MGTS3604 was one of the most disorganised courses I've ever completed. With that said though, the assessment was so well divided that I was sitting on 58% of the course before even going into the final exam. The lecturer does not explain anything in detail, often going off on tangents for more than an hour and skipping lecture slides because of this. Textbook was a waste of money and tutorials were boring and never revised past lecture content.
Lecturer and Lecture Attendance :
Unfortunately the lecturer (Charmaine) is very unorganised and would just skip lecture slides saying "oh look at that later' or 'reads these all when you can tomorrow' because she would get so vastly side tracked she would run out of time say 20 slides into a 45 slide lecture. Lectures were a waste of time attending - it was held at such a ridiculous time and learnt so little that we basically gave up on attending and taught ourselves. It also didn't help that the lecturer hardly ever actually posted the lecture slides to BB on time before the lecture, many a time at the start of the semester I gave up and just didn't bother printing them cause they weren't even up the day of the lecture.
The textbook was a waste of money as she barely followed it, instead citing her own references from more than (approx.) 50+ journal articles she felt 'added to the content' when it wasn't even found in the textbook. She would also make heavy referencing toward the first year textbook she co-authored and as such, if you wanted to understand what she was talking about you would of had to go back, find a copy of it and read all the chapters she mentioned in her sidetracked rants - they weren't even shown on the recommended reading list.
Tutes were boring. I attended the first few as the tutorials were assessable but after the final assessable tutorial finished I didn't bother turning up to any more. I always attend tutorials but these so were so boring and pointless (didn't ever discuss what we had learnt in the lecture beforehand!) as the handouts were almost always sources from some random book and photocopied, no relevant questions or anything to help us study.
The assessment was broken into 3 pieces; (1) Tutorial Portfolio (35%, part group and Indiv activities), (2) Essay (25%, Indiv) and (3) Final Exam (40%). In a way, the assessment division was the only reason I took the course in the first place as there was only a little bit of group work and the rest was individual tutorial write ups, an essay and the final exam. A note to make also includes the fact that the lecturer was so disorganised she only gave us one link to submit everything online.... So when it came to submitting the essay, the link had been used to submit the tutorial portfolio - if the essay was submitted on top of it then first piece of assessment was deleted. Ridiculous, so unprofessional. She said to us last minute to just email it to her. Word of mouth was the only thing keeping us students in touch with what was happening as she told us one thing via announcements on BB then another to the tutors.
Semester 2 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Excellent assessment weightings (40% final exam)
Little to no studying is needed for final exam to pass
Course is extremly disorganised, lecture notes hardly ever uploaded in time for lecture
Lecturer skips content on slides and says to 'read them in your own time'
Tutorials are boring and do not re-iterate lecture content taught previously