Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Australian university (I tried to think of something witty to put in brackets here (but (obviously) failed))

I've been neck-deep in uni stuff for the past few months (hence why I've been the absolute worst blogger ever, I swear I'm not ignoring you all but I just need another five hours in my day (said every uni student ever)) and thought it'd be interesting to see how Australian university compares to other universities. I've never been to a university in another country, so if you've been please let me know in the comments how it compares. (Also, obviously my university is just one uni out of many in the country and they're all going to be different.)

Many thanks to my sister, who (grudgingly) agreed to this photoshoot.

Allons-y! 

(And let's do a list, because I like lists.)

1. I have two semesters between March and October. 
This is different from mostly everyone else due to our seasons. You can imagine how confused I am with all the back-to-school stuff that's going on right now when I'm smack in the middle of my last semester. 

2. I typically take four subjects per semester. 
Last semester I took three, which was a bit unusual. The full workload is usually four. (This semester I'm taking Applied Calculus, Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity, Project Investigation and Materials for Engineers.) 

3. Mostly everything is online. 
I can access all my materials online, schedules, assessments, dates, homework, lecture slides, lectures, tutorials... the list goes on and on. Pretty much everything minus the textbooks and exams (and even then sometimes we have our textbooks online and the occasional online quiz) can be accessed via the Internet. That means if I miss a lecture, I can watch it at home once the lecturer has uploaded it. 

4. I only have one lecturer on-campus. 
We have a kinda of giant Skype thing going on, so I watch the lecturers from other campuses give the lecture through a TV in the lecture theatre. We have tutorials where tutors help us work through questions, but for the most part our lecturers aren't there. 

5. We call our lecturers by their first names. 
I think it's because the university wants us to feel on the same level as the lecturers and important - which we're not - so we don't call them 'professor' or anything. I was a tad bit disappointed about that, to be honest, because I wanted to be like Harry Potter and call everyone 'professor'. (But I'll survive.)

How is university run in your country? 

12 comments:

  1. It's good to get an inside look at uni life! I'm studying, but by distance so it's a bit different.

    And that photo is so good! I like it. :)

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    1. I don't know how distance students do it. I would have to drop out within a week, I have no motivation. Good on you!

      Thank you so much!

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  2. In Ireland (though I'm not in uni) we call our professors by their names as well. It's so strange to me to call adults that are much older than me by their first names. xD

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    1. Right, you're in college? Agreed, I feel like I need to at least add a 'Mr' if I'm not going to go the whole way and call them "Dr".

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  3. I am a distance student and I don't even know the names of my lecturers. I just call them by smart person talking for *insert subject*. Can't complain though :)

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  4. Ooooh this is cool, I'm joining a university in Wales at the end of this month, so I'll definitely let you know how it compares. This sounds pretty similar to the way most universities are run (or at least the ones I've seen on TV haha), but I honestly have no idea what to expect with mine. I'm slightly nervous about going to uni, like what if I hate it and end up wasting $15 grand????? It's concerning let me tell you!

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. That sounds awesome! Best of luck, I'm sure you'll be fabulous. What are you studying?

      I thought it'd be a lot more like on TV, where everyone was in a class and nothing was recorded so people could watch it later. There you go, I guess. American TV, creating false exceptions since whenever TV was invented.

      I BELIEVE IN YOU! YOU'LL BE FABULOUS, AMY!

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  5. At my university in the States, we called professors in our program by first names, but most of the University used the Mr./Mrs./Professor/Dr. So-and-So approach. I think it had something to do with the fact that most of our instructors had worked jobs where they went by their first names. Most of my classes were in-person (my program was very hands-on), but I did take a few online classes.

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    1. That's interesting, I've never thought about it like that. I suppose that'd make sense. Right, I guess you'd need to spend quite a bit of time in the classroom.

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  6. University? I don't even know what that word means, I've never heard of it, I have zero interest, it is definitely NOT the case that I'm MOVING COUNTRY TO GO TO UNI A WEEK ON MONDAY like that would be a crazy thing to do and REALLY soon like A WEEK AND A HALF AWAY so yeah lol no that is definitely NOT happening, I'm going to spend the rest of my life as a professional blogger / YA reader / gif finder / lighthouse keeper.

    I know nothing about uni in the UK!

    And honestly, that last sentence is true .....

    (hahahahahahhahahahahahaha)

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS EMILY I'M SO HAPPY YOU'VE MOVED TO UNI ASDFJKL!!! I need another update!

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