Academic Resources Australian Education resources for international students including; Admissions, International Education, Study English Programs, MBA, Student Life, Travel, Study in australia, and free email accounts via australia mail http://www.australia.edu/Student-Life/Academic-Resources/feed/atom.html 2017-05-06T05:32:48Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management An Experts Guide to Selecting Courses 2008-09-23T11:09:47Z 2008-09-23T11:09:47Z http://www.australia.edu/Student-Life/a-checklist-on-how-to-pick-your-course.html Administrator admin@australia.edu <P><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 18pt" mce_style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">How To Choose a Course.</SPAN></B></P> <DIV align=justify></DIV> <P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal align=justify mce_style="line-height: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Picking a course to study is very difficult for many prospective Australian students. Every course is different, from the diversity of the subject matter, the diversity of students in the class with you, and the future job opportunities that could come out of the course that you complete. The following points are things to take into consideration when thinking about what course you want to apply for:</SPAN></P> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" mce_style="text-align: center"><IMG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: black 5px solid; BORDER-LEFT: black 5px solid; BORDER-TOP: black 5px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: black 5px solid" class=caption title="An Australian Student gets advice from her counselor on which courses to enroll in." border=5 alt="student selecting classes with advisor" src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/selecting_classes_to_sign_up_for.jpg" width=400 height=302 mce_src="images/stories/selecting_classes_to_sign_up_for.jpg" mce_style="border: 5px solid black;"></DIV> <DIV align=justify></DIV> <UL> <LI><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Research</SPAN></B><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: Be sure to conduct research and think about what you will be learning. <BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Subject matter</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Study something that you have an interest in.</SPAN></SPAN></LI></UL> <P><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course Work</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Different programs range in the amount of course work assigned to students. Learn how and what kind of learning will be taking place. For example, is your course research intensive or math intensive?</SPAN></SPAN><BR><IMG style="FLOAT: right" class=caption title="Student points to course they are selecting" border=5 alt="A student points to a course they are selecting." align=right src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/help_with_selecting_courses.jpg" mce_src="images/stories/help_with_selecting_courses.jpg" mce_style="FLOAT: right"><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><BR></SPAN></SPAN></LI></UL> <P align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></B></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">How long is your course</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Diplomas take around two years and bachelor degrees take around three to four years. As far as going for double degrees, honor courses, and part-time programs, these will take longer to complete.<BR><BR></DIV></SPAN></SPAN></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Study Abroad opportunities</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Does your course or future school allow you to study abroad or host exchange programs?<BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course and School Quality</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Besides the subject matter you should strive for a school that has experienced and recognized teachers and programs.<BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Entry difficulty</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Competitive courses are harder to get accepted to and have tough criteria for admitting students. Find out the different levels of criteria from various courses and schools.<BR><BR></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course/School Cost</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> One of the most important things to look at is whether or not you can afford your course and all the other additional costs that go along when attending school. However there are many financial aid options where a student can pay back their loans after they complete their degree. Estimate how much debt you will have after graduating.</SPAN><BR><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><BR></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Future job opportunities</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Courses like dental and hotel management pretty much set you up to get a good job within that field of work. Courses in arts and philosophy have a broader job opportunity. </SPAN></DIV></LI></UL> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" mce_style="text-align: center"><IMG class=caption title="Take notes on the future opportunities which may come from the course you select." border=5 alt="writing in a journal" src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/BR0387_main.jpg" mce_src="images/stories/BR0387_main.jpg"></DIV> <P><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 18pt" mce_style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">How To Choose a Course.</SPAN></B></P> <DIV align=justify></DIV> <P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal align=justify mce_style="line-height: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Picking a course to study is very difficult for many prospective Australian students. Every course is different, from the diversity of the subject matter, the diversity of students in the class with you, and the future job opportunities that could come out of the course that you complete. The following points are things to take into consideration when thinking about what course you want to apply for:</SPAN></P> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" mce_style="text-align: center"><IMG style="BORDER-BOTTOM: black 5px solid; BORDER-LEFT: black 5px solid; BORDER-TOP: black 5px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: black 5px solid" class=caption title="An Australian Student gets advice from her counselor on which courses to enroll in." border=5 alt="student selecting classes with advisor" src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/selecting_classes_to_sign_up_for.jpg" width=400 height=302 mce_src="images/stories/selecting_classes_to_sign_up_for.jpg" mce_style="border: 5px solid black;"></DIV> <DIV align=justify></DIV> <UL> <LI><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Research</SPAN></B><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: Be sure to conduct research and think about what you will be learning. <BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Subject matter</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Study something that you have an interest in.</SPAN></SPAN></LI></UL> <P><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course Work</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Different programs range in the amount of course work assigned to students. Learn how and what kind of learning will be taking place. For example, is your course research intensive or math intensive?</SPAN></SPAN><BR><IMG style="FLOAT: right" class=caption title="Student points to course they are selecting" border=5 alt="A student points to a course they are selecting." align=right src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/help_with_selecting_courses.jpg" mce_src="images/stories/help_with_selecting_courses.jpg" mce_style="FLOAT: right"><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><BR></SPAN></SPAN></LI></UL> <P align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"></SPAN></B></SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">How long is your course</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Diplomas take around two years and bachelor degrees take around three to four years. As far as going for double degrees, honor courses, and part-time programs, these will take longer to complete.<BR><BR></DIV></SPAN></SPAN></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Study Abroad opportunities</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Does your course or future school allow you to study abroad or host exchange programs?<BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><SPAN><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course and School Quality</SPAN></B></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">: </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Besides the subject matter you should strive for a school that has experienced and recognized teachers and programs.<BR><BR></SPAN></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Entry difficulty</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Competitive courses are harder to get accepted to and have tough criteria for admitting students. Find out the different levels of criteria from various courses and schools.<BR><BR></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Course/School Cost</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> One of the most important things to look at is whether or not you can afford your course and all the other additional costs that go along when attending school. However there are many financial aid options where a student can pay back their loans after they complete their degree. Estimate how much debt you will have after graduating.</SPAN><BR><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><BR></SPAN></DIV></LI> <LI style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal" class=MsoNormal mce_style="line-height: normal"> <DIV align=justify><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Future job opportunities</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'">:</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" mce_style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> Courses like dental and hotel management pretty much set you up to get a good job within that field of work. Courses in arts and philosophy have a broader job opportunity. </SPAN></DIV></LI></UL> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" mce_style="text-align: center"><IMG class=caption title="Take notes on the future opportunities which may come from the course you select." border=5 alt="writing in a journal" src="http://www.australia.edu/images/stories/BR0387_main.jpg" mce_src="images/stories/BR0387_main.jpg"></DIV>