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University of Melbourne - Subject Reviews & Ratings
« on: July 03, 2011, 02:23:10 pm »
University of Melbourne
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ANCW10005: Ancient Near Eastern Language: Egyptian

ANCW20015: Classical Mythology
ANCW20019: Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
ANCW20025: Archaeology of the Roman World
ANCW30011: Underworld and Afterlife

ANTH10001: Anthropology: Studying Human Diversity

CCDP20001: Street Art

CHIN10003: Chinese 7
CHIN10005: Chinese 1A (2)

CLAS10003: Intensive Beginners Latin (2)
CLAS10006: Latin 1 (1) (2)
CLAS10022: Intensive Beginners Ancient Greek A (1) (2)
CLAS20027: Intermediate Latin Language

CWRI10001: Creative Writing: Ideas and Practice

ENGL10001: Modern and Contemporary Literature
ENGL10002: Literature and Performance (1) (2)
ENGL20022: Modernism and Avant Garde
ENGL20023: American Classics
ENGL30051: Comedy
ENGL30013: Gothic Fictions

EURO10002: Eurovisions

FREN10004: French 1 - Winter Intensive
FREN10006/FREN20001/FREN30003: French 5 (1) (2)
FREN20012: French Travel Writing

GERM10002/ GERM20005: German 4
GERM10004: German 1
GERM10006/GERM20007/GERM30005: German 5 (1) (2) (3)

HIST10006: Making Sense of America
HIST10012: The World Since World War II
HIST20010: The First Centuries of Islam
HIST20013: The Holocaust and Genocide
HIST20060: Total War: World War II (1) (2)
HIST20069: Modern European History
HIST30010: Hilter's Germany and Fascism

HPSC10001: From Plato to Einstein (1) (2)
HPSC20015: Astronomy in World History
HPSC20021: Critical Reasoning
HPSC30019: Minds and Madness

INTS10001: International Politics (1) (2) (3)

ISLM10002: Islam in the Modern World
ISLM20003: The Qur'an: An Introduction
ISLM30018: Diplomacy: Engaging the Muslim World

ITAL10001: Italian 3
ITAL10002: Italian 4
ITAL10004: Italian 1
ITAL10006: Italian 5
ITAL10008: Italian Mid-Year Winter Intensive

JAPN10001: Japanese 1 (1) (2)
JAPN10002: Japanese 2
JAPN10003/20013/30007: Japanese 5

KORE10001: Korean 1
KORE20002: Contemporary Korea

LING10001: The Secret Life of Language (1) (2) (3) (4)
LING10002: Intercultural Communication (1) (2) (3) (4)
LING20003: Second Language Learning and Teaching
LING20005: Phonetics (1) (2)
LING20006: Syntax (1) (2)
LING20011: Grammar of English (1) (2) (3)
LING30007: Semantics
LING30012: Language and Identity

MECM10006: Introduction to Media Writing
MECM20009: Introduction to Media Writing

MULT10015: Language
MULT10016: Reason
MULT10018: Power

PHIL10003: Philosophy: The Great Thinkers
PHIL20030: Meaning, Possibility and Paradox

POLS10003: Introduction to Political Ideas
POLS20006: Contemporary Political Theory
POLS20008: Public Policy Making
POLS30011: Chinese Politics and Society
POLS30019: Australian Foreign Policy

PSYC10003: Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 (1) (2) (3)
PSYC10004: Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 (1) (2)
PSYC20006: Biological Psychology (1) (2) (3) (4)
PSYC20007: Cognitive Psychology (1) (2) (3)
PSYC20008: Developmental Psychology
PSYC20009: Personality and Social Psychology (1) (2)
PSYC30012: The Unconscious Mind
PSYC30013: Research Methods for Human Inquiry (1) (2)
PSYC30014: The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1) (2)
PSYC30016: Social and Emotional Development
PSYC30017: Perception, Memory and Cognition
PSYC30021: Psychological Science: Theory & Practice
PSYC30022: Trends in Personality and Social Psychology

RUSS10001: Russian 1 (1) (2)
RUSS10002: Russian 2

SCRN10001: Introduction to Screen Studies
SCRN20011: Hollywood and Entertainment
SCRN20014: Film Genres and Auteurs
SCRN30005: The Digital Screenscape

SPAN10001: Spanish 1 (1) (2)
SPAN10002: Spanish 2
SPAN20020: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
SPAN30014: Spanish 5

SOLS10001: Law in Society (1) (2) (3)

THTR20021: Shakespeare in Performance

ACCT10001: Accounting Reports and Analysis (CURRENT COURSE) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
ACCT10001: Accounting Reports and Analysis (OUTDATED COURSE) (1) (2) See here
ACCT10002: Introductory Financial Accounting (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
ACCT10003: Accounting Processes and Analysis
ACCT20001: Cost Management (1) (2)
ACCT20002: Intermediate Financial Accounting (1) (2)
ACCT20007: Accounting Information: Risks & Controls
ACCT30001: Financial Accounting Theory (1) (2) (3)
ACCT30002: Enterprise Performance Management (1) (2)
ACCT30004: Auditing and Assurance Services (1) (2) (3)

ACTL10001: Introduction to Actuarial Studies (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
ACTL20001: Financial Mathematics I (1) (2) (3) - renamed as Introductory Financial Mathematics from here
ACTL20002: Financial Mathematics II

BLAW10001: Principles of Business Law (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
BLAW10002: Free Speech and Media Law
BLAW20001: Corporate Law (1) (2) (3)
BLAW30002: Taxation Law 1 (1) (2) (3)
BLAW30003: Taxation Law 2
BLAW30004: Competition and Consumer Law

ECOM20001: Introductory Econometrics (1) (2) (3) - renamed as Econometrics 1 (4)
ECOM30001: Basic Econometrics
ECOM30002/ ECOM90002: Econometrics 2 (1) (2)
ECOM40004: Financial Econometrics
ECOM40006: Econometric Techniques

ECON10002: Seminar in Economics and Commerce A
ECON10003: Introductory Macroeconomics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
ECON10004: Introductory Microeconomics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)
ECON10005: Quantitative Methods 1 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
ECON20001: Intermediate Macroeconomics (1)(2)
ECON20002: Intermediate Microeconomics (1) (2) (3) (4)
ECON20003: Quantitative Methods 2 (1) (2) (3) (4)
ECON20005: Competition and Strategy (1) (2) (3)
ECON30005: Money and Banking
ECON30010: Microeconomics (1) (2)
ECON30011: Environmental Economics
ECON30019: Behavioural Economics
ECON30020: Mathematical Economics (1)(2)

FNCE10001: Finance 1 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
FNCE10002: Principles of Finance (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
FNCE20001: Business Finance (1) (2) (3)
FNCE20003: Introductory Personal Finance
FNCE20004: Introduction to Real Estate Analysis
FNCE20005: Corporate Financial Decision Making
FNCE30001: Investments (1) (2)
FNCE30002: Corporate Finance (1) (2) (3)
FNCE30007: Derivative Securities (1) (2) (3)
FNCE30012: Foundations of Fintech

MGMT10002: Principles of Management
MGMT20001: Organisational Behaviour (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
MGMT20011: Business Negotiations (1) (2) (3)

MKTG10001: Principles of Marketing (1) (2) (3)
MKTG20006: Brand Management
MKTG30008: Neuromarketing

Science (A - L)
ANAT20006: Principles of Human Structure (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
ANAT30007: Human Locomotor Systems (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
ANAT30008: Viscera and Visceral Systems (1) (2)

BCMB20002: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
BCMB20003: Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function (1) (2)
BCMB20005: Techniques in Molecular Science (1) (2) (3)
BCMB30001: Protein Structure and Function (1) (2) (3)
BCMB30002: Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (2)
BCMB30003: Molecular Aspects of Cell Biology
BCMB30004: Cell Signalling & Neurochemistry (1) (2) (3)
BCMB30010: Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science (1) (2) (3) (4)
BCMB30011: Metabolism and Nutrition
BCMB30012: Current Advances in Molecular Science

BIOL10001: Biology of Australian Flora and Fauna
BIOL10004: Biology of Cells and Organisms (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
BIOL10005: Genetics & The Evolution of Life (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
BIOL10008: Introductory Biology: Life's Machinery
BIOL30001: Reproductive Physiology (1) (2)

BMEN20001: Biomechanical Physics and Computation (1) (2)

BOTA20004: Flora of Victoria (1) (2)
BOTA30001: Marine Botany

BTCH20002: Biotechnology
BTCH30002: Trends & Issues in Agrifood Biotech

CEDB20003: Fundamentals of Cell Biology (1) (2) (3)
CEDB30002: Concepts in Cell and Developmental Biology

CHEM10003: Chemistry 1 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
CHEM10004: Chemistry 2 (1) (2) (3) (4)
CHEM10007: Fundamentals of Chemistry (1) (2)
CHEM20011: Environmental Chemistry
CHEM20018: Reactions and Synthesis (1) (2) (3)
CHEM20019: Practical Chemistry
CHEM20020: Chemistry: Structure and Properties
CHEM30016: Reactivity and Mechanism

CHEN20007: Chemical Process Analysis 1
CHEN20008: Chemical Process Analysis 2
CHEN20009: Transport Processes
CHEN30001: Reactor Engineering
CHEN30005 Heat and Mass Transport Processes

COMP10001: Foundations of Computing (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
COMP10002: Foundations of Algorithms (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
COMP20003: Algorithms and Data Structures
COMP20005: Engineering Computation (1) (2) (3) (4)
COMP20007: Design of Algorithms (1) (2)
COMP20008: Elements of Data Processing (1) (2)
COMP30020: Declarative Programming
COMP30021: Theoretical Computer Science
COMP30022: IT Project
COMP30023: Computer Systems
COMP30024: Artificial Intelligence
COMP30026: Models of Computation
COMP90051: Statistical and Evolutionary Learning

CVEN30008: Risk Analyssis (1) (2) (3)
CVEN30009: Structural Theory and Design (1) (2) (3)
CVEN30010: Systems Modelling and Design (1) (2)
CVEN90016: Concrete Design and Technology
CVEN90024: High Rise Structures
CVEN90035: Structural Theory and Design 3
CVEN90043: Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (1) (2)
CVEN90044: Engineering Site Characterisation
CVEN90045: Engineering Project Implementation
CVEN90049: Structural Theory and Design 2 (1) (2)
CVEN90050: Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN90051: Civil Hydraulics

ECOL30007: Marine Ecosystems: Ecology & Management

ELEN20005: Foundations of Electrical Networks (1) (2) (3)
ELEN30009: Electrical Network Analysis and Design
ELEN30011: Electrical Device Modelling
ELEN30012: Signals and Systems
ELEN30013: Electronic Systems Implementation
ELEN90054: Probability and Random Models

ENEN20002: Earth Processes for Engineering (1) (2) (3)

ENGR10003: Engineering Systems Design 2 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
ENGR10004: Engineering Systems Design 1 (1) (2)
ENGR20003: Engineering Materials
ENGR20004: Engineering Mechanics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
ENGR30002: Fluid Mechanics (1) (2) (3) (4)
ENGR90034: Creating Innovative Engineering

FOOD20003: Food Chemistry, Biology and Nutrition (2) (3)

GENE10001: Genetics in the Media
GENE20001: Principles of Genetics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
GENE20002: Genes and Genomes (1) (2) (3)
GENE30001: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (1) (2)
GENE30002: Genes: Organisation and Function (1) (2)
GENE30004: Genetic Analysis (1) (2)
GENE30005: Human and Medical Genetics (1) (2)

GEOM20015: Surveying and Mapping
GEOM30009: Imaging the Environment

INFO20003: Database Systems (1) (2)
« Last Edit: January 01, 2022, 03:33:00 pm by AngelWings »
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VCE 2009'10: English 46 | English Language 49 | Chemistry 50 | Biology 50 | Further Mathematics 48 | Mathematical Methods CAS 39
ATAR: 99.85

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Re: University of Melbourne - Subject Reviews & Ratings
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 03:10:48 pm »
Mod Note (AW): Split the Science subjects due to quantity exceeding character limit. Second half found in this post. 
Science (M - Z)
MAST10005: Calculus 1 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
MAST10006: Calculus 2 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
MAST10007: Linear Algebra (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
MAST10008: Accelerated Mathematics 1 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
MAST10009: Accelerated Mathematics 2 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
MAST10010: Data Analysis 1
MAST20004: Probability (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
MAST20005: Statistics
MAST20009: Vector Calculus (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
MAST20018: Discrete Maths and Operations Research (1) (2)
MAST20022: Group Theory and Linear Algebra (1) (2) (3)
MAST20026: Real Analysis with Applications (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
MAST20029: Engineering Mathematics (1) (2) (3) (4)
MAST20030: Differential Equations (1) (2) (3)
MAST20031: Analysis of Biological Data
MAST30001: Stochastic Modelling (1) (2)
MAST30005: Algebra
MAST30011: Graph Theory (1) (2)
MAST30012: Discrete Mathematics (1) (2)
MAST30020: Probability and Statistical Inference (1) (2) (3)
MAST30021: Complex Analysis (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (5)
MAST30022: Decision Making
MAST30024: Geometry
MAST30025: Linear Statistical Models
MAST30026: Metric and Hilbert Spaces (1) (2)
MAST30027: Modern Applied Statistics
MAST30028: Numerical and Symbolic Mathematics (1) (2) - renamed as Numerical Method & Scientific Computing (3)
MAST30029: Partial Differential Equations
MAST90011: Modelling: Mathematical Biology (1) (2)
MAST90026: Computational Differential Equations
MAST90045: Systems Modelling and Simulation
MAST90053: Experimental Mathematics
MAST90056: Riemann surfaces and complex analysis
MAST90067: Advanced Methods: Transforms
MAST90069: Introduction to String Theory
MAST90082: Mathematical Statistics
MAST90133: Partial differential equations

MCEN30014: Mechanical Design
MCEN30017: Mechanics & Materials (1) (2) (3)

MIIM20001: Principles of Microbiology & Immunology (1) (2) (3)
MIIM20002: Microbes, Infections and Responses (1) (2) (3)
MIIM30002: Principles of Immunology (1) (2)
MIIM30003: Medical and Applied Immunology
MIIM30011: Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology (1) (2)
MIIM30014: Medical Microbiology: Virology (1) (2)
MIIM30015: Techniques in Immunology
MIIM30016: Techniques in Microbiology

MULT10011: Introduction to Life, Earth and Universe (1) (2) (3)

NEUR30002: Neurophysiology: Neurons and Circuits (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
NEUR30003: Principles of Neuroscience (1) (2) (3) (4)
NEUR30004: Sensation, Movement & Complex Function (1) (2)

OPTO10001: Vision: How The Eye Sees The World
OPTO30007: Visual Neuroscience (1) (2)

PATH20001: Exploring Human Disease - Science (1) (2)
PATH20003: Experimental Pathology (1) (2)
PATH30001: Mechanisms of Human Disease (1) (2)

PHRM20001: Pharmacology, How Drugs Work (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
PHRM30002: Drugs Affecting the Nervous System (1) (2)
PHRM30003: Drug Treatment of Disease
PHRM30008: From Discovery to Market (1) (2)
PHRM30009: Drugs in Biomedical Experiments (1) (2)

PHYC10001: Physics 1: Advanced (1) (2) (3) (4)
PHYC10002: Physics 2: Advanced (1) (2)
PHYC10003: Physics 1 (1) (2) (3)
PHYC10004: Physics 2: Physical Sciences and Technology (1) (2)
PHYC10005: Physics 1: Fundamentals (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
PHYC10006: Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment
PHYC10008: From the Solar System to the Cosmos
PHYC20009: Thermal and Classical Physics (1) (2)
PHYC20010: Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity
PHYC20011: Electromagnetism and Optics
PHYC20016: Elements of Quantum Computing
PHYC30016: Electrodynamics
PHYC30017: Statistical Physics
PHYC30018: Quantum Physics

PHYS20008: (Integrative) Human Physiology (2) (3) (4) (5)
PHYS20009: Research-based Physiology (1) (2) (3) (4)
PHYS30001: Cardiovascular Health: Genes and Hormones (1) (2)
PHYS30005: Muscle and Exercise Physiology (1)  (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
PHYS30008: Frontiers in Physiology (1) (2)
PHYS30010: Advanced Human Physiology

SCIE20001: Thinking Scientifically
SCIE30001: Science Research Project (1) (2)
SCIE30002: Science and Technology Internship

SWEN20003: Object Oriented Software Development (1) (2) (3)
SWEN30006: Software Modelling and Design (1) (2)

ZOOL20004: Australian Wildlife Biology
ZOOL20006: Comparative Animal Physiology (1) (2)
ZOOL30006: Animal Behaviour (1) (2)
ZOOL30007: Experimental Animal Behaviour

ABPL20034: Urban History

AGRI10039: Australia in the Wine World

ASIA10001: Language and Power in Asian Societies

DASC10002: Animals in Society 1: Introduction
DASC20010: Applied Animal Physiology (1) (2)
DASC20011: Companion Animal Biology
DASC20012: Comparative Nutrition and Digestion
DASC20013: Topics in Animal Health

ENVS10002: Reshaping Environments
ENVS10006: Mapping Environments
ENVS10010: Owned Environments

EDUC10050: Understanding Knowing and Learning
EDUC10051: Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice (1) (2)
EDUC10057: Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance (1) (2) (3)
EDUC20065: Knowledge, Learning and Culture
EDUC20068: Sport, Education and the Media (1) (2)
EDUC20069: Deafness and Communication
EDUC20070: Learning via Sport and Outdoor Education
EDUC20076: Auslan and Visual Communication (1) (2)
EDUC20080: School Experience as Breadth
EDUC30070: Applying Coaching Science

EVSC20003: Forests in a Global Context (1) (2)

FINA10036: The Body: Facts and Fictions
FINA20026: Painting Techniques (1) (2)

FLTV10010: Making Movies 1 (1) (2)

MEDS90004: Principles of Clinical Practice 2
MEDS90020: Principles of Clinical Practice 3
MEDS90025: Transition to Practice
MEDS90026: MD Research Project 2

MUSI10017: Guitar Cultures and Practice
MUSI10023: Music Language 1: The Diatonic World (1)  (2)
MUSI10025: Writing About Music: Australian Issues
MUSI10208: 19th Century Music and Ideas
MUSI10209: Glee Singing
MUSI10211: Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
MUSI20002: Impressionism to Postmodernism in Music
MUSI20008: Music Technology
MUSI20061: Music Language 2: Chromaticism & Beyond
MUSI20139: Gamelan Ensemble 2
MUSI20143: World Music Choir 3 (1) (2)
MUSI20149: Music Psychology (1) (2)
MUSI20150: Music and Health
MUSI20161: Alexander Technique for Musicians
MUSI20206: The Business of Music

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2011-13: BBiomed (Microbiology & Immunology Major) @ UniMelb

VCE 2009'10: English 46 | English Language 49 | Chemistry 50 | Biology 50 | Further Mathematics 48 | Mathematical Methods CAS 39
ATAR: 99.85

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Re: University of Melbourne - Subject Reviews & Ratings
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 04:15:17 pm »
Subject Code/Name: MAST10005 Calculus 1

Workload:  Weekly: 3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour practical (this is basically a tute where you work off a problem sheet, usually in small groups)

Assessment:  10 x Weekly Assignments totalling 20%.  Calling these "assignments" is a little over the top.  They are basically just a couple of questions which you have to answer and submit each week.  It is a relatively easy way to gain 20%.  Then there is the exam which is worth 80%.  It is held in the first few days of the examination period.

Lectopia Enabled:  No.  You will have to go to lectures unless you are willing to self learn.  Lecture slides are full of gaps where you copy the lecturers workings, so you will have to attend.  There are lots of streams available which makes attending easier.

Past exams available:  Yes. Six past exams were available, and the lecturer posted up the answers/solutions.

Textbook Recommendation:  Lecture notes are downloaded off the LMS.  DO NOT buy the textbook (Calculus 1 & 2 (Hass, Weir, Thomas, Adams and Essex), Pearson, 2010)).  You will never use it.  If you need additional help, consult a Specialist Mathematics 3/4 textbook, or you can go and get help from one of the many lecturers/tutors during their office period.  You are provided with everything you need to do well in this subject.  (comprehensive lecture notes, tutorial worksheets + solutions, problem book + answers, past exams + assignments with solutions)

Lecturer(s):  Dr. Deborah King (the other lecture streams were taken by Dr. Heng Soon Gan and Dr. Alex Ghitza)

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, Semester 1

Rating:  5/5

Your Mark/Grade: 94% H1

Comments: If you like maths and never had the chance to complete Specialist Maths 3/4 at VCE level then this is the subject for you.  It is very similar to Specialist Maths 3/4, however a few things are left out and you are NOT permitted a calculator of any kind.  The assessment was fair and with lots of practice, you will be well prepared for the exam.  The lecturers/tutors are usually approachable, however sometimes they oversimplify/assume things because I suppose they expect you to know it from VCE.
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VCE 2009'10: English 46 | English Language 49 | Chemistry 50 | Biology 50 | Further Mathematics 48 | Mathematical Methods CAS 39
ATAR: 99.85

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Re: University of Melbourne - Subject Reviews & Ratings
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 06:15:59 pm »
Subject Code/Name: UNIB10002 Logic: Language and Information  

Workload:  Weekly: 2x 1 hour lectures, 1x 2 hour workshop(Problem solving class)

Assessment:  50% 3 hour end of semester exam, 10% mid semester test (40 m), 2 group projects worth 10% each, 4 group assignments totalling 15%, 5% workshop attendance

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with screen capture, however frequently the lecturers write on the whiteboard and this may cause difficulty following whatever is being discussed at times

Past exams available:  Past 3 years worth of exams are available however no full solutions were prepared until a tutor from his own volition formed the 2009 solutions, cant guarantee he'll write more.

Textbook Recommendation:  Only one text is required and is necessary, Greg Restall, Logic (Routledge 2006)

Rating:  2.5 / 5

Your Mark/Grade: H1

Comments: I only hope students are not mislead to taking this subject through seeing labels of philosophy and logic as interesting, some of it seems a pretence, its mostly tedious math based calculations with some theory which could be mathematically construed as philosophical, best advice I can give is, look over the past exams and that will give you the best idea of what this subject is about. That being said you everything apart from the exam is relatively simple (most students attain 45-50% before the exam), the exam then differentiates H1 from~H1 (negation of H1, something which you will become very familiar with ahah).
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 11:15:40 pm »
Subject Code/Name: PHYS30005 Muscle and Exercise Physiology

Workload:  Weekly 3 x 1 hour lectures (except once every 3 weeks or so where there would only be 2 lectures for the week). There was also a workshop but this was kind of pointless since we were given an assignment that we could do at home.

Assessment:  There are 2 MCQ tests worth 15%, an assignment (mentioned above) worth 10% and the exam worth 60%.

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Yes. About 10 years worth, although the course has changed a little during this time so you would have to look for the relevant questions.

Textbook Recommendation:  I think they recommended a textbook, however i didn't use one. The subject is based a lot around the lecturers research and current understanding of much of the content taught changes quite rapidly, so textbooks may be out of date anyway.

Rating:  3.5-4/5

Your Mark/Grade: H1

Comments: I thought this subject was pretty good. It is quite interesting and we learn about things such as sarcopenia, muscular dystrophy, muscle development, adaptations to training, performance enhancing drugs etc. (have a look at the handbook for more info). All the content is taught by researchers, and if you are contemplating honours in physiology this could be a good subject to do, as there seemed to be a lot of recruitment by the lecturers for honours students. Some problems i had with the subject was contradictory information at times between lectures and lecturers. There is also quite a lot of information presented, but doable if you can understand the key concepts. The subject is a lot more challenging than i think a lot of people anticipated, but i thought that overall it was quite a good subject and i enjoyed it.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 11:58:22 pm »
Subject Code/Name: PHYS30001 Cardiovascular Health: Genes and Hormones

Workload:  Weekly 3 x 1 hour lectures and three 2-hour workshops throughout semester. Course was split into 3 Themes, each theme had around 10 lectures so there were weeks where there was just 1 lecture.

Assessment:  Assignment worth 10-15% and test worth 20% at the end of each Theme.

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with screen capture.

Past exams available:  Questions provided prior to Theme A test. Sample questions for Theme B test (MCQ). No questions provided for Theme C test.

Textbook Recommendation: Relevant research papers uploaded on LMS

Rating:  2.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: H2A

Comments: You can read the Handbook entry for subject content so I'll just talk about the assessments. Workload was pretty light throughout semester since there were only 10 lectures for each Theme so we could basically forget everything after the Theme test. For the Theme A test, 10 essay questions (1 question from each lecture) were uploaded onto the LMS prior to the test, and 3 of these will be examined. Many students leave test preparation to the last minute so many did not perform as well as expected (Class average H3). I recommend working in study groups for this and prepare early to maximise chances of getting good marks.

Theme B test was MCQ. Some sample questions were uploaded prior to test but that was it. Lots of memory work for this test so make sure you know your lectures well!

Theme C was a let down. They ran out of things to teach so they incorporated the renal/kidney system with the CVS with an emphasis on kidney development. The lectures were rushed and the last 2 lectures were examined in the same week as the test. Test was in short answer form and no practice questions were provided.

The assignments involved reviewing a journal article or responding to a Physiological problem. The more time you put in, the more likely you'll get a good mark.

The major downside for this subject is that there was no feedback for any of the assignments (except grades) and when feedback was requested, only a sentence of feedback was given with no opportunity for consultation.

I recommend this subject for anyone interested in pursuing a major in Physiology.
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Subject Code/Name: HIST10006 Making Sense of America: U.S. Since 1945

Workload:  Two one hour lectures per week, one one hour tute per week.

Assessment:  One 500 word document analysis worth 10%.  One 1500 word essay on a 'topic' covered in class/the reader, worth 30%, due the week before the mid-semester break.  One 2000 word essay on a topic chosen or created by the student, either from a list of around 50-60 or that they propose themselves, worth 50%.

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with slides and video capture available but not for most AV material.

Past exams available:  N/A.

Textbook Recommendation:  Buy the reader, discussions in tutes (for which your participation is marked) centre around the documents found in the reader, your first assessment is about something in the reader and the second assessment also uses all of the documents in the reader no matter which topic you choose.  You can download the reader, but if you do, print it off anyway because it is good to have the documents in tutes as you discuss them for quotations and annotations.  You do not need to buy the recommended text.

Rating:  4.5/5.

Your Mark/Grade: 81, H1.

Comments: I loved this subject - it was very refreshing and was always interesting, covering all of the modern history I was interested in.  I thought that it was quite helpful for my then media degree because it addressed current issues such as the War in Iraq as well as historically important issues like the Cold War and Presidential ordeals.  I wrote my final essay on Bill Clinton, and screwed it up (ending up with only a 79) because I had 10000 words due on the one day in the exam period and didn't have time to finish it properly, hence my relatively low mark of 81.  However, the subject was really great and always enjoyable!  The class discussions were interesting and made you actually want to go to tutes, which are a hurdle requirement.

My tutor was awesome and even allowed us to send him drafts of our essays before final submission.  The lecturer for this subject, Ara, is grat and always interesting and thought provoking.  Be warned - if you have a clash, she shows a lot of AV materials which you can't access outside of class.  I had a clash with CMEDL (above) and I couldn't see half of the videos because Fran refused to upload the slides for my other subjects.  So I did one of the lectures for this subject at home and I did feel a little lost when I got to tutes the next day when I had missed out on some of the AV material.  So I would recommend going to this class rather than doing the lecture at home.
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Subject Code/Name: PHYS20009 Research Based Physiology

Workload:  1 x 2-3hr Workshop/Practical & 1 x 1hr Lecture

Assessment:   Written reports of up to 1500 words each due during the semester (20%); Class participation during the semester (5%); Effective PRS participation and contributions (5%), A research-project and written report of up to 2000 words due during semester (30%); Ongoing assessment of e-Learning activities(10%), A 2-hour written examination in the examination period (30%)

Lectopia Enabled: 
Yes but without screen capture

Past exams available:
  4 of the most recent past exams will be mounted on the LMS with only one set of answers released

Textbook Recommendation:
Silverthorn, D.U., Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach 5th Ed., 2010 - Pearson (Same as that needed for Human Physiology PHYS20008 (not necessary))

Lecturer(s): Arianne Dantas & Charles Sevigny

Year & Semester (where applicable) of completion: 2011 Semester 1

Rating:  4/5

Your Mark/Grade:
H1 (87%)

This subject is a Pre-requisite for the Physiology Major. It is also a relatively easy subject to get a H1. All lectures and workshops should be attended since 10% of the overall mark will count towards 'rocking-up'. I recommend doing it co-currently with Human Physiology if you want a pretty chillax semester, as there is a complete overlap between the content in PHYS20008 and Research. E-Learning activities comprise of Pre-Practical Questions, Post-Practical Questions and Collaborative Exercises submitted during workshops. Charles Sevigny is the best demonstrator as he is pretty laid back and always happy to give everyone full marks. Getting a H1 in this subject is purely determinant among the work completed throughout the course of the semester. It is important that you strive to attain closeto to full marks for all assessments before heading into the exam. The Lecturer Arianne Dantas even admits to it as having a high prevalence of H1's. Practicals are relatively straight forwards and any queries are usually ironed out the week following the practical in the Post Practical Lecture. The research assignment I admit was extremely time consuming. In order to have a good idea of what the demonstrators are looking for when marking your research paper it is integral that you complete and submit all drafts (not assessed) (Intro Draft, Method Draft, Results Draft, Discussion Draft and a Full Draft). So technically, since i submitted all my drafts it took about 3/4 of the semester to complete the assignment. Doing a bit at a time will ensure that your work is of a high standard and that you're not cramming it in during the last week. Once this is all out of the way most people who are on top of their work should be on 60/100 in terms of their overall score. Which means no study is necessary for the end of year exam as you need only a 50%-66% to get a H1. You will notice that the exam is just a regurge of previous exam questions so this shouldn't be a problem.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011, 12:35:56 am »
Subject Code/Name: e.g. Introduction to Media Writing (otherwise known as Professional Writing)

Workload: One one hour lecture per week, one two hour workshop per week.

Assessment:  One group oral presentation on a newspaper, worth 10%.  One online discussion board blog (ongoing) worth 10% in response to readings for the week and ideas presented in lectures.  One 80% folio of '4000 words' (it actually ends up being around 6000) due at the end of the semester, with three drafts due throughout the semester for workshopping - the magazine article, the personal narrative article and the op-ed (or opinion piece).

Lectopia Enabled:  No.

Past exams available:  N/A.

Textbook Recommendation:  The reader must be purchased.  Word Bytes is optional, and I found it was helpful for some of the writing so you may as well get it, it's only like 20 dollars and is written by the coordinator.

Rating:  1/5.

Your Mark/Grade:: 75%, H2A.

Comments: This was the first H2A I ever received for a subject, and it was a subject I hated indeed.  In fact, it is this very subject which most efficiently prompted me to apply for the Bachelor of Science rather than continue with my degree.  The assessment is a nightmare, as it is difficult to be motivated when all of your articles are due at the end of the semester.  The drafting and workshopping does help, but I felt that the marking of the assessment was slightly unfair for some (one of my friends, who is a brilliant writer and whose pieces I read during proofreading only managed a H3).  Doug does not like giving people H1s.

You are encouraged to submit some of your pieces to major papers and etc.  Maybe it's just that I wasn't so fantastic at the subject or writing for the media but I found it to be a total bore and dreaded going every week to my two hour tutorial.  I spent most of my time in the tutorial (in which you merely workshop other people's pieces as a group) texting my friend next to me about the ridiculous and pretentious nature of the majority of the people in my class, one of whom donned a straw hat for the entire semester and did not take it off.  I was convinced he had a bald spot, but then I stalked him on facebook and was surprised to find he actually has a full head of hair.

Anyway, there is a lot of creative freedom, but that is part of the problem.  Wished the assessment had been due progressively rather than at the end of the semester.  It's not just me that despised this subject - everybody did.  Many call it the subject that 'makes you realise how much you don't want to be a journalist'.  So if you don't mind the possibility of a shitty mark and you're unsure of whether you want to be a journalist or not, I do recommend this subject as it will let you know that you never, ever, ever want your job to be writing for the media.
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2011, 12:48:13 am »
Subject Code/Name: NEUR30003 Principles of Neuroscience 

Workload:  Weekly 3 x 1 hour lectures per week

Assessment: Midsemester test worth 30% and exam worth 70%

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with screen capture etc.

Past exams available:  No, but some sample questions were provided.

Textbook Recommendation:  They recommend Purves Neuroscience, but i didn't use it. I felt the lecture material was sufficient.

Rating:  4.5/5

Your Mark/Grade: H1

Comments: I really enjoyed this subject, particularly the first half where we studied topics such as the senses (hearing, vision etc.). The second half, which included topics such as consciousness i didn't enjoy as much but was still ok. The subject is pretty good in terms of contact hours (just 3 lectures a week). Assessment is straight forward with just the test and exam. I guess this may be a disadvantage to some, as a poor performance in the 30% test could proove costly to your overall mark. There is no prerequisite knowledge, so is a good subject for people who may want a taste of Neuroscience. This is also a core subject for those wishing to major in Neuro. I definitely recommend this subject to those who may be interested and i very much enjoyed it.
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Subject Code/Name: ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure 

Workload: 3 x 1hr Lectures and 1 x 2hr Practical every week after Week 5

  On-going assessment on theory and practical work throughout the semester (25%); a 2-hour written theory examination in the examination period (60%); on-going summative assessments (15%).

Lectopia Enabled:
  Yes, with screen capture

Past exams available:
No, some unhelpful sample questions were provided.

Textbook Recommendation:
Eizenberg N, Briggs C et al: General Anatomy: Principles & Applications, McGraw-Hill 2007 (not recommended). I think going to the Biomed library to borrow out the Grays Anatomy book by Drake and Netter Anatomy Atlas for exam study. They are overnight loans but because you can manually reborrow them, I reborrowed them for the whole semester because i'm cheap ass.

Lecturer(s): Dr Chris Briggs, Dr Varsha Pilbrow, Dr Peter Kitchener, Dr Jason Ivanusic & Dr Virginia Grossman

Year & Semester (where applicable) of completion: 2011 Semester 1

Rating: 3.5 of 5

Your Mark/Grade: H1 (81%)

Comments: To be honest I found anatomy quite overwhelming (but I think I speak on behalf of a small minority within the subject cohort  :'(). I didn't have a choice in the matter though as it is a prerequisite for Medicine and Health Science Graduate Courses. Chris Briggs who took the Principles lectures for Bones/Upper and Lower Limbs and Jason Ivanusic who took the Reproductive Systems and Respiratory Tract Lectures were the most enjoyable and engaging to watch. I think every lecture proceeding the 2nd week, I had to lectopia again which took like a minimum of 2 hrs per lecture (+including collating my study notes). For a good 3/4 of a semester I think I approached the subject in the wrong way. It is important that you know that ALL ASSESSED material will be in the lecture. I kind of got obsessive compulsive and kind of read all the relevant (discussed in lectures) material within Grays Anatomy and then got completely overwhelmed by it. If your on top of your work, the MST should be relatively easy. Coming from a 500 student cohort the median and average mark was about 20/30 for both tests. I had to screw up both by getting 21 and 22 for each test which sucked because it meant I had to get 80% on the exam to get a H1. The ADSL (LMS 15%) quizzes are very useful. Chris Briggs posts up questions fortnightly which supplement the Lecture material which is intended to help aid in studying for the TIMED online quizzes and the exam if you complete them thoroughly. Images that are put onto these ADSL's WILL BE ON the EXAM so study them and make sure you're familiar with labelling everything.

The practicals were intended to supplement the lecture materials. The university recruits Physiotherapy and Medicine students to conduct each workshop class. There are 6-8 workshop stations within each practical usually on each lecture topic which groups of students rotate around through the duration of 2 hrs. You're able to see dismantled cadavers and have opportunity to touch/poke/prod them. Personally, I found it pretty dry and my legs were tired so therefore I wasn't very fond of it. Make sure you attend it though because they take attendance in some weeks. I don't think the practicals were assessed in any way though. 

The exam comprised of 3 Sections. A Multiple Choice Section which covered all lectures from the last three weeks of semester, A fill in the Blanks section (similar to that in 1st Year BIOL) and a Short Answer Response Question (whereby I had the choice of choosing 4 out of a 8 Questions). It was this exam structure which allowed me to recover from my terrible MST marks as you could be familiar with a bit more than half the subject content and still be able to score well. The Questions were very straight forward, mostly stuff that were drilled in during the semester so make sure your familiar with the key concepts and principles. Take your time in the exam.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 02:21:21 am »
Subject Code/Name: e.g. MAST20026 Real Analysis With Applications

Workload: 3 x 1 hour lectures per week, 1 x 1 hour practice class per week, 4 x 1 hour computer laboratory classes during semester

Assessment:  12 written assignments worth 20% altogether, 80% exam.

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes - except for lectures 33 & 34 (last two lectures)

Past exams available:  Yes*

Lecturer: Barry Hughes

Textbook Recommendation:  None.  Most of them are either beyond the course or too advanced.  But Barry's top recommendation is worth a read.

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5

Your Mark/Grade: P

Comments: I've come across a lot of high school students who say that they "love maths".  Perfect.  Then this is the subject for you.  This subject will truly separate those who:

1.  Truly love maths for its art & beauty
2.  Appreciate maths & consider majoring in it
3.  Loathe maths for its proofs, logic and deduction

It is the first subject to introduce pure maths to undergraduates for those who went through the Calculus 1,2 pathway.  It is painstakingly annoying.  You leave out something and/or don't consider all cases - then you can safely assume that you will be penalised.  It will screw with your mind, motivation and confidence.  That is a fact.  It is the nature of the subject and you shouldn't expect it to be "easy".  The lectures were confusing and hard to grasp the concepts.  I have lost count of how many times I have said "WTF?!" in my mind.  Very often you can walk out of a lecture not understanding what the hell went on in that lecture.  And don't worry or fear, you won't be the only one.  ;)

This is why you need to go to the tutes.  If you can walk, then rock up - even if you are dead drunk.  Tutes operate a lot differently from other maths subjects.  Instead of just purely working (pun not intended) on practice problems, the tutor actually goes through the important material in the lectures from the previous week and actually teaches.  Then if time permits, then they'll get you to do some problems.  That is why it is imperative to attend.

Despite the academic rigour of the subject and the difficulty of some of the assignments, the exam that I sat was fair.  It was definitely doable.  It was designed to separate those who had a thorough understanding of the course and those who just "skimmed" the surface.  

Overall though, it was definitely challenging and is certainly an enriching subject to complete.

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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 10:53:58 am »
Subject Code/Name: ANAT30007 Human Locomotor Systems

Workload:  3 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 3hr workshop/dissection

Assessment:  50% final exam, 30% Flag Race, 2 x 10% MST

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes, with screen capture etc.

Past exams available:  None, exam outline provided. Final exam was made up of MCQ, short answer and long answer. Flag Race was made up of 30 MCQ where you answer questions based on pictures on a powerpoint slide.

Textbook Recommendation:  Any anatomy text, I recommend Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Moore and an atlas (E.g. Netter). Lab coat and goggles and compulsory for dissections. Dissection notes are provided free on the LMS - thanks to Briggs

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, Semester 1

Rating:  5 Out of 5

Comments: This subject was planned very well and it was probably the most challenging subject I've done. This subject covers anatomy of the back, upper limb and lower limb, as well as the principles of locomotion. It expands on second year anatomy knowledge with applied examples - E.g. How does a fractured hip joint lead to a total hip replacement? Which nerve in the leg is susceptible to compression and what is the clinical significance? What actions are affected? In addition to the applied anatomy lectures, we had 4 clinical lectures - 2 by an orthopaedic surgeon who showed us various cases of surgeries in his clinic, and 2 by a radiologist who gave a different perspective of anatomy. We also had a few lectures by researchers (biomechanical engineering etc), evolutionary perspectives and neuroscience (neural control of locomotion). Some of the guest lectures (~10) were not directly examined which made the course manageable so it's not 36 lectures full of anatomy to memorise!

The 3 hour sessions are weekly (as opposed to fortnightly in 2nd year). There are 3 dissections on the upper limb and 3 dissections on the lower limb. You will work in groups of 6 with a demonstrator to be shared by 4 groups. Dissections are compulsory and they will tick your names off. There are also 4 workshops where you look at specimens in HALL. Nothing different to second year practical classes. I found these pretty useless since the practical groups were so big and it was hard to hear them.
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 11:12:42 am »
Subject Code/Name: CHIN10005 Chinese 1A

Workload:  2 x 2hr lectures, 1 x 1hr listening class

Assessment:  50% final exam, 20% listening exam, 15% MST, 10% oral exam, 5 x 1% vocab test

Lectopia Enabled:  No

Past exams available:  None, exam outline provided.

Textbook Recommendation:  Chinese text (compulsory)

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, Semester 1

Rating:  3.5 Out of 5

Marks: 83% (scaled down by approx 12-15%)

Comments: Great subject for anyone wanting to learn Chinese. You learn around 20-30 new characters per week. The first 2 hour lecture covers the pinyin and writing of the new words for the week. The next 1 hour listening class involves listening to a recording and completing a question sheet. Vocab tests are held at the end of this class. The final 2 hour lecture covers speaking involving role plays etc. Lectures were held in classes of about 25 students so it was easy to ask questions. Classes were very laid back and enjoyable but you had to put in heaps of work learning the new words in order to do well. The assessments were easy so try your best to get full marks in all of them since it is likely that many others are getting high marks and the overall grade will be scaled down. Overall, it was a great distraction from my busy uni life, had a manageable workload and many pretty girls to look at :)
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2011, 12:43:50 pm »
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Subject Code/Name: ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis 

Workload: 1x two hour lecture and 1x one hour tutorial a week.

Assessment: 5% Participation Marks, 5% consisting of 6 Decision Making tasks to be completed within weeks 1-12, 10% Accounting Elements Assignment, 10% Quickbooks Assignment and a 70% exam.

Lectopia Enabled:  Yes

Past exams available:  Yes. About 8 past exams were available.

Textbook Recommendation:  Accounting in Context, although it is pretty much useless so not worth buying.

Lecturer(s): Matt Dyki

Year & Semester of completion: 2011, Semester 1

Rating: 3/5

Your Mark/Grade: H1

Comments: First of all if you are reading this and you have never done VCE Accounting/don't have an accounting background of some sort, then stay well away from this subject! It tries to go through the whole of VCE accounting units 1-4 in 12 weeks, which is near impossible not to mention tortuous. Even if you have done accounting before, this subjects goes through concepts very quickly that it is still difficult to keep up. On the other hand, this subject is simply just VCE Accounting just more in depth with 2 new topics. The biggest difference you will find is that, surprisingly, the accounting principles and qualitative characteristics are not even mentioned and that the format of some financial statements have changed with can be hard to get used to.

The two hour lectures are a pain and if you have Matt Dyki then prepared to be bored to death. I suggest bringing/sneaking in food or something else just to make it more interesting (I saw someone read the newspaper in there). To be honest though, it is very difficult to make accounting seem interesting.

Assignments are fine and if you need any help there are weekly consults to go to which are extremely helpful. If you have never used Quickbooks before then there is a optional lecture that will be held which I suggest you go to. The workload is okay, there is quite a bit to do each week but it's all repetitive (You'll be asked to fill out ledgers, balance sheets, profit and loss statements and cash flow statements every week from weeks 1-6). Decision making tasks are easy to get marks for, all you have to do is show that you made an effort to do them. The exam - it's usually early in the examination period I hear but if you've done all the work and understand it then it's not hard to pass, although it's very hard to get top marks because there are always tricks.

I did this subject as a breadth and I regret it. Take heed of my warning at the start of my post and basically, I would only recommend this subject to Commerce students wanting to major in accounting or possibly someone who has done VCE accounting - but either way be prepared to work hard in order to keep up to date.
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