pathology, etc.)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating: 5/5

Comments:
This unit is something completely new! I'll keep this general given that every student will have their own unique experience depending on their site, their rotations, their group, and how keen they are to get what they can out of it.

Basically the sites Monash have are (I may be missing some!):
- Central: Alfred, Cabrini, Peninsula
- Monash (formerly "Southern"): Monash Medical Center, Dandenong, Casey
- Eastern: Box Hill, Maroondah, Angliss
- A bunch of rural sites such as Bendigo, Mildura, Bairnsdale, Traralgon, etc

It is completely randomised as to which hospital/site you get (other than the choice of rural vs metro sites), no more preferences!

Each site has their ups and downs in terms of a balance between practical skills and teaching and it's probably not up to me to make a comment on this, but the feedback I get back form peers is that the clinical years (so far) are SO MUCH better than the preclinical ones, and I'd agree with that 100% percent. Each student will have their own medical (gen med, oncology, cardio, neuro, rheum, etc) and surgical (gen surg, neurosurg, cardiothoracics, bariatric, vascular, etc.) rotations depending on luck and where they are placed.

The gist of a day on either surg or med plays out like this:

So I mentioned a few practical skills above. The new ones to clinical years include: cannulation (putting in a "drip"/"bung"), venipuncture  (taking bloods), urinary catheters, rectal examinations, injections, performing lung function tests, and some unofficial ones that your team might teach you such as taking arterial blood gases, taking blood cultures, and so forth. You also may be able to help out and learn about more complex procedures such as ascitic taps, pleural drains and lumbar punctures. Some sites it may be very difficult to get any practice but in other sites you may be able to do a few of each practical skill a day (think smaller hospitals). The practical skills I mentioned (the "official ones) are important to do because you need to mark them off in a "logbook", a small book which has a list of skills which need to be done including histories and exams from all systems and a bunch of practical skills as aforementioned. This needs to be handed in as talked about later.

To further your skills, and if you're on a good basis with your team, is to get involved with doing admissions, ie. admitting patients to the ward or to the hospital (sneak into ED!). I've had the opportunity to do this a few times both supervised and unsupervised and it's a really great learning experience. If you ever get a chance be sure to put your hand up first and take it!

In terms of tutes, there are may kinds and the amount of them depends on your site. Medical and surgical bedside tutes are commonplace, here you have a small group and a consultant and as the name suggests, you have a tute at a patient's bedside learning about their condition and examining them. Other tutes include PBLs, specialty tutes, practical skills tutes, clinical skills tutes, epidemiology tutes, law and ethics tutes, etc etc. Some sites have an attendance that includes these tutes, others do not.

Another thing I want to touch on are a few of the assessments:

Now with so many differences between sites and hospitals and student experiences, a fair question to ask is: "how do they examine this theory later?". The simple answer: "The Matrix". It's a huge table of conditions, a total of OVER 250 conditions that are examinable. If it sounds scary and daunting, it's because it damn well is.

Just at the end I feel I should mention some of the areas of clinical medicine which are often overlooked by all the exciting things. It's important to remember that you're in hospitals and that people are sick. Some sicker than others, and some of your patients may pass away whilst you are there. We get taught about this sort of thing during preclinical years but it's something completely different to experience it in real life. It's hard to deal with, and if you need some help with it seek assistance from your seniors, they'll always have a handy word or two. Here's something I wrote about this on Med Students Online, copied here for convenience:
Spoiler
My introduction to clinical years
Not sure how to feel, but my first few weeks on the wards have been interesting. Being on an oncology rotation first-up I can't say I didn't expect it (I certainly did), but I don't think any amount of pre-contemplation prepared me for the real deal: when a patient passes away in front of your eyes.

Now in the "predictable" pre-clinical environment I wasn't really phased emotionally by much, the Aussie notion of "grin and bear it" was really the way to get through. Everything was simply just theory and more facts to understand and remember. As morbid as it might sound, I even had no issues with cadavers, as it was all part of this "learning environment" and dissections were very much academic and not at all patient-orientated.

On the wards and in clinics, it's a different ball-game altogether. Being a medical student here isn't all about the exams and the textbooks, it's about being part of the healthcare team and learning from their expertise so you can be the best that you can be. I have a great and supportive team, and being their junior is an exciting privilege, however being part of the team is only a minor aspect in comparison to what the team actually does: manage patients.

From Day 1, it was confronting. I have never seen so much suffering, so much pain, so many tears. From the pre-clin years I guess one could say I was disillusioned by what some doctors have to deal with, I didn't think some things could be "that" tough in real life. What if the patient doesn't want to undergo the advised treatment? What if the patient's treatment options are at an end and they're looking to you as to what is next? What if things are far worse than the patient had hoped for? What if a patient you have seen for weeks unexpectedly passes away?

As only a student I guess I don't have to have answers to those questions, but there's always that feeling that I should? It's tough, when reality hits that doctors have limitations from all areas whether that be from their patient's decisions, from treatment options, from financial stand-points, and the list goes on. We learnt about this, but it doesn't come close at all to seeing it in real life - patients do make decisions and do pass away and sometimes there is nothing we can do about it.

So early onto my clinical experience, it's been a roller-coaster taking this all in. Learning with how to approach different situations has been very helpful, from what I gather it's like desensitising yourself from the patient in an emotional sense. Having said that, one of my greatest fears is being one of those people who don't say "John, the fellow with <x> in Bed 14, needs some fluids" but instead say "Bed 14 needs some fluids". I'd hate to lose the personallness (is that a word?) of it all - it's my greatest fear and I have seen in it on the wards and I don't like it at all.

This beings me back to the patient passing away in front of me last week. That patient was in pain, they had multi-organ failure, mets from their primary cancer, and suspected infection. There was part of me that hoped they would pass away as they would be in a much better place, but there was also part of me that wanted them to keep fighting it all. When it happened though, when they passed away, I was just lost. I felt bad, almost wanted to cry, not sure what to do. We couldn't save them. Did I care too much? Am I just "weak" as a person? Is this just me being a novice medical student?

I guess it's all about finding that professional balance between being too affected and not being affected at all. I want to care, but I don't want to care "too much" as I think that'll hurt me and I won't be able to function to my best, if that makes sense.

Hopefully that balance comes with time.

Thanks for reading, sorry about this slightly depressing blog post (my first) and I'm betting there are some incoherent lines in there - was just typing my mood and thoughts.

Having said that, it's always a great feeling seeing one of your sicker patients get discharged cancer-free or in fine health, you don't get a feeling like that anywhere else and it's one of the best feelings I've ever had. It's even better if you took up an opportunity and did an admission on that patient, you can see them from admission to discharge and it's really rewarding to see the health system at work!

As with my reviews of the previous MBBS units, I think it's really important to get involved with the course outside of the teaching periods too. I'd highly recommend getting involved in inter-year study groups (teaching in Year 2/3, learning from Year 3/4) and getting involved in the social events such as the "Half Way Party" which was a pretty sweet night ;)

All-in-all, a very exciting unit. Being on the wards has been amazing and no amount of money would persuade me to go back to the Clayton campus for days of lectures. I've kept it general because everyone has a unique experience with how clinical years play out for them but if you have any specific questions feel free to PM me (please only PM me if you're already in the Monash MBBS, it's far too keen otherwise -_-).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: vashappenin on June 09, 2014, 09:49:36 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETC1000 - Business and Economic Statistics

Workload: Weekly 1.5hr lecture and 1.5 hour computer lab (starting in week 2 and ending in week 11)

Assessment: 30% Lab quizzes, 70% Exam

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 12 exams including solutions

Textbook Recommendation:  No compulsory textbooks

Lecturer(s): Brett Inder - he's a really laid back, friendly guy who's really good at explaining the concepts, not to mention that he's been teaching the unit for quite a while so he's VERY familiar with it.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  3 out of 5

Comments:
When I first started this unit, I HATED it, but once I gave it a chance I actually quite like it! Although not advised, I ended up doing a lot of learning for this unit during SWOTVAC and to be honest, it's pretty easy to pick up all the concepts in such a small timeframe so don't panic if you get to that stage, although just don't do that to make your life easier haha :P You can score well in this unit if you put in the work. So it's really important to keep up to date and understand everything as you go because (especially with the last few topics) you need to understand the past topics' content in order to be able to successfully get through the rest of the topics.

In terms of workload, this subject is really good if you're looking for something that doesn't take up much time. All you really need to do every week is watch the YouTube lectures for the week (which go through the slides anyway), watch the live lecture (i.e. the lectures conducted at uni) and do the lab homework.

Lectures: To be honest, I didn't physically attend a single lecture (only because the time was too inconvenient for me).. I watched most online, but it got to a point where I stopped watching the live lectures. Only because Brett made YouTube video lectures for each topic which were SO useful, so definitely don't skip those. The videos are pretty much Brett talking through the powerpoint slides for the relevant week's lectures. The live lectures were more application of the content, so honestly, don't miss those either. I definitely wish I didn't, because although they got boring at times, the knowledge would've been pretty useful come exam time.

Computer Labs: Most of the lab quizzes were usually able to be finished in 30 mins-1 hour, but took longer to complete in the last few weeks. The labs were a really good way of applying all the excel processes and procedures, and were generally not too hard to get through. It's recommended that you complete the homework (not compulsory) prior to the week's lab, because the homework pretty much contains step-by-step instructions that really come in handy when doing the lab quizzes.

Exam: A two-hour, non-calc exam. It wasn't too bad considering the fact that there's a plethora of past exams WITH solutions available to you, on top of revision during week 12 (going through exams). Even though maths is required in the exam, you pretty much just need to show working to get the marks, not the actual answer (since there's no calculators allowed). If you do as many past exams as you can and know your content, you should be fine for the exam. Keep in mind that in order to pass this unit, you must score at least 40% on the exam.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: simba on June 09, 2014, 11:34:28 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1035- Techniques for modelling (advanced) 


Workload:  3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 hour tutorials and 2 hour workshops

Assessment:  3 x 10% Assignments, 10% Test and 60% exam (although I vaguely remember hearing this was set to change next year)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No, but they did release a sample

Textbook Recommendation:  Don't need a textbook

Lecturer(s): Burkard Polster (essentially the best lecturer you will have in the existence of anything!) and Simon Teague (Who is pretty great too)

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

Comments:Initially I found this unit extremely daunting, in the 1035 workshops we almost immediately began working on cartesian tensors (which confused the hell out of me for months and have really only begun to understand them today!).
The workload for this unit is fairly consistently high, so expect to be doing plenty of practice questions, readings and such to gain a thorough understanding.

In saying that, the lecturer Burkard Polster is insanely good at explaining concepts in a very visual and layman's way which really makes all the coursework much more manageable to tackle. Prepare to watch him with a whole bunch of lightsabers too...(He also likes to juggle them sometimes ;) ) Anyway back on topic, Simon taught us for the 1035 workshops and also had us for tutorials. Although he's usually late for them 8am workshop starts (=death), he has a real passion for the subjects and has millions of exam type questions if you want any extra stuff to do!

The assignments themselves aren't too bad (just really long and tedious). My main tip for them would be make friends in the unit and see if you can work together and collaborate answers (I do mean WORK TOGETHER not copy each others answers, but let's be honest, that will probably happen too). The test was fairly simple, pretty easy marks as long as you know your stuff!

Overall, if you love maths, pick this unit. But you will need to be dedicated and consistent to keep up to date and do well!
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Reckoner on June 09, 2014, 11:52:40 pm
Subject Code/Name: ECC2000 - Intermediate Microeconomics

Workload:  One 2-hour lecture + one 1-hour tute = 3 hours

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:

Yes

Past exams available:
The past exams on the database are from 15 years ago, and no longer particularly relevant. We were given a sample exam though.

Textbook Recommendation:

Pyndick, Robert S, and Daniel L Rubinfeld: Microeconomics. Seventh or Eighth Edition, Pearson.

I'd say worth it if you don’t have to buy it new from the bookstore. The questions at the end of the chapters are pretty useful for revision and are pretty similar to the exam style questions. Buy it second hand/eBay though - $200 from the bookstore is way too much. Solutions and the textbook can be found somewhere that shall remain nameless as well ;)

Lecturer(s):

Yinhua Mai.

Year & Semester of completion:

2014 Semester 1

Rating: 3 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade:
HD

Comments:
The course is broken up into three main sections – Consumer theory, producer theory, and analysis of market structure/competitive strategy.

Consumer theory is all about maximising utility given an individual’s preferences for various goods, the relative prices of the goods and a budget constraint.  This involves indifference curves, budget constraints, marginal rate of substituting, normal goods, giffen goods and Engel curves. The general gist of a question on this topic would be you’re given a utility function, say U(x,y)=20x^(2/3)y^(1/3), the prices of good y and good x, and the consumers budget. You’re then asked to find the utility maximising combination of goods. Then follow up questions on price changes, income changes et cetera. You also get the classic social surplus and elasticities, price floors and the like.

Producer theory is almost exactly the same as consumer theory. You have labour and capital as factors of production, and each has a given cost. You have some production function telling you how much output can be produced from some combination of capital and Labour. You then need to find the cost minimising ratio of capital and labour to produce a given output. Instead of indifference curves you have isoquants, and instead of budget constraints you have isocost curves. Essentially the same principles apply as in consumer theory. You also revisit the cost curves from first year, but again with actual equations.

Market structures is when the course gets a lot more interesting though. You analyse profit maximising output under various models. You get perfect competition and monopoly like in ECC1000, but this time you have numbers, equations and differentiation. But the best part of the course for me was oligopolistic competition. Various equilibrium settings and output decision models, price discrimination, collusion, competition, and a bit of game theory. This part of the course follows on from producer theory.

I didn’t really like the unit at first to be honest. It was basically a rehash of ECC1000, with the lectures moving very slowly (a whole hour on what a demand curve is). While the basics are important in economics, it was just a bit slow and dry.

However after the first few weeks, and we started on cost curves and market structures, it started to grow on me a bit more. I found learning the actual content to be easier from youtube/textbook than the lectures. At this point Yin started to run though examples in the lectures which made them more worthwhile.

Tutes are pretty standard, just go over the 3-4 questions that were set that week. However due to the length of each question you rarely get though all of them.

The mid-sem covers consumer and producer theory. Mostly multiple choice with a short answer chucked on the end. You need to know a few definitions though.

The exam was pretty good I thought. 6 Questions, of which you answer 4. However each of them are pretty involved, which lots of re-arranging and substituting into equations. And then changing one variable, doing the whole process again and seeing what has changed. Doing all of the tute questions and the questions from the textbook will be enough for you to prepare. You don’t really need to know definitions as much as the mid-sem, so just know how to approach each type of question and you should be right. Also lots of algebra and partial differentiation. Nothing too crazy, but you should be comfortable with derivatives and solving linear equations.

TL;DR Starts off pretty slow and not particularly interesting, but gets a bit better as the unit progresses. Think ECC1000, but with algebra, differentiation and a few extra topics thrown in.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Professor Polonsky on June 10, 2014, 02:01:45 am
Subject Code/Name: ETC1000 -  Business and Economics Statistics

Workload:  1 x 1.5 hour lecture, 1 x 1.5 hour lab (will probably only take you 20-60 minutes).

Assessment: 30% Weekly computer labs - 10 labs, out of which only your top 8 results are taken into account. 70% - Exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture. Also on YouTube, I believe.

Past exams available: All exams (both semesters) since 2008 are available, with solutions released in the final week of the semester. Some of the content has been cut in recent years, so don't panic if something looks entirely unfamiliar.

Textbook Recommendation:  No prescribed textbook. Australasian Business Statistics is "highly recommended", with readings highlighted, but I don't know if it's actually any good. You probably won't need it.

Lecturer(s): Brett Inder. Lectures are very slow, and most people feel that they are unnecessary. Some of the examples used in the lectures though might pop up on the exam - so make sure that you grab the live lecture notes (they're on moodle) and read through them. If you're unclear about anything, it might be worth watching the lecture.

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  2 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: This unit was not particularly enjoyable. As a forewarning, it is basically about the interpretation of statistical outputs by Excel, given businessy examples. The actual mathematical concepts are not at the forefront of the unit, although they are touched on, and some level of understanding might be occasionally required. Some statistical business concepts (mostly GDP, real vs nominal value of money) are covered. So that's what's meant by 'business statistics'. In some ways, there are some parallels with Further Maths. There is certainly a lot of overlap in the content, with the first half of the unit being the Core section of Further.

The way this unit is organised as follows: Initially, the content is delivered through YouTube videos, which are supposed to accompany PowerPoint notes. In reality, the notes do not cover most of the things that are in the video, or might not make sense without them. I would like to take this opportunity to commend you if you manage to actually watch the videos. This is then followed by a live lecture, which I commented on above. It partly re-teaches the content again, but mostly is concerned with interpreting some given data on a particular topic (some of them are actually quite interesting!) using Excel. The latter is much more succinctly covered by the live lecture notes, which will save you a lot of time should you decide not to turn up (and let's be honest, who actually ends up watching the lectures online?)

You are given weekly homework. It is basically a walkthrough of how to get the statistical output through Excel, and how to interpret it. Do it. It links directly to the following week's computer lab, and perhaps apart from the last few weeks of the semester, it is all you need to know for the lab. It gets trickier later on, and some conceptual understanding may be required.

So as might have become apparent to you already, many aspects of this unit are quite duplicitous. At some point, you will likely stop coming to the lectures (though you probably would have anyway), and perhaps also stop watching the YouTube lectures. That's okay. Just keep up with the homework.

So, come Week 11 (this unit has two weeks of revision), and the realisation hits that it's really just all about the exam. You might not even really have an idea of what's going on in this unit. That's fine. Why? Because the majority of the exam is entirely formulaic. And the previous 10 exams are all on Moodle. Do previous years' ones, check the answers. Or maybe even just check the answers, depending on how confident you are. Knowing what's on the exams, and how they mark them, is basically how you will pick-up the vast majority of marks in this unit. This is how it's very much like Further. Don't have a 'hat' over your dependent variable in the equation? Docked a mark. Didn't write "on average" when interpreting a coefficient? Docked a mark. Week 11 and 12 lectures are devoted entirely to going through those exams. You would do yourself an immense injustice if you missed out on them. They are all recorded, so just make sure you watch them.

So basically - read the live lecture notes, do the homework, make sure you do well on the labs, and past exams.

A note on consultation - you don't contact the lecturer, nor your lab supervisor. There is a walk-in consultation period, which I believe the chief tutor does (never been). There is also an email address specific for the unit, but I don't think you're supposed to ask questions there.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 10, 2014, 02:56:31 pm
Subject Code/Name: SCI2015 - Scientific Practice and Communication (Advanced)

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, but the past papers are under SCI2010 (you sit the same exam). There are several on the database, with the 2004 exam under "SCI2010: How Science Works" and 2005-2009 under "SCI2010: Practice and Application of Science". The 2011 exam was also provided on Moodle.

Textbook Recommendation: You don't need anything.

Lecturer(s): A/Prof. Roslyn Gleadow

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: This unit is a bit of a mixed bag. It (or SCI2010) is a compulsory unit in the Bachelor of Science; SCI2010 is the standard unit that most people take, while SCI2015 is the "advanced" version for students doing the BSc Advanced (Research) or other degrees - such as BSc double degrees or standard BSc - by invitation if your results are good enough.

The content of this unit is pretty interesting; it's got a lot to do with how science works, how it can go wrong, and how you should conduct yourself as a researcher. Topics range from the history and origins of science, to scientific ethics, to pseudoscience, to career development and others. I only went to one lecture, but it was fun and interesting given that you're passionate about science. The highlight of the lecture series - and the only lecture I attended - was a magician/illusionist who was brought in for a performance during the pseudoscience section.

Assessment is pretty good too; the exam is worth 10% less in SCI2015 than in SCI2010 (which is nice :P), because you have more formative presentation-based assessments leading up to your final literature review. The other major bonus of SCI2015 is that you get to pick your literature review topic, which essentially makes writing the final paper a lot less painful. There are 5 assignments that make up the in-semester assessment:


The exam is really, really quite simple if you've done a couple of past exams. It consists of 2 parts, A) being 40 MCQs based on lecture/tute material and B) Written responses (short and long) based on various areas of the course (pseudoscience, communication, ethics etc.). Most of the MCQs are taken from recent past exams, so I'd advise you work through them and it'll be a breeze. The written responses are a little bit harder, but if you understand what you're talking about - as well as specific examples of things like scientific misconduct and research fraud) - then you won't have an issues whatsoever.

All in all, this is a really interesting unit, and I recommend it to anyone interested in science and scientific practice (aside from the fact that you don't really have a choice if you're doing a BSc :P).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: b^3 on June 10, 2014, 03:41:33 pm
Subject Code/Name: MEC2402 - Engineering Design I

Workload:  2*1 hr Lectures (Workshops), 3 hr Comp Lab, 2 hr Tutorial

Assessment: Note: This changes year to year.
 - Online quizzes before each Lecture: 8%
 - Worksheets each lecture: 8%
 - Weekly CAD Tasks (x8): 8%
 - CAD Exam: 6%
 - Warman Prelim Submission: 10%
 - Warman Competition Results: 12%
 - Warman Final Submission: 18 %
 - Exam: 30%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, Most exams bar one back to 2006, only the last year or two were indicative of the actual exam.

Textbook Recommendation:
1. Field, B. Introduction to Engineering Design (any edition)
2. SAA/Inst of Engineers, Australia: Engineering Drawing Handbook, SAA HB7, 1993.
The former is a must have, you'll use it a lot, the latter you'll use too but not as much. You can bring both into the exam with you so they're worth getting.

Lecturer(s): Scott Wordley

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1 2014

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Pending

Comments:
There are a lot of aspects to Design I which I'll try and go over individually, but in short Design I will take most of your time throughout the semester, it's a workload heavy unit (especially the Warman Competition), but you gain a lot of experience and get a lot out of it.

Flipped Classroom Model
I'll start off with the way lectures were run. This year was the first year that the Engineering Faculty have tried the flipped classroom model, and it make be used for other units in the future if they think it was beneficial this semester. Basically, there are small videos put up before each lecture, ranging from 10 minutes to say about 40 minutes, which you watch and learn about the content and theory side of things. Before the lecture, which is now called a Workshop, you would then complete an online quiz about the videos, they're quite easy and are there to make sure you've watched the videos beforehand. Then in the Workshop (lecture), you come in and as a lecture and/or with your Warman Competition group (more on that later), you work through the worksheet, getting tips and help from the lecturer and tutors at the same time. These are then marked in the tutorial the week later. Overall, I think this was a good way to go, at least for design. It's one of those units where the lectures would be quite dry if it were run like a normal unit, but having the workshops allowed you to put into practice and try things out, while having the lecturers and tutors there to guide you along. It seems to fit the unit particularly well.

THE WARMAN COMPETITION
This really does deserve the capitals above. It will really take up a lot of your time and effort outside of uni. The Warman Design and Build competition is a competition in which teams from across the country design and build a robot like device to navigate a certain course and achieve certain goals. The track and objective changes year to year, and for design a campus competition is run just for the unit. The winners of the competition go on to represent Monash at the National Finals.

This year, we didn't get to pick our teams. Normally it's in teams of, but the difficulty of the competition was ramped up this year, as most teams found it too easy to navigate the course at the national finals. As a result for the campus competition, we had teams of 8, but unlike most years had to build two devices. To give you an idea of what kinds of things you'll have to do, here is the National Competition from the year before:
There are three stages to the competition, the Preliminary submission in which you create a design and work out what goals you want to achieve, along with some drawing, the actual competition where you are judged on your runs, and the final submission which mostly includes engineering drawings done through CAD.

For our year, we had to transport "e-waste", which was a payload of rice, the mass of which we nominated (minimum 200g), around a barrier and then over a bar at a set height, which again we nominated (in 10 cm increments, maximum being 120 cm). The design brief for your year will be along the same format as ours: http://www.ncedaust.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Warman%2014%20v1_1_1.pdf
The scoring formula was fairly complicated (under R45) and it set teams on two paths to maximise their score. You could either go for maximising the height with the minimum payload mass or maximising the mass with the smallest height. This was a design decision that had to be made early, with most teams going for the former option, which would include a lifting mechanism and somehow counterbalancing it, keeping in mind that the larger the mass of the system, the more your score decreased. So as with engineering, it was a balancing act, making compromises. Our team initially went for a height based system, attempted to go over the largest height of 120 cm. I should also note, as with most years, there is a limit on the size of your device, most years it has to fit in a 40x40x40cm cube. We had to have two devices, one had to be purely mechanical, no batteries, no electronics, no nothing. The device that started had to start in the 40cm cubic envelope and could finish at whatever size while the device that finished could start as large as it wanted to but had to fit in the 40cm cube at the end of the run. This meant there had to be a large extension compared to the base size, and ultimately meant a lot of devices were unstable at high heights.

A lot of teams, as did we, went for a scissor lifting mechanism, some went for a telescoping air system to lift the mass, while others didn't lift at all, but put a large mass over the 30 cm bar. We had to CAD up our initial design, and if your design is the same as your initial design by the time the competition comes around, then you're doing something wrong. There will be a lot of changes in the design process, as you realise certain things just won't work, or that you won't be able to put certain parts together since you may have not allowed for access to screw something up. You and your team will have to fund the build and all the materials for the competition. Most years teams get away with $100-$400, since our year was a bit more complicated, we set our budget at $400 initially, which was $50 per person. By the end of the competition we had spent close to $800, and a fair few other teams had too. We weren't the highest spending team, with one hitting close to $1200 (a lot of that in burnt chips, but I'll get to that later). You'll ending up making a lot of trips to Bunnings and/or Masters, throughout the competition we would have racked up a fair few laps around the places. You don't get a workshop for the competition either, so you need to make use of the limited tools you have, which restricts what you can do a fair bit. WD-40 and Duck tape will be your best friend though!

For the first time, we were provided with "Arduino kits", which were basically electronics kits with an Arduino controller (the brain of your robot), a motor controller (since the arduino can't handle the current or voltage needed to drive any decent motors, the one provided matched with the rover that was purchased), a voltmeter and an assortment of wires and other things. At the end of the semester you have to return this kit, and anything that you break or damage you will have to pay for. This is partly the reason one team spent so much, they blew up or so chips, which at $20-40 each starts adding up. The coding for the arduino takes a bit of getting used to at first, but isn't too bad.
The Arduino with the motor controller in the backgroung, connected to the rover.
(http://content.screencast.com/users/tbatty/folders/Jing/media/46abc64d-fe01-4a5b-ae42-96c944b9fd17/2014-06-10_1535.png)

Keeping within the rules of the competition, you have to either buy parts or make them from scratch without professional help. Most teams bought a rover chassis for their electronic device:  http://www.pololu.com/product/1551
The rover
(http://gammon.com.au/images/Dagu%20Photo.png)
The teams who didn't had a lot of trouble getting their device to go in a straight line, you need that consistency in your runs. The rover chassis helped with this, and since it has encoders (something that reads the wheel rotation and sends it back to the arduino chip), you can control how far you want it to go via the number of wheel rotations. Without this you can only set it to power the wheels for a certain amount of time, and as your batteries drain down this changes every run, you end up chasing your own tail and never reaching it. Also, rechargeable batteries are a good idea, we did buy some but had a problem with the connections and as a result didn't end up using them. Another team used mecanum wheels, which would allow them to drive sideways, in practice it didn't quite go completely sideways, which is why you shouldn't expect everything to work as you would think it will.

The one main thing idea for the Warman Competition is to start early, I cannot stress this enough. If you can, order locally. We had ordered specific motors which had to come from Perth, the first time they sent the wrong motors and we had to get them to resend them, which put us back a week. The second time we received one of the correct motors and one of the wrong motors, which put us back another week. At this stage it was too late to change the coupling mechanism and we couldn't adapt motors from Jaycar locally. As a result this meant despite spending a lot of money on scissors lifts and getting them to work well, we had to redesign the whole device to move from a height-based system to a mass based-system the day before our competition. This meant that our device was not optimised, and was a lot minute job to bring it all together. We worked on it, rebuilding it from 10am in the morning to about 8-9 pm, with minimal breaks.

There is a track in the Engineering Building to test on, the earlier you get onto it, the better. We were one of the first few teams testing, and at our first and second tests the only team on the track at the time. As a result we got a lot done, didn't have to wait for other teams to have a go. In the week or two leading up to the competition, the track will get insanely busy, imaging around 10 teams (there was about 28 in our year) trying to get their testing done on the same track at the same time. Sometimes you could be waiting up to 30 minutes between runs, just to make minor adjustments. The night before the competition, don't be surprised if you have to pull an all nighter and work your ass off at the last minute. A few from my team were there, testing for about 4 hours, at around 2am my laptop battery died. We had forgotten that the code doesn't save to the arduino when you upload it, so we lost those 4 hours of code and testing. So make sure you save the damn code regularly! At that point the others gave up and went home. If we had left it in that situation, then our team would have gotten zero for the runs. I stayed there working on our device on my own throughout the night and early morning, along with 4-5 other teams pulling the all nighter as well (being up that long with no sleep you make a few new friends :P) Since we didn't know if our device B would be functional at the time or not, we lowered our goals and just got device A set up to transfer the payload without turning. In the end I broke my record of hours staying awake straight, 32 hours straight, with 30 of those being at uni. It's quite weird to see the sun rise through the windows at the end of the engineering building.

During the competition you get two runs, the score system dependent on the runs changes each year. For us it was meant to be your best run plus half the other run, but ended up just being the score from your best run. Our first run went well, and our second had a bit of a problem and ended up being a zero run score. A lot of teams that were going for the 120 cm bar, had achieved it in practice and got it on video, but ended up with two zero run scores on the day, (one device did really well, but drove off the end of the track). You either seemed to score really high or get a zero (or close to it). The second run, teams improved a bit, and since there was a lot of zero, they decided to be lenient on the scoring and give some of the score for the run in certain cases. This was only due to the difficulty of our competition this year. This again, is where consistency comes into play, you need to be able to reproduce the results on he day when it matters (much like the real world I guess, in Motorsport there's no point in being fastest on a test day if you can't pull it off on raceday). We ended up being ranked right in the middle of the pack, there were a few teams that made it to the end zone.

We initially got 2.8/10, but had our score bumped up to 8/10 due to the issues we encountered and what we showed would have been possible. Normally this doesn't happen, but since a lot of teams put a hell of a lot of effort into the comp and then got some low scores, they allowed us to do this for this year. Don't expect it to happen every year. We also had to keep a moodle log of the project, to show who was contributing and have ideas floating around. A lot of people spoke on fb, which you would then have to copy the conversations over to moodle. They may change the way this is done next year. There is also a peer-assessment component to the whole project, where you rate group members on what they contributed. This is then used to scale the marks of team members, where you can get anywhere from a 0.3 to a 1.1. It's a good idea, but you will still get some slack team members who don't care about the grade they get.

After all of this you will then have to do a big report on the competition, and use some of the CAD of your device to make proper engineering detailed drawings and assembly drawings. This has an individual component and a group work component. Try not to leave this to the last minute either. The submission was due at 1am, but we encountered problems with the computers in the Engineering Comp Labs, and so weren't ready at that time. We ended up going back to one of our team members house at 2am to use his computer (since it could handle just about anything), didn't get home until 4.30 am that morning. You get to make use of the New Horizons building computer labs for the tutorials, we were unlucky, being one of two teams that couldn't fit and so had to do our tutes in the computer lab, (more on the CAD sides of things later).

I should also point out, if you join the FSAE team (Monash Motorsports) or the UAS team (http://www.monashuas.org/ - Builds autonomous planes) then you won't have to do the Warman Competition, but will have your work based around what you do in those teams. They're good teams to join, Monash Motorsports is currently ranked 2nd worldwide (they were first a few months ago!), while the UAS team do a lot more of the aero side of things. I know a fair few mates in UAS, and they do learn a lot more through the team.

Overall, you do learn a hell of a lot from the Warman Competition, but have to sacrifice a lot of energy, time (and money) for it.

CAD and Solidworks
Through the tutes, you learn a bit about using the CAD (Computer Aided Design) program Solidworks, basically making parts and assemblies in a 3d computer environment. You can get a student copy of Solidworks through Monash, which you will be told how to do at the start of the semester. It really is a useful tool, allows you to see some problems before you make the part, which ultimately saves time and money. It simplifies doing engineering drawings, once you have the part cadded up it is a few clicks here and there. I really enjoyed working with Solidworks, but it can have a step learning curve at times. It also takes a decent amount of computing power to run mid-large parts and assemblies. At times the Engineering Computer Lab computers may crash on you or lag like there's no tomorrow (and they're not that bad computers). The computers in the New-Horizons design labs are a lot faster, it may take 30-60 seconds to load Solidworks in the comp labs, where as the New Horizons labs takes about 2-3 seconds.

Towards the end of the semester you'll sit a 3 hr CSWA CAD Exam, which is a computer test designed to see how well you can use Solidworks. You're given a few drawings of parts or assemblies and then have to make them, then you're asked something about the part which you have. So like what is the center of mass or the moment of inertia around a particular axis, which you get from the tools in Solidworks. If you're made the part right you should get the right answer, otherwise it'll be completely off. You need 70% to pass the exam, worth 6% of the unit. A fair few people were getting around 65-69%, from memory we had around 1-4 fail. At the end of it if you do pass you get a CSWA certification which you can put on your resume.
E.g. One of the CAD Tasks we had to do
(http://content.screencast.com/users/tbatty/folders/Jing/media/4012adff-e915-4a44-854c-56d36061ef65/2014-06-10_1539.png)

Exam
For us, the in semester work was worth 70%, so the majority of us had passed before we had even sat the exam (it's a nice feeling). The proportional of marks changes each year, but it should be around there. The Exam will be mostly on Detailed Drawings, Assembly Drawings to the Australian Standard AS1100, Casting and Manufacturing Methods. If anything, Detailed drawings will be the most important topic for the exam, so make sure you learn that properly. While it's quite easy to get some marks on these, it's really easy to lose marks on them as well. Small, simple things that you overlook will cost you marks, not putting a border around the drawing, not including the projection system in the Title Block, over-dimensioning the drawing or using too many views to represent something that can be done in less views. You'll need to know how to do this later in industry though, so it's good practice.

EDIT: I'll put the images in spoilers to make the post not as long
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: keltingmeith on June 11, 2014, 08:57:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH1035 Techniques for Modelling (Advanced)

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures, 1x1 hour tutes and 1x2 hour workshops (however, from next year Simon wants to change this to two hour tutes. This is already in place for MTH2015, which is the follow-on unit)

Assessment:  3 assignments, all 10%. 1 "mid semester test" worth 10%, you'll do it in about week 10 (yeah, 10/12 is about half-way) and finally the exam which was worth 60%. However, this exam will change to 70% from next year (as it will in all maths units. So glad I decided to do a double major...) Note: All assignments and the mid-sem test are material from MTH1030, and 80% of your exam is material from MTH1030. Only 20% of your exam is material from MTH1035.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture for the lectures. Without for the workshops, however Simon will post up the boards, so you can see what was written anyway.

Past exams available:  No, however a sample exam was made available to us.

Textbook Recommendation:  Kutler's linear algebra book, which is mentioned in the notes. It's absolutely FREE. I never used it, but hey, could be good? Also stewart's early transcendental's. I glanced through it, looks alright, not necessary though. It's also available from the library. I have heard it's necessary for MTH2015/MTH2010 if you plan to continue on to that, though, so it's up to you.

Lecturer(s): MTH1035 has two sections - MTH1030 material and MTH1035 material. MTH1030 material is taught in lecturers, my MTH1030 lecturer was Burkard Polster. Famous for being a mathemagician, juggling and lecturing with lightsabers. The MTH1035 lecturer is Simon Teague - famous for always having a coke zero with him (yes, this does include in his 8 am lectures). Burkard is amazing - I don't think it's possible to hate him. Simon's not as well loved, but I quite liked him. Preferences are preferences, so eh.

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1. Don't let the unit code or the MTH1030 parallels fool you - MTH1035 is ONLY offered in semester 1.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 87 HD

Comments: Before you sign up for this subject, realise this: you are not good at maths. In all seriousness though, the biggest thing I learnt in this unit is that what you got in year 12 does not reflect how you will do at uni. Throughout the year, I was doing much better than people who did way better than me in year 12. If you struggle, this is normal, don't worry - this unit is very different. So, onto the actual course:

Linear Algebra
You start off with brief revision of year twelve - what's a vector, what can you do with a vector. Then you move on to some more things, including the cross-product. You'll look at vector spaces in R^n, even though you'll only do most of your calculations in R^3 and then just do some conceptual things in R^n. After you do this stuff, you'll look at how to make lines and planes, and this stuff is quite possibly the most annoying things you'll ever work with. You'll follow this with systems of linear equations, which is actually just extensions on methods stuff, believe it or not. Next is simple matrix stuff - arithmetic, determinants, inverses, that fun stuff, followed by using matrices to form linear transformations on vectors. You'll then move onto subspaces (generally focusing on R^4 for some reason...) and finally eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Those are funny words, and you won't know what they are until much later, don't worry about that. None of any of this is particularly hard if you do the tute sheets, so do the tute sheets, you'll be fine.

The only stuff you do in 1035 that really sticks out in this section is quaternions and tensors - neither of which ACTUALLY make sense. Simon will tell you which of these are on your exam, so when he tells you, do some reading and do the questions he gives you, and hopefully you'll pick up marks. If you do well on the assignments (which you should), you should be fine.

Calculus
When I say calculus, it's not calculus like you think calculus from high school. In fact, the elementary functions you remember from high school only really come up in the last week and a half.

You start off thinking about limits - how to compute some basic limits, some more annoying limits, and just sort of what a limit is. In the 1035 workshops, you'll also look at the epsilon-delta definition of a limit. Next up is determinate and indeterminate forms, and how we find an indeterminate form using L'Hopital's Rule. Then, you move on to sequences and series - yes, they're a thing. :P First you find how to work with sequences, then the more important series. You'll learn how to work with some general types - like telescoping, geometric, harmonic, etc. You'll learn how to find if a series converges, diverges, and a bunch of other things. This then leads into one of the bigger types of power series - Taylor series, and its special partner Maclaurin series. This stuff is actually really cool, and can be used to prove Euler's identity (which is how I chose my name :P). After all this series stuff, you finally move on to integration. You'll learn integration by parts, finishing up your integrating techniques repertoire. Then, you'll learn a few more DE solving techniques - seperation of variables, the integrating factor and using eigenvalues to solve second order homogenous DEs, and that's the course.

Not really anything special in 1035 - Simon will tell you what's in the exam for 1035, just expect something hard, and hope you can do it when you get to the exam. I can tell you that for our calculus question, not very many could...
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: vashappenin on June 12, 2014, 11:10:30 pm
Subject Code/Name: LAW2101 - Contract A

Workload: 2 x 1.5 hour lectures per week, 1 hour tutorial per week from week 6-11 (attendance isn't compulsory)

Assessment: 20% Optional written assignment and 80% Exam, OR 100% exam (for those who opt against optional assignment) 

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, chief examiner's lectures are recorded with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes, 2011-13 plus a few more older ones

Textbook Recommendation:
Lecturer(s): There are different lecturers for each stream and it usually differs slightly every year. Five streams this year: Jennifer Paneth (my lecturer), Emmanuel Laryea (chief examiner), Rowena Cantley-Smith, Lisa Di Marco, Sirko Harder

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Comments:
Overall, Contract A has been okay. Being most law students' first proper law unit, it's a bit overwhelming and you'll feel pretty lost for a while towards the beginning. The content itself was mostly quite interesting, although there were weeks where it was extremely dull. This unit covers the following topics:
I can't really 'recommend' this unit since it's compulsory, but thought I'd review it anyway because I know I was definitely looking for subject reviews on this unit when I started uni. So yes, regardless of whether you like it or not, you kinda have to suck it up because it's one of the 'Priestley 11' law units (i.e. it's compulsory so you can't escape it!). Also, there's a second part that you do in Semester 2 (Contract B), for which this is a prerequisite so make sure you pass! :P

Lectures
DEFINITELY do attend lectures. At times, contracts gets kind of dry but trust me, it's so much more beneficial that you don't turn lazy and just force yourself to attend, because your future self in week 12 + SWOTVAC will really, really thank you (I say this from experience). You could listen to them online but you're probably going to get lazy. Just make your life easier and attend them.

Also, the lectures really come in handy in helping you understand the cases and how they reflect legal principles because this can be difficult at time, so don't miss your lectures!!

It doesn't really matter who your lecturer is, although it IS important that you attend the lectures for YOUR stream, because you need to know what YOUR lecturer wants. I remember stressing because I really wanted to ensure I had the chief examiner, but it honestly doesn't matter. My lecturer, Paneth, was really helpful and she provided a lot of information for us. She'd go through revision questions at the end of each topic and this was SO useful; something you won't get from trying to self-learn the slides at home.

Tutes
Tutes aren't compulsory so obviously not a lot of people attended. I only attended a few myself and I really regretted it because the tutes were pretty much going through different questions that covered each topic, with the last week's tute being a run-through of a past exam. The tutors are very knowledgeable as well and provide a lot of handy tips so even though you don't have to, I'd recommend that you do go out of your way to attend. It'll be really helpful in the end, because you'll find that you know what you're doing and you've already applied your knowledge through problem questions. Not to mention you can ask for feedback on questions as well.

Exam
The exam is out of 100 and goes for 2 hours, plus 30 minutes noting/highlighting at the beginning. Honestly, it's like a race. In order to satisfy the marks you're pretty much writing as fast as you can until the exam finishes. What you should really practice is issue-spotting, which is why the tutes are useful, because you get practice at this and feedback as well. This was the first time they did it for Contract A, but they also had a 20-mark case question. Here, you're pretty much regurgitating the facts, issues and judgments of a select case, chosen out of 100+ odd cases (which, yes, you're expected to have studied/memorized, along with their related principles).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: keltingmeith on June 13, 2014, 09:52:51 am
Subject Code/Name: CHM1051 - Chemistry I Advanced

Workload: 2x1 hour lectures, 1x1 hour workshop, 1x4 hour lab (you normally won't go for the full 4 hours, expect to go for 2-3)

Assessment:  You have 4 assessments - 10% is based off of 5 pre-lecture tests and 5 post lecture tests, 30% is based off of your laboratory work and 60% is based off of your exam, as opposed to CHM1011 when the exam is 50% and the missing 10% comes off of tutorial attendance.

Recorded Lectures: The lectures and workshops are with screen capture, but there's no point watching a recorded workshop. You should go to it to watch (and sometimes breathe ;) ) all that chemically goodness.

Past exams available:  No, but Chris will give you some CHM1011 sample exams. They'll be good enough.

Textbook Recommendation:  There are two "recommended" buys, I think one of them was just an e-book. Don't bother, really. Chris himself said they'll only assess you with what's on the lecture slides.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 78 D

Comments: Overall, it was a fun unit. Initially, I was struggling, and I didn't like it, and was opting to drop out of chemistry. However, after the revision lecture, I am considering going for a major in chemistry. (dramatic turnaround, if you had spoken to me in semester)

I thought every lecturer was brilliant - a lot of people didn't like Alison (she was my favourite, but nobody cares for my opinion there, so whatever), and while a lot of the initial topics might go over your head, a lot of it seems to come together at the end come exam time. Just let it kind of fester in there and wait until the exams. It'll make sense eventually, don't worry about it.

On assessments, I don't think that this is a hard subject to do well in. You've just got to keep on top of your game. First thing, though, don't let your study score in Chemistry fool you - I got a 33, and I was still allowed in. I personally think that if you get an ATAR over 90 and understand chemistry, you should at least try CHM1051. You have a few weeks grace period to drop into CHM1011 if you think that you won't be able to handle CHM1051 without the support of the tutorials. In terms of actual content, the only difference between the two is two labs and one equation in gas laws. So, don't drop down if it's because you think the actual content will get easier, because it won't.

The pre-lecture tests are easy - quite literally, you watch the pre-lecture video and fill in the questions as you listen to Chris talk. Guaranteed 10/10. These only count for 2.5 of that 10%.

The post-lecture tests are a little harder, but don't worry, you get three tries at those. These count for 7.5 of that 10%. Your best bet is to do it once blindly, then look at the comments on that first attempt, then use those comments to do better on your second and third attempts with friends. The questions change, but you'll do better that way.

The laboratories are fun, and are really what sets this a part from CHM1011. The laboratories are longer, and there are a couple of different ones than there are to CHM1011. There are more IDEA labs, which are sort of like designing your own labs (not really at all, but just roll with that idea [pun not intended]). However, because everyone in CHM1051 is supposed to be good at chemistry, that means the labs are more relaxed, get done quicker, and you have more fun with them. This is the biggest bonus of CHM1051 - not the fact that the content is "harder", it's the people you're doing it with makes things easier to work with.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 13, 2014, 04:31:50 pm
Subject Code/Name: BMS2021 - Biochemistry of Human Function

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Nope!

Textbook Recommendation: If you don't already have a copy of Molecular Biology of the Cell and Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry, now's as good a time as any to get one. You don't strictly need either but this is a hard unit and they're good resources to have on hand.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

Comments: This unit is hard. Really hard. Take any unit or subject you've ever done and laugh at it because they pale in comparison compared to this one. The amount of information that you need to learn, consolidate and understand is immense, and it's pretty independent too so aside from the fact that communication with staff is great, you're quite on your own (so find a group of friends to study with and stick with them).

If I could get a do over, I'd go to every lecture possible; it just not worthwhile cramming this unit because there's so much to know. Try to stay up to date as much as possible with the assessments too; there is quite a bit of online assessment and it's pretty easy to forget to do something.

The semester starts of with Integration and Regulation of Metabolism, which is predominantly glycolysis, gluconeogenesis and other glucoregulatory processes and their regulation; you also cover nitrogen-based concepts like the urea cycle and  pyrimidine and purine metabolism. Next you'll cover cell signalling, with things like hormonal control, different types of cell surface and intracellular receptors and the regulatory mechanisms of all of these. Afterwards, you'll study regulation of the cell cycle and the CDK-cyclin regulation of it. You'll also look at the 'checkpoints' of the cycle and why they are important in preventing tumourigenesis due to mutations in proto-oncogenes and in tumour-suppressor genes. You'll also look at apoptosis in great detail, examining many of the various pathways that cells can trigger apoptosis. As well as this, you'll examine necrosis and oncosis and how they differ. Finally, you'll deal with neurochemistry and other neurobiochemical areas of study. In all of these modules, you'll be learning about the clinical significance and applications of these areas of study.

In-semester assessment consists entirely of A) your tutes and B) online quizzes. Tutes are quite fun, especially the weeks where you do clinical case studies. Other weeks are group oral presentation-based, and these are pretty fun, not a lot of work to do for them in all honesty. You do spend one tute session doing a paper chromatography lab involving amino acid <-> alpha-ketoglutarate transamination; you'll then have to write up a detailed lab report based on your results. Some weeks your tute grades were split 66% in-tute work and 33% for an online quiz.

The other component of in-semester assessment are 6 online quizzes after each module of the unit. These, frankly, were ridiculously structured and hopefully (given the SETU surveys that people filed) they should be changed for next year. Basically, they were 8-12 MCQs, with 1 minute per question; only problem is the question and responses were very detailed and it generally took more than a minute to read everything. This was made worse by the fact that some of the questions were drop-down boxes or multi-option MCQs, which too even longer to get done. All in all, this part of the assessment was very poorly thought out by the faculty, and it really caused a great deal of stress among most students.

The exam is enormous. It consists of 10 essay topics from the modules that make up the unit; you pick 5 and write essays on them. You're expected to know a lot of biochemical detail which is a pain, and chances are you're not going to know everything, but if you can make links between concepts you'll be fine for the exam. You have three hours, and this is generally enough time to write everything up (most of us were done by about 2.5 hours); the main issue is that it's bloody painful to write this much regardless. There were a good deal of people doing that goddamn-it-my-wrist-hurts hand-shake thingy every few minutes haha.

Unfortunately there isn't a set reading list but Alfons and the other unit contributors often put some references with page numbers which pretty much pass as reading recommendations. They'll also upload some papers and articles for you to read if you want, but you can probably get by without them (they are really interesting though, so you may as well if you have a spare few minutes between classes).

The best thing is that Alfons uploads some condensed summary papers for all his modules closer to the exam - read and know these, they contain basically all the details you need for his sections of the exam.

In conclusion, this unit is by no means a walk in the park (then again, nothing in biomed past first year is easy). There is so much to know, and all of it is examinable - but at the end of the day it's not insurmountable. The material is pretty interesting overall, so if you put some time into it things tie together without too much issue; the main thing is just to stay up-to-date as much as possible, because it's really easy to fall behind and pretty tough to catch up.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: keltingmeith on June 16, 2014, 10:13:46 am
Subject Code/Name: ESC1011 - Planet earth: Our place in the universe

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures, 1x3 hour labs

Assessment: 5 quizzes, 3 based on labs, 2 based on self-guided "field-trips", one poster, which from what I have gathered changes from year to year (this year it was on hazards) and the exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  No, with no sample exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  Marion says that Earth: Portrait of a Planet is a required AND that the edition she prescribes is the one you need, because the other ones will be years out of date. Supposedly, the one we had this year was a few years out of date (however, I can agree with her, so... Yeah). It was certainly useful, but I wouldn't say it was required.

Lecturer(s): Marion Anderson

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 60 C

Comments: First, a disclaimer: geology is changing everyday, and what I write in here you may not be learning in your year of completion. Given that there's actually been evidence put forth that there's more to the structure to the Earth than scientists have recently though, there's good chance that the content to this unit will change quite a bit. You have been forewarned.

This was a good, fun unit. You start off learning about cosmology - which I'm assuming is to hook people on what is otherwise, let's face it, rocks.

As someone who was originally going to major in geology, I didn't mind the idea of learning about rocks, however starting in astrogeology was a nice little treat, and it was very interesting. Basically covered things like, "what is a planet" (spoiler: not Jupiter) and what the other planets are made of, as well as confusing things like where the universe came from. Also covering other concepts such as the likelihood of being hit by a comet. The first quiz was based on this material, and the last topic (hazards) some crossover into here.

Next, we moved onto rocks and minerals. We did some detouring into what the Earth was made of and what it looks like first, and then the big things. We covered different minerals and identifying them, and then types of rocks and identifying those. Where those rocks might be find. Doesn't sound like much, but once you get there, you'll realise there's a lot in here (the tragedies of there being no Earth sciences in VCE...)

Next comes the paleontology side of things, and you learn about time before now. Basically just what kind of life there was like before now, learning about dinosaurs and the megafauna. Not my favourite topic, but whatever floats your boat. (on the plus side, Bunyips were real).

Then, finishing up on geohazards. Pretty cool stuff. How close can you get to lava before catching fire? Can you surf on it? Are we at risk from being hit by a comet? What even is a landslide? All that fun stuff.

The best part about this unit, though - science changes every day, and Marion tries (and I reckon she succeeded) to keep up with this in the course. Especially in geo, if a new hazard happens, you will know, and you will learn about it. Nothing assessable, don't worry about being assessed, but you will learn first hand what it's like living in the world of research and science.

Oh, and Marion's a sarcastic bitch. A funny one, but she's a sarcastic bitch.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: keltingmeith on June 16, 2014, 06:11:24 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS1080 - Foundation Physics

Workload:  3x1 hour lectures, 1x3 hour labs

Assessment:  6 assignments (7%), practical work (25%), mid-semester test (8%), exam (60%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 3 useful ones

Textbook Recommendation:  Physics for Scientists & Engineers is prescribed. It's not required, but highly recommended, for reasons outlined below.

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 0.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 69 C

Comments: This unit is utter crap. Before I give any detailed comments about the unit, I want to say this - you should only take PHS1080 if you have no other choice. If you only want it because it might be useful, don't do it. There are so many better units to fill your course with - like sexology (not a joke - Monash are incorporating this unit/course). I was excited for physics before doing this, and am now dropping it, so you can see the impact of this unit on me.

So, firstly, the lectures. Ali is a horrible lecturer, but if you didn't do spec, try to either stick out the lectures or keep up. If you can but the textbook, do so and complete the suggested questions as you go by them in the unit. You can then go by TAPAS for help if you need it (and, you probably will need it). Ali does have one good thing going for him, though - he's incredibly quoteable. "It's ze force BY ze apple ON ze Earth"

Shane isn't that great, but he's a whole lot better than Ali, and he cares (thankfully - someone in the course needs to). He works through one concept at a time, and he has lots of online simulators for you to play with, so that's good, too. The best part about Shane is that he's always posting on moodle, so you know that he's there and he's with you.

Istvan is quite popular with the 1011 kids, so maybe you'll like him? I don't quite know why, though... Then again, my favourite chem lecturer is hated by most, so yeah, whatever. He was alright, explained concepts, but he seemed to have this issue of not uploading the slides that he actually showed to us (for whatever reason that is...)

Next is the labs - they're... Completely independant of the lectures. Yes - you'd expect the lab people to talk to the lecture people, but they don't. Quite often you'll learn something in a lab then learn it in a lecture the next week. Or, you'll learn something in a lab then never touch it in a lecture. OR (worst case scenario), be EXPECTED TO KNOW SOMETHING FOR A LAB EVEN IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE. (yes, in a course designed for people who know no physics)  Labs will probably be quite stressful at first, but they'll even out and turn into quite a formula, and this formula represents the 0.5 of my rating.

In summary: don't do this unit UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. If you want to do this unit because "physics is good to have" - there is always something better. Do something different, like geo or astro. Do more maths, take an elective from outside science. Maybe try the science equivalent of biophysics, PHS1031. Just only take this unit if you absolutely have to (i.e. you need a major or minor in physics/are doing eng)
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Reckoner on June 16, 2014, 09:53:03 pm
Subject Code/Name: BFC2140 – Corporate Finance

Workload: 
One 2-hour lecture
One 1-hour tutorial

Assessment: 
•   Midsem: 30%
•   Tute attendance/participation: 10%
•   Exam: 60%

Recorded Lectures: 
Yes

Past exams available: 
Yes - 2 were given out with solutions, but there are more available from past students if you ask nicely 

Textbook Recommendation: 
Fundamentals of corporate finance – The second edition is prescribed, but the 1st is almost identical so buy second-hand if you can. Has the weekly tute questions in it, so best get your hands on a copy. I didn’t really use it much for the learning of the theory, but others who did said it did its job.

Lecturer(s):
Dr Hue Hwa Au Yong (Weeks 1-6)

Dr Jason Choo (Weeks 7-12)

Both are great lecturers. Au Yong sticks to the lecture slides, but her explanations are pretty clear. Writes the answers to the lecture examples on transparencies, and they don't get recorded unfortunately. The slides on Moodle get updated though so all's well. Jason talks more generally about finance. He follows the slides, but also talks about what is generally happening in the finance world. While not directly related to the material, they can be interesting tangents. 

Year & Semester of completion:
Semester 1 2014

Rating:
3 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade:
HD

Comments:
This unit is required for accounting and finance majors, and can be a part of a few others. Its one of you staple second year commerce subjects, so chances are you'll be doing it even if you don't major in finance.

Very well run unit. You would know exactly what was happening, what topics would be covered, what questions would be set, and tutorial answers came out quickly. No complaints what so ever about the lecturers or the administration side of things.

However the actual course material isn’t too amazing. I’m not a huge finance guy, and seemed to just go with the flow of the unit. I wouldn’t say I didn’t like it, there was just nothing that really jumped out at me. I liked the lectures though, and most of the stuff that you learn is fairly interesting. 

The topics covered include:
Financial Maths: Should really be called “formulae that you will need”. Not a great deal of maths involved, just number plugging really. You don’t need to know the derivations of any of the formulae, just what each of the variables represents, and when to use each formulae.

Valuation of bonds and equities: All in the title. What is a bond, how do you price a bond etc.. For share valuation you mainly look at constant dividend growth models. P/E ratios are touched on but not in depth. A little bit on risk too.

Project Evaluation: Remember NPV and IRR from first year accounting? These are touched on again, as well as a few other methods such as MIRR and payback period. You also look at projects with different lives and decision tree analysis (with probabilities of events occurring). You look at the advantages/disadvantages of each, which eventually leads you to the idea NPV is the best. Simulation and sensitivity analysis are touched on.

Risk and Return: High risk requires a higher rate of return. Diversification of portfolios and a few more types of risk. You look at very basic stats/probability calculations such as expected returns, standard deviation, covariance a normal distributions. The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is introduced.

Cost of Capital: Looks into how the discount rate used for project evaluation is calculated, from the cost of equity and the cost of debt as the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

Working capital management: Accounting, with a few formulas thrown in. Looks at how current assets are managed, trade-offs between carrying and shortage costs, reordering of stock, and funding strategies.

Capital Structure: How much debt and equity are be used to finance projects and companies. Looks at various factors that should be considered when considering how to finance companies.

Dividend policy: the decisions and effects of different policies in how dividends are paid out by companies.

Mid-sem/exam: The mid-sem is multiple choice and short answer. IS almost entirely number plugging with a couple of theory questions tacked on the end. Past tests with solutions are given out, and the actual test is very similar to the past ones. Same thing holds for the exam, but with no multiple choice and more theory questions.

Tutes aren’t especially helpful. You just run through that particular weeks questions, and the answers are uploaded to moodle at the end of the week anyway. But they are marked, so best to show up.

Overall not particularly challenging unit, is pretty accessible if you don’t leave everything last minute. Don’t be worried about the maths that is involved; if you are ok with plugging numbers into a formula then you should be alright. Not much higher level maths is involved.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: spaciiey on June 17, 2014, 03:48:54 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2676 - Sociolinguistics 

Workload:  One 2 hour seminar per week.

Assessment: 

Scrapbook - 20%
Mid semester test - 25%
Mini research project and group presentation - 10%
Major essay - 45%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, because you can also do this unit by distance ed.

Past exams available:  N/A, there is no exam.

Textbook Recommendation: The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics by Allan Bell. No, you don't need it because you can get it for free online. You might want it for the mid-sem because it's open book, but to be honest it's not needed, just bring your own notes!

Lecturer(s): Melanie Burns

Year & Semester of completion: 2014 semester 1

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 79 (grrrrrr just one more mark!!)

Comments: Until this year, this used to be a second AND third year unit. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! So if you need to round out your majors and whatnot and you are NOT a first year, make sure that you have the right amount of third year units to get a linguistics major. I believe under the new system it's one of those 'cornerstone' units, but don't hold me 100% to it.

Okay now to the actual unit itself. This was the first year that Melanie took this unit, it was previously taken by Julie Bradshaw. So things might change next semester. I liked the content. It was basically a broad overview of sociolinguistics in general. The first half of the semester looked at more technical stuff, and then the second half of the semester focused on the applied side of sociolinguistics, so stuff like language policy and planning, research, multilingualism, etc. The topics and stuff were set out in a way that made sense and Melanie was mostly good at explaining stuff but sometimes it felt like she was rushing through the content because there was a lot of it.

The mid semester test is taken in class, and it goes for an hour. It's all the stuff from the first half of semester, and it's open book. But I struggled to finish it on time because there was lots of writing involved -- lots of short answer questions and a handful of longer ones.

The scrapbook was weird. Kind of fun as far as assessments go, but weird. You had to find 5 popular media articles (newsapers, magazines, and so on) that talked about sociolinguistic stuff and write a short commentary on it, comparing it to how accurate it is to actual sociolinguistic research. Then you had to chose one of the articles and write a 'letter to the editor' in reply to it. I didn't find it too bad and there was lots of help given with regards to how to do it, BUT the word count drove me crazy because each 'commentary' is only 100 (yes, 100!) words.

Group project was time consuming but there was lots of time set aside to do it in class at least. You had to make a survey about language use, collect data and come up with something interesting to present in week 12 about it, but you only have 3 minutes to present in so time management is an issue there. It's also a bit hard to coordinate if you have a big group but for some reason it was insisted upon that our groups were 5 to 8 people.

The essay is 2000 words and you have all semester to work on it. You can pick a topic out of a pre-made list, or you can make your own topic to suit your own interests, provided you ask permission first. To provide context, I made up my own topic and went with: "Malaysia has recently reversed its policy on teaching Mathematics and Science at school in English instead of Malay. Explain the decision and assess its impact."
The essay has a lot of flexibility so you can do what you want, but it's a pretty stock standard linguistics essay.

Also, no exam, yay! It's a good enough unit as far as linguistics goes and I generally liked it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: spaciiey on June 17, 2014, 04:21:48 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS3259/APG4758 - Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science

Workload:
ATS3259:
1 hour 'interactive class' per week (tbh it's really more like a lecture)
7 x 3 hour computer labs

APG4578: All classes are optional, as long as all assessment is handed in as required.

Assessment: 
Practicals: 50%
Project : 25%
Exam: 25%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes, in the exams database. But they're somewhat outdated so don't bother. In the review lecture there were slides that had sample questions. More detail in 'comments'.

Textbook Recommendation:  Erm probably, but to be honest I didn't bother.

Lecturer(s): Xuan Zhu

Year & Semester of completion: 2014 semester 1

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 80

Comments: First off I want to say that I really liked this unit but it is not for everyone. If you are a technophobe I would recommend you pick another unit because you WILL spend a lot of time using ArcGIS, which is simultaneously a pain in the butt of a program to use and a miraculous godsend. I don't think I've ever had a subject that is so insanely content heavy and at times it did do my head in a little bit. Unfortunately GIS is a HUGE area and so there's a LOT of content in this unit.

It starts off by giving an overview of GIS and what you might use it for, and talks about different kinds of data and map projections. If you have done ATS2780 the stuff that you see in the first week or two of this unit shouldn't be new to you. After that you learn about different kinds of analysis, so spatial analysis, terrain analysis, interpolation and you finish off the unit with applications of GIS, so land suitability modelling, habitat mapping and the like. Having a good grasp of maths is useful for this unit, too by the way, especially when it comes to understanding some of the concepts with interpolation.

There are no real lectures, you are supposed to either read the notes or watch a pre-recorded video about the content before class. I can't speak for the videos because I never watched them (Xuan has a bit of an accent and I find it hard to follow if it's not irl) but his lecture notes were, uhm, dense. They are very thorough, but very content-heavy. There were weekly quizzes you could do to check your progress, which was good, but they're not graded so you don't have to do them if you don't want to.

The lectures were okay I guess. Some of the stuff he did was useful but I wouldn't say it's 100% necessary to go, but sometimes Xuan draws stuff on the whiteboard (usually flowcharts) so you won't get to see those. The practicals started off incredibly easy but they got difficult quickly. Each one builds off of the previous one in some way shape or form. I found them generally well thought-out. They're easy marks if you read the instructions carefully and answer the questions properly though. I really liked them but I know that the other people in my prac class thought differently!

The project was one of the better assessments I have done in Geography. It goes something like this: You have to do a site selection. Here are some maps. Here is a list of criteria, x, y, and z. Given these things, Find and present a solution using GIS and write it up in a 2500 word report. He has a rubric put up of how to do it and stuff and if you have been following the content and practicals you basically know how to do it. It's a little bit difficult though because in the practicals you have lots of instructions on how to move from step A to B, but in the project you don't have any more hand holding.

The only thing that kind of irked me was the exam. It was a bit of a bitch, to be honest. Thankfully it's only worth 25% and so most likely you will have already passed the unit by the time you actually DO the exam. I found that the practice questions were way easier than the actual exam itself, so I'd recommend finding a way to study everything as thoroughly as possible so you can make the content stick. If you are good at flow charts and explaining the difference between vector and raster data there are a few easy marks chucked in there too.

I docked some marks off of my rating because I didn't like the exam and I found the unit a little TOO content heavy. It's a pretty decent unit though, I would recommend it overall.

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: slothpomba on June 17, 2014, 08:43:12 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1041 - World religions

Workload:  1 x 2 hr lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial

Assessment: 20% Pre-lecture quizes based on readings, 10% expository essay (my year was dialogue between Buddha and a fictional character; i chose Dr.House), 30% essay (selection from a list), 10% tutorial presentation, 30% exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen caputre. Approximately 20% of the recordings failed though, be careful. The subject is simulatenous run at Caufield, thankfully both caufield and clayton did not mess up in the same week.

Past exams available:  No. 20% of the exam marks are defining terms, you are given a large list of definitions, a subset of these are on the exam.

Textbook Recommendation:  No, available online via library website. Honestly not a very good textbook though.

Lecturer(s): Scott Dunbar and various guests

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: Unknown, did fairly well overall though.

Comments: Standard religious studies 101 class really.

It includes a basic description of the beliefs and doctrines of what Scott terms/decides to be "world religions". The use of this term, like most of the field of religious studies, is up for significant debate. To simplify though, he definitely does included all the biggest faiths in the world. A few exceptions are Judaism (which is actually relatively small now) and Chinese religions like Daoism/Confucianism which have a debatable number of actual followers. New religious movement (think Scientology, hare krishna) are covered in one lecture, approaches to religious diversity are covered in another.  As a nod to the country we're in, Indigenous religion is covered as well.

I feel it was a bit hit and miss sometimes. Religious studies is a relatively new field compared to its older academic brethren, it's still finding its feet. Compounding this is the fact that it's an interdisciplinary field and theres no one right way to go about it either. Some lectures seemed to be regurgitations of the textbook, especially when Scott was lecturing on ones he wasn't familiar with. Often, he did a good job of adding value beyond the textbook. He was rather entertaining and bought a genuine enthusiasm to the class.

It seemed a bit over the place sometimes. Sometimes religion and modernity was included, other times its really wasn't (Daoism/Confucianism, except maybe the link to fortune cookies). This is half the textbook chapter for each religion. It describes the basic beliefs then how the religions have responded to the modern world (women, democracy, violence, etc).

The guest lecturers themselves were judiciously selected, all were very interesting. Our indigenous religion lecturer for example spent decades in the NT and could sing to us in various aboriginal languages (on which he wrote a book). Considering he wasn't indigenous, it was very impressive having access to an academic who has poured his heart and soul into it so much. The Judaism guest lecturer was very through but also very skilled at actually weaving a coherent lecture narrative together which i felt was sometimes missed in Scott's lectures.

That said, Scott did a pretty good job for the 2 hours we had each week to learn about a major belief system. As almost every lecturer admitted, it was "mission impossible" to lecture about an entire religion in 2 hours, you could spend 2 hours talking about a single word or concept from any religion, let alone the religion as a whole. Given this constraint and expecting superficiality, i think they did OK.

A better textbook could be selected, for one that talks about modernity, it was published in 2002, just after 9/11 and before many major religious controversies of the past decade. I've read ones by oxford and routledge which i think are much better. The assessment was great and even fun. The Buddha dialogue is explained above. You're still doing work but its an engaging and interesting way to do it. The essay topics went beyond the lecture material which is great. I'm sick of essays which simply require you to mostly regurgitate lectures. Most of these topics were not at all touched on, requiring 100% original research. The topics themselves were very interesting, i wrote my essay on the links between the Bushido code of the Samurai and the religions of Japan (Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto). Scott offered anyone who wasn't pleased with the list a chance to nominate their own topic which i thought we very great of him.

Overall, a good unit, a bit shallow, needs improvement in areas but the assessment regime and energy in it is fantastic.

Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: kinslayer on June 18, 2014, 01:01:56 am
Subject Code/Name: ECC1000 - Principles of Microeconomics

NOTE: this course is taught differently in semester 1 to semester 2. The below is current for semester 1, 2014.

Workload:  3 contact hours - 2 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

Assessment:  40% in-semester assessment comprising: tutorial participation 10%, midsemester test 20% (redeemable, week 6), APLIA tests (in Moodle) 10%. Final exam: 60% (or 80% if your performance on the final exam exceeds that of your midsemester test)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, both streams (same lecturer), with screen capture (if Stephen remembers to set the right camera to MULO, lol). Stephen also uploads supplementary lecture material to Youtube (~1 hour per week). Very useful.

Past exams available:  Yes, last year's. However, there is a large number of "sample exam questions" provided which are much more difficult than the exam questions typically set. There is no shortage of exam-style questions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Principles of Microeconomics, Gans et al. 5th edition (2011)

It is not essential to have this textbook, though I found it quite useful. You can get it on 1 week loan from the Caulfield or Clayton libraries without too much fuss and you can get the full length loan on hold too if you can be bothered waiting a few weeks. I think it's a good book, but you don't need to buy it or even have access to it. All of the examinable material is presented in lectures and tutorials. There are no assessable exercises from the book.

Lecturer(s): Stephen King. Great lecturer, my favourite so far. He has a good sense of humour, knows the course back to front, and thinks quicker than he talks (watch the youtube videos, you'll see what I mean).

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 90

Comments:

I enrolled in this course because it was a core unit for the BComm; after sitting it, I can see why it is a core unit. In this course you will learn about how firms make decisions, specifically how they set prices; how they decide whether or not to produce, temporarily shut down or leave the market; how government policy affects the behaviour of individual players in the market; how international trade affects domestic social surplus; and the differences between competition and monopoly in the marketplace.

Pretty much every week Stephen had a new example from the news to put our learning in context, from the mining boom to energy prices to the minimum wage and beyond. He is a former chairman of the ACCC, he's given evidence in court cases as an expert witness and he brings a lot of his experience to bear in his lectures.

The essence of the course is having a thorough understanding of firm behaviour at a basic level. The midsemester test is multiple choice, but none of the questions is easy; the questions draw inspiration from the lectures, but most of the questions are phrased in such a way that you need to apply concepts learned in class, not just remember definitions. So you need to attend tutorials and understand the examples to do well.

The final exam is 40% short answer (is this statement true? yes/no/maybe/why) and 60% extended response. It's basically diagram after diagram after diagram. It's not as hard as the practice questions uploaded on Moodle, but you need to understand each of the topics and know how to visualise each situation under consideration. For each concept learnt in the course, you need to know how to draw the diagram to show how it works. Since the midsemester exam is multichoice and the tutorials are only assessable in terms of participation and attendance, you need to practice drawing the diagrams on your own. Go through the textbook, ask your tutors, make sure you understand APLIA, etc. There is a lot of material available, you just need to know how to use it.

Regarding in-semester assessment:

The APLIA testing is just a carrot to get you to look at the material before it is presented in lectures. There are 10 tests, each worth 1%. You get 0.5 marks if you complete every question and another 0.5 marks if you get over 50% correct. So essentially you get the full 10% if you attempt APLIA and get over 50% for each test. It's an easy 10% but it helps your mark in the course overall because it forces you to think about the concepts before they're explained in lectures.

The midsemester test is worth 20%, unless you do better on the final exam than the midsem. The midsem isn't easy, but I think the exam is harder. So it's up to you to do well on the midsem to take some pressure off when the exam comes. If you do better on the final exam then the midsem won't be counted, so you can redeem your midsem mark by doing well on the exam.

Conversely, there is NO hurdle requirement for the final exam, so if you do really well on the midsem then you're looking at a 30-40% threshold on the final exam for passing the subject (very easy). My advice is to study as hard as you can for the midsemester test and take the pressure off.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: BigAl on June 18, 2014, 03:01:46 pm
Subject Code/Name: PHS2011 - Physics: Quantum concepts and technologies



Workload:  6 contact hours - 3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 3 hour lab weekly.

Assessment:  50% in-semester assessment comprising: 3 assignments (5% each) 2 quizzes (2.5%each) labs and report (30%) 2 exams (20% and 30%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Plenty of past exams available for Quantum mechanics section, however only 2 past exams available for condensed matter and atomic physics( no solution for A.P exams)

Textbook Recommendation:  serway moses moyer modern physics-get a pdf version or hard copy...you'll need it for the labs.


Lecturer(s): Prof Michael Morgan, Dr. Scott Findlay and Dr. Alexis Bishop

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating:  2/5

Your Mark/Grade: 53

Comments:

Completing first year physics, you should already know what's coming. You should be aware of intensive workload with labs and assignments, however I found that it was much more relaxing towards the end of semester (Maybe it's just me). You'll be welcomed by the first assignment as soon as you walk in the lecture room...It's a set of questions consisting of last year's exam questions. Don't get frustrated if you can't do them in the first week..With Michael Morgan's super teaching, you'll get a full mark. The second assignment is exactly the same procedure. The exam is 2 hour long and worth 20%
Let's talk about Dr. Findlay's part.
You'll learn nothing at this part. The lecture notes are just bunch of words squished together and Findlay's monotonic speech makes you sleepy. I was lucky some of the concepts in this sub unit was exactly the same as my eng unit (MAE2400:Engineering materials) so I was lucky. I was cramming for this section expecting somewhat similar exam from previous years...How wrong I was...Most of my friends and I struggled in the first exam. The assignment is a different story..You'll be given a set of question at the start of the sub unit...None of the questions will make sense because you haven't learned anything.

Dr. Bishop's part wasn't as bad as Dr.Findlay's. Perhaps that's because I like atomic and nuclear physics. This sub unit was much more easier than condensed matter physics in my opinion. The quizzes weren't difficult...Don't let the past papers deceive you though. Be prepared for anything.

Side notes on labs: Absolute bullsh*t. You'll encounter technical problems for sure. In the first week, we spent 30-45 mins to log into the computer...in the third week, the computer was almost frozen and I was about to lose all my data for the experiment...In week 6 or 7, I had to deal with this tablet bullsh*t and got 2/20 for that lab...I was lucky the demonstrator was lenient so he re-marked my lab. In week 10, I lost all my data so I had to write the whole lab discussion in 5 minutes. Some of my friends failed failed lab.

Fingers crossed if I have done enough to pass...Can't wait to finish second year physics..If I fail this unit, it's going to cost my double degree...It's a unit you dont want to repeat. 
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: jeanweasley on June 20, 2014, 05:46:22 pm
Subject Code/Name: PSY1011 - PSYCHOLOGY 1A 

Workload: 2 hour lectorials (lecture and a tutorial, but mostly a long lecture that sometimes have hands on activities, eg. measuring each other's personalities on the Likert scale by asking them a couple of questions or working through a handout with application questions about the topic with the people around you. Normally these tutorial type activities happen during the last hour or half an hour but normally by then, people would just walk out.

Assessment:  5 x lecture topic quizzes: 15%
Oral paper report (video) and written summary (1000words): 20%, apparently doing the video was a first for this year and caused confusion and frustration for some of us. The style of the summary depended on your facilitator/tutor so some did the 1000 word summary in a table, some in essay format and some in numbered bullet style. For a first assignment, this was particularly difficult because we only had a few lectures' knowledge of what was going on so to go find three research papers and summarise them was quite a task, especially since the papers didn't really make sense until after we've covered the "Learning" topic (we had a choice between choosing between media violence, punishment and aversion therapy). Coupled with the oral paper, this assignment was just too much stress for a first assignment. First of all, to upload the video you have to enable your Google account with Monash but that part wasn't in the guide so some people, including me just used whichever Google account they had to upload the video on Youtube (some didn't know that the video had to be unlisted so you can go watch some for tips). Going back to the written summary, the criticism part was a big part of the assignment but I really had no idea how we were meant to criticise when we hadn't even learn any tools to do that.

Critical evaluation exercise (1000words): 15%

Examination (2 hours): 50%, not a hurdle requirement although the unit guide says it is.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No, they don't provide you one but you do have MyPsychLab (an accompanying source with the book that generates questions for you) and they do recycle questions from that. The exam I did had about 50% of the questions from MyPsychLab, some from the weekly quizzes and some were too specific like in the learning or sensation & perception topic, that probably came from the extra info the lecturers talked about. They also had two questions that were the exact same in the exam that I did so I guess that was an easy mark to get provided you got the previous question right. (The exam wasn't too hard and it was pretty much matching definition to an answer or naming a function, no funky diagrams that you had to pick the name from and almost no application type questions where you get given a scenario and see the results and say what those results mean)

Textbook Recommendation:  I got the Custom Lillinfield textbook and all the readings are there plus each chapter  has revision questions but it's mostly memorising definitions. I did get the one by Finlay but I didn't really think it helped me with writing the summary or the lit review but it could be useful for next semester so I'm keeping it.

Lecturer(s): Varies, but you get a lecturer for two weeks because each topic goes for two weeks except for the introduction lecture and the historical timeline of psychology one. Some of the lecturers I remember: Matt Mundy(developmental psych, I think), Sean Cain (sensation & perception), Kim Cornish (bio psych) Wei Wei (Personality), Russell Conduit, also the coordinator (first two lectures)

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating:  3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA 74 D

Comments: I came into this unit knowing it was disorganised and that the assignments were a mess to understand and these sentiments couldn't be more true. This unit suffers from not being structured properly mainly because it was hard to understand what was going on half the time and the advice you get from the Moodle forum differs greatly to other people's advice or your tutor - basically, there's no universal standard and there's a lot of variation. You really do need to go to your consultation class because your tutor tells you what you need to do and if they want an essay instead of a tabled answer, you have to write an essay EVEN IF the assignment does say that you can choose which format you do your assignment in.

The criteria sheet also didn't match with what my tutor said he was grading and it appeared to be just a copy from another assignment (and like with anything in this unit caused confusion), but if you form a facebook/study group, you'll be more than okay since people share their tips and things like that on there.

The other downfall of this unit was that some lecturers were uninteresting or mumbled their words a lot or had trouble forming sentences due to their native language not being English that it was hard to keep up or try to understand what was being said, because by the time the lecturer had said the next word, you'd already forgotten what was said before (sorry, this is a mouthful haha). Also, some lecturers seemed to talk a lot about their Phd and while it was interesting to listen to, it felt like advertising.

Other than that, I liked this unit although it was reallly reallllllly hard to get well or a HD compared to other subjects (I got told that the average was around 5 or 6 for the first assignment that was out of 10 and that only 16 people got HDs - also beware, there are a lot of people that have dropped out of this course because of how difficult/unclear it was BUT if you do the work and ask for feedback, you will be okay, probably not HD okay but okay enough :P) but the weekly quizzes were easy enough to get well, especially the later quizzes since they just regurgitate the MyPsychLab questions.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Blues Fan on June 20, 2014, 09:04:52 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1261 - UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOUR  
Workload:  2h lecture (lecture slides are posted on Moodle after both campuses have had their lectures)
1h tutorial

Assessment:  20% In lecture short answer test (1)
45% Written research report
25% In lecture short answer test (2)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  No exams, only 2 in lecture tests.

Textbook Recommendation:  Text book is not required. Readings will be on Moodle.

Lecturer(s):  Attitudes and behaviour, Behaviour and attitudes, Assessment of attitudes and behaviour, Behavioural research report, Social perceptions and attitudes, Cultural world views and behaviour and Social cognition and behaviour  (Kerry O'Brien)
Music influence on emotion and cognition (Sherilene Carr)
Prosocial behaviour and Social influence (Nick Faulkner)
Attachment/child development (Eloise Zoppos)

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: The overall unit was good, however the long lectures can be very boring since it was jam packed with theories and experiments. Also, tutorials were a waste of time since most of the discussion was already explained during the lectures. Everything is posted on moodle in terms of readings and information for the research assignment. The unit is structured and organised well. The lecture slides are not posted on Moodle until Caulfield and Clayton have had their lectures. I found that it was hard follow the lecture since I had nothing to write on and sometimes there is too much information to write down. Study the lecture slides well and readings prescribed for the in lecture tests. If you enjoy psychology, this unit is very similar (PSY1011).
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: jeanweasley on June 20, 2014, 09:10:48 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS1061 - FRENCH INTRODUCTORY 

Workload:  Language and Culture component:
One 1-hour grammar lecture
One 2 hour writing/grammar workshop
One 1 hour oral/aural tutorial
Specialized Culture component:
One 1-hour lecture

Assessment:  Weekly written and aural language homework (800 words): 17%
Class tests: oral, aural and written (1500 words ): 33% - the written tests weren't hard since you have the internet/dictionary to look the words up but there was one assignment which was unclear why one part of the table had 'x' and because of my misinterpretation, I lost marks. So definitely double check your understanding of writing assessment!
Written language exam (1200 words): 25%
2 Written assignments (1000 words): 25%

The workload isn't that heavy but if you're not used to learning a language it could definitely be a hurdle for you. However, in saying that, this is introductory French so it's not that hard compared to learning French in high school - here you start at the very basic but the pace is fast.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available:  No, and you don't need to, really. You just gotta practise conjugation but you can use the Alter Ego exercise book for revision.

Textbook Recommendation:  The Alter Ego textbook is a must because you WILL be using it every class and the accompanying workbook is optional if you want to practice your grammar so I suggest that you should probably get it if you have no background in French whatsoever (I did Year 9 and dropped out so I covered most of the basics) and intend to do well, you should get it. However, there are other online activities that you could print and check but most of the online ones don't really have answers to them.

I didn't buy any other verbs list or dictionary. I used Google Translate and Collins French Dictionary to help with translating some of the words that weren't covered in the lectures for the written assignments.

Lecturer(s): Jessica Chakowa, (also the coordinator) for Grammar, Benjamin Andréo & Chris Watkin for Culture. Chris speaks really fast and is quite soft-spoken but he has a lot of knowledge about culture so make sure you go rewatch his videos and take notes down because chances are it's going to be in the Culture Quiz. Ben is awesome too but he speaks slightly slower and is obsessed about Tour de France and cycling. The lecturers are amazing and while you don't see the culture lecturers for workshops or tutes, they know their stuff and are really good to chat with. (The tutors are also native French speakers so you get to hear how you should sound and things like that because you can observe how they pronounce words)

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating:  4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 83 HD

Comments: I can't really say much about this unit because there isn't much to say other than the fact that I liked this unit and that the lecturers and tutors were always ready to answer my questions. But I do have one criticism regarding the culture assessments that were a little harder than normal compared to the language tests. The culture assessments sometimes relied on extra reading that was given or other material said in the lecture that could have easily been missed and there were also details that we didn't go through in the lecture but did appear in the quiz; I can't remember exactly what the question was but there were at least one and two.

For the third culture assessment which was a series of four short answer questions focusing on a French comic strip but (be warned there is no word 'comic' in French so it should always be referred to as bande dessinée or BD) it was kind of difficult to answer even with the slides with all the information on them. I think with this kind of assessment or with any culture component, you do need to do a bit of additional reading because you need to be able to explain the reason why things happen and how, and not just use information from the powerpoint because the information presented can be the bare minimum. Overall, it's a good unit and if you're looking for a language to learn, this could be the one.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: nosuperstar on June 21, 2014, 02:42:00 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETX1100 - Business Statistics

Workload:  3 1/2 contact hours - 1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 1/2 hour tutorial

Assessment: 
•   Assignment: 5%
•   Mid Semester test: 15%
•   Tutorial attendance + H/W completion: 10%
•   Exam: 70%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes.

Past exams available:  There were no past exams available but instead 3 sample exams were provided.

Textbook Recommendation:  Basic Business Statistics - Berenson 3rd Edition (2012). It is prescribed but honestly not used, countless times Gerrie has indicated to do calculations based on the way its presented in the Lectures rather than the textbook's method. It's only useful for practice questions.

Lecturer(s): Gerrie Roberts

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: A relatively easy subject to pass, although if you don't keep on top of the work, it can seem pretty difficult (like it did for me most of the semester). The concepts are simple although a major issue would be the 70% weighing of the exam, as it is a hurdle requirement, this subject has a high fail rate due to the heaving weighing of the exam. The mid semester test and assignment are easy marks, as are the tutorial attendance ones which contribute 10%. These marks are achieved through 1% per tutorial, 0.5% for attendance and the other 0.5% for completing the part A work to be prepared before the tutorial.

The mid semester test covered topics from weeks 1-4, thus those were not included in the final exam, which made it a lot easier to study for also.

Overall, it was quite a dry subject but if you are good at maths you will like it.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Joseph41 on June 21, 2014, 09:23:56 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2637 - The Human Body and the International Marketplace

Workload: 2 hours per week (1x one hour lecture, 1x one hour tutorial)

Assessment:
Essay 1: 30%
Essay 2: 40%
Exam (two hours): 30%

Recorded Lectures: Yes

Past exams available: No idea, but probably not necessary

Textbook Recommendation: Nothing further to the Unit Reader (which is, obviously, essential)

Lecturer(s): Dr. Ryan Tonkens

Year & Semester of completion: 2014, Semester 1

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: N/A

Comments: This was the last unit I chose for Semester 1 of my second year (in fact, I switched into it in about Week 2), and I'm glad that I did. It provides a fairly general overview of some major issues in bioethics, including prostitution, surrogacy motherhood, gene patenting, and the purchase and sale of human organs (which I found most interesting). There is also a major emphasis on a few key concepts which relate to most if not all of the topics, being commodification, exploitation and objectification.

Ryan is a very good lecturer; he is engaging, encourages further learning and is more than willing to meet outside of class to clarify any questions you may have. He also offered his services throughout the year to read essay plans, and provides very extensive feedback. I was a little concerned that I would be overwhelmed with some of the content (as I had never done any bioethics units), but a lot of it is intuitive. In fact, I guess that's a main objective of the unit - to challenge your intuitions.

This unit had pretty much my perfect assessment structure - two major essays (the first one was 30%, the second 40%), and then the exam. The exam was rather lengthy, but it covered a good range of material. There were five definition questions (choose 5 from 10), five short-answer questions (choose 5 from 10), and then one mini-essay (choose 1 from 3, if my memory serves me well (which it probably doesn't)).

I would recommend the unit to anybody who is interested in bioethics or philosophy. I think it's an excellent unit, and made better by virtue of Ryan and the tutors doing everything they can to improve the unit in the future. Another plus is that it falls under the brackets of Bioethics, Human Rights, Philosophy and International Studies (which I am using it for); a significant portion of the content relates to countries further to Australia.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: spaciiey on June 22, 2014, 10:47:18 am
Subject Code/Name: ATS1903 - Introducing Literature: Ways of Reading 

Workload:  2 x 1 hour lectures per week
1 x 1 hour tute per week

Assessment:
Close reading exercise: 10%
Essay: 30%
Class exercise on translation: 10%
Moodle quiz on using sources and library: 10%
Exam: 40%

Attendance at tutes is compulsory! In other words you have to attend 3/4 of the tutes otherwise you need a medical cert/a really good explanation/etc.

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available: Nope. Maybe there are some in the past exams database but they're not relevant. We had to make educated guesses of what we thought would be on the exam and prepare accordingly.

Textbook Recommendation:  Unit Reader, Hamlet, That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott, Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Kafka, Therese Raquin by Emilie Zola.
There were various editions and whatnot that you were supposed to buy, and because this is a jaffy unit just about everyone bought the correct editions presumably from the bookshop (lol). But because I'm a rebel and all I used my own copy of Hamlet and Therese Raquin and acquired second hand versions that were the wrong edition for everything else. They made a big deal about having the correct 'translation' or whatever but I personally think it didn't matter in the end. Unit reader is cheap and useful, because they had all the poems in the one place, which is good for lazy people like me.

Lecturer(s): Peter Groves and various other people depending on what the topic was.

Year & Semester of completion: 2014 semester 1

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

Comments: I wasn't going to write a review but having looked at the last review on the thread, there's been a few changes in the unit since, so hey, let's keep things updated! I really wanted to like this unit but I feel that it's one of the most wishy-washy of arts subjects that I have taken so far, and so I couldn't really take it seriously.

I felt that the lectures varied in quality: some were really good, and others just dragged no matter how much I tried to pay attention. It's a bit of pot luck, depending on who the lecturer is for the week, but the unit itself is pretty well structured. If you took Lit in VCE you won't mind this unit too much but if you come from mainstream English I think you'll struggle a bit with stuff like passage analysis. It doesn't mean you can't do well though!

There are far fewer texts this semester as opposed to last time the unit ran. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Previously, if you didn't like a text, you could just wait for next week and you'd have a new one, and there were so many options in the exam that you could just choose to focus on a select few texts. This time you actually have to make an effort to read more of them. For the essay you either have to write on the ballads in the unit reader or Hamlet, and then in the exam you had to write on whichever text you didn't write your essay on, AND do a comparative essay on two out of three of the remaining texts. So you can afford to skip ONE text, and that's really it. So make sure you do your readings!

The exam was fairly straight forward. Like I said there's two parts to it. My only main beef was that there were no past exams and we didn't have any sample topics or anything like that. My method of preparing was to make guesses on parallels between the set texts and to brainstorm some points based on that, and it ended up serving me pretty well.

I felt that the assessments were generally fair. The first assessment was a relatively straight forward passage analysis on Hamlet. If you're a lit kid you'll find it easy, the only thing that threw me was how LONG the passage was and short the word count was. Alas. I found a similar problem when it came to the class exercise on translation, where you were given several translations of the same text (for us, Metamorphosis) and we had to write a commentary on how they differed. For both of these assessments you get tute time to work on it, then you write it up at home.

Like I said, the essay was either on Hamlet or the ballads in the unit reader. There's a fair few topics to choose from, but I found this essay a bit of a bitch to write, but it's probably because all of my arts essays except for this are more, um, 'science-based'. If you treat it as if you would an English essay in high school but with citations you'll probably be fine.

Moodle quiz was piss easy, you can have the quiz and the moodle resource open at the same time, so it's more a test of how well you can proofread and find information, but it does teach you how to reference and use the library if you do not already know how to do so.

Take this unit if you really care about literature. Don't do this unit thinking it's a bludge: it isn't. I took this unit only because I need a first year Arts sequence . In hindsight, not the best idea. Oops.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on June 22, 2014, 09:33:39 pm
Subject Code/Name: ASP3051 - Relativity and cosmology

Workload: 
- 3 x 1 hour lectures
- 1 hour tutorial class

Assessment:
- Examination (3 hours): 70%
- Laboratory work and reports: 30%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 3 exams with solutions provided

Textbook Recommendation:  Officially 2 recommended textbooks, personally I recommend none of them, lecture notes will suffice

Lecturer(s): Dr Duncan Galloway

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating: 3 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 70 D

Comments:
Quite possibly the most enjoyable unit (relativity part mainly) I've done in astrophysics major. There are 2 lab sheet throughout the semester and rather than asking you to code all these pointless programs, it actually help you understand special relativity and black hole. The work load required is quite good, with 2 short assignments which only takes about 2 hrs to complete each. However this unit does require you to fully understand all the derivations, they will ask you to proof k-calculus or relativistic velocity in the mid semester test, all applications should be fairly simple, mostly just have to understand the situation and plug in values. Relativity and black hole are just as interesting as it sounds, they actually teach you some mind bending facts and back it up with some maths!

Despite all these, why did I rate it 3/5? Because the second part of this course, cosmology. I shit you not you have to memorise every single derivation, but wait we have to do that for relativity done we? Here's the difference, relativity proofs actually make sense, if you draw some diagram everything actually make sense, it doesn't require rote learning. As long as you vaguely remember the graph, you can derive most of things they ask you in test/exam. Cosmology is different, first of all half of the algebra steps were wrong, although the end results were correct. They do not give any reason for any algebraic step (trust me I've been doing math for the past 4 years and I can't follow most of the steps), which means that all derivations must be learnt through rote learning. If this doesn't scare you enough, the only question in exam about cosmology is basically asking you to replicate the entire cosmology lecture notes, glhf.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: xZero on June 22, 2014, 10:04:43 pm
Subject Code/Name: MTH3360 - Fluid dynamics

Workload: 
- 3 x 1 hour lectures
- 1.5 hours tutorial class

Assessment:
-Examination (3 hours): 60%
-Assignments: 20%
-Tests: 20%

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:  Yes, 5 past exams with 2 mock exams. All comes with solution

Textbook Recommendation: None, you can buy the bounded lecture notes for $10, buy it! It's worth it!

Lecturer(s): Dr Anja Slim and Dr Rosemary Mardling

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating: 4 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: 78 D

Comments:
Overall an enjoyable unit, since I've done aerodynamics I and II I don't think my comment on the difficulty of this unit will be accurate. With that said I'd give this unit a 7/10 in difficulty. This unit is separated into two sections, compressible and incompressible flow. The first section was quite easy, it's mostly algebra manipulation and some vector calculus stuff. For people who has done aerodynamics, the only thing that's new would be tensor calculus, which is not overly difficult but can get quite confusing the first few times you play with it. Once you find the trick it becomes free mark in exam. I can't comment too much on the lecture since I haven't been but the lecture notes were top notch. The typed notes were short, concise and to top it off, the hand written worked examples were actually readable! There will be a revision test on week 2 for vector calculus (not too difficult, just have to memorise Stoke's theorem) and a mid semester test later on, which is also not too bad if you went through the tutorial solutions.

The second part was almost entirely application, you'll actually learn some interesting flow but the amount of estimation here was on a similar level to astrophysics units (which has been bugging me to no end). This section involves dynamic similarity, similarity equation, exact solution to 1 dimensional flow, perturbation, stokes flow, Reynolds number and a slight touch on boundary layer. If you think this is a lot of content, well that's because it is, you'll have enough time to learn all these but it might be better to rote learn some of them. The assignment was really challenging, frustrating but personally I really enjoyed it. The exam will take the whole 3 hours to complete and part II will give you a lot of headache, just a heads up.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Reckoner on June 24, 2014, 10:20:50 pm
Subject Code/Name: ETC2440 - Mathematics for Economics and Business

Workload: 
Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial/comp lab

Assessment:
Assignments: 2 x 20%
Exam: 60%

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available: 
Yes, about 6 but with no solutions. Tutors were instructed to not hand out any solutions to them either.

Textbook Recommendation: 
Alpha C. Chiang and Kevin Wainwright (2005), Fundamental Methods of Mathematical
Economics, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill.

Meant to be a pretty good textbook from what I've heard (didn't have it myself). But it is NOT necessary for this unit (depite being prescribed) unless you want to look into what you learn much deeper.

Lecturer(s):
Ralph Snyder (Part 1 - Linear Algebra): Lectures move pretty slowly, and can be hard to pay attention too because his voice is pretty monotonous. However, if you don't have the textbook, it is wort hat least watching the lectures online. The lecture slides that are provided are pretty hard to follow by themselves. So if you don't know much about the maths, looking at the lecture slides with no background of the material (whether it be from the lectures, previous units, youtube etc.) can be a struggle at first.

John Stapleton (Part 2 -Calculus): Fantastic Lecturer (saved the unit for me). Lectures were engaging. Lecture slides were thorough, fairly rigorous and could be treated as a resource by themselves unlike with Ralph's. He does cover a lot of material each lecture though.   

Year & Semester of completion:
2014 Semester 1

Rating:
2 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade:
HD

Comments:
Part 1 of the course is linear algebra (taught by Ralph), with the main topics of:

Part 2 of the course is taught by John and covers:


Not my favourite unit tbh. The topics are pretty rushed, as this unit is effectively the buseco equivalent of MTH2010 and MTH2032. If you have a passion for maths, I’d say you’d be better off doing MTH2010 and MTH2032. John’s part of the course is very solid though, just a lot crammed in. Ralphs isn’t as formal with definitions, and it can be a tricky to find what you actually need to know at stages, especially in Ralphs part of the course. if you haven’t touched maths before, this can make the unit pretty tough. Its hard to gauge how much detail you need to go into (especially for Ralphs part), so you can understand something sufficiently, but not know that you do. Which can make things a bit stressful
 
Tutes for part 1 of the course incorporate matlab. However you don’t really learn how to use matlab. You use it as nothing more than a calculator for inverses, schurr decompositions, eigenvalues etc. You also just work through that week’s questions. Not all that helpful, and the answers get uploaded at the end of the week. In John’s part of the course you no longer use matlab, the tutor just goes of the solutions. Solutions are not handed out for John’s tutes though, so better show up. 

The assignments were very time consuming compared to other buseco ones I'd done, especially if this is the first “maths” unit that you’re doing at uni.  Just stick to the definitions and methods in the lecture slides. Also the internet can be helpful.

The exam was surprisingly easy compared to the assignments and tute questions I found. There are 2 questions from each part of the course, but you only have to answer 3 out of the 4. If you can handle the past exams then you can handle this exam. Although the course has changed a tiny bit year to year, so not all topics you cover have past exam questions. But if they aren't in the past exams, there's a high chance that something similar to the assignments will be there. You also don’t get given solutions to the past exams.

Do I recommend it? In most cases no. If it were only John’s topics I would, but the linear algebra isn’t too interesting. Also, if you’re really interested in maths, probably best to do actual maths units. And if you don’t like maths, well don’t do any maths. However if you’re looking at higher level economics, econometrics, finance, actuarial studies or financial maths; and don’t have enough units left in your degree to do MTH1030 and MTH2010 (or aren’t the greatest at maths, it’s a bit easier than MTH units!) then I would say it’s worthwhile.

In short, if you have this deep burning passion for maths then perhaps look elsewhere, as its pretty diluted. If you're a com/eng or com/sci (maths major) then you would have covered the material already. If you hate maths stay away. But if you fall in the middle and feel like developing your maths skills then yes, give it a go. Just be prepared to be confused at numerous stages, as its not easy.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 25, 2014, 09:22:05 pm
Subject Code/Name: DEV2011 - Early Human Development from Cells to Tissues

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: Not at all, and no sample/practice exams either.

Textbook Recommendation: Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, Carlson 2009 (4th Edition). You don't explicitly need it, but it's a fantastic textbook for developmental biology and a great source of info for course material (it's particularly helpful for the Cell Profile Report).

Other recommended readings (don't buy these, but peruse them in the library as needed if you don't already own a copy):

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: D

Comments:

Overview
I opted to enrol in DEV2011 at the last possible second after changing my mind about taking IMM2011 (well, technically after the last possible second, I had to email Julia Young to enrol :-X), and it was easily the best decision I made this semester. Although I really, really didn't enjoy any of the Animal Development stuff in BIO1011 and 1022 (which is required for DEV units) - I was extremely pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this unit, so much so that I've decided to switch my GEN/PHY major to GEN/DEV. All the teaching staff were fantastic, and the assessments were pretty much all interesting and engaging. The only complaint - and I'll elaborate on this a bit more later - is to do with the mark breakdown of the unit (so pretty minor stuff).

Lecture Series
As noted above, I really enjoyed the course material. The first week is just an intro to developmental biology and a basic overview of cell biology (organelle function etc. etc.), but it picks up in terms of interest quickly. Each week comprises 3 lectures on a specific 'sub-topic':

Admittedly I didn't attend several lectures, but the ones that I went to were exceptional in terms of delivery and interesting content (also not having 8am lectures is a big plus :P).

Labs
The lab-based component of DEV2011 is kind of different to other second-year life science units in that you don't do very much actual 'lab stuff' in the traditional sense. Only ~1-2 weeks are spent doing that sort of thing, where you extract and stain a sample of your own buccal epithelial cells in different ways for imaging under light and confocal microscopes, which was pretty cool. Also, the first hour of your 'lab' session is spent in a small tute-group (in a designated tute room), in which you'll go through lecture-review questions (kinda like unassessed pre-labs) and a developmental biology case study. The tutors in general were all really helpful and friendly, and they all work, study or do research in a field of developmental biology so they know their stuff!

Also, not all labs are compulsory/assessed; only weeks where you have to complete a lab report (which is essentially a basic worksheet worth 2% each of your semester mark) require you to be there if you want the marks. This semester, these were weeks 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10 + 1 week where you had the MST during your lab session.

Most of the other labs were taken up by imaging for your cell profile report, which I'll talk about in a bit.

Assessment
Generally the assessment was fair, well-constructed and well thought out. Aside from lab reports and the MST, you also have 2 online timed 'exams' on Moodle worth 5%; these are pretty easy so if you know your lecture materials you won't have any trouble at all.

The 'major' in-semester assessment task for DEV2011 is the cell profile report, which is a long journal article-style paper that you write on a specific cell type, looking at the developmental aspects of that cell as well as writing a 'discussion topic' (which can be anything so long as it's related to that cell type). You also need to take microscopic images of your cell type and associated tissues from a specific slide of a mouse/rat embryo provided to you (you have an opportunity to do this most weeks, but you really should only need 1 or 2 sessions to get everything you need). My cell type was the lymphocyte - kinda ironic given that I dropped immunology for developmental biology - and my discussion topic was “The role of lymphocytes and the immune system in contemporary regenerative medicine.” Although I was pretty heavily pressed for time in writing this report (because second year biomed is relentless), it was a pleasure to write this report because you're given a good deal of freedom in doing so. However, as you are reminded several times throughout the semester, 'you're not alone' and you should approach the academic staff for help if you need assistance/advice etc.

However, the cell profile report brings me to what is basically my only gripe with this unit - the fact that it is worth only 10% of the semester grade. Hopefully this will be changed in later years, but this is a long assessment task and the effort and time required to complete it to a high standard is worth well over 10% of your semester mark. I've put this in my SETU survey, but the end-of-semester exam doesn't need to be worth 60% for what it is, and some of that allocation should be put towards the report (I personally believe it should be work 20-25% at least).

Exam
I don't have much to say about the exam other than that it's not particularly difficult, even though it's definitely harder and tests way more material than any of the in-semester assessment. It is comprised of 90 MCQs, and the fact that you're given 3 hours to complete it in is extremely generous (i.e. I was able to go over my responses 3 or so times in full, mainly because leaving early meant that I had to go outside - and it was fucking freezing outside that day haha).

A word of advice for the exam is to make sure that you can do (and already HAVE done during the semester) the lecture-review questions for each week. Although the lecture-review questions aren't MCQs, they test the generally the same material that is on the exam, and being able to do these questions without issue means that you won't have much trouble with the exam proper.

Concluding statements
In summary, this was an absolutely brilliant unit, and I'm greatly looking forward to taking DEV2022 and later DEV units further into my degree. The unit was exceptionally organised and executed, and the material was a pleasure to learn, especially given its relevance to my biomed studies (NB to biomed students, if you're doing Biomed/Sci look to do DEV2011 in the same semester as BMS2011, it really helps with the embryological component of BMS2011) and the fact that it had a really interesting clinical skew, especially in the areas that dealt with developmental defects. I'm not entirely sure if DEV2011 is a prerequisite for postgrad medicine for BSc students -  I think it is because it fulfils the anatomy prerequisite for Monash postgrad MBBS and UoM MD - but it's a unit worth taking nonetheless.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: brenden on June 25, 2014, 10:12:40 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2640 - The Ethics of Global Conflict

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yep, with slides shown.

Past exams available:  No, but unnecessary.

Textbook Recommendation:

The unit reader is highly recommended. To be honest, you don't need it for the article analyses, but they would be difficult to do without a grasp of the content. Even for the essay + exam, you could feasibly find the journal articles on a database. So, whilst not technically necessary in the literal sense of the word, I would really, really get it.

Just and Unjust Wars would be an excellent secondary source for an essay, but it's completely unnecessary. I should score an HD for the unit and didn't use it all semester.

Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  4.23 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: Firstly, the unit is very coordinated quite well. It's the first time Bob has ran the subject and to my understanding it has undergone some structural changes which I'm going to assume were positive ones, as I thought the structure of the unit was very well thought out. The first nine weeks are on 'Just War Theory', and the last three weeks examine a possible addition to JWT, and two criticisms or, more appropriately, 'alternatives' to JWT. Bob is also a habitual email checker (or at least, he's responded to me quite quickly whenever I've contacted him). He's also really receptive to feedback about the unit. He made a strange decision with regards to the assessment that I spoke to him about for a good 20-25 minutes and afterwards he said he'd change things around, which I find to be pretty awesome.

Bob as a lecturer is also fantastic. Not that it ever mattered to me, but he's insanely fast at uploading the lecture slides after a lecture - like, I think it's the very first thing he does after a lecture. He also has a really awesome way of presenting the material. He couldn't make you understand it more if he shot you with bullets full of understanding. He's not over the top humorous or extravagant or particularly "quirky" in the ways that might make for a "good" lecturer. Rather, he gets down to the juicy bits of the material and delivers in a really genuine, relatable way. He actually does have an awesome sense of humour though, people just don't seem to laugh. I think they don't laugh out of respect or not wanting to interrupt or something, or they're just too silly to see the subtle jokes, but I personally pmsl every lecture I attend haha.

Ron G was my tutor. A man certainly not to be underestimated. To be honest, he seems a bit loose in the head for the first tutorial because of his eccentricities but the man is crazy smart. He's actually got a PhD in Lit, and another one in Philosophy, so never make the mistake of thinking he won't pick up on a dodgy you're trying to pull on an assignment. He sees all the dodgies. Really nice guy, great tutor, fair marker, fiercely rational fellow.

The exams is really easy. I think Bob constructs "easy" exams because it makes more pedagogical sense. Just the last three weeks are examinable, and the exam is three short-answer questions in two hours (average of 300 words each, although they're weighted differently). Bob also gave 5 revision questions for each topic which served for excellent night-before revision.

I feel like the article analyses could have been more specifically targeted in the content (re: basic comprehension questions). Probably a bit boring but I actually feel like these type of assignments really cement the material in my head, whereas you can get away with a 'theoretical' understanding of the course without a hyper-detailed knowledge of its nuances when doing the article analyses. That said, they were actually really interesting/different assignments (and a tiny bit of extra reading, supplied by Bob). There was also a weird feature which meant that our second analysis was handed in before he got our marks for the first one. This is what I spoke to Bob about and what he agreed to change (despite having good reasons for having it the way it was). This paragraph is essentially the only real "issues" I have with the unit.

Call me psycho, but another 30 or 60 minutes of lectures with Bob would also be great -- not that he ever needed to skip anything, but sometimes more time just really cements things.

Oh yeah, and, some of the readings are fucking enormous.

Overall, really well designed, well taught unit. I would recommend enrolling in the third year unit code on moodle as there is virtually no difference - you just need to use an external source for your essay in third year (used one in second year anyway). It can also credit a whole range of AoS, Phi, Politics, etc etc. Would recommend this unit.

P.S: an awesome quote from Bob...

"Under standard Just War Theory, that's true, even if what the war gives way to is some sort of disasterous... umm... I keep wanting to use the word cluster-eff, because that just seems to be the word that comes to my lips when I talk about Libya, but I'll refrain from using that because it is a little bit gratuitously rude."
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: brenden on June 26, 2014, 08:04:20 pm
Subject Code/Name: ATS2839 - Ethics

Workload:
Assessment:
Recorded Lectures:  Yep, with slides shown.

Past exams available:  No, but unnecessary.

Textbook Recommendation:

The unit reader and study guide are both necessary for high marks. The study guide is like "the explanation" and the reader is the collection of chapters/articles that make up the course content. Would keep up to date with the readings for both because the exam tests every week and it's just horrible to cram (I weep at the not so distant memories). Those two are all that's necessary.

Lecturer(s):
Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014

Rating:  3.33 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: The exam is the major assessment of the unit but it's crazy easy. Before the exam you get given five short-answer questions, of which three will appear on the exam, of which you will have to answer two. The exam has a multi-choice section which is worth 20%, and the short-answer is also worth 20%, but you get the short-answer gifted to you. You also get a "sample" multi-choice exam with twelve questions, even though there is twenty five questions on the actual exam. Of those twelve questions, nine of them appeared on my exam (luckily I had the good sense to look at the answers once or twice before entering the exam room - saved me a shitload of time). The other multi-choice questions can be kinda like "wut". This is why I say keep up with the readings because if you're unsure, the multi-choice are like "dafuq" whereas when you're sure they're impossible to get wrong. Unless you're me, in which case you find out on the train from a friend that you answered a question incorrectly after correcting him on the same question the day before. Just... how?

Paul's lecturing is good. Some people found him monotonous but they're silly. We had a pretty small lecture hall/room on level four of the Menzies - this actually sucked but yolo - and so it restricted his ability to move around. He basically couldn't even if he wanted to, which meant the lectures consisted of him at the podium thing talking. His lecture slides were humorous but consisted of Star Wars jokes and things of the like which is why I think some people were bored by lectures whist I was pmsl. He also uses really funny examples/phrases despite not being overly vocally animated. I digress a bit - basically, he's a good, solid lecturer, but not as good as Toby or Bob (my two favourites if you read my other reviews lol).

The content is almost entirely based around the "big three" normative theories; consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Amongst those, you touch on egoism, Hume (excellent). Honestly, if you weren't really interested in morality/ethics, you're probably going to find this content a bit dry :P. I love Philosophy and there were moments of this semester where my enthusiasm waned slightly (that said, it was a "low on enthusiasm" type of semester. Due to the nature of the unit - covering many topics etc., it can seem like less of smooth progression that some other units, like a bit "jumpy" but really, I don't think there's many ways around this except for have an extra lecture a week which is probably a bit unnecessary.

The assignments are pretty stock standard. Questions on the readings, basic comprehension, standard comprehension/argument essay. I had Ros as a tutor who I thought marked generously. Ros is a good tutor, but our tute this semester had a very difficult dynamic, so it wasn't the most effective hour of my week - hard to fully evaluate Ros because of that but I did like her.

It'd probably be an easy grade if someone put the work in, but I probably wouldn't recommend this to someone who is just lazily thinking of taking a Philo unit or something like that. It'd be a horrible time to realise that you didn't like normative ethics or something like that. I'd recommend it to someone who's interested in the field and wants to go a bit deeper than Life, Death, Morality. Also expect the content to be a little bit more difficult that previous Phil units. Hume, Kant, and the Frege-Geache problem gave many people a lot of trouble so expect to be challenged in parts.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: |ll|lll| on June 26, 2014, 11:20:35 pm
Subject Code/Name: BFC3140 – Advanced Corporate Finance

Workload: 2 hour lecs + 1 hour tute per week

Assessment: 25% Mid-sem test; 75% exam

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available: Yes, 5 exams available with solutions (but...)

Textbook Recommendation: Corporate Finance 2E by Berk, DeMarzo (Prescribed)

Lecturer(s): Phil G

Year & Semester of completion: S1, 2014

Rating: out of 5

Comments: This unit is a notch harder than Corp Fi, but I recommend doing them consecutively as it builds upon it. The unit covers IPOs (Phil loves this), CAPM, Options, Optimal Capital Structure, International Finance, M&A and Corporate Governance. As you can see, a broad range of topics under corporate finance taught but there’s insufficient time to delve into details. You spend a week on international finance/forex and a week on M&A which is a bit of a shame as one could probably learn more about valuation and LBO models.

Also recommend doing Equities (2240) and Options (3340) alongside this unit if you can since there will be a decent amount of overlap.
This is a core finance unit so it’s compulsory. If you like 2140, you will probably enjoy this unit although it requires a greater level of maturity and knowledge of finance since you’ll be introduced to many new concepts (as opposed to learning a single in-depth concept).

Tutes were helpful so turn up if possible. The harder part of the course is at the start so make sure you gain a deep understanding of it for the mid-sem. The mid-sem questions were way tougher than the tutes; C.E said that the fail rate was so high that he didn’t even want to mention it.

I recommend getting the text as it helps with understanding and there are small nifty things that you need to pick up to do well. Tute questions are from the text but they are also available on Moodle.

tl;dr This unit is not easy, but it’s the easiest out of all 3rd-year units. Do it the semester after 2140 if possible, but do it alongside 2240/3340 if you can.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: Rohmer on June 27, 2014, 02:57:10 pm
Subject Code/Name: LAW 5144 - Media Law 1

Workload:  3hrs lectures per week

Assessment:  Either 30% Optional Assignment, 70% Exam OR 100% Exam.

Recorded Lectures:  Nope.

Past exams available:  Three past exams, most questions are still relevant.

Textbook Recommendation:  There are no prescribed textbooks, although Australian Media Law by Butler & Rodrick (2012) is highly recommended (several other books are 'recommended' - not sure how useful they are). Although the 4th Ed. is now a little out of date as it doesn't cover a few recent pieces of legislation, e.g. the Open Courts Act 2013, it's quite a useful textbook for the unit. It was written by the lecturer/co-ordinator (Sharon Rodrick) and she follows it fairly closely in most lectures...you could probably get away without buying it though, as it's in the library, though that's provided you go to the lectures and get your notes mainly from there (as above, lectures weren't recorded).

Lecturer(s): Sharon Rodrick

Year & Semester of completion: Semester 1, 2014. Note: This unit is an elective and only runs every 2nd year.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: TBA

Comments: Have you ever wondered about the answers to questions such as:

- Why did everyone in Vic. have to wait so long for Underbelly s1 to be released?
- How come the news often leaves out certain details in reporting crimes & court cases?
- Why does Derryn Hinch keep getting charged with contempt of court?
- What's up with that blurb 'spoken by bla bla bla' at the end of every government ad on TV?
- Could I, if so inclined, sell pornography in the state of Victoria?
- Why and how do some films/books/games get Rated, & what is it that leads Australia/States to banning some of them?
- What's up with this whole 'Racial Discrimination Act' reform thing that Brandis is talking about?*

If so, then Media Law 1 may be the unit for you! Media Law 1 is a pretty broad unit. It doesn't cover an area of law per se (e.g. Contract law or Property law or any number of core/elective law units), but rather, it tries to cover all the legal issues that may affect 'The Media'. As it turns out, this is quite a range of stuff across a few areas of law. There are quite a lot of relevant pieces of legislation at State and Vic levels, but there's also a reasonable number of common law decisions, especially for the section on Contempt of Court, which covers about 1/3 of the course. A general overview of the semester:

The first five weeks are split between Open Justice and Contempt of Court. OJ is pretty much all about courts being open & how and in what circumstances they conceal information and prevent it from being published. There are a few interesting cases here (Mokbel, Underbelly etc.) but there's also a bit of legislation to work through at Cth and State levels. The principles themselves aren't very conceptually difficult though (Cf. some units like Property B or Equity in which things aren't always so intuitive). One of the main challenges of this unit is really just working through all the provisions to determine their effect. This unit has quite a lot of content, though I understand that's pretty common for the elective subjects which are often rather broad and include a bit more policy. At the time of writing I haven't done any other electives though, so I don't have much to compare it to in terms of difficulty. I get the feeling it isn't one of the harder electives, although if you're gonna attempt it in say 2nd year, you might find that there's quite a bit more content than core units like contract, crim, torts etc.

Anyway, contempt of court is the second topic, and a pretty important one (basically always appears on the exam). There are quite a range of situations where the media can get into trouble for publishing/broadcasting material in terms of: interference with juries, witnesses, parties, judges etc. - a constant test you'll be using here is whether there's a tendency for interference with the administration of justice. Aside from that, you've mainly just got quite a bit of case law, although most decisions are summarised in the book and aren't hard to read as far as cases in law units go.

Then there's briefly some coverage of journalists and their sources + Juries & reporting. This is mostly governed by legislation and it's reasonably straightforward. The Media and Parliament is next, which again involves some more legislation, e.g. on the reporting of elections, and parliamentary broadcasts & identification requirements. It also emerges that Parliament itself has contempt powers, which it pretty much never bothers to use.

Lastly, and perhaps the most interesting topic, is Offensive publications. There are three weeks on this. The first covers obscene libel, which is probably still an offence, but who knows. Mainly though, it's about classifications: how are books, films, computer games etc. classified in Australia. Here you'll learn the reasoning behind the decisions for ratings (e.g. Why a certain film was banned/rated, and how this can be challenged). There are only a couple of cases on this, but the federal court's assessment of the review of a porn video in the Adultshop.com case makes for an interesting read.

Onto blasphemy and religious vilification and there's more controversy. Firstly, over whether the offence of blasphemy actually exists in Australia (there is a bit of a trend in this unit of their not being sufficient case law on certain areas). The main case in this area is the Pell case (George Pell tried to get an injunction against this artwork called 'Piss Christ' and it didn't work out in the end, but I digress...). That case also covers Vic's religious vilification laws, which extend on to the 3rd week of the topic because...

The race laws in the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act are pretty much the same as the religious ones (substitute religious beliefs for race). But, there's also the Racial Discrimination Act and the controversial Bolt case. Lastly there's a bit of policy on that and whether the new amendments are any good. Actually, there's quite a bit of policy in this area and on most topics.

Which brings me to the exam: 3h writing and 30mins reading, whether you did the assignment or not (I didn't, not sure what it was about). It's usually 5-7 questions with some policy in there. This year, out of 100 marks, there was one compulsory 15m policy question, plus another choice between two policy questions or a hypothetical for 20 marks. Overall, quite a fair exam that usually indicates the topics, e.g. 'is there a contempt', 'can X protect the identity of the source' and such. Although, as per pretty much every law exam, you'll still be very pushed for time.

Overall: A good unit, covers a number of interesting topics. Possible downside of some legislation that's a bit procedural and not always exciting, but good on the whole. Sharon's lectures are quite good and worth going to, although it is possible to rely on the book. I'd advise attending going the last lecture though, as a hint was given as to the RDA being a likely policy Q on the exam - which it was.

*(1) Concerns about prejudice over proceedings in the gangland trials; (2) Suppression orders; (3) Cause he keeps making prejudicial statements in paedophilia/sex abuse cases; (4) Identification requirements exist on political matter to prevent that kind of deception in politics; (5) Technically legally no, but the police don't really enforce it...wouldn't advise it though; (6) It's all in the Classification Act '95, the Guidelines for classifying and the Code of Classification...which the Classification Board then makes a call on; (7) Andrew Bolt was forced to apologise following a case brought under the RDA, an act which arguably restricts freedom of speech in the name of vilification...it has some exceptions for public interest and fair comment but he got his facts wrong and didn't do it 'in good faith' acc. to the Court so he got busted.
Title: Re: Monash University - Subject Reviews & Ratings
Post by: alondouek on June 28, 2014, 09:54:25 pm
Subject Code/Name: BMS2011 - Structure of the Human Body: An Evolutionary and Functional Perspective

Workload:

Assessment:

Recorded Lectures: Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available: No, but Colin uploaded many practice questions to our Facebook group which ended up being a massive, massive help (I'll talk about this more later).

Textbook Recommendation: As with any anatomy course there is a veritable bevy of potential textbooks out there for you to peruse. However, I'd personally recommend:
And depending on what you choose to do your group project on, you might like to look through various, more specific, textbooks. I found Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Bear, Connors and Paradiso extremely helpful for my CNS-related project (students who have done BMS1052 might already have a copy of this).

Lecturer(s):

Year & Semester of completion: Sem 1, 2014

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments:

Overview
This is a great unit, really spectacularly well-organised and executed. I admit I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with it throughout the semester, predominantly because it's immense in terms of content. Ostensibly, this is an anatomy unit, but it's also bolstered by the fact that you're not only looking at human anatomy, or anatomy solely through a clinical viewpoint; instead, this unit aims to provide a well-rounded anatomical understanding that incorporates both human anatomy as well as embryological, palaeontological and zoological anatomy and how they compare. As such, instead of devoting the whole course to clinical stuff, you look at evolutionary and environmental aspects as well. This is a really well-rounded course, but it eats up a massive amount of time and requires a good deal of effort and organisation to do well throughout the semester.

Lecture Series
Lectures are all brilliant, engaging and entertaining. Aside from the content being pretty much ubiquitously interesting, the lecturers are all engaging, funny and really passionate about anatomy. My personal favourites were Prof Norm Eizenberg and Dr Colin McHenry, who were both absolutely fantastic lecturers.

The lecture series was as follow:

It should be noted that although the lectures are very entertaining and interactive, they are absolutely packed with content, all of which is assessable unless the lecturer says otherwise. I found it helpful to not write any notes during the lectures so I could focus as much as possible on what the lecturer was actually saying, but everyone has a different strategy.

Masterclasses
Colin decided to do something different this year, which was the implementation of four interactive anatomical Masterclasses tying together key concepts throughout the semester. These sessions, which took place in the 2-hour lecture slot, were great fun and really helpful in preventing the course from becoming an exercise in memorisation. The Masterclasses were essentially an 'open lecture', where there would be some presenting by lecturers but a lot of back-and-forth discussion between them and students.

The Masterclasses were as follows:

As with lectures, material in these is examinable but the extent of this might vary between semesters (i.e. MC1 material was present on our MST and MC2 was listed as directly examinable for our end-of-semester exam, but MCs 3+4 weren't, although the related lecture theory was present).

Practicals
The practicals were really different to anything I've ever done before at uni. Basically, each prac session was divided into 3 parts: 1) Specimen sketching, 2) Tutorial room exercises (either a specific content-driven tutorial or a practice exam question session) and 3) "Other" exercises, which varied week to week but included group project discussion and coordination, functional anatomy tutorials, anatomical body painting, anatomical plasticine modelling and a biomedical imaging tutorial. Everything you do in a lab needs to be recorded in your 'lab journal', a major assessment task where you do all your anatomical sketching and record all tute activities and discussion. This lab journal is worth 25% of your semester mark, and to do well you are going to have to devote a large amount of time during the semester working on your lab journal (e.g. there is no way you will be able to get your anatomical sketches completely done during class time unless you are some artistic savant).

All in all, the pracs were fun and I had a brilliant tutor (Zhou, who was about to take his medical Registrar exams). The tute groups are pretty small which aids discussion, and that's a pretty important factor (imo) in understanding the material properly.

Other Assessments
The only other assessment task, aside from the 2 exams and the lab journal, was the 15% group project. Along with 2 or 3 other people, you choose a topic, develop a proper working title, then research that topic using medical (or othe