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Handbooks 2011

Welcome from the faculty Pro Vice-Chancellors


Faculty of Arts and Education

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Professor Jennifer Radbourne

The Faculty of Arts and Education offers courses across the humanities, social sciences, communication, media, the creative industries and teacher education and life-long professional education. The Faculty has a strong international reputation for the quality of its research and scholarship, and our research continually informs the teaching and learning environment.

The unique and very broad mix of disciplines offered by the Faculty will make your studies at Deakin intellectually stimulating and relevant to the future work force. From the humanities, social sciences and creative arts, our courses aim to develop graduates who are multi-skilled, flexible, entrepreneurial, and self motivated. We provide students with opportunities to gain relevant professional practice through work placements and internships (including international opportunities). The courses reflect the changes that are occurring in professional life and the workplace as a result of globalisation, technological change and the convergence of media. Our graduates who are active global citizens, understanding the social, political, cultural and economic forces that are transforming the world.

Our programs in Education are comprehensive, ranging from early childhood and school education through to community education, vocational and workplace learning and university teaching. We place equal emphasis on the development of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. Faculty staff and the Faculty's programs are recognised as having a long-standing commitment to social justice and being responsive to emerging public ideas and issues, adapting and revising study programs to include current educational and social issues and concerns.

Through your Arts and Education degrees you will gain marketable, transferable skills in research analysis, lateral thinking, writing, communication and team work. You will also develop knowledge specific to the areas/disciplines of your choice.

The Faculty utilises information and communication technologies such as online learning and web-based delivery to provide innovative and relevant programs for all students-undergraduate as well as postgraduate.

Our courses provide a foundation for life long, independent learning, and prepare you for the global workforce of the 21st Century.

I am sure you will enjoy your studies and come to realise for yourself, that degrees in Arts and Education really do make a difference.


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Faculty of Business and Law

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Professor Gael McDonald

Welcome to Deakin's Faculty of Business and Law.
In this Handbook you will find information about the structure of our courses and the units we offer in the areas of business and law. Please use this Handbook as a guide when planning your studies.

Our students are located on three Campuses - Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and the Warrnambool Campus. Our students have the option of studying full time or part time, on campus or off campus, in Australia or overseas, through Deakin Studies Online.

The Faculty has five Schools - the Deakin Business School and the Schools of Accounting, Economics and Finance; Information Systems; Law; and Management and Marketing. The Faculty offers an extensive range of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Our Faculty is committed to providing business and legal education that is responsive, innovative and relevant to the needs of our students and their future employers. We also undertake research that supports our courses and contributes to the furthering of knowledge in the relevant discipline areas. We also maintain close relationships with professional associations, other universities and teaching institutions, business, employers and government- in Australia and internationally. My colleagues and I look forward to meeting you at Deakin in 2011.


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Faculty of Health

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Professor Maxine Duke, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor

The Faculty of Health is recognised internationally for its contribution to the health field in teaching, training, research and service. Deakin Health is one of the fastest growing health faculties in Australia, with student and research income growth averaging 11.0% pa for 2006-2010. This has enabled us to assist governments, communities and organisations in advancing health and social policies and programs. Our strategic intent is to achieve the Deakin mission and core commitments through improving health and well-being, and by strengthening the health and human services sectors in Australia and internationally.

Deakin Health teaches around 8,000 students per year through 40 externally accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to the graduation of approximately 1500 health professionals per year. It is structured into five schools which are responsible for teaching 19 health disciplines and sub-disciplines at campuses and health services in Geelong, Burwood, Ballarat, Warrnambool and other locations in Melbourne and Western Victoria. The Faculty has more than 1,000 academic and general staff, including 65 professors and 70 research fellows. Deakin Health comprises the Schools of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Health and Social Development, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Psychology. The Faculty has been designated an official World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Related Research and Training. It also hosts the National Centre for Farmer Health, the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, the Centre for Health Action on Social Exclusion, the Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine, and the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health. On 1 May 2008 the Prime Minister formally opened the School of Medicine, Victoria's third medical school with a special focus on regional and rural health needs. At the end of 2011 our first cohort of medical doctors will qualify.

The Faculty has a number of key research strengths which are organised around five 'Strategic Research Centres': Molecular and Medical, Physical Activity and Nutrition, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Population Health, and Quality and Patient Safety. Many of our staff our international leaders in their field and have won prestigious awards and prizes. We also have a very active research training programs at honours, masters and doctoral degree levels.

Through our schools and research groups we work collaboratively with a wide number of external organisations. These include federal and state governments, schools, hospitals, health centres, non government organisations such as Diabetes Australia, community groups, international bodies such as World Health Organisation, commercial companies, and other universities at home and overseas. We also have a number of highly productive partnerships across the sector, which commonly include joint appointments at professorial level.

All these activities reflect a broad range of interests and expertise. They demonstrate Deakin Health's strong and vibrant commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia and our surrounding region. We warmly welcome you to join us in advancing this important work.


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Faculty of Science and Technology

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Professor Chris Gray

All science faculties believe in the value of research and teaching, yet there are differences in emphasis and approach to core activities. So what makes us different?
We provide a stimulating and friendly environment for study, in which students have ample opportunities to interact with staff and engage in vigorous discussion of ideas and concepts relevant to their courses.

The Faculty of Science and Technology at Deakin University has distinctive objectives, expressed through four core values aligned to teaching and learning, research and research training, community engagement and staff empowerment.
We aim to:

  • provide highly relevant courses in science and technology, producing well-informed, employable and adaptable graduates with a broad skill base, an understanding of their chosen field and its social and commercial contexts, and a capacity for life-long learning
  • provide innovative research that creates new knowledge in science and technology with far-reaching applications for the benefit of industry and the community
  • promote and enrich the study of science and technology in schools and enhance awareness, understanding and appreciation of science and technology in schools and the wider community
  • provide opportunities for staff to achieve their full potential by providing a dynamic and supportive working environment in which the faculty and its staff may continually develop intellectually and professionally.

In 2001, Deakin University was listed as having the highest rate of growth in research income of all the Australian universities. Whilst there is some exciting long term scientific research underpinning this achievement, the faculty's expertise in forming partnerships has played a key role in enabling the faculty to be a major research driver in the University.

In this context, the faculty is a great place to start an academic career. Early career academics are mentored in teaching, research, entrepreneurial activity and interactions with Government. The faculty's programs are delivered through four Schools - Architecture and Building, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Engineering and Information Technology.

Courses are offered at the following Campuses: Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus and Warrnambool Campus. This blend of regional and city Campuses enables Deakin to offer a unique range of opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate study and for staff sabbaticals.

(entry updated 20 July 2010)

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