Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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

SEB101 Engineering Physics

In response to feedback from students, a number of changes have been implemented to improve student satisfaction.

  • The weight of the exam component has been reduced to 50%, in line with other units in the Faculty
  • The weight of the practical component has been increased to 30%
  • The number of experiments conducted on the intensive practical day for Cloud students has been reduced to three
  • An online practical, based on a remote-controlled experiment in civil engineering, is also being used
  • Student practical work will be marked throughout trimester.

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SEB725 Engineering Entrepreneurship

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

  • Participating in startup hackathon and eChallenge competition
  • Inspirational real world case studies

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

  • Invited guest speakers from Geelong Manufacturing Council
  • Strengthened collaboration with Spark Deakin.

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SLE225 Global Environmental Placement

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

  • The opportunity to undertake an international placement
  • The opportunity to experience different cultures
  • Contributing globally to their chosen field of interest.

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

  • The assessment for this unit was due two weeks after the placement finished but students were often on holidays during this period and therefore I have moved the due date to the end of T3
  • The pre-departure sessions used to be run after the T2 exams, however, many students were heading overseas at this time so we have moved the pre-departure sessions to before the T2 exams start.

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SLE237 Biogeography

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

  • Interesting content
  • Engaging presentations
  • Balanced assessments and feedback.

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

  • Clear guidelines on assessments
  • Maintain in-class quizzes (to reinforce active learning)
  • Introducing more local (Australian) examples and applications.

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SLE355 Zoological Field Studies

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

  • The Literature Review was really good practice and the seminars were useful in helping to produce a good-quality literature review
  • The lectures were also really engaging and interactive, and reading papers at the end of lectures was great practice of critical analysis
  • The field trip was also a wonderful immersive experience that allowed us to put knowledge into practice and make wonderful friendships.

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

  • Made sure the due dates of assessment items are better aligned to corresponding unit content/field trip delivery
  • Added additional details to each research project proposal
  • Provided answers to practice exams.

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SLE356 Advanced Topics in Forensic Biology

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

  • Hands on practicals to explore topics introduced in lectures
  • Active discussions in class on contentious issues, cases and peer-reviewed literature
  • Intensive nature of the unit, particularly the compact presentation of lectures

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

  • Entomology practicals are now complemented with a structured practical manual
  • Further guidance will be provided regarding the poster assessment task and how to produce a critical piece of work
  • Revision of the case file assessment.

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SRM310 Project Planning and Scheduling

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

  • Seminars split between a classroom and a computer room when required, which helped to improve the implementation of scheduling (using MS Project)
  • Online learning resources and extra readings
  • Support and assistance provided by lecturer/tutor.

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

  • Increased weighting of assessment tasks and removal of examination
  • Further clarification of assessment task requirements.

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SRM752 Advanced Project Management

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

  • Project based learning on real-life project
  • Practical nature of seminars, which help students in preparation of their assignments.

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

  • Increasing number of classes on basic information on the case project from two (2) hours to four (4)
  • Classes and learning resources will target three (3) different audiences: architects in a the role of Project Manager (PM); construction mangers in the role of PM; and engineers in the role of PM.

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SRQ460 Quantity Surveying Practice

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

  • On-campus value management workshop including seminar sessions
  • Real life assessments.

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

  • Improve the clarity of assessment brief 1,2, & 3
  • Upload additional resources to assist students in completing assessments.

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SRV799 Built Environment Integrated Project

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

  • Real life project and role playing as professionals in the Built Environment disciplines (Architects, Construction Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Facility Managers)
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative learning environment that helps to learn from other disciplines.

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

  • We changed unit delivery from four intensive whole-day sessions to weekly delivery as per students’ suggestion.

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