Faculty of Business and Law

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units.

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making

In previous trimesters of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Good lecture examples made the content easy to learn and follow.
  • Great additional learning resources such as videos made concepts easier to understand.

The following aspects of the unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • Focused more on problem solving.
  • Linked the theory to practical examples in the real world.
  • The content, number of topics and order of topics have been revised.
  • Additional resources, such as videos, are now used for the topic concepts
  • Weekly non-assessable quizzes are made available for each topic to help revise concepts.

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MAE101 Economic Principles

In response to student feedback from previous trimesters, we introduced, enhanced and/or retained the following aspects:

  • Many topics have been rewritten.
  • Classes have an increased focus on core topics followed by topical applications.
  • The Aplia on-line weekly problem sets have been modified and consolidated again over the last year; student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with many comments about their value for reinforcing learning and encouraging students to stay up to date.
  • Live streaming of classes was introduced in 2017.
  • One of the weekly seminars is recorded each week and made available to Cloud Students via Echo.
  • Cloud students will again be offered online workshops via Blackboard Collaborate.

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MAF307 Equities and Investment Analysis

In response to student feedback from previous trimesters, we introduced, enhanced and/or retained the following aspects:

  • A more detail formula sheet provided for the unit.
  • Practice online tests are provided.
  • Sample exam papers are provided for final exam preparation.
  • Several flexibilities are included in assessment components and in their submission process.

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MIS171 Business Analytics

In response to student feedback from previous trimesters, we introduced, enhanced and/or retained the following aspects:

  • The unit has been redeveloped with a strong business focus.
  • Increased the length of weekly lab classes (tutorials) throughout the trimester.
  • Record lecture classes for release on Cloud Deakin.
  • Present after-hours weekly 'live' online seminar sessions for our Cloud (Online) students.
  • Live stream on-campus lectures.
  • Presentation of 'support' seminars at crucial times throughout the term.

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MIS772 Predictive Analytics

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Regular online support in discussion forums.
  • Webinars and videos of all lectures.
  • Solving real-world problems using industry tools.

They have also identified some of their difficulties, and this is what we have done about them:

  • Overwhelming workload - indeed, this is an advanced analytics unit, which requires learning new and difficult concepts, as well as developing practical skills in using industry strength tools. The best way of dealing with this issue is to: (1) keep up to date with classes, which is supported by CloudDeakin discussions (even if you are an on-campus student); and to (2) start working on assignment projects early, which is now supported with the compulsory learning portfolio, to pace up project work and to encourage better planning of work and deadlines.
  • Need more help on assignments - which was addressed two-fold by: (1) scheduling in-class (and recorded). demonstrations of solutions to project related problems and the subsequent discussion of these demonstrations on CloudDeakin; (2) by the introduction of small assignment teams - even if the work is assessed individually - so that team members could assist each other and team discussions could be monitored by teaching staff, to identify assignment issues and to assist in resolving any difficulties.
  • Problems associated with commercial software tools - there were two aspects of this problem, i.e. unavailability of the software for home use and very slow response times when accessed on cloud. As issues could not be easily resolved by the vendor we decided to use a different software package - RapidMiner Studio, which is one of the top four data mining products, is very fast and also available to students for installation on their home computers (educational license).

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MLL217 Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

In response to student feedback from previous trimesters, we introduced, enhanced and/or retained the following aspects:

  • The topic guide was streamlined to ensure the required reading in this unit was manageable.
  • The nature of the written assessment task has been changed, to incorporate a more practical emphasis on the assessment task.
  • The weighting of the written assessment task has been reduced, in order to allow students more time to focus on examination revision.
  • A dedicated on-line e-seminar program has been introduced for Cloud students, running in parallel with Campus seminars.
  • More graphical representations have been included into the unit's PowerPoint slides.
  • The seminar program has been streamlined and adapted to coordinate more closely with the lecture program.
  • A topic was omitted to ensure the overall workload was manageable within an 11 week trimester.

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MLL318 Corporate Insolvency Law

This unit was offered for the first time in 2017. Students have told us that these aspects of the unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The assignment which allowed students to research and write on a topic in groups of two. They said it helped them further explore areas of interest and develop on team work skills.
  • The textbook and lecture slides used.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • The exam will not include multiple choice questions as the problem questions are better suited for the advanced content in this unit.
  • More discussion of cases has been included this year to supplement the theoretical content studied.

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MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals

We have improved the quality of the unit based on student feedback that we received last year. Changes that have been made include:

  • Update of course materials, including streamlining of weekly class and seminar activities.
  • Utilisation of the feed-forward aspect of feedback between the assessment, with Assessment 3 building on your work in Assessment 2. This allows you to receive timely feedback that will improve your performance as the trimester progresses.
  • The format of the classes and seminars have been significantly changed, this includes streamlining the content, mapping it better to the assessment, a focus on activity-based teaching and learning, and the inclusion of key activities based on contemporary issues.
  • Using technology to improve the learning experiences in classes, seminars and on CloudDeakin.

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MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Clear information from the start.
  • Very interesting contents with a flavour of practicality, good starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • We have changed the assessment to make it more relevant and contemporary for students.
  • We have introduced real life entrepreneurs as guest speakers so that students can relate theory with practice.

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MMS308 Sport Marketing

In response to student feedback from previous trimesters, we introduced, enhanced and/or retained the following aspects:

  • Retainment of the structure, flexibility (choice of topic) and practical nature (authentic assessment) of the major assignment (sport marketing plan).
  • Additional preparation to be provided for major assignment including a workshop embedded into the seminar plan and more seminar activities to assist with students’ assignment planning and execution.
  • Alternate delivery of key lecture content will be provided this year. This will put a lesser focus on 'face to face' lectures and a greater focus on pre-recorded shorter material in a variety of formats to be viewed online. As such, the traditional weekly lecture we will replaced with some face to face sessions, combined with short online mini lectures, industry interviews and cases to be accessed via Cloud Deakin.

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MPE707 International Banking and Finance

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The assignment that consists of an online currency trading game and an analytical report.
  • Updated and high quality teaching materials.
  • Timely support from the unit team.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Marking rubrics revised and updated.
  • More consultations during the examination period.

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MPK736 International Marketing

In previous versions of this unit, students told us that these aspects of the unit helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The assignments have been indicated as being directly assisting with the learning outcomes for the unit.
  • Class discussions and reviews of the end of chapter questions were considered very helpful to better understand the various highlights of the unit.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • The textbook has been changed to one that focuses more on Asia-Pacific marketing specifics.
  • We provide additional case study videos to help demonstrate the practical aspects of the unit.
  • More direct consultation with students during the trimester to ensure they are experiencing maximum assistance toward achieving the learning outcomes for the unit.
  • New video case studies have been prepared to encourage further case-based learning and problem solving.

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MPM712 Managing Innovation

In previous versions of this unit, students told us these aspects of the Unit were useful:

  • Guest speakers, discussions and linkages to real-life cases which brought the theory to life.
  • Practical activities undertaken on a weekly basis.
  • Clear lecture slides and a great breadth of resources.
  • Final assessment which provided the opportunity to pull together all the aspects covered in the course.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • The timing of the assessment tasks:the first assignment will be scheduled for later in the semester.
  • Number of readings and length of those readings: reading list revised.
  • Weekly responses required on the discussion forums: limited to fortnightly.
  • Lack of interaction in the cloud discussions: a percentage of the final mark is now allocated to student's activity in the discussion boards.

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MWL101 Personal Insight

In previous versions of this unit, students told us that these aspects of the Unit helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Industry recruitment processes and expectations have changed rapidly in the last few years and the content and format of events and seminars will reflect these changes. We have used the feedback from students in previous trimesters and industry to develop the content.
  • Assessments allow students to focus on specific areas of career interest.
  • Assessment Feedback is helpful for personal improvement.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Made sure that assessments are linked but limited repeat activities.
  • Provide resources and links for business writing and business report writing.

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