Open Course Scheme

The Open Course Scheme (OCS) is a way to encourage more people to see and share the excellent teaching happening at UQ.

A selection of UQ courses will be made "open" each semester, and UQ staff will be invited to observe classes that are part of the following courses. To make sure a course is not overly crowded and that observations happen during appropriate classes, we ask that interested observers book a place through this webpage (click on the link to register under each course below).


  • AGRC1041 - Cell and Tissue Biology for Agriculture and Veterinary Science

    Dr Deanne Whitworth

    School of Veterinary Science

    Dr Deanne Whitworth completed a Bachelor of Science degree, and a PhD in sex differentiation in the tammar wallaby, at the University of Melbourne. She continued her work on aberrations in mammalian sex differentiation at the University of California, Berkeley, working with spotted hyaenas and the European mole. She then spent several years as a post-doctoral fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, using knock-out and transgenic mice to better define the roles of various genes involved in sex differentiation. A change of focus saw Dee return to Australia to undertake the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree, followed by several years of small animal and equine practice, before taking up a lectureship in biomedical sciences at the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science. Dee’s research uses induced pluripotent stem cells from domestic and native species to address clinical problems and to explore questions in developmental and evolutionary biology.

    AGRC1041 Cell and Tissue Biology for Agriculture and Veterinary Science is a biomedical science course that integrates the structure of cells and tissues with their function. Content in the course includes the structure of eukaryotic cells, the histology of the main tissue types (epithelia, glandular tissues, connective tissue, muscle, bone, cartilage, nervous tissue and blood), the physiology of muscle, nerves and blood, the structure and function of the integument, and the mechanisms of membrane transport, homeostasis and cell signalling. Enrolment is open to students in the BSc, BAgSc and BEqSc degrees, and is compulsory for students in the first year of the BVSc. Contact hours consist of 3 lectures per week and a 2-hour practical class where students examine the histology of the main tissue types and the integument.

    Students comment on the clarity of Dee’s PowerPoint slides and the clear and concise way in which she explains concepts. She uses videos where possible to help illustrate key concepts, and uses examples from research and clinical settings to add a context, and sense of relevance, to the course material. She also shows funny videos to help engage (and entertain) her students.

    The practical classes are based on the study of histological material which is delivered digitally (i.e. Virtual Microscopy), enabling students to view, and annotate, the same slide on their computers as displayed on the screens around the lab. Dee methodically works through the key cells/tissues/structures of each slide, which she has identified and highlighted prior to the class, describing their structure and/or function and relating this back to the lecture material.

    Students remark that Dr Whitworth’s dissection of the histological material is very clear and easy to understand, making a daunting prospect seem much more user-friendly, and they find her passion for the beauty of tissues, if not infectious, at least amusing(!). Please note this course is open at Gatton Campus.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Friday 8.00-10.00 
    Weeks available: Friday 1, 3-5, 7-9
    Building and room: Gatton: 8117-106
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): 3/8 8.00, 31/8 9.00

    Book the Lecture
    Class type: Histology Practical Class
    Day and time: Friday 10.00-12.00, 2.00-4.00
    Weeks available: 2-9, 11
    Building and room: Gatton: 8106-213

    Book the Practical

  • ARCA1000 - Discovering Archaeology

    Dr Glenys McGowan

    School of Social Science

    The discipline of Archaeology studies the material remains of past humans and human activities. ARCA1000 provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and themes in archaeology. Topics to be covered include excavation, dating techniques, past technologies, human remains, trade and exchange, religion and art, the origins of agriculture and animal domestication, the development of civilisations, prehistoric Australia, historical archaeology (1415 onwards), human evolution and different theoretical approaches to interpreting artefacts and sites.

    Colleagues are welcome to visit any of the classes, but the best lectures to visit will be during Weeks 5-12.and the best tutorials to visit will be in Weeks 4, 6, 9 and 10.

    Glenys is part of the HASS Gateways project developing entry courses that are flipped, literate and aligned. Glenys is an archaeologist and heritage consultant with experience in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage. Her work includes the excavation and analysis of artefacts from the North Brisbane Burial Grounds as part of the redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Glenys has specialist skills in forensic and mortuary archaeology, taphonomy and archaeological science.

    Glenys' teaching is characterized by her use of humour and story-telling to capture and keep student attention while she conveys core content.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Friday 8:00 -9:50
    Weeks available: 5-9, 10 -12
    Building and room: Parnell Building #07, room 222
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): Weeks 1-4; week 13

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Tutorial
    Day and time: Friday 10:00- 11; 11:00- 12; 12:00 - 1
    Weeks available: 4,6,9,10
    Building and room: Michie Building #09, room 211

    Book your Tutorial

  • ARCA1001 - Doing Archaeology

    Dr Glenys McGowan

    School of Social Science

    ARCS1001 provides students with a practical introduction to a broad range of archaeological methods and techniques. Each week explores a different area of archaeological method or analysis, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis (e.g. soils, human remains, animal and plant remains, stone artefacts, ceramics, metals and glass) and the interpretation of archaeological collections and sites. The use of practical and integrated problem-solving laboratory exercises enables students to put into practice many of the concepts discussed throughout the course. There is an emphasis on object-based learning in this course, as the skills taught here form a firm foundation for future learning and competent professional practice.

    Practical classes run for two hours. The best practical classes to visit will be in Weeks 4, 6, 8, and 9. The practical room is a laboratory space, so colleagues attending need to wear shoes that cover the tops of their feet, toes and heels.

    Glenys is part of the HASS Gateways project developing entry courses that are flipped, literate and aligned. Glenys is an archaeologist and heritage consultant with experience in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage. Her work includes the excavation and analysis of artefacts from the North Brisbane Burial Grounds as part of the redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Glenys has specialist skills in forensic and mortuary archaeology, taphonomy and archaeological science.

    Glenys' teaching is characterized by her use of humour and story-telling to capture and keep student attention while she conveys core content.

    Class type: Practical
    Day and time: Monday 9:00; 11:00; 14:00
    Weeks available: 4, 6, 8, 9
    Building and room: Michie (09), room 325
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): Weeks 5 & 11 (in-class assessments being run)

    > Book your Practical

  • BIOL1040 - Cells to Organisms

    Associate Professor Lesley Lluka

    School of Biomedical Sciences

    Lesley Lluka

    BIOL1040 ('Cells to Organisms') is a large (n>800) integrated biology course offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences with additional input from the School of Agriculture and Food Science. It presents a comprehensive overview of how structure and function are integrated at all levels from the cell to the organism with a focus on the human. It involves three (3) lectures in most weeks, compulsory workshops in the UQ Centre, five (5) compulsory 3 hour practical laboratory sessions during the semester, and optional but highly recommended 1 hour PASS peer study sessions each week from Week 3. Associate Professor Lluka was recognised with a 2010 UQ Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Associate Professor Lesley Lluka is a gifted educator whose passion for her academic discipline, outstanding communication skills and mastery of innovative pedagogy have inspired her students to ‘think like scientists’ and to acquire skills that are relevant for their future careers. Her innovation and success have been demonstrated, not only with smaller advanced level classes, but with large first-year classes and international students. Associate Professor Lluka leads a diverse team to run BIOL1040.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: 
    L1: Mon 12-12:50PM, Tue 12-12:12.50PM, Thu 10-10:50AM; 
    L2: Mon 1-1:50PM, Tue 1-1:50PM, Thu 8-8:50AM
    Weeks available: 1-3, 6-7
    Building and room: 
    Mon & Tue UQ Centre Lecture Theatre 27A-220; 
    Thu 10AM AEB 49-200, 8AM Hawken 50-T203
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): 30th July; 9th August; 27th & 28th August; 6th September

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Workshop
    Day and time: W1: Tue 9-9:50AM; W2: Tue 10-10:50AM
    Weeks available: 2-5, 8
    Building and room: UQ Centre Exhibition Hall 27A-226

    > Book your Workshop


  • CHEM1222 - Chemistry for Pharmacy & Dentistry

    Associate Professor Gwendolyn Lawrie

    School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

    Gwen Lawrie

    Dr Gwen Lawrie is a teaching-focussed academic in SCMB and teaches in first, second and third year chemistry, however she has a particular interest in transitions from high school to tertiary studies as well as learning progressions across the curriculum. Gwen's teaching philosophy and strategies have been recognised through faculty, institutional and national awards for inclusive practices and the respect she has for students. In 2017 Gwen was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    This level 1 chemistry service course is scheduled into the B Pharmacy and B Dental Science Programs. Topics are taught in 3 modules: module 1 (atomic structure, bonding, molecular geometry, hybridisation, stereochemistry and organic chemistry); module 2 (biomolecules, self-assembly, introductory thermodynamics) and module 3 (kinetics, solubility, acids & bases). PowerPoint is used as the platform but the content is structured to encourage active learning.

    Gwen has substantial experience in teaching very large classes (up to 500 students) and she tries to incorporate multimodal strategies to give students multiple ways that they can engage with chemistry concepts. To achieve this, she incorporates visual representations through structural models, simulations and demonstrations as well as connecting to real world examples. Gwen also makes sure there are at least two 'in-class' problems that students are encouraged to attempt (with our without clickers), so that they have a chance to apply the concepts that they have just encountered as well as gain feedback from other students and Gwen's modelled answer (using the visualiser).

    Gwen says: Like everyone, I have good days and bad days so forgive the latter! I am also happy to receive advice so if you spot something I could do better; please share :-)

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Mon 12-1, Weds 9-10, Thurs 9-10
    Weeks available: Wk 5 –  Wk 9
    Building and room: Mon: #63 Physiology Building Room 360, 
    Wed: # 07 Parnell Building Room 234. Thurs:  # 07 Parnell Building Room 222.

    > Book your Lecture


  • ECON1010 - Introductory Microeconomics

    Mr Carl Sherwood

    School of Economics

    Carl Sherwood

    ECON1010 is an introductory course in Microeconomics. It focuses on how decision-making units within the economy (e.g. consumers, firms, government departments) make choices and how choices can be made in a way that makes best possible use of limited available resources. Since life is in large part about making choices, this course will help you to understand why the world is the way it is, and in so doing shed light on how it might be changed for the better. For example, why do firms discount certain products but not others? Why is it so hard to find a good quality used car? Why does the government heavily tax petrol but not fast food? Why has the divorce rate increased over the past 50 years? This course will set you on the path to thinking critically about all areas of life where choices are made. A focus is placed on core economic principles that are immediately applicable rather than formal mathematical theorising.

    Carl Sherwood is a lecturer in the School of Economics who has received numerous teaching awards, including an Australian National Award for Teaching Excellence (2017), UQ Award for Teaching Excellence (2015) and an Australian National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2013). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). With a background as a civil engineer, an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from UQ, Carl aims to inspire students to learn through interactive, contextualised teaching that motivates students to understand the linkages between theory and real world situations. Students experience interactive lectures, tutorials, peer-assisted study sessions and a range of online materials (including videos and quizzes) to support their learning.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Thursday 10 - 12
    Weeks available: 1 - 12
    Building and room: Hawken Engineering #50 Room T203

    > Book your Lecture


  • EDUC2010 - Literacy and Numeracy in Health and Physical Education

    Ms Sue Monsen

    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

    Sue Monsen

    EDUC2010 Literacy and Numeracy for HPE is a class for 3rd Year Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education [Hons] students on their journey to become secondary school HPE and Science teachers. This is a small class environment (approx. 45 students) where classes are delivered in an active learning style. Sue’s philosophy is to model a range of pedagogies and teaching tools that might be useful in schools. As the course name suggests, the key course content is literacy and numeracy, as well as delivering quality feedback for learning.

    Sue is a qualified and experienced teacher who has taught in teacher education at UQ for many years. Her expertise is in pedagogy and Physical Education. She is also the Professional Experience Coordinator for the BHSPE (Hons) Program.

    Class type: Workshop
    Day and time: Thursdays, 10am-2pm
    Weeks available: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
    Building and room: 24:S302

    > Book your Workshop


  • ENGG1200 - Engineering Modelling and Problem Solving

    Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh and Associate Professor Carl Reidsema

    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

    Lydia KavanaghCarl Reidsema

    ENGG1200 is compulsory first year course designed to further develop the skills students gain in ENGG1100. The course is an introduction to a) engineering problem solving through the relationship between theoretical, mathematical and computational modelling for predicting design performance, and b) the properties, and behaviours of engineering materials in design.

    Students engage in a major team- based multidisciplinary design project to develop first phase virtual and second phase physical prototype solutions. The final system prototype will be physically tested to validate predicted performance in an end of session demonstration. Visit this class to see collaborative learning in a large-scale flipped classroom in action; the primary technical learning outcomes are addressed through a combination of online learning activities and hands-on collaborative tutorials and laboratories.

    Associate Professor Carl Reidsema [Director of Teaching and Learning (EAIT)] is a teaching-focussed academic who spent considerable time in industry before returning to academia. He provides innovative leadership with initiatives including: the Flipped classroom project, and Learning pathway project. He has received awards at the institutional and national level for teaching excellence.

    Class type: Design Workshop
    Day and time: Monday 0900 and 1000
    Weeks available: 1,2,3,4,5,6 - email to check later weeks as may not be running.
    Building and room: UQ Centre #27A Room 226

    > Book your Design Workshop


  • ENGG1300 - Introduction to Electrical Systems

    Dr Philip Terrill

    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

    Phil Terrill

    Whilst ENGG1300 is an introductory course for practical and theoretical analysis techniques in electrical engineering, this course is also designed to provide a “top-down” view of electrical engineering systems in industry in society. As such, we aim for this to be a useful and informative course for those intending to complete studies in electrical engineering and related majors; as well as those who intend on completing other engineering majors and who will undoubtedly work in collaboration with electrical engineers and electrical systems throughout their professional career (i.e. this is designed to be both a “first” and a “last” course in electrical engineering).

    This course is compulsory for electrical, software and mechatronic engineering students (normally in first year) and is an elective for students in other engineering disciplines. This year approximately 800 (including first and second semester enrolments) of the 900 or so first year engineering students have enrolled in this course.

    The course has a different structure to most UQ engineering courses; a lecture (scheduled as 2 hours but mostly 80-90 minutes) and 2 x 2 hour active learning laboratories each week. These “active learning labs” are a hybrid of mini-lectures, tutorial style exercises, and electronics lab work. The active learning labs are the core learning activities in this course and with 12 sessions a week, these need to be delegated to tutor staff. Their success depends heavily on the quality and experience of these tutors. As such, much of my work in any given week is tutor training – including appropriate initial hiring, mentoring training, and cultivating a positive environment for tutors to develop their skills.

    Much of the success of this course depends heavily on good management. Phil's team works hard to ensure an extremely well organised course so that students can focus on the course materials rather than worrying about administrivia! As well as setting clear expectations and having good ongoing communication with students, this includes making a large range of learning resources (i.e. short videos; additional worked examples) available in a timely fashion to help support the key learning activities.

    Dr Philip Terrill is a senior lecturer in the School of ITEE. While his research work is in biomedical engineering, he has taught a range of core first, second and third year electrical engineering courses over the last 6 years.

    Phil has been awarded with an EAIT Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of the consistently high student feedback he receives for his teaching in large core courses. His work on course redesign and implementation was noted by the award committee, particularly his ongoing dedication to integrating theory with practical contexts for students. This, together with the significant effort he put into building and developing teaching teams and coordinating large groups of tutors, has seen a clear (and in some cases stunning) improvement in course evaluations and student feedback.

    The active learning labs are where most of the learning takes place in this course. Visitors interested in attending one of these sessions are very welcome. They are available on various days at different times so if you would like to attend please contact Phil directly at to arrange a time.

    Class type: Lectures
    Day and time: Wednesday, 8-10am
    Weeks available: 1-3, 8- 9 , 10 - 13
    Building and room: Abel Smith #23-Room 101
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): I will be away on parental leave in weeks 4-7. 

    Class type: Active Learning Labs
    Day and time: Various, Wed and Friday: Contact Phil to arrange a session to attend.
    Weeks available: Wk 1-9, 11-13.
    Building and room:  Axon Building #47 Room 104

    > Book your Lecture and Active Learning Lab

  • ENGG1500 - Engineering Thermodynamics

    Professor Michael Drinkwater

    School of Mathematics and Physics

    Professor Michael Drinkwater

    Thermodynamics is at the heart of many engineering processes and many of the important technical and environmental problems that engineers tackle. This course helps student understand the answers to the following questions:
    (1) Will clever engineers one day construct an engine that converts heat energy into mechanical energy with one hundred per cent efficiency?
    (2) Why is it so hard to reverse the effects of pollution?
    (3) Why are heat pump hot water systems so much more efficient than electrical heaters?
    (4) Why does a hot cup of coffee always cool down and never warm up?

    Professor Michael Drinkwater is a Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Mathematics and Physics, and Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science.

    Professor Drinkwater's astrophysics research concerns the formation of galaxies. He focuses on the competing processes in galaxy groups where most galaxies are growing over time as they merge with one another, but the smaller galaxies can get ripped apart by the gravity of their larger neighbours. This work led to his discovery of an entirely new type of galaxy.

    Michael is also active in education innovation and research. He has won institutional and national awards for his use of role-play exercises in university physics teaching and, in 2017, he was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    My teaching approach reflects my research background: I’m very comfortable dealing with large amounts of data… such as finding ways to process hundreds of student responses in real time. So that I can prepare for lectures based on the quiz answers in real time.

    Walking into a lecture when the students have already prepared and told you what they find difficult in their own words is amazing. The class time becomes a conversation with the students setting the agenda. This is way more fun than conventional lecturing and I know I'm actually discussing something useful for the students. Our tests in another course (PHYS1001, Mechanics and Thermal Physics I) show that students learn more than twice as much with this approach than with conventional teaching: see our paper at

    If you come to a class, please greet me at the start and I can lend you a clicker. Please sit with the students and feel welcome to join them in the discussions.

    Class type: Lecture (with activities)
    Day and time: Thursday & Friday 9-10am
    Weeks available: 4, 5, 9 only
    Building and room: Hawken Engineering Building #50-T203

    > Book your Lecture


  • ERTH2002 - Palaeobiology

    Dr Gilbert Price

    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Gilbert Price

    ERTH2002 is a second year science course that explores Earth’s history of life through time, with particular emphasis on the application of the fossil record to contemporary problems in the Earth and Biological Sciences. The class was traditionally targeted at Earth Science students, but today, now attracts enrolments from multiple disciplines across several faculties (including geology, biology, zoology, education, archaeology, anthropology and others).

    Up until 2017, the course was delivered with separate lectures and practicals. Following redevelopment of the usual teaching space in the Steele Building, the course was redesigned to scrap the traditional model and replace it with ‘Contacts’ that integrate aspects of both theory and practice.

    Every class is particularly hands-on with a variety of physical objects for the students to examine, and supplemented with digital 3D objects (accessible with in-class tablets (iPads and Surface Pros) as well as the student’s own personal mobile devices). The new structure has been particularly successful as indicated by all-time high SECaT ratings for the course (4.9).

    Additional strategies implemented to improve student engagement, learning and achievement include:
    • Informal surveys at the start of the semester to gauge student interests; selection of theoretical content and especially assignments are then tailored to suit individual students;
    • Interactive presentations with live student input broadcast into PowerPoint slides using their personal electronic devices;
    • Online oral feedback for every individual student based on assignment submissions;
    • Establishment and management of semester-specific Facebook group to foster extracurricular course engagement;
    • Development of online 3D virtual fossil specimens for both in-class learning and at-home study;
    • Integration of augmented reality study notes using third-party apps.

    Class type: Contact
    Day and time: Monday 9-11a; Tuesday 8-11a.
    Weeks available: 1-6, 8, 10, 11
    Building and room: Steele Building #3, room 229.
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc): September 3 (mid-semester exam), September 18 (fieldtrip); Week 12 (guest lecturer), Week 13 (student presentations).

    > Book your Contact class


  • GEOS3102 - Global Change: Problems and Prospects

    Professor Stuart Phinn

    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Stuart Phinn

    GEOS3102 is a Capstone Geography course which attracts students with diverse backgrounds spanning across Science and the Arts. This course highlights key problems of both physical and human dimensions of global change and analyses their origins, patterns and prognoses for the future. Learning is accomplished by lectures, readings and participation in class debates on major issues. Extensive use of contemporary sources (print and television current affairs, news reports and commentaries etc) can be anticipated.

    The course is delivered via a weekly two hour interactive seminar class in which a different dimension of Global Change is covered and supported by an interactive tutorial.
    @stuart.phinn and @RemoteSensing_UQ

    Stuart's research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data. He is a professor of Geography at the University of Queensland where he teaches remote sensing and he has established and co-directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre, Joint Remote Sensing Research Program and Earth Observation Australia. Most recently he was the founding director of Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and its Associate Science Director. A large part of this work also involves training the next generation of scientists and managers who effectively use remote sensing, and he has graduated 36 PhD students. Stuart is a very engaging speaker who enjoys doing a range of things when teaching to keep his students' learning active.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Mon 10 -12
    Weeks available: 1-9, 10-13
    Building and room: Steele Building #03 Room 314/315

    > Book your Lecture


  • IBUS3960 - Export Marketing and Practices

    Dr Phil Currey

    School of Agriculture Food Sciences

    Phil Currey

    Exporting agricultural commodities and value-added products represents an important part of the Australian economy and the lifeblood of many regional industries and communities. This course aims to equip students with skills and knowledge to manage food and fibre exports.

    The course is presented in four modules:
    1. Assessment of readiness for export.
    2. Prioritising export markets.
    3. Export market planning.
    4. Export risks and finance.

    These modules reflect what agribusiness firms need to consider when planning to start exporting for the first time or increase the effectiveness of existing export activities.

    Dr Phil Currey joined UQ with more than 30 years of agribusiness experience as a management consultant specialising in agribusiness marketing and as a senior executive in national and multinational agribusiness organisations. He is an experienced advisor to primary producers, food processors, value-adders, business founders, owners, directors and senior management teams. Phil has helped agribusiness owners establish a wide range of agri-food products into domestic and export markets. His experience includes more than 400 individual consultancy projects including extensive international travel for market research, negotiating orders on behalf of clients, selecting and appointing distributors, establishing international offices and negotiating joint ventures.

    Students appreciate the practical industry experience that Phil brings into the classroom and the relaxed style with which he engages with students. The first week is spent exploring how students learn and discovering why the course is presented in the way it is. Students attend the lecture that introduces the topic, then self-direct study until the tutorial when they discuss practical applications of the theory being discussed during the week in small groups.

    Please note this course is open at Gatton Campus.

    Class type:  Lecture
    Day and time:  Wednesday 12:00 - 1:50
    Weeks available:  1-9; 10-13
    Building and room:  Gatton 8117/220
    Any days not to include (guest lecturer, assessment etc):  Please confirm first.

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type:  Tutorial
    Day and time:  Tuesday
    Weeks available:  2-9; 10-12
    Building and room:  Gatton 8111/201

    > Book your Tutorial

  • LAWS1703 - Principles of Public Law

    Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

    Law School

    Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

    Principles of Public Law is an introductory level law course designed for students in the second semester of their first year law studies. 'Public law' could encompass everything from criminal law to discrimination law, but its central elements arise from two fields; constitutional law and administrative law. As its name suggests, this course is an introduction to the basic principles in these fields. The central questions Principles of Public Law considers are ‘How is governmental power divided?' and 'How is it accountable?

    2018 is the second year that the course has been taught in seminar format (comprising a weekly one-hour lecture and two-hour seminar), having transitioned from the two-hour lecture plus one-hour tutorial format in 2017.

    Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a Senior Lecturer in public and constitutional law at the TC Beirne School of Law. Her research focuses on the courts and national security. She has lectured in a range of subjects across the law curriculum, including subjects for first-year undergraduates, final-year undergraduates and a Masters elective in counter-terrorism and human rights for both law and international relations students. Dr Ananian-Welsh is experienced in interactive, seminar style teaching and her teaching focuses on embedding complex concepts and then calling on students to question and apply these concepts in authentic, real-world exercises. Rebecca aims to facilitate a highly-interactive class space in which particularly controversial issues might be debated and ‘stupid questions’ asked in an atmosphere that builds interest, confidence, intellectual enthusiasm and curiosity, and professional respect for the views and arguments of others.

    Rebecca has published widely in leading outlets and spoken at Australian and international events. She co-authored The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis (NewSouth Press, 2016) and co-edited Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions (Federation Press, 2016) and Regulating Preventive Justice: Principle, Policy and Paradox (Routledge, 2017). Rebecca has twice given evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security and regularly engages with government and the media. In 2017 she was awarded the 2017 TC Beirne School of Law Award for Research Excellence and The Tim Carmody Affair was shortlisted a Queensland Literary Award.

    Prior to joining UQ, Rebecca was an Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where she won an award for her seminar teaching in the area of Public Law. At UNSW, Rebecca was an academic member of the Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’, and held research positions with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s ‘Terrorism & Law Project’ and Professor Janet Chan’s ARC Project ‘Legal Culture, Work Stress and Professional Practice: A Study of Australian Lawyers’. Before commencing her academic career, Rebecca was a litigation solicitor with DLA Piper Sydney and a legal officer with the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

    Class type: Seminar
    Day and time: Wed 12 - 2, Thurs 10- 12,   Fri 8 - 10
    Weeks available: 1-3, 5-9, 10-13
    Building and room: Forgan Smith Building # 01 room W332

    > Book your Seminar


  • LAWS3101 - Income Tax Law

    Dr Thea Voogt

    Law School

    Dr Thea Voogt

    Income Tax Law is a compulsory course for accounting students and there are usually about 300 students enrolled in the course. The course covers three key pieces of legislation: Income Tax Law, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). The course challenges business students to adapt their thinking to the style applicable in a legal environment.

    Dr Thea Voogt won the overall BEL Teaching Award for 2017 for her teaching in Income Tax Law. Thea is an inspiring, engaged teacher who applies an innovative, personalised, student-centred, technology-driven collaborative learning approach in LAWS3101. Her pedagogical philosophy of Ubuntu – I am because we are – has made a significant and unique contribution to teaching the law to commerce students in three ways: engaging effectively and respectfully one-on-one with students in a large group setting; facilitating structured, inquiry-based learning through a comprehensive mixed-methods approach to enhance the quality of student learning in a highly technical, ever-changing Australian country-specific subject; inspiring students to learn through her demonstrable commitment to income tax law in this CA ANZ and CPA AU tertiary-accredited course, deep engagement with quality collaborative learning, and by breaking down cultural and communication barriers in a diverse student group, the majority of whom are international students.

    The course is delivered through interactive, practical lectures of two hours each week, after which students practice the application of the law in tutorial classes. Thea was also awarded the TC Beirne Law School prize for the best teaching of a compulsory law course in 2015 and the TC Beirne School of Law prize for the most inspiring teacher in 2016.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Tuesday 4 - 6
    Weeks available:
    Building and room: Hawken Engineering Building #50_T203

    > Book your Lecture


  • MATH1050 - Mathematical Foundations

    Michael Jennings

    School of Mathematics and Physics

    Michael Jennings

    MATH1050 is a medium sized (n~200) introductory course which covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas, including agriculture, arts, business, health sciences, science, social sciences, applied science and engineering. It includes topics including differential and integral calculus, matrices, vectors, sequences and series, and complex numbers, and is the University's equivalent of Queensland high school Mathematics C.

    Mr Michael Jennings is an inspirational and dedicated teacher of mathematics at UQ. He teaches large first-year courses and uses his experiences in both secondary and tertiary systems to engage and inspire students. Michael has won 5 UQ teaching awards as well as 2 national awards. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Tues 10-11, Wed 3-4, Thurs 1-2
    Weeks available: 1-9, 10 - 13
    Building and room: Goddard Building # 8 Room 139

    > Book your Lecture


  • MATH1051 - Calculus & Linear Algebra I

    Michael Jennings

    School of Mathematics and Physics

    Michael Jennings

    MATH1051 is a large sized (n~1000) first-year course which covers university-level mathematical concepts, useful to students in a range of discipline areas, including mathematics, business, health sciences, science, applied science and engineering. It includes topics including differential and integral calculus, matrices, vectors, sequences and series, and complex numbers.

    Mr Michael Jennings is an inspirational and dedicated teacher of mathematics at UQ. He teaches large first-year courses and uses his experiences in both secondary and tertiary systems to engage and inspire students. Michael has won 5 UQ teaching awards as well as 2 national awards. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Monday 3 - 4 pm, Wed 12 - 1, Thurs 11 - 12
    Weeks available: 1-9, 10-13 
    Building and room: Mon & Fri Abel Smith Building #23 Room 101, Wed Hawken Engineering Building #50 Room T203

    > Book your Lecture


  • MGTS1301 - Introduction to Management

    Dr Gemma Irving

    School of Business

    Dr Gemma Irving

    MGTS1301 provides students with an introductory learning experience in business management by critically exploring management principles, concepts, models, and challenges from both a national and international perspective. Through this exploration of management, students develop an understanding of the broad areas of planning, organising, leading, and controlling, spanning classical to contemporary approaches to management thinking. The course runs as interactive lectures, team-based tutorials, and experiential learning through the use of a computer simulation.

    We run a three hour experiential learning activity for up to 100 students that uses a computer simulation, which in itself is a challenge to organise and run. Specifically, the timetabling and organisation of this activity has developed over time to the extent that we can get over 700 students through the simulation in one day. However, students tell us that they enjoy the activity and the linking of it to assessment.

    Dr Gemma Irving is the Course Coordinator and Lecturer. Gemma’s teaching expertise is in management and strategy, with a focus on introducing first-year undergraduate business students to evidence-based management and the idea of management as a profession. She is passionate about creating classroom environments where students are able to learn from their own experiences and from interaction with their peers.

    Dr Geoff Greenfield has a PhD in information systems and has been in academic roles for 15 years. He recently completed his Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. He believes our role as educators is to provide an environment where students can develop and learn, not only the hard skills relevant to their discipline, but also the soft skills that employers are looking for in the business market. Geoff played a crucial role in the adoption and development of the Everest Simulation in MGTS1301, and will coordinate this year’s sessions. The course will be open for practical sessions (experiential learning using a computer simulation) from Saturday 11 August to Friday 17 August.

    Class type: Practical

    Day and time: Saturday 11 August 9:30am, Saturday 11 August 1pm
    Weeks available: Week 3 
    Building and room: Sir James Foots Building #47A Room 341

    Day and time: Monday 13 August 2:00pm, Thursday 16 August 9am
    Weeks available: Week 4
    Building and room: Gordon Greenwood Building #32 Room 215

    > Book your Practical


  • MGTS3301 - Business Policy and Strategy

    Dr Stuart Middleton

    School of Business

    MGTS3301 provides a capstone learning experience for final-year business students by building upon foundational knowledge about business management that students have acquired in previous core courses and upon more specialist expertise developed in their major area(s) of study. Students apply concepts, tools, and frameworks relevant to strategy formulation and implementation to business cases and simulations to analyse how firms can create a sustainable competitive advantage in dynamic environments. Through this application and analysis, students develop a more integrated and ethically responsible understanding of the relationships between strategy and firm performance measured by financial and non-financial indicators.

    The course is run as interactive seminars in which students are expected to:

    (1) arrive fully prepared by reviewing course materials (readings, lecture slides/recordings etc.) prior to attending class;
    (2) actively engage as self-managed learners and collaborate with students from other majors to develop a functionally-integrated understanding of business strategy and its practice; and
    (3) display levels of professional competence in communication and teamwork required of business graduates as future leaders.

    Each three hour seminar has up to 108 students which in itself it is a challenge to organise and run. The flipped classroom design of the course places a greater requirement on the students to come to class prepared, however, they participate to a greater extent than in a traditional class environment. To best appreciate the course design, the best weeks to visit are weeks 6-7 for the Management Team Meetings.

    Dr Stuart Middleton is a Lecturer in Strategy in the UQ Business School, with over 15 years of university teaching expertise, and professional experience in developing a three-year strategic plan for an organisation with $1.2bn revenue. He uses case studies, narratives, and the development of Socratic-style questioning to scaffold high-level theoretical concepts into practical examples that students can relate to, engage with, and critically evaluate.

    Class type: Interactive Seminar
    Day and time: Monday 5-8 pm
    Weeks available: 6 and 7
    Building and room: Prentice Building #42 Room 212

    > Book your Interactive Seminar


  • MIDW2105 - Critical Illness in the Mother and Neonate

    Mrs Susannah Brady

    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

    Susannah Brady

    This course provides students with an overview of the challenges around caring for mothers and babies with a critical illness. Ways to prevent the devastating outcomes of critical illness in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium will be explored. The role of the midwife in early recognition of critical illness of childbearing women will be explored in order to identify the need for a rapid response and /or timely referral to the multidisciplinary healthcare team to achieve safe, high quality care based on current evidence. The need for a knowledgeable and skilled multidisciplinary team who is well rehearsed in the treatment of maternal and neonatal emergency response will explored. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills of monitoring, assessing and caring for the woman and baby with a critical illness, in a simulated environment.

    Susannah Brady has experience in making quality contributions to teaching, learning and student engagement within the midwifery programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has served in leadership roles as Program Coordinator and Program Director, and in this, her key achievements are:

    • Curriculum development and introduction of the inaugural Bachelor of Midwifery in Queensland
    • Development of the transition to midwifery practice courses which allow students to transfer between the undergraduate degree programs
    • Contribution to the development of courses in the Masters of Midwifery program which will assist in preparing midwives for eligibility status.

    The quality of Susannah’s teaching and scholarly activity within the school was recognised when she received a “high commendation” for teaching excellence as an individual, and a “citation” for outstanding contribution to student learning for her role in the team of midwives who developed the content for the Masters of Midwifery Degree. Susannah has over 10 years teaching in the PBL format in all year levels of the bachelor of Midwifery Program. She is also known for her engaging midwifery lectures, where she uses storytelling from her own clinical practice experiences to illustrate key points for students. Susannah has been recognised this year as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Please note this class is open at the Mater Hospital, Woolloongabba.

    Class type: Clinical Based Learning
    Day and time: Friday 8- 12
    Weeks available: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
    Building and room: Mater Hospital: Whitty Building #0933 Room Clinic 54

    > Book your Clinical Based Learning

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Wed 10 - 12
    Weeks available: 1, 4, 10, 12
    Building and room: Mansergh Shaw Building #45 Room 204

    > Book your Lecture


  • MINE3124 - Mine Ventilation

    Associate Professor Aminossadati

    School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

    Associate Professor Aminossadati

    Mine Ventilation is a required course for the Mining Engineering degree. In underground mines, the condition of air needs to meet certain quality and quantity standards; the threshold limits for the designed values are based on human safety and comfort. Maintaining a comfortable work environment is a cost-effective process, however, the condition of the underground environment directly affects the productivity and effectiveness of the workforce. This course deals with various issues of underground mine ventilation and provides the students with the important concepts and principles that they need to understand as a mining engineer. Mine Ventilation is taught at the University of Queensland with a similar structure to that at University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales and Curtin University. These four universities deliver a common curriculum for years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor degree in Mining Engineering. Dr Saiied Aminossadati is the national Mine Ventilation course leader and coordinates the structure, design of the course materials and assessments across the four universities each year.

    A/Prof Saiied Aminossadati began his engineering career in 1984, and qualified with BEng in 1989, MEng in 1994 and PhD in 1999. He joined The University of Queensland as an engineering lecturer in 2006. He is the leader of mine ventilation and fibre-optic sensing research at The University of Queensland and has successfully received several internal and external competitive research grants. He has established the first Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Laboratory and the first Fibre-optic Sensing Application Laboratory at The University of Queensland. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed Journal and Conference papers and given more than 40 oral presentations. Amin has supervised over 70 Honours and RHD students, and is currently supervising 13 PhD students and has gained international recognition for his research in thermos-fluids, underground mine ventilation and fibre-optic sensing systems. He is using his close relation with the mining industry to introduce new technologies in the industry and is collaborating with a number of national and international institutes in this field and recently organised and chaired the 2nd International OFSIS2017 Conference in Brisbane with the focus on the industrial and safety applications of fibre-optic and photonic sensors.

    A/Prof Aminossadati uses an active learning strategy in this course to motivate his students to learn and understand this critical aspect of mining. He gets great satisfaction from teaching and achieves consistently high teaching and course evaluation scores. His commitment to his students’ learning has been recognised with multiple program and teaching awards and in 2017 he achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Visitors are welcome to attend any of Amin's lectures but if you wish to visit a tutorial please contact him in advance.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Tues 2 - 4
    Weeks available: 1- 9, 10 -13
    Building and room: Michie Building #09 Room 218

    > Book your Lecture


  • NUTR3000 - Nutrition and Exercise

    Associate Professor David Jenkins

    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

    Associate Professor David Jenkins

    NUTR3000 Nutrition and Exercise is a lecture-only course which regularly has ~400 students enrolled. The course focuses on the biochemical and physiological foundations underpinning the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance, and how diet and physical activity impact on health. In the first half of the course, the influence of macro and micronutrients on athletic performance will be closely examined. In the second half of the course, the influence of exercise and nutrition on the development, prevention and management of diseases such as obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be addressed. Students will develop independence, creativity and critical thought in the evaluation of research relating nutrition and exercise to health and exercise performance.

    Associate Professor David Jenkins is a Level D Exercise Physiologist who has worked at UQ for 26 years. He has been awarded an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for 'sustained excellence in teaching exercise science to large undergraduate classes with a focus on social and professional engagement'. David has been the principal advisor to 20 graduated RHD students. He has published 150 papers and has an H-index of 34 (Web of Science).

    David's teaching style enables him to connect with his students, even when there are around 400 in the class. He uses humour and anecdotes to communicate contemporary knowledge of both exercise and nutrition for fitness and health to his students. These are old school 'chalk and talk' lectures done particularly well.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time Location: 
    Tues 11 - 1 Hawken Engineering Building, #50 Room T203
    Thurs 2 - 3 Advanced Engineering Building #49 Room 200
    Weeks available: 1- 9, 10 - 13

    > Book your Lecture


  • PHRM2041 - Drug Discovery A2

    Dr Jacqueline Bond

    School of Pharmacy

    Dr Jaqueline Bond

    This is the second drug discovery course in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program, and covers key concepts in medicinal chemistry as well as the drug discovery of medicines primarily for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. Approximately 150 second year students are enrolled.

    The course is structured as 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of laboratory activities per week.

    Dr Jacqueline Bond uses a variety of techniques to engage her students in class and enhance their learning which has resulted in exceptional student evaluations. Strategies include:
    • Use of technology (particularly UQPoll and Visualizer)
    • Active learning strategies in large classes
    • Medicinal chemistry karaoke (Week 9)
    • YouTube for student engagement (Week 10)
    • Kinaesthetic learning strategies (Steroid lecture series – Weeks 11-13)
    • High impact lecture notes

    Jacqui graduated from UQ with a First-Class Honours degree in Organic Chemistry and a University Medal in 1990. Since that time she has held a number of positions in industry, government and academia in the fields of formulation, toxicology, drug analysis and pharmacy practice. Jacqui joined the School of Pharmacy in 2001 as a Research Officer and moved into a full-time academic role in 2006. She has received six teaching awards at Faculty, UQ and national levels since 2011, and became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. She was awarded her PhD in pharmacy education in April 2018.

    Please note these classes are open at PACE (UQ School of Pharmacy, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba).

    Class type: Lecture 
    Day and time: Wed 2 - 4 
    Weeks available: 8 - 13
    Building and room: PACE - Woolloongabba - Room 5061

    > Book your Lecture


  • PHTY3250 - Physiotherapy Specialities: Cardiothoracics

    Dr Allison Mandrusiak

    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Dr Allison Mandrusiak

    Cardiothoracic physiotherapy is about helping people who have heart and lung conditions, patients in hospital after surgery, and those who are critically unwell in intensive care. Historically, cardiothoracics has been an unappealing field, a lesser-known cousin of the more famous sports or musculoskeletal physiotherapy. As such, students don’t typically envisage a career as a cardiothoracic physiotherapist, clearing phlegm from a patient’s lungs. This is Dr Allison Mandrusiak’s challenge – to infuse a ‘breath of fresh air’ into learning about the lungs, and put a pulse into the heart of this course. Allison’s fresh approach brings learning to life and clears away the baggage of negative pre-conceptions.

    Dr Mandrusiak is a lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has breathed fresh life into an historically unpopular area of physiotherapy, and proven that clearing phlegm can be surprisingly fun! Her fresh approach has secured her a number of teaching awards, including UQ, national, and an international (Universitas 21) Teaching Excellence Award. In 2017 she was recognised as a Senior Fellows with the Higher Education Academy.

    Allison designs clear, organised learning experiences. Her fun style helps students enjoy the journey as they learn the otherwise heavy content in this field.

    This is a compulsory course for all 3rd year physiotherapy students, and includes lectures, tutorials, hands-on practicals and simulation sessions.

    Don’t miss the immersive simulation sessions in the Simulation Ward where the student ‘becomes’ the physiotherapist to practice their skills with simulated patients (actors and mannequins) in a safe environment before they start working with ‘real’ patients.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Tuesday 2:00-3:50pm
    Weeks available: 2 and 3
    Building and room: Seddon Building #82D, Room 101

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Simulation
    Day and time: Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm
    Weeks available: 5, 9, 10
    Building and room: Therapies Annexe (84a) room 635

    > Book your Simulation class


  • PHYS3080 - Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology

    Professor Tamara Davis,  Associate Professor Holger BaumgardtDr Martin Stringer

    Faculty of Science
    Professor Tamara Davis
    Prof Tamara Davis
    A/Prof Holger Baumgardt
    A/Prof Holger Baumgardt
    Dr Martin Stringer
    Dr Martin Stringer

    PHYS3080 is a third year astrophysics course which explores the evolution of the universe from the big bang, through the formation of the elements, the emission of the cosmic microwave background, and the formation of large scale structure. This will include studies of the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies, active galaxies, and black holes. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on understanding the physical mechanisms driving the processes under study, such as radiation physics and gravitation, and cover in detail the observational evidence that has led us to our modern understanding of the universe.

    Half of this course is taught through project-based learning. The Friday classes are computer sessions where students learn from working on their projects rather than being an audience to a lecture. There are two really interesting 5 week projects for the students to complete where they are engaged in a wide range of problem solving and computer skills as a means of learning the course material.

    Associate Professor Holger Baumgardt joined UQ in 2010, after being awarded an ARC funded Future Fellowship position. Since 2014, Holger has been an Associate Professor in the astrophysics group at UQ and holds a full teaching load.

    Professor Tamara Davis has an exceptional reputation for both teaching and research. Tamara received UQ’s Foundation Research Excellence Award, was the 2011 Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecturer and in 2014 was an Astronomical Society of New Zealand Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer.

    Dr Martin Stringer joins the teaching staff for this course for the first time in 2018, bringing experience from over 70 research seminars in 12 countries on his main research field of cosmology and galaxy formation.

    Visit to observe Martin in weeks 1-3 and 11-13, Holger in weeks 3-6, and Tamara in weeks 7-10

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Mondays 9-10, Wednesdays 11-12
    Weeks available: 1-9, 10 - 13
    Building and room: Hartley Teakle Building # 83 Room S301

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Workshop
    Day and time: Fridays 2-4
    Weeks available: 1-9 10 -13
    Building and room: Sir James Foots Building # 47A -  Room 351/352

    > Book your Workshop


  • POLS3512 - Global Media, War and Peace

    Dr Sebastian Kaempf

    School of Political Science and International Studies

    Dr Sebastian Kaempf

    This course explores the origins and contemporary roles of media in international affairs, both as a source of information and, increasingly, as an important medium of war, peace, and diplomacy. The course is composed of three tracks. The first is foundational, focusing on the dual development of colonial and media empires from early days of the panorama, photography, print media, radio, TV, global news corporations, to today’s Internet (web 2.0) - thus covering the origins of and evolution from old to digital new media. The second is theoretical, using classical International Relations and critical theory to examine media as product and instrument of cultural, economic and political struggles. The third is practical, using second weekly 'Global Media Workshops' in which guest media practitioners (from war reporters, film documentary makers, bloggers, to social media activists) teamed with International Relations theorists will present classes in a variety of media, including print, photography, radio, cinema, television, and online convergences. Combining history, theory, critical viewing, and film screenings, and based on a retrospective study of news media, documentaries, and critical media theory, the course will map the complex contemporary global media environment where the satellite, Internet and cell phone, among other recent technologies, have created a new political panorama of messages, meanings and stratagems directly affecting international politics and questions of war and peace.

    Observe one of Seb's high quality lectures and/or interactive medialabs. Ideally, to understand and experience how the learning cycle works in this course, visitors are recommended to attend the lecture (first) and the related medialab on the lecture theme second. But just attending one or the other of course is equally fine.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Wednesdays, 12-1:50pm
    Weeks available: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
    Building and room: Hawken Engineering Building #50, room T105

    > Book your Lecture


    Class type: MediaLab (Practical)
    Day and time: Wed, 4-6:50pm and Thur, 3-5:50pm
    Weeks available: 2, 5, 8, 11, 12
    Building and room: for both dates Sir Llew Edwards Building #14, room 219

    > Book your MediaLab (Practical)


  • PSYC3020 - Measurement in Psychology

    Professor Mark Horswill

    School of Psychology

    Professor Mark Horswill

    PSYC3020 is a 3rd year course with an enrolment of about 500 students who attend a two hour lecture workshop (interactive activities) and a two hour computer lab tutorial each week.

    This course aims to provide students with a foundation in how to apply measurement theory in their future careers, whether in the field of psychology or elsewhere. Measurement is fundamental to both civilisation and science. In particular, the ability to evaluate people provides arguably one of the most challenging and yet potentially world-changing applications of measurement theory.

    The course provides introductory training in the application of measurement techniques and principles required for research and practice in psychology. Diverse examples of practical applications of this knowledge within psychology and beyond are provided in order to demonstrate its universal relevance. Topics introduced include psychometric theory, measurement in behavioural research, competent and appropriate use of psychological tests, clinical neuropsychological assessment, personnel assessment, educational testing, intelligence testing, and personality testing. Students receive hands-on training on how to create and validate their own behavioural measurement instrument.

    Professor Mark Horswill joined UQ in 2002. He is based in the School of Psychology and has been voted as one of the top three lecturers at UQ. His SECAT scores for PSYC4191 (last three classes) were between 4.9 and 5.0. Together with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser, he won the international Merlot Award 2016 for a UQx MOOC: Crime101x (currently with over 55,000 enrolments). His research involves using psychological science to save lives, for example, he led a team that created a hazard perception test that is currently a compulsory part of the driver licensing process in Queensland (completed by 44,000 drivers per year and part of the Graduated Licensing Scheme found to reduce novice crashes by 13% per year). He was also part of a UQ team that developed a national curriculum for colonoscopy training. All pre-clinical colonoscopy training in Australia is based on this curriculum.

    The key feature of this course is the class management of a large number of students engaged in active learning and interactive activities.

    Class type: Lecture-Workshop
    Day and time: Monday 2 - 4
    Weeks available: 1 - 9, 10, 11, 13
    Building and room: UQ Centre #27A Room 220

    > Book your Lecture-Workshop


  • PSYC4191 - Improving Human Performance

    Professor Mark Horswill

    School of Psychology

    Professor Mark Horswill

    Improving human performance is a course where 4th year students learn how to improve human performance using evidence-based applied cognitive psychology, both through training and system design. The topics include expertise, automaticity, knowledge acquisition, how to practice, and skill transfer.

    Professor Mark Horswill joined UQ in 2002. He is based in the School of Psychology and has been voted as one of the top three lecturers at UQ. His SECaT scores for PSYC4191 (last three classes) were between 4.9 and 5.0. Together with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser, he won the international Merlot Award 2016 for a UQx MOOC: Crime101x (currently with over 55,000 enrolments). His research involves using psychological science to save lives, for example, he led a team that created a hazard perception test that is currently a compulsory part of the driver licensing process in Queensland (completed by 44,000 drivers per year and part of the Graduated Licensing Scheme found to reduce novice crashes by 13% per year). He was also part of a UQ team that developed a national curriculum for colonoscopy training. All pre-clinical colonoscopy training in Australia is based on this curriculum.

    Mark delivers these four hour classes as interactive presentations with in-built active learning techniques in a collaborative PC workspace. His presentations are interspersed with interactive activities and demonstrations.

    Visitors are welcome to attend for just part of the workshop duration.

    Class type: Contact
    Day and time: Thur 9 -1
    Weeks available: 1-8, 11, 12
    Building and room: Sir James Foots Building #47A Room 341

    > Book your Contact class


  • PUBH7034 - Health Promotion in Public Health

    Dr Sheleigh Lawler

    School of Public Health

    Dr Sheleigh Lawler

    This course is delivered as a core course in the Masters of Public Health. It has been designed to introduce students to the history, principles, central concepts and theories of health promotion in the context of public health. Students will gain an understanding of how to identify health promotion priorities and strategies across the disease prevention continuum from local to global. Frameworks for health promotion action will be presented, so that students gain an understanding of the scope of health promotion. Students will be introduced to the basic theories of communication and the role communication skills play in health promotion action.

    This course is a new course to the program, so is being delivered for the first time this semester. It will be delivered in an interactive lecture style, with reflection and pair discussions built into the lecture time.

    Dr Sheleigh Lawler is a health psychologist, with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Cancer Prevention Research and is responsible for the Coordination of the Health Promotion Plan in the Masters of Public Health. She currently coordinates the two plan defining courses and the core course. Her research covers a broad range of health promotion research, with a specific interest in broad-reach lifestyle interventions for cancer survivors, and the role that psychosocial factors play.

    Sheleigh makes classes as interactive as possible, and trials different techniques, which may be active learning or technology driven.

    Please note this class is open at Herston.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Thursdays 9.30-12.20
    Weeks available: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13
    Building and room: Herston Mayne Medical School #0881 Room 416A

    > Book your Lecture



  • TOUR7031 - Visitor Management

    Dr Karen Hughes

    UQ Business School

    Dr Karen Hughes

    Dr Karen Hughes has been teaching and researching in the area of tourism for approximately 25 years, and prior to commencing with UQ, worked at James Cook University, Darwin University and QUT. Her PhD explored the impact of wildlife tourism and post-visit support on families’ conservation learning. Since commencing teaching at UQ in 2009, she has earned a reputation for her ability to effectively engage large classes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    Karen’s approach to classroom teaching is based on the belief that engagement and enjoyment are fundamental to student learning. Her classes include a variety of informal debates; personal reflection exercises; think, pair, share exercises; small group discussions; ‘share my culture’ activities; speed networking sessions, role plays and case studies. The aim is to develop a supportive environment that values co-creation of knowledge. Wherever possible, classroom activities are designed to encourage students to discuss their experiences, knowledge and insights; to solve problems specific to their home country; and to understand other viewpoints.

    This course examines the design and management of tourist experiences. It explores settings ranging from the global to local landscapes, streetscapes and servicescapes. Topics include visitor motivation, designing and staging tourist experiences, orientation, interpretation, visitor learning, and managing cross-cultural and social interactions.

    The course is a post-graduate course for a cohort that is predominantly Chinese. It is specifically designed for students with no previous qualifications in tourism, hospitality and events. Sessions use a lecture/workshop format where activities and exercises are blended with traditional lectures for the 150-160 students.

    The best weeks to attend are weeks 2, 8, 10 and 11.

    Class type: Seminar
    Day and time: Wed 12-3; Thurs 2-5 (repeat)
    Weeks available: 2,5,8,10,11
    Building and room: Social Sciences Building #24, S402

    > Book your Seminar


  • VETS1021 - Functional Anatomy of Locomotion and the Integument

    Dr John (Dick) Wright

    School of Veterinary Science

    Dr John Wright

    Dr John (Dick) Wright has had four teaching careers at the UQ School of Veterinary Science (SVS). Firstly, as a clinical instructor (1988-1997), then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery (1998-1999), from 2008-2010 as tutor and casual lecturer while undertaking his PhD, and then from 2010 as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy. He completed the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2014. He has designed, implemented, coordinated and taught into many courses and all years within the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) programme. Dick has also taught into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) and BSc (Animal & Veterinary Bioscience) programmes and currently coordinates VETS1003 (Digestion, Metabolism & Nutrition) and VETS1021 (Functional Anatomy of Locomotion & the Integument). His talents as an educator have been rewarded with the UQ Award for Teaching Excellence – Commendation (2014), the Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award (2013), and multiple student awards for SVS Best Lecturer (year-based) (1989-2015). He has also been the recipient of a 2012 Faculty of Science Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant and a 2015 Technology-Enhanced Learning Grant.

    Dr Wright aims to teach students the fundamental elements of the anatomy of the musculo-skeletal systems of model domestic animals in this course. It is delivered to first year veterinary science students, many of whom have, interestingly, had prior tertiary learning. 80% of the student cohort are female, 25% are international students and another 25% are recent school leavers. The course is designed to provide a clear understanding of the anatomical structures involved in locomotion for these animals. Essentially, the course provides an in-depth study of the muscles, bones and joints of the limbs, trunk and neck, using the dog and horse as model species. The course also covers the vascular and nervous supply to the muscles, and the gross and histological structures and function, of the bovine and equine hoof.

    Focus group discussions in his first year of teaching anatomy revealed that many students found anatomy boring and approached learning in a surface manner that was effectively based on “memorise temporarily, regurgitate and forget”, despite that many of them who take this course wish to become clinincians. Therefore, he set about completely redeveloping and rejuvenating the curriculum of the courses that he coordinated and the content of those lectures that he delivered in the other courses. Students are now engaged through innovative and relevant curricula designed with strong clinical integration, a focus on self-assessment, reflection and personalised experiential learning activities. The course consists of six hours of practical classes and three didactic lectures per week. The information is presented in a stimulating way by relating structure to function, which establishes clinical relevance. The lectures deliver information content but it is in the practical classes where students have the chance to assimilate the information and achieve deep learning through the progressive dissection of dogs and horses.

    Dr Wright has found it very rewarding to be able to incorporate his 43 years of clinical experience into teaching which helps to establish legitimacy. He shares not only his positive experiences but “owns up” to the mistakes and poor outcomes that have been an integral part of his professional development; such insights are powerful learning tools and greatly enhance the interaction between teacher and students. Student and staff responses to the inclusion of clinically relevant material have been overwhelmingly supportive.

    N.B. The practical classes will mainly comprise dissections of dogs, horses and components of the integument. Visitors should wear shoes that completely enclose the foot.

    Class type: Lecture 
    Day and time: 
    Wk 6 Mon 27/8 3 - 4
    Wk 7 Mon 3/9 1 - 4, Tues 4/9 1- 4
    Wk 8 Tues 11/9 1 - 4
    Wk 9 Tues 18/9 1 - 4
    Building and room: Gatton Building 8117 Room 106
    Wk 10 Wed 3/10 8 - 9 Building 8178 Room 103
    Wk 12 Tues 16/10 2 - 4 Building 8117 Room 218
    Wk 13 Mon 22/10 1 - 4 Building 8117 Room 106

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Practical
    Day and time: 
    Wk 10 Tues 2/10  8 - 5 , Wed 3/10 10 - 3, Fri 5/10 10 - 6
    Week 11 Mon 8/10 8 - 5, Tues 9/10 10 - 4, Wed 10/10 10 - 3
    Wk 13 Wed 24/10 1 - 8
    Building and room: Building 8106 Room 135 (AD)

    > Book your Practical


  • WRIT2100 - Creative Writing: Poetics

    Dr Victoria Bladen

    School of Communication and Arts

    Dr Victoria Bladen

    This course introduces students to the craft and joy of writing poetry, covering aspects such as the image, line structure, rhythm, rhyme, sound, form and tropes. Classes are comprised of a weekly lecture and tutorials that include a range of exercises. At the beginning of the course, students are introduced to a range of different poetic forms, aligned with their first exercise portfolio assessment. In the second half of the course the tutorial format changes to workshops in which students receive detailed feedback on their work and give feedback to others, in preparation for their final portfolio. The students also have an explication exercise as part of their assessment during the semester.

    Dr Victoria Bladen teaches in poetics, literary studies and adaptation at The University of Queensland, Australia and has received a Faculty award for teaching excellence. She has published on early modern poetry, Shakespeare and Shakespeare on screen, and convenes annual summer schools at UQ and abroad. Her creative practice includes poetry, composing music for piano, painting and collage, and she has held four solo exhibitions of her work. The most recent, The Garden (Aspire Gallery 2016), included public readings of her ekphrastic poetry. She is currently working on a volume of poetry entitled Postcards from the Sea.

    Victoria will be using the online tool Padlet, a digital canvas that facilitates group work, in most tutorials and some lectures. She recently presented a demonstration of this tool at the UQ Electro Expo and it may be of interest to other teaching staff to see it in operation.

    Class type: Lecture
    Day and time: Mon 5 - 6.20
    Weeks available: Weeks 1-4, 6, 8-9
    Building and room: Parnell Building #07 Room 222

    > Book your Lecture

    Class type: Tutorial
    Day and time: Tues 9.30 - 11
    Weeks available:  Weeks 2-6, 8, 9
    Building and room: Colin Clark Building #39 Room 104

    > Book your Tutorial