History Department Response to Student Feedback
HSTY1088 Australian History: An Introduction (2007)
Unit Coordinator: Dr James Curran
In their feedback on the course, over 80% of students registered high satisfaction with the quality of this unit of study. International students were particularly enthusiastic about the content of the unit, and there was a generally high level of satisfaction with the lectures and assessment structure. The course drew on a number of academic specialists in Australian history from the History Department and students were appreciative of the range of approaches and ideas presented in the lectures.
It should be noted that this was an existing course and one not designed by Dr Curran (who arrived in the department in May of that year) It is likely that in future years its content will be changed significantly. Indeed, Professor Waterhouse is already in the process of redesigning the unit for 2008. Some students asked why the course stopped at 1939, and the newly designed course is likely to extend its focus to the present-day.
Specific Comments included:
- I enjoyed the variety of lecturers, and tutorials were fantastic’.
- ‘Helped me improve my research and inquiry skills and close primary source analysis’.
- ‘I gained much in terms of my understanding of themes, ideas and myths of Australian history’
- ‘I am of the opinion that the weekly workload was well structured and manageable’
- ‘Good Assessment format. Document exercise was helpful, essay questions were clear and interesting’.
- ‘Use of multi-media was very effective’.