Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units that are being taught this trimester.

SEB724 Engineering Leadership

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

  • Random team formation was very good
  • Seminars were very helpful as they provided an opportunity to discuss real life scenarios
  • The resources provided and the quality of the teaching was very good and useful.

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

  • The teaching team has worked on a Spark+ implementation strategy to make sure individuals, while working in a team, will be assessed fairly
  • A few special sessions will be organised during seminar classes and also via Bb Collaborate for Cloud students, specifically in relation to assignments following the release of each assignment
  • The 3 hour seminar will have now 2 hours of activities and 1 hour QA/discussion with more individual interaction with students on specific questions.

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SEM327 Dynamics of Machines

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

  • Unit content sufficiently addressed the needs of the students
  • Unit prerequisites gave the students an appropriate starting place
  • Social presence and group learning assisted with greater understanding of the unit material.

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

  • Developed extensive library of digital resources for students that incorporates practical examples and explanations of material to further enhance the students learning and experience
  • Detailed assessment rubrics and assessment tasks that have real world application.

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SIT106 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics

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 resources available on CloudDeakin, including the Study Guide
  • Weekly revision quizzes
  • Seminars, which give students 'hands on' practice of problems from each topic.

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

  • Provided more solutions to Study Guide exercises
  • Adjusted the weighting and timing of some assessment tasks.

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SIT203 Web Programming

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 structure of the unit contents and topics
  • The assignments reflected well the unit learning outcomes and the knowledge acquired by students
  • Well-designed assignments that taught students how to make a fully functioning website.

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

  • Students found that the workload for assignments was too demanding, especially for Assignment 2 (dynamic website development project), so we have tailored the assignment requirements to make them more achievable
  • Whilst the overall content covered was deemed sufficient, students felt that old technologies (i.e. flash) could be replaced with newer, relevant technologies. In response, we have and will continue to update the unit's learning resources to reflect the development of newer technologies.

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SIT705 Research Methods for IT

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

  • Thorough, relevant and easily understood class material and supportive and knowledgeable staff
  • Increased confidence to initiate and find research problems and to go about and complete systematic research projects.

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

  • To have this unit at first stage of their degree programs so that the objectives of this unit could help them with the following units with research components
  • Added a further assessment task related to research methodology in order to improve the final report
  • Added more seminars.

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SLE123 Physics for The Life Sciences

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

  • Students found the practicals aligned to the content well and helped reinforce class material covered in the classes
  • Students also found the weekly seminars helpful and they felt more comfortable asking questions in these smaller classes.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done for 2017:

  • The assessment weighting has been altered to give less focus on the end-of-trimester examination
  • The previous textbook had errors and so a new book was sourced.

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SLE334 Medical Microbiology and Immunology

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

  • Content: Students commented that the lecture content is interesting, appealing and very useful
  • Practicals: Students felt that the practicals were fun, engaging, relevant and challenging
  • Teaching staff: Students indicated that the teaching staff were engaged and always interested in assisting students.

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

  • Student conference: More than 60% of the student feedback referred to removal of the student conference as they felt that they were not as engaging and interesting as the lectures delivered by the lecturers
  • Our response and action: We have removed the "Student Conference" and have replaced this with delivery of more focused content through a combination of lecturer plus a limited number of invited guest lecturers, who are experts on a particular infectious disease.

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SRM261 Contract Administration 2

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

  • Open engagement with lecturer/tutors in class
  • Clearly identified unit learning outcomes
  • Appropriate workload to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes.

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

  • Lectures revised with real life scenarios and more practical examples
  • Ensure consistency of marking
  • Further clarification of assessment requirements.

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SRM751 Integrated Project Information Management

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

  • Inviting guest speakers from the industry to deliver lectures and seminars
  • Use of real-life case studies in teaching the unit.

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

  • Practicing and hands-on experience with leading BIM tools are included in delivering the unit
  • The unit will be focused on practical aspects as well as theoretical and fundamental features.

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SRT257 Building Environmental Studies 1

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 lecture notes and report samples were very useful. Online lectures and timely online assistance (through discussions on cloud) were great in helping with understanding the unit content
  • Everything you learn and discuss is relevant to the real world, and is very useful to know
  • Real life practical assignment which is really motivating and gives a genuine feeling of wanting to achieve best outcomes for the house both in architectural design and construction.

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

  • The MediaWiki was not popular as students did not see the benefit of learning this new skill. Thus, the MediaWiki has been replaced by using the Locker functionality of the CloudDeakin site. Students will be allocated to groups in CloudDeakin and be able to create HTML documents and collaboration sites
  • The briefs for assignments were only available on the MediaWiki which caused access issues, and we have changed the platform including making available the assignment briefs in PDF format on CloudDeakin.

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STP010/710 Introduction to Work Placements

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

  • Gaining feedback from professional career educators on how to improve their resume
  • The unit setup which clearly highlights 3 distinct working modules and guides students to work through these step by step at their own pace.

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

  • Provided a clear overview map of how to progress through the unit specifically highlighting compulsory tasks
  • Edited one of the three modules to make it easier to understand what is required.

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