The timetable may be subject to change so please check on the University web site at: http://ww w.timetables.mq.edu.au/.
You must regularly check the unit web page for course related information. The web page for this unit can be found at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Lecture classes are online only. Participation in class is ESSENTIAL to your success in this unit. These are not to be viewed as traditional “lectures” for passive information uptake but used to emphasise key points and concepts with relevant examples with your active participation. Studying the material to be covered BEFORE coming to a lecture class is particularly productive in maximising the learning outcomes in class. Historically, non-participation has a much more deleterious effect that is ultimately reflected in exam performances. Circumstances such as routine demands of employment/financial need or extra-curricular activities, routine family problems, and difficulties adjusting to university life and stress associated with the demands of academic work, are not unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control and should not be used as an excuse to miss a class. Most of the class material will be available on the unit website, while there will be some provided in class. While recorded lectures are available in this unit, they must not be used in place of class participation but rather serve as useful resources for reviewing the content.
Tutorial classes will be offered on-campus and online. Tutorials are critical for effective learning and practicing how to solve problems in order to do well in tests/exams. There are no tutorials in week 1. You should choose one from the three sessions on offer (two on campus and one online) and stick with the same session throughout the semester.
Workshops attendance and active participation (either on-campus or online) in the problem-solving workshop sessions is compulsory, and marks will be awarded for your interactive contributions. The class is divided into two groups (Group A and Group B) for attending the workshops (as well as practicals, please see the next paragraph) according to Group A Schedule and Group B Schedule (on iLearn). Students are expected to attempt the questions prior to attending and bring in all relevant course notes and textbooks for the workshops. The workshop problems will be on the iLearn website closer to the dates. Workshops are long tutorial sessions where you will be asked to answer final exam style questions - some exam questions will be drawn straight from the workshop questions. The location will be announced via iLearn.
Practicals are compulsory and must be done on-campus. The detailed lab practical notes/workshop schedule is provided through the unit's iLearn website. The class is divided into two groups (Group A and Group B) for attending the practicals/ workshops according to Group A Schedule and Group B Schedule (on iLearn).
Participation in the practicals is compulsory, and no make-up labs will be available. Failure to attend more than once without a special consideration approval will result in being failed. Some of the lab sessions will be workshops on problem solving. Workshops are essentially long tutorial sessions where you will be asked to answer final exam style questions – some final exam questions will be drawn straight from the workshop questions. Please refer to iLearn instructions for further details.
There are no practicals in the 1st week. The students are to use the 1st week practical time to self study and prepare for general practical requirements such as performing risk assessments of experiments and safety review. Please see iLearn instructions for details.
Once you have chosen your group (A or B) and a practical session, you will attend the same session slot for the entire semester.