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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
46 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 ‘Students in Australia take an active part in their learning by questioning their tutor, researching and creating new ideas.’ Above: Universities provide workshops and support to help you adjust to the education style. skills through prActicAl ExpEriEncE Your course may involve a practical component or work experience. For example, a university degree may include work in a science or computer laboratory, an editing suite or work experience with an organisation. Many vocational courses have industry-standard facilities on campus so you can gain the appropriate skills for your future workplace. Some courses also include a practicum where you do work experience with an appropriate company. By studying in Australia, you will gain a world-class education, meet people from around the world and discover a different culture. The Australian study style will help you develop as an individual and give you the skills for a successful future. university lectures And tutoriAls At university, the course structure is broken up into lectures and tutorials. Lectures are usually held in lecture theatres with between 30 and 200 students in attendance. In a lecture, a professor or lecturer will address a topic and students will take notes. A lecture is usually one hour long and may include electronic presentations. At some universities, lecture notes will also be available on the website. A tutorial or seminar will be in a classroom setting with 15 to 20 students and run for one to three hours. Tutorials are more informal with class discussion and debate about the lecture topic. Your tutor will encourage the exchange of questions and ideas. In most courses, students are expected to participate in group activities and assignments. These aspects will often be incorporated into your assessment criteria. Outside of class hours, you are expected to do the required reading for your course and relevant research, assignments or practical work. In vocational courses, classes tend to be smaller and more interactive. You will still have lectures and tutorials but often with a stronger practical component. Vocational training is typically more focused on specific work skills and, therefore, the assessment criteria will be on your demonstrated skills and competency. Some international students find that Australia’s study environment seems more casual than in their home country. Lecturers and tutors are usually addressed by their first names, and wide-ranging debate among classmates is common. However, students still treat their lecturers and tutors with respect and value their academic experience and opinions. Assignments And exAms Grades in Australian tertiary courses are usually based on your work throughout the year, not on one single exam. This means you are being continually assessed and must keep up with your work. Depending on your course, assessment may include assignments, exams, oral presentations in class, attendance, group work, participation in class and practical work. ●
Australia The Education Destination 2011
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