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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 23 22 australia: the education destination Under a doctoral degree, students apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice. research is the defining characteristic of all doctoral degree qualifications. The research doctoral degree (Phd) makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge; the professional doctorate degree makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice. All postgraduate programs link into each other. So you may complete a postgraduate diploma and then later, link it into a masters in the same field and gain credit for the subjects you have already studied. skills For leAders In addition to learning specific skills for your field of study, a postgraduate program may give you transferable skills for any career. These skills are in such areas as communication, problem- solving and leadership. They will expand your skill set, enabling you to become a leader in your workplace. So, if you’re looking for a new challenge – either by upskilling in your current career or changing to a new field, Australia will have a postgraduate program to enhance your future career. • • accounting • agricultural science • architecture • art and design • Banking and finance • Biomedical science • Biotechnology • Business and management • communications and media studies • computing studies • counselling and psychology • dentistry • diplomacy and trade • Economics and commerce • Education and teaching • Engineering • Environment and sustainability • Governance and public policy • Hotel management • information technology and information systems • international studies • interpreting and translation • language studies • law • leadership • marine studies • marketing • medicine and surgery • multimedia • music composition/performance • nursing and midwifery • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy • Property studies • Public health and international health • science • social and behavourial sciences • sports science • technology and innovation management • tourism and events • urban and regional planning • Veterinary science THOUsANDs OF PROGRAMs australian universities offer over 7000 postgraduate programs across a wide range of discipline areas. choose a program to meet your career goals. Above: Whether you want to upskill in your current career or change to a new field, Australia has a postgraduate program to achieve your goal. EncouraGinG critical tHinkinG and crEatiVitY The Australian educational style develops skills in problem-solving and critical thinking, while fostering innovation and creativity. Students take an active part in their learning by questioning their tutor, researching and creating new ideas. ‘ ’ Australia prides itself on being a ‘clever country’ – one which creates breakthroughs in research, solves problems with critical thinking and fosters ideas and innovation. this approach is reflected in Australia’s educational style. Australia has a practical learning style that encourages independent thought and intellectual debate. For many international students, this is a different style from their home country. You will be expected to understand a topic fully, rather than rote learning answers. overall, you will become an independent learner and develop your skills in critical thinking. Active leArning Tertiary students in Australia are encouraged to develop an independent approach and take responsibility for their own learning. This includes getting to class on time, completing the reading material outside of class, and staying on track with essays and assessment tasks that are due. rather than learning by rote, which is common in some other countries, students in Australia take an active part in their learning by questioning their tutor, researching and creating new ideas. You will be expected to contribute to tutorial discussions and may have to present a topic to the class. often the focus of a tutorial is to discuss an issue from many different perspectives, rather than finding a ‘right’ answer. Your essay writing may be more of an argumentative style, rather than a descriptive style. 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. 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. 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. • Universities and vocational institutions help their international students adapt to the Australian study style through orientation programs and study support. You can talk to your faculty or international office to take part in a study skills workshop or additional English language assistance. Through these workshops, you can enhance your skills in writing essays, delivering oral presentations and taking lecture notes. 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. universityprogrAms
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