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This is without a doubt the worst unit in the Macquarie University psychology degree. Normally I would avoid subjects such as this one, however since it is the capstone unit it was compulsory. There are several reasons why this subject obtains its title for being the worst unit. Firstly it is incompetently run and administered. Students are required to complete an overwhelming number of pointless, fluffy tasks such as keeping reflection diaries and completing incident reports. Many of the tasks are extremely vague, and it is unclear what is required - which is further compounded by the online delivery of the unit. The "holy text" of the unit guide which is overly long and does not help at all. The tutors are no help either. Firstly they have to deal with more students than what they can handle - which directly impacts the sorts of marks one receives for various assessment tasks. I only received a grade but no feedback for my placement report- therefore the mark was unjustifiable. It was quite ironic that I was marked on a report about my work performance by people who can't even do their own job properly. That said, I didn't have high expectations for quality tutoring for this subject. The tutors are a bunch of PhD. students who probably have limited work experience anyway. Over my time I have noticed a trend amongst psych subjects in Macquarie - When the class numbers are low, the written assessment tasks are marked by either the unit convenor or conscientious academics who take the time to read what you've written - as such I have always averaged HD's for assessments in these subjects. However with subjects which have high class numbers, they have a tendency to hire unqualified or incompetent tutors who are either too lazy or too overwhelmed to take the time mark on the points made rather than their first impressions - I have averaged CRs for written assessment tasks in these subjects. The material in this subject is downright boring and redundant. Most of it is covered in other subjects (e.g. ethics guidelines). Other material is basically the Convenor's pet subjects. These components are delivered in an extraordinarily biased and one sided manner - so much so that I often wondered if this subject was run by the sociology department. Normally I am fine with this method of teaching IF it invites discussion about counterpoints - but there is no opportunity for that. Instead students are required to MEMORISE various "facts" and stats for the final exam. This is not teaching - it is indoctrination. It is disgraceful that this subject is taught as a capstone unit for psychology which prides itself on being scientific.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

Some tips for surviving this unit: - You WILL be examined on random facts, and these will make up about 10-20% of the final exam. I recommend compiling some flash cards for all of the random facts that are mentioned in tutorials and lectures and updating them weekly so you can stay on top of them. While there’s a lot to remember, the multiple-choice format makes it a lot easier to recall them. Also, you will do meditations in the tutorials. It may seem something not worth remembering, but there may actually be a question on meditation techniques in the exam! - Things on the slides may be examinable even if they’re not spoken about, and the same goes for information that is spoken about but isn’t on the slides. - There were one or two questions on the assessable readings in the final exam, but it wasn’t a huge focus. - The assignment guidelines are very vague in contrast to the level of specificity they’re looking for – I highly recommend checking in with your tutor every now and again to make sure you’re on the right track before submitting your assignments. - Read the entire handbook PDF and make notes! There is a lot of important information including assignment rubrics, due dates for placement, etc. If you don’t read it and follow it, you run the risk of not adequately completing your placement and potentially having to re-do the subject. Also, there may be a question or two about content from the handbook in the final exam.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

A disappointing unit. Imagine being lost in a sea of information with little direction. Good grades are almost luck. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

There was no consistency between tutors and the marking was very subjective. Assessments were a bit of a mess with very broad requirements which made it hard to feel like you were on the right track. A huge chunk of my cohort didn't even receive their major essay (40%) marks back before the exam. The exam itself is quite hard and the practice exam didn't really help prepare you for what was to come. Overall not the worst topic and the integrating psychology revision content is all very interesting. A word for the wise - learn to memorise statistics.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

This unit takes a lot of effort. If you keep up to date with your lectures and do all of the assignments/assessments while watching the lectures, you will do OK. You definitely need to do extra readings/look at other websites in order to get your head around the different tests/analyses, but if you keep up to date, it is a good unit.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

A unit that requires a lot of work. Need to look at things from a very integrative approach, and the final exam is very thorough and specific - well worth ensuring that you have all of the notes covered and attending all of the tutorials. Also worth getting started on all of the assessments as early as possible and speaking to your tutor regularly to understand exactly what they are looking for in your assessment.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Easily one of the worst units I’ve done in my degree. Placement was interesting but the classes felt so pointless, and the assessments were awful. Little to no connection to the effort made on placement, so all that hard work amounts to terrible marks. Also so subjective with little direction, and the exam was the worst I’ve ever sat - questions about specific things in the 60-page unit guide, about obscure statistics from tutorial slides...This subject left a really bitter taste in my mouth.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Similar experience of this psych unit with all the other reviews. Marked so harshly and it is completely subjective to each placement experience. Tutors mark very differently to each other as I had a similar standard to a friend but received a pass and they received a distinction. I recommend choosing your tutors wisely as it would greatly benefit you.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

This is by far the worst unit I have ever completed at Macquarie University. The assessments are marked very harshly, but provide no detail on how to improve the quality of work. Results are also released whenever the tutors manage to finish them and even after waiting a month there is no comments left within the essay, only an overall short comment and a qualitative mark. Students doing well in other subjects have received passes throughout. The practice exam consisted of extremely specific questions on unimportant content. For example students were required to recall the reference from the second sentence of a required reading. Overall, a horrible unit with subjective marking that has very little academic value.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Worst subject ever. I honestly hated every second of it. The tutorials are not helpful at all as you sit in a room and “reflect”. The marking is incredibly subjective, I was literally advised by my tutor to make up my assignment and then got awarded a pass for it. The practice exam included really silly nit-picky questions such as specific statistics included in lectures, not so much the overall principle they are attempting to teach us. Overall I have learnt nothing and this unit is a waste of time and money it is ridiculous that it marks the end of undergrad studies. Extremely bitter taste left in my mouth thank you macquarie psychology.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018