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Poor subject coordination. My tutor was horrible, always mumbling to himself all the time

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Interesting subject though lectures were kind of unrelated to the exam. It does require you to work hard and give up any attempts of procrastination, especially if you want to do well or pass the subject. Failure rate was high for my year mainly because a lot of people did not take the assignment (which is a good deal of the overall mark) serious enough.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Do not do this subject unless you absolutely have to. Huge time commitment - 3 hour weekly tutorial that is useless, mandatory online learning in addition to lectures, pointless workshop at the end of term run by man on a power trip, textbook uses only American language for building materials/strategies (and using these textbook terms loses you marks). The people in charge are arrogant and rude. The main assessment takes tens of hours of work to write up and hours of commuting and visiting sites - it's also a group assignment and one person is designated to organise the whole thing. Worst subject I have ever done in my entire life of education. Had to late withdraw due to the incurred mental stresses of this subject triggering a mental breakdown. Less than 0/10.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

The subject is very broad, and could probably benefit from being split into different units. Unfortunate education/University trend of relying on online/self-teaching, and the 'industry-presentations' instead of lectures about content were a pain and irrelevant. Apart from these things I really enjoyed the subject and wish we had more units like it. I was lucky to have a very interested tutor, and the co-ordinator/lead tutor really went 'above and beyond' to ensure content was understood. The course has a mixture of site visits, studying, review of info in tutorials and some small 'hands-on' learning activities. There is a lot to work through (so stay on top of it all!) but it's interesting and helpful.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

The lectures were interesting but unfortunately unrelated to the assignments and exam. It was an interesting, challenging subject but the tutes, assignments, lectures and exam were all disconnected from one another

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Main subject content taught by youtube videos which are dry and basically quickly touch on the things you'll eventually be assessed on. tutorials lacked direction, assessments were poorly organised and not properly explained until the last minute, and critique was harsh for things majority of the class didn't even understand how to do because of poor explanation. Watch out for the textbook using american terms which are deemed incorrect on tests because they aren't australian terms which happened more than once.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

lectures are not related to assignments, tutorials and exam. Most concepts are taught in youtube video which i feel like has no point enrol to this subject. Tutor had no idea what to teach in the tut, no clear instruction for assignments, etc, etc. the worse sub ever

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

A very broad but basic subject. Covers a large amount of content in a basic manner. Relies on a lot of organisation as there are many construction site visits to do. Do not leave the assignments to the last minutes as you need a lot of content. Taking notes from your tutor each tutorial is vital as you are able to take a book of notes (as well as the textbook) into the exam. Having your own notes is always better then the textbook as it is huge. The exam will most likely ask you questions that you have done in previous class test however worded differently. Make sure that your book of notes is well bound otherwise they will rip loose pages out during the exam (that's just what they do). Tutes are long but can be fun. You might have to spend some money on building materials to build models in class as well.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

I was looking forward to this subject but felt it fell short. The content you are mostly assessed on is taught through online youtube videos which are very brief, while the lectures often felt irrelevant. Definitely need the textbook to get through this one in one piece! The textbook includes construction drawing guidelines which were basically never covered in depth in the online learning or tutes, but will be in the exam. The major assignment takes twice as long as you'd expect because you need to include 1/3 photos and 1/3 diagrams which take longer to do. Mine finished on roughly 4500 words with 70 photos and drawings. Definitely recommend starting it as soon as possible and doing each site report the week you go to the site rather than leaving it till the last minute. The exam is really easy though. Other than that it is still a lot of fun, you get to build models in tutes and that kind of thing.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

A very engaging subject. People comment on a lot of work and it is, but it is interesting, rewarding and more than manageable if you keep on top of it all. The tutors are more than helpful and the exam is fairly easy.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2014