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University Degree Reviews - What Should I Study at Uni?
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:17:09 am »

Hi everybody! In this thread, please review your university degrees so far. You can review whatever you have completed, whether that be a single semester or an entire degree. If you wish to review specific units/courses within your degree, you can do that, too - please see here.

The general idea is to help future and current students as much as possible to get a genuinely good idea of what different pathways are like. You can use the following template for your review. You do not need to answer every question if you don't want to. :)

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[b]Name of degree/qualification:[/b] Type here what you are studying. For example, "Bachelor of Engineering."

[b]Institution:[/b] Type here where you are studying. For example, "RMIT University, Melbourne."

[b]Course duration (years):[/b] Type here how long the course takes full-time. For example, "3 years."

[b]Progress:[/b] Have you completed the degree? Are you in your first year? Do you have one semester to go? Type here how far through the qualification you are, for context.

[b]Contact hours:[/b] Type here how often you are required on campus.

[b]Class structure:[/b] Type here the general way classes run. Do you have lectures/tutorials/labs/seminars/other class types? Are they compulsory? How often?

[b]Assessment/exams:[/b] Type here your experiences with assessments and exams. How are you usually assessed? Does it vary? Do all subjects have exams?

[b]Networking/opportunities:[/b] Type here any relevant opportunities your course has afforded you.

[b]Friends/social stuff:[/b] Type here your experience with the social scene. Have you been on camps? Has it been easy for you to make friends? Is the structure of the course conducive to social interaction?

[b]Any surprises from what you expected?[/b] Type here about anything that has either positively or negatively surprised you about the course, no matter how big or small.

[b]Any other thoughts?[/b] Feel free to add anything!
« Last Edit: September 12, 2019, 10:21:09 am by Joseph41 »
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Re: University Degree Reviews - What Should I Study at Uni?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 10:18:19 am »

> Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education @ UNSW - 2nd year, September 2019
> Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) @ Monash University - 2nd year, September 2019
« Last Edit: September 12, 2019, 11:46:16 am by Joseph41 »
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Re: University Degree Reviews - What Should I Study at Uni?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 11:15:22 am »
Name of degree/qualification: Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education

Institution: UNSW

Course duration (years): 5 years

Progress: 2nd year, 3 years & 1 term to go.

Contact hours: Around 11 hours a wk, normally 4 days so far depending on timetabling.

Class structure: Education normally has a 2 hour lecture and 1hr tute for each subject. The education lectures (especially in 1st year) have around 300 people because it is made up with science/arts/music/etc students. Music is made up of a mix of lectures, studios and tutes. Often studios are the more practical classes where we will be playing our pieces for performance lab, or going over rhythms in theory classes. All of my classes so far have had an 80% attendance requirement, and a roll has either been passed around or electronically marked. 

Assessment/exams: Iíve never had any end-of term exams from my degree, other than my performance exam (which is at the end of the year). Education normally has around 2-3 assessments for each subject and they are normally made up of essays (but I have had a few in class quizzes/and a video). Music assessments are normally a bit more varied, & there are more than education. My theory subjects have included in class tests, compositions, transcriptions, music listening tests. The performance classes are made up of critiques, ensemble contribution, performance presentations and the end of year exam. Similarly, my music history classes have been made up of listening tests, presentations and essays.

Networking/opportunities: Thereís a lot of different music ensembles you can be in (& are a requirement of the per lab courses). Music and Education Facebook groups that advertise opportunities: both jobs, concerts and events happening. Education society offers events and assessment workshops for 1st year subjects.

Friends/social stuff: I find itís a lot easier to make friends in music rather than education. Mainly because education has 300 people in some lectures and music is really small (thereís been 20ish people in some of my 2nd year lectures). I also find that I stuck with music people in some of my education tutes as well. I found that everyone in my course was really friendly but it was easier to make friends in 2nd year where Iíd already known people for a bit. I went on arts camp at the start of 1st year, and while I enjoyed it there werenít a lot of music people there so I made friends but didnít really see them often. I think the music course especially is really conductive to social interaction: everyoneís super supportive during performance lessons, and when we have breaks in between classes we all talk and (try to) study together in the music corridors. I think educationís been a bit harder; but this could also be because I only do 1 education subject a term, compared to 2-3 with music (per sem/term).

Any surprises from what you expected? I was really keen for my education units but because they were foundational, I found them boring because I couldnít see how they would relate to teaching music. I found the music theory courses pretty difficult to start off with. However, Iíve really enjoyed mist of my music and education subjects.
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Re: University Degree Reviews - What Should I Study at Uni?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 11:32:56 am »
Hey J41 - thanks for the thread! Hopefully this kicks off

Name of degree/qualification: Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)

Institution: Monash University

Course duration (years): 4 years (including honours). You can drop out after 3 years and be awarded the Bachelor of Science instead

Progress: I started last year and am now in the second semester of 2nd year.

Contact hours:
In first year there are 4 contact hours for the impact through science unit which is compulsory each semester, and you will have 3 other units you're completing. In 2nd year there's only 3 contact hours for the impact through science units. Your total contact hours will vary depending on which other units you pick, but you can expect around 20ish. This semester I only have 16 contact hours, which is relaively low for science courses.

Note that this course cannot be deferred and you must study full time

Class structure:
Impact through science (compulsory & specific to this course): Lots of class discussions. usually very hands on, everyone contributes. My favourite classes
Science units: Varies depending on which units you pick, but you can expect lectures (everyone sits in a room and listens to the lecturer. There's usually some form of audience participation, e.g. answering questions) + labs (doing experiments, analysis etc. in small groups or individually) AND/OR workshops/tutorials (go through work, class or small-group discussions, often homework and/or quizzes)
Elective units: I haven't taken any of my non-science units yet but lectures + tutorials is pretty common

Impact through science (compulsory & specific to this course): No exams, lots of focus on projects and on group work (don't worry the people in this course are good at group work)
Science units: Almost always an exam, quizzes throughout semester & other homework tasks. If taking a unit with labs you can expect to do scientific reports.
Elective units: Again, this depends on the unit. If an arts unit probably expecting essays etc.

An absolutely insane amount of networking opportunities both inside and outside the university.
Meeting non-uni people:
These are held both inside and outside class times & there's a mix of compulsory an non-compulsory.
For example leadership dialogues in first year where you get to meet a whole bunch of interesting people from diverse areas are generally compulsory.
In first semester of 2nd year we met a different successful entrepreneur or intrapreneur each week. I also recently attended a social enterprise expo which I only knew about through my course.

Meeting uni people:
I'm on the Monash Advanced Science and Science Scholars Society (society for Global Challenges and Research students) and we run an event which helps you meet and mingle with academics each semester. In first semester we run an academic mixer, which is a chill opportunity to network with academics (with free food). In second semester we run mass^2 where global challenges and research students present on science topics to other science students and academics (also free food). You also have access to the normal science faculty networking events such as industry nights.

Friends/social stuff:
Global challenges kicks off in first year with a camp which is highly effective at bonding the cohort together. I have never struggled with friends in uni as my course mates are some of my closest friends even right from the start. There are also events where global challenges students for all year levels meet up which is useful for making friends outside your cohort.

For making friends with research students and other global challenges students the Monash Advanced Science Society runs multiple events throughout the year.

To make friends with students outside global challenges and research, the networking events listed above can help and talking to whoever you are sharing a lab and/or tute with is a good way of making science friends. I find that Clayton campus being so huge and having a bunch of free events (e.g. free food and live music once a week) helps with keeping people on campus and socialising with each other.

Any surprises from what you expected?

I didn't know how amazing the people in my course would be or how quickly we would bond. This is probably the biggest thing I underestimated about uni

Any other thoughts? 

Going to drop a link to my university journey journal :)

This may have come across in the rest of the description but I absolutely love my course. Sometimes it's stressful but I am so, so glad I chose it. If you have any questions on it feel free to reach out and send me a pm :)
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