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Deakin University - Subject reviews & ratings
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:19:51 pm »

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Re: Deakin University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 02:48:17 pm »
Subject Code/Name: ALJ111 – Contemporary Journalism A

Workload: 1 x 2hr tutorial

  • Research file (15%)
  • News story for print media (35%)
  • Multimedia news story (50%)

Recorded Podcast:  Yes, along with powerpoint slides

Past exams available:  No exam!! Woohoo!

Textbook Recommendation:  So You Want to be a Journalist? Unplugged Grundy, Bruce et al 2012, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne
Just a recommended text, no need to buy it. You can read it as an eBook on the library website if you want to.

Tutor(s): Paul Bethell

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, trimester 1

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: pending

ALJ111 is a unit as part of the Journalism major. I love writing and have an interest in the media. This unit is perfect for me because it combines both of these two interests.

The assessment for this unit is very manageable and all you have to do is paid attention in tutorial (it's the only class that you have to attend anyway).

The Research file will help you with your research skill. You just need to choose whatever topic you want to cover on (of course, it has to be newsworthy). This file will outline every contact that you can interview to write up a news story for the second assignment.

The second assignment (News Story) is where you can put your research and writing skill into practice. You're only required to have at least two interviews preferably face-to-face.
Tip: After you got your feedback from your tutor about your story idea and the research file START your interview process immediately! Journalism is the industry where we have to rely so much on the interviewees for facts and information. That's why you should plan ahead to get these interviews done asap because no one will wait around for you. Remember that they have to make time for you, so be grateful if they agree to be interviewed.

The final assignment (Multimedia News Story) is the biggest one out of the three assignments you have to do. Luckily you can have a choice here. You can choose to do a radio news story or a photo slideshow with audio. You have to read your news script out loud and record it for both choices so there're no ways to escape it. The only difference between the two choices is you've got to have at least one interview for the radio news whereas there's none to be required for the photo news. The two choices are equally difficult so don't be misguided to leave this assignment to the end (my worst mistake).
Tip: I guess you really have to be familiar with the software that the tutor introduced you to. Audacity for audio and Soundslides Plus for slideshow are the two you’re expected to use in this assignment. Of course, you can use other software that you’re comfortable with as long as you the tutor can open the file that you exported.

I didn’t do any reading for this unit because we don’t discuss about them in tutorial (or because we weren’t required to do them at all). If you want to you should keep up with the current news because the tutor often start off with what's been happened in the news.

The instructions for the assignments were very clear. This unit really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m quite a shy guy but in order to write up a news story for the second assignment I had to interview two people. So you can imagine I was really nervous to interview someone and not the other way around (ridiculous, I know).

I chose to cover the Heartland Refugee Art Prize for the second assignment and did a radio news about The Light in Winter for the third one. The Light In Winter was really a desperate choice because I ran out of time to change my story.

One of the highlight in this unit was the fact that I put so much effort into redrafting a 500-words news story (I have never been that dedicated!). I gave my story out to 7 different people to proofread and spend so many hours to edit it. Looking back I think it’s crazy to do so because I ended up neglecting a bigger assignment for another unit which I got a low mark as a result. However, the effort was definitely worth it, but I’ll be careful next time, of course. I love the practical component of the unit as well. For the first time I have the chance to interview real people and write about them.

Overall, it's a really good unit if you want a taste for journalism.
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Re: Deakin University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 03:12:11 pm »
Subject Code/Name: HPS111 – Introduction to Psychology A

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

  • Deconstructed research report (50%)
  • Content Roadmap (35%)
  • Reflective Practice Journal (15%)

Recorded Lectures:  Yes

Past exams available
:  No exam!! Woohoo!

Textbook Recommendation: Psychology The Science of Mind and Behaviour by Michael W Passer and Ronald E Smith, Australian edn, 2013
This is the prescribed text so it’s better to grab a copy.

Seminar presenter(s)/Lecturer(s): Christian Hyde and Sharon Horwood

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, trimester 1

Rating:  3/5

Your Mark/Grade: pending

I have a very mixed feeling about this unit.

First of all, there’s no exam which is great. The unit chair whom is Sharon made the decision of abolishing exams for HPS111 and HPS121. She explained that exam is not an effective means of learning.

Instead of sitting exam, we got to do concept maps like we did in high school. But we have to do this on computer this time. Hence we got to learn new technology skills as well as learning to retain information better. Concept maps are great because they require a deep understanding for a topic before we can make links between concepts.

The 6 topics that we touched on were:
•   Biological Bases – Genetics and Brains
•   Learning
•   Memory
•   Intelligence
•   Motivation & Emotion

After finishing the concept maps, guess what? You get to mark your own maps!! But you’ve to write up a 500-words justification for the marks you’ve given yourself. Your tutor would have a look at it and decided whether you’ve underestimated or overestimated yourself. They would personally contact you if that happened. If the mark you’ve given yourself is what the tutor seem reasonable, that would be your final result.

These concept maps are valuable resources for yourself later on if you’re going to continue on a psych major. However, there weren’t any sample or one perfect concept map provided by the unit chair. You have to decide for yourself which concepts are important and which are not. Therefore, it’s tricky because you don’t know whether you’ve covered everything. All you were given was a rubric with criteria such as structure, clarity, etc to base your concept maps around.
Tip: although this would be your last assignment to be submitted for this unit, I suggest that you should start to do concept map from WEEK ONE. You have to do 6 different concept maps on 6 different topics. Therefore, it’s extremely important to start doing this as soon as possible because you would be more likely to take tremendous hours to trim your maps. The maps should be in 5 levels with examples at the bottom level.

In deconstructed report, we got to pick one out of six research articles and just deconstructed it. Then we had to create a website on it. The website MUST include pictures/videos or any illustrations that you could find to make your site look pretty. All resources had to be referenced correctly, of course.
Tip: your APA reference should be perfect by now so there wasn’t any excuse to make a mistake. If you need help you should go and see the Drop-in-station, they were a great help to me. Illustrations are important no matter how perfect your deconstructed report is. I found out this in the hard way.

After our reports were marked, we could do peer-review. This was optional. You were randomly divided into a group of five in your tute group. I found this was meaningless because I reviewed other people’s sites but I got none back. It was silly as well because all we did was saying nice things like “Good job, well done, etc” How could these feedback help us improve? I would like to pick my own group in the future rather than being randomly assigned.
The three reflective practice journals were the same as writing a diary but it has to be related to uni/study/psych, of course. After writing an entry you had to put it in a template given by the unit chair. The template was a website. This was a test of getting used to new technology as well.
Tip: This is extremely easy marks but don’t forget to do it right and put it in the right place!

One of the issues I had with this unit was the teaching method. We had seminar instead of traditional lecture. All lectures were pre-recorded and you’re expected to listen to the lectures right before the seminar. This model is followed after the “flipped class” model in the US. Recorded lectures were short, divided in parts and they’re not a substituted for doing the reading! I just couldn’t work with recorded lectures because I found it really hard to concentrate on them. That’s being said, there’re no one checking whether you’ve listened to the lectures and seminar. So you could set your own study pace. None of the lectures and seminars was compulsory, of course.

The main thing to study was to do the reading. There was a little reading guide for each week’s topic. The unit chair did a really great job to stuff up the key objectives with the page numbers in the book. I emailed her and she said the reading guide was not compulsory as well!

As I'm writing this review, I figure that I didn’t even have to travel 1hr and 30 mins to uni at all. All I could have done was staying at home, reading random pages, taking random notes and making random concept maps so I could pass the unit.

In the seminar we’re kind of getting the same info from the recorded lectures but the presenter expand/explain them more. We get to interact with the presenter as well. So if you’ve any question feel free to ask the presenter. That’s being said, first years like me are not that brave to put our hands up and ask questions ><

Seminar and lecture are two completely different things.

In lecture, you’re supposed to listen, take notes and ask questions after the lecture. Before lecture, you should at least do some reading or skim through it. Sitting in a lecture requires motivation to focus and concentrate.

In seminar, you’re not supposed to take notes, so don’t expect the presenter to speak or go through the slides slowly. You are encouraged to actively interact with the seminar presenter by asking question during the seminar. You’re expected to finish all the readings (or at least some of it) and listen to the pre-recorded lectures. Seminar requires you to be an active student and be better prepared compare to lecture.

I don’t think tutes are useful because all we just re-confirmed over and over again the same information that we could have checked on CloudDeakin before asking. But I still went to 10/11 of the tutes because I was afraid that there were some helpful advices on the assignment. There weren’t any.

Overall, I don’t know how I should rate this unit because I feel like I haven’t learnt enough but I enjoyed the fact that there was no
exam. I had a few issues with the teaching method as well.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2013, 12:52:20 pm by pyro-53 »
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Re: Deakin University - Subject reviews & ratings
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 10:57:22 pm »
Subject Code/Name: HBS109 - Human Structure and Function

Workload: 3 x 1 hour lectures, 4 x 2 hour practical classes per trimester and 4 x 1 hour tutorial classes per trimester


  • Practical class worksheets (4 x 10%) 40%
  • mid-trimester test (1 hour) 20%
  • end of trimester examination (2 hours) 40%

Lecture recording available: Yes

Past exams available: The lecturers kindly put up last year's exam on the intranet :)

Textbook Recommendation: Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology by Martini with the human body atlas and IP physiology CD. I highly recommend buying the textbook and CD but the body atlas wasn't helpful for this unit (it might be for future units though).

Lecturer(s): Anne Turner, Phil Parker, Troy Castricum, Stuart Warmington, Rod Snow

Tutor/ Prac demonstartor: Marita Wallace (there are heaps of others)

Year & Semester of completion: 2013, trimester 1

Rating: 4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: HD

Comments: This was my elective unit in Semester 1 last year and it's a core subject for Nursing.
The mid-sem exam was online (open book) and the end of sem exam was paper-based. Both exams were multiple choice. Prac worksheets were basically answerable from reading the textbook, which you can take with you.
Don't take it easy because the exams are multiple choice, there's heaps of structures you have to remember as well as their functions. Ask any questions you may have in tutorials (attendance isn't compulsory but it was helpful in my opinion) or you can use the online discussion thing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this unit! The lecturers were good with explaining the content and  I loved the way the lecture notes were set up (it was beautiful). The only bad thing about this unit was the pracs...I was hoping for dissections but we didn't exactly do any..there was a brain and a heart I think but it was more just observing how it looked :(
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