profVoice is a twice yearly forum, giving students the chance to have their questions answered about anything affecting their time in the Faculty of the Professions.
Please note that the profVoice for Semester 1, 2017 has been postponed until a later date.
Who is profVoice for?
profVoice is for ALL CURRENTLY ENROLLED Faculty of the Professions students - undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic, international, it doesn’t matter who you are, we value your input and encourage you to participate.
How does it work?
We hold two forums per year, one in the first semester and one in the second. The forums run for about 1 hour and involve:
- Answering any questions submitted prior to the forum
- Open floor Q&A
- Discussion on particular topics of interest
- FREE lunch for all attendees**
The Forum is hosted by the Director - Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, Professor Ingrid Day. We also involve other key staff depending on what topics are being covered.
How do you take part?
There are two ways to participate in profVoice:
Submit a question online
By using the form you can submit your question/comment ahead of the forum and we will answer it on the day. We may provide one answer to many questions that have the same theme.
Ask a question during the forum
During the forum we devote time to an open question and answer session as well as dedicated time to address any questions submitted beforehand.
When is the next profVoice forum?
The profVoice Forum has been postponed - please check back at a later date for an opportunity to give feedback!
- Submit a question
You will be able to submit a question here closer to the next profVoice Student Forum.
- profVoice Feedback
Semester 2, 2016
Why does the university continue to cut back on economics courses, namely the two most important Microeconomics and Macroeconomics?
There is a trend that business schools and programs want to reduce economics content in the first year. We have adopted this model as well and reacted by having a specific course that covers both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics rather than one or the other, as a result Principles of Economics was created.
For Economics programs the consensus was rather than stick with both courses, following the business model of one course instead of two frees up space for another elective at level I, this is especially important for double degree students who may not have much choice.
Why does the School of Economics not engage in any self-critical analysis of the models and content it is teaching? (Why does it teach a social science like it’s a 'hard science'?)
We do reflect on the delivery and teaching of courses, and adapt accordingly. We look at the outcomes for a whole economy which build up from a social science starting point, therefore we have to simplify some things in the formative stages of economics education.
"Why is Macro II and Micro II the same course? I paid to do two different courses, and yet the coursework is effectively the same. This is ridiculous.”
Within the teaching of these courses the standard economic framework and how individuals are modelled is the same, but how they are put together and what you are looking at is different in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, this becomes clearer as the courses progress.
Why did I do a maths course for economics? It was no use in any of my economics courses. Or more accurately, why don't we lift the standard of economics courses so that we have arguments grounded in maths, not just "hand waving"?
Maths is fundamental to any higher level economics courses, this may not be so apparent in the level I course(s), but is in the level II and III courses where the maths required becomes far more complex.
How can we ensure that for commerce students are better exposed to the software that are more relevant in their fields such as Xero for Accountants?
Currently students get exposure to MYOB in Accounting Information Systems, which is still a very widely used system. We are currently reviewing whether this is the most appropriate program and are open to making some changes to this in the future based on feedback from students and employers.
What is the process for course reviews and student feedback?
Courses are reviewed at a minimum of every three years and programs at a minimum of every five years, however sometimes more often, especially if student feedback suggests we should, or if a course has a high fail rate or dropout rate.
Student feedback comes from SELTS, Student Experience Surveys, Focus Groups, all of which contributes to the faculty review/investigation and design, delivery and assessment is altered accordingly.
Are there student representatives at School level as well as Faculty level?
Yes, a formal nomination and appointment process will happen in February 2017. Further details will be made available at a later date.