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Learning and teaching

Supporting our students' learning is of paramount importance

Our degrees combine technical rigour with a profound understanding of the social and organisational contexts in which technology can be applied, helping our students to maximise their potential and become leaders in their field.

We work hard to ensure that the quality of our teaching, course design and our support for the wider student experience all contribute to achieving these goals. We’re very proud of the outcomes and especially the quality of our graduates and the contributions they go on to make to society, both here in Australia and around the world. The establishment of our faculty’s Education Innovation Unit in 2016 is testament to our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

Education Innovation Unit

Our mission is to promote a culture of systemic and sustained educational innovation, guide the deployment of innovation within programs, and establish a community of practice around excellence and scholarship within engineering and IT education.

Our objectives are to:

  • improve the student experience by promoting excellence in teaching and learning, sustained innovation and the adoption of appropriate approaches to engineering and IT education
  • build a community of practice of educators with a passion for educational excellence built upon sound scholarship
  • work to ensure the faculty’s teaching practices reflect transdisciplinary and global perspectives and are based on international best practice
  • provide mechanisms for supporting, recognising and rewarding educational excellence and innovation
  • encourage the exploration of novel approaches to engineering education and the dissemination and recognition of outcomes across the faculty
  • position the faculty at the forefront of innovation in engineering education in Australia.

Dean's Awards

Outstanding teaching

These faculty awards recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching. They are awarded annually and include an overall faculty award and five school awards, one for each school in the faculty.

Our 2017 winners are:

Outstanding tutoring

The Dean's Awards for Outstanding Tutoring recognise, reward and promote excellence in facilitating student learning by tutors in our faculty. Both faculty and school awards are awarded annually.

Our 2017 winners are:

  • Ms Susmitha Suresh (faculty award)
  • Mr Felix Kong (school award, Aerospace Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering)
  • Mr Conor Finn (school award, Civil Engineering)
  • Ms Suen Chew (school award, Electrical and Information Engineering)
  • Ms Jessica McBroom (school award, Information Technologies)
  • Ms Anastassia Kalinina (commendation award, Information Technologies)

Teaching quality: student feedback

The faculty is committed to collecting and acting upon student feedback on our teaching activities.

In collaboration with ITL, we collect data on student evaluation of teaching using three main surveys: Unit of Study Survey , Student Course Experience Questionnaire and Course Experience Questionnaire. These surveys are conducted at the end of the semester, at the end of the year and upon completion of the degree, respectively. We have a well-established process of analysing the data, identifying issues raised by students and setting strategies for addressing these issues.

We also collect student feedback during the semester via the student-staff liaison meetings and the mid-semester surveys run by the schools. These meetings and surveys aim to identify major issues in the delivery of courses and act on them quickly.