Each semester, you are invited to attend and observe a class from a selection of courses that are made 'open' to UQ staff.

  1. Search for courses using the filter below (e.g. type 'blended learning' in the bar). 
  2. Book your spot through the following links. Check our FAQs if you have any questions, or contact us.

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AGRC1012 – Food and Fibre Case Studies

Dr Ammar Aziz
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour weekly contact (lecture, case studies, field visits)
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Small class 70 students

AGRC1012 is an introductory agribusiness course. It is based on lectures, case studies and field visits.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning-group participation – case studies based on field visits

This course takes the student on a journey across the value chain and looks at agribusiness in general. It looks at existing agribusinesses with the last few weeks all about developing the students' own agribusiness ideas.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Aziz is a teaching and research academic and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He would try just about anything to ensure that the classes are interactive and engaging. A key focus in all his classes is about bridging the 'knowing-doing' gap.

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Contact

  • Days and times: Thu 8–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 3, 4, 9, 11–13
  • Location: 8111-201 (Gatton campus)
  • Note: please call Ammar in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115

ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology Flexible mode

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 2-hour practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 2nd year
  • Size: Medium class 56 students

ARCS2000 introduces students to the major scientific methods used in archaeology. It provides a practical introduction to sample taking, analysis methods and data presentation.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – problem-solving – group participation

This course teaches Arts students about the use of scientific techniques in archaeology. The challenge is to explain scientific instrumentation and the way they work in a way that is not confronting, and ultimately leads to the students understanding the best applications of the techniques and some of the limitations to be aware of.

Lecturer's short bio

Glenys McGowan is a teaching-focused academic who spends approximately 300 hours in the classroom each year. She teaches first and second-year undergraduate courses and honours coursework in archaeology. In 2016, she received the HASS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Glenys employs object-based learning, authentic learning scenarios and maintains student interest through the use of humour and popular culture references.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 8–10 am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: 76-228

Practical

  • Days and times: Mon 12–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 6, 7, 10, 11
  • Location: 09-325
  • Note: some practicals may be deleted due to low enrolments. Please check the public timetable closer to the date you wish to attend, or contact the course coordinator at g.mcgowan@uq.edu.au.

BIOL3310 – Macroecology & Biogeography

Prof Cynthia Riginos
School of Biological Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour tutorial and 3-hour computer practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Small class ~35 students

Macroecology and biogeography are advanced and interdisciplinary topics in the study of ecology and evolutionary biology that are growing in importance as biologists seeks to infer processes at global scales. Students enrolled in this course will gain familiarity with topical issues in the field and practical experience with acquiring and manipulating biodiversity data including approaches for quantifying biodiversity, manipulation of phylogenetic trees and environmental data, and species distribution modelling.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – online activities – discussion – computer coding

Tutorials will be on Zoom and we use breakout rooms, whiteboards, google documents, and chats to foster interactions. Practicals are hybrid – on-campus and external. Students follow guided instructions and attempt to solve problems.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor Cynthia Riginos is a T&R academic - as such, she seeks to immerse third-year students in genuine scientific inquiry, to give them the tools and confidence to critically evaluate data, analyses, and text and to craft well-reasoned hypotheses. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has won several teaching awards in the Faculty of Science. Currently, Cynthia is the Director of T&L in the School of Biological Sciences.

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Online tutorial

  • Days and times: Mon 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–2
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

Practical

  • Days and times: Tuesday 11am–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1, 2
  • Location: 69-315

BISM7255 – Business Information Systems Analysis and Design

A/Prof Sabine Matook
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour seminar and 2-hour Prac/Lab
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Size: Large class ~150 students

This course aims to provide students with the concepts, knowledge and skills required to analyse and design information systems. It also builds related problem-solving skills.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: WIL – software apps with low-code platforms – blended learning

This course is run externally. Seminars are presented as an interactive 3-hour long Zoom session, with breakout rooms used for many of the small group activities. Online practicals for the course are run as a 2-hour session.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Sabine Matook is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland. She received her doctoral degree from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden, Germany. Sabine's research interests focus on the creation, adoption and use, and consequences of effective use of IT artifacts in the two areas of information systems development (ISD) and social media.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue 6–9pm, Thu 6–9pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2–8, 9–12
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

CHEM1090 – Introductory Chemistry

Prof Gwen Lawrie
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lecture, 3-hour practical and 1-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~400

CHEM1090 supports students to learn high school chemistry concepts that enable enrolment in CHEM1100.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Blended delivery – active learning – multimodal – feedback-driven

We use multimodal and interactive digital resources to support lecture/workshop preparation and reflection. Chemistry concepts are connected to real-world contexts and students are taught self-evaluation thinking skills.

Lecturer's short bio

Prof Gwen Lawrie is a teaching-focussed academic whose research explores student learning in online environments and also the role of multiple representations in learning chemistry. Her teaching approaches and outcomes have been recognised through multiple UQ and national teaching awards.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 8–9am, Wed 1–2pm,
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–5
  • Location: 50-T203

Workshop

  • Days and times: Thu 9–11 am (Week 1, 3) and Fri 2–4pm (Week 2, 4)
  • 'Open' weeks: Thu class: 1, 3; Fri class: 2, 4
  • Location: Thu class: 11A-120/1; Fri class: 11A-110/1

CHEM1100 – Chemistry 1

Prof Gwen Lawrie
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lecture, 3-hour practical and 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~1000 (2 streams plus external)

A large tertiary service course that provides the foundation in concepts underpinning inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in chemistry and engineering courses.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Blended delivery – active learning – multimodal – feedback-driven

We use multimodal and interactive digital resources to support lecture/workshop preparation and reflection. CHEM1100 includes an online synchronous group collaborative chat tool to engage students in applying chemistry concepts and language. Chemistry concepts are connected to real-world contexts and students are taught self-evaluation thinking skills.

Lecturer's short bio

Prof Gwen Lawrie is a teaching-focussed academic whose research explores student learning in online environments and also the role of multiple representations in learning chemistry. Her teaching approaches and outcomes have been recognised through multiple UQ and national teaching awards.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 1–2pm, Thu 10–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 9 (Thu 5 May) –13
  • Location: 49-200

COMU1120 – Media and Society

Dr Elliott Logan
School of Communication and Arts

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour seminar and edX modules
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large–400 students in seminar groups of 100

This course is designed to encourage the learner to examine and critically assess the relationship between the media and society. They study how media and cultural industries shape our experience of the world.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: UQ2U – blended learning – collaborative seminars – online modules

The course uses a blended approach combining 2-hour collaborative seminars in groups of 100 with three co-facilitators. The seminars are a mix of lecture and group-based activities which are accompanied by modules on edX that include audio, video, and animation. The material on edX scaffolds the assessments.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Elliott Logan is Lecturer in Media and Communication in the School of Communication and Arts. His research focuses on film and television aesthetics, especially the criticism of screen performance and serial television drama. His teaching in media studies explores the impacts of online media platforms on culture and the creative industries. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue 12–2pm, Wed 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–7
  • Location: 46-342

ECON1020 – Introductory Macroeconomics

Prof KK Tang
School of Economics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour pre-recorded lecture, 2-hour tutorial and 1.5-hour Zoom workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~350 students

This course aims to provide students with some foundation knowledge of macroeconomics and its application in the real world.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Flipped classroom – contextual learning – active learning – iPad – Zoom polling

The purpose of the pre-recorded lectures is to introduce students to basic concepts. The live Zoom workshop is to explore more complex concepts using a more interactive approach (e.g. quiz; drawing; discussion) and to illustrate how theories can be used to explain 'real-time real-world' problems.

Lecturer's short bio

KK Tang has been teaching economics for over 20 years. He has used the blended learning approach since 2019 and has embraced the student-staff-partnership approach to course development since then. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Fri 10–11.30am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–7, 9–12
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

EDUC4620 – Teachers as Researchers

A/Prof Ian Hardy
School of Education

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture
  • Level: Undergraduate 4th year
  • Size: Large class ~150 students

This course aims to provide students with research skills to inform their work as teachers; it is a 4th-year capstone course.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Working towards a more flipped classroom approach

This year, I want to foster more student participation and sharing of experiences (including from previous practicum experiences).

Lecturer's short bio

A/Prof Ian Hardy researches and teaches educational policy and practice at the School of Education. Recent research has focused upon datafication processes in schools and schooling systems more broadly.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–7, 13
  • Location: 11a-120

EDUC7079 – An Introduction to the Science of Learning in Practice

Dr Stephanie MacMahon
School of Education

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour online discussion/lecture supported by a flipped approach
  • Level: Postgraduate masters (and equivalent being offered as SFC)
  • Size: Small ~15-20 students

EDUC7079 An introduction to the Science of Learning (SoL) in Practice is a new course, also offered as a shorter-form credential. It introduces students to the SoL, how it can be applied and evaluated, and implications for leading others.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Blended delivery – online self-paced lectures and activities – interactive online learning and discussions – reflections and implications for practice.

A flipped approach that encourages independent and collaborative online engagement, with emphasis on applying learning into diverse contexts.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr MacMahon is a teaching-focused academic in the School of Education, with 20 years experience in school education, and eight years in tertiary. As the Science of Learning Field of Study Coordinator, and Program Director for the SLRC Learning Lab, Stephanie engages deeply in the multi-disciplinary literature around how people learn, the factors that affect learning, and how this evidence can be applied into pedagogical practice in school, higher education and adult learning contexts, drawing on her extensive experience in a range of education contexts.

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Online lecture/ discussion

  • Days and times: Wed 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 13
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

ERTH1000 – Planet Earth: The Big Picture

Dr Kevin Welsh
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 3-hour practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Medium class ~150 students

ERTH1000 is an introduction to Earth Science course. It will be taken by students undertaking BSc Majors in Earth, Ocean and Coastal Science, Archaeology, Environmental Science and Management, however, it is aimed at a broad audience of non-specialist students.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Fieldwork (face-t0-face/virtual) Student Response System

Developed virtual fieldwork and virtual laboratory tools to blend online and face-to-face learning. Lectures have become more active with student response system tools including a mentimeter.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Welsh teaches across earth, environmental and marine science at UQ. He uses records of past changes in environmental variables like sea level or hydro-climate to examine how they will change in the future. He has won a Faculty of Science and a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 9–10am, 1–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1, 2, 7–12
  • Location: 01-E215

Practical

  • Days and times: Mon 10am–1pm and 1–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2, 3, 5–7, 10–12
  • Location: 03-229

LAWS2706 – Foundations of Property Law

Dr Maria Itati Dolhare
School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour seminar
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Small class 25 students

LAWS2706 aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental principles relating to property law, including knowledge of relevant statute and case law; skills in recognition of the legal issues relating to property, the analysis of such issues, the application of legal principles, and an appreciation of the context in which property law operates including theoretical perspectives and critiques.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Seminar-style teaching

Seminar-style. Students are encouraged to provide legal advice related to factual scenarios.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Dolhare is a fully qualified solicitor who has been teaching property law for the past seven years. Maria uses a range of teaching approaches and techniques to create an interactive environment where students feel comfortable and confident to engage with the legal issues and provide legal advice that applies in a practical manner theoretical concepts discussed during the lecture.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Wed 9–11am, Wed 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: 08-388

LAWS3101 – Income Tax Law

Dr Thea Voogt
School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture (timetabled, online) and 1-hour tutorial (face-to-face and online)
  • Level: Undergraduate (final year)
  • Size: Large class, 200 students

This introductory income tax law course is for commerce students and is accredited by CA ANZ and CPA AU. The course covers Income Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT), Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: High energy engagement – practical – student support

This jam-packed course requires non-law students to engage with large volumes of complex legislation that can easily overwhelm them. Observe how we keep students inspired using high-energy lectures and tutorials, and how we support students with a strong suite of resources

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Voogt follows a pastoral teaching philosophy that engages individual students in a large class setting so that they have different avenues to meet the challenges of studying the law as commerce students. She has won three UQ awards for teaching.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–7, 10–12
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations II

Mr Michael Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Medium class ~500 students

An introductory course that covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas. It is the University's equivalent of Queensland high school Specialist Mathematics.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – daily recaps – build on current knowledge – Unidoodle

Maths is learnt by doing. In this course, we use UniDoodle – an audience response system that lets students write equations and sketch graphs. This instantaneous feedback allows us to tailor the course appropriately.

Lecturer's short bio

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 five UQ teaching awards as well as two national awards. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 11am–12pm, Wed 12–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 8–12
  • Location: 27A-220

MATH1051 – Calculus & Linear Algebra 1

Dr Poh Hillock
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lectures, 2-hour tutorial and a 1-hour computer practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~1000 students

MATH1051 covers university-level mathematical concepts useful to students in a range of discipline areas, including mathematics, business, health sciences, science, applied science and engineering.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning (UQ2U) – face-to-face workshops – interactive lectures

The course has a large collection of online learning resources and many face-to-face initiatives run during the semester. These include extra help sessions, support tutorials, exam revision classes, pre-semester workshops.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Hillock received her PhD from The University of Adelaide in the area of Convex Sets with Lattice Point Constraints. More recently, her interests have switched to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in mathematics. Poh is always on the lookout for practical ideas to help her first-year students learn mathematics. Poh has won three UQ teaching awards and a national teaching award.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 10–11am, Thu 12–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 8–12
  • Location: 27A-220

Tutorial

  • Days and times: Tue 12–1pm, Wed 2–3pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2–8, 9–13
  • Location: 67-442

METR4201 – Control Engineering 1

Prof Ross McAree
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour lecture (Zoom), 2-hour workshop/tutorial and 2-hour practical (alternate weeks).
  • Level: Undergraduate 4th year
  • Size: Large class ~350 students

METR4201 introduces students to the formalisms, tools, and methodologies that form the foundations control systems engineering.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Blended learning (UQ2U) – face-to-face workshops – interactive lectures

The courses has a large collection of online learning resources.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor McAree is the Head of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. His interests are in robotics and automation, including control engineering. His teaching philosophy is simple: be organized and authentic, craft good learning objectives (LOs), construct teaching activities to help students understand the LOs, rigorously assess student learning against the LOs, provide individualised feedback aligned to the LOs to help them address knowledge gaps, and have some fun along the way.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 5–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: 49-200

Tutorial

  • Days and times: Wed 8–10am, 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: 49-401

MKTG3961/7960 – Commodities, futures and options

Dr Ammar Aziz
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 1-hour practical
  • Level: Postgraduate and 3rd/4th-year students
  • Size: Small class ~35 students

MKTG3961/7960 offers students an introduction to the process of agricultural price risk management.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning

The students are given the theoretical background of options and futures. To solidify the understanding of the relevant concepts, I use simulations to enable the students to test their understanding and apply the knowledge gained in a real-world setting.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Aziz is a teaching and research academic and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He would try just about anything to ensure that the classes are interactive and engaging. A key focus in all his classes is about bridging the 'knowing-doing' gap.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 1–3pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–4, 7, 9, 10, 12
  • Location: 8111-201 (Gatton campus)
  • Note: please call Ammar in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115

Simulation

  • Days and times: Tue 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–7
  • Location: 8111-201 (Gatton campus)
  • Note: please call Ammar in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115.

PHYL2066 – Human Function in Health & Disease A

Dr Louise Ainscough
School of Biomedical Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour lectorial per module
  • Level: Undergraduate 2nd year
  • Size: Small class ~70 students

PHYL2066 provides occupational therapy students with an introduction to human physiology including cellular structure, function and communication. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including pharmacological treatments for common diseases.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Mini-lecture – active learning – Kahoot – Google Jamboard

Students complete their asynchronous lectures in H5P, then attend a face-to-face lectorial for revision. In the lectorial, students test their understanding through active learning. We use Kahoot, Google Jamboard and direct questioning to engage students in the activities.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Ainscough is a teaching-focused academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences. She has a keen interest in understanding students' approaches to learning. Louise is a HEA Fellow, and has won the Faculty of Medicine Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 2–3pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 8 and 10
  • Location: 50-T103

POLS1102 – Political Problems and Public Policy

Dr Alastair Stark
School of Political Science and International Studies

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Medium class ~170 students

POLS1102 introduces key political science and public lenses to students – one-hour theory/one-hour application to the case.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Typically 20 minute 'blocks' separated by activities

Avoiding the classic sage on the stage method is key for me. 20-minute blocks mean messages with impact are delivered – sometimes with role play, sometimes with games, sometimes with emotion, etc. This opens up a classroom for the delivery of a message that sticks.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Stark is an associate professor in public policy. He has no teaching awards, just a passion for teaching!

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Thu 12–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: 63-360

POLS1501 – Introduction to Peace & Conflict Analysis

Dr Seb Kaempf
School of Political Science and International Studies

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~200 students

This course provides an introduction to different theories and approaches associated with the causes of war, ethnic cleansing, violence and genocide and approaches to managing, resolving, and ending conflict.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: classic lecture (though somewhat interactive) – interactive student-driven tutorials.

It will be delivered through lectures to spark fascination with the topic, followed by in-depth readings and engagement, before being discussed in tutorials. This looks like a classical structure, but the delivery of lectures and tutorial activities are very innovative.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Kaempf is a senior lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, is the convener of the MOOC 'MediaWarX' and has won UQ and national awards for teaching excellence.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 8–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8
  • Location: 50-T103

SCIE1000 – Theory & Practice in Science

Dr Ava Greenwood / Dr Andrew Letten / Mr Andrew Penton
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 2-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class 1000+ students (anticipate approximately 500 students in the online stream)

SCIE1000 introduces students to the broad range of mathematical, analytical, conceptual and computational tools employed by scientists to develop, analyse and interpret models of scientific processes.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Active learning – peer instruction – team teaching

SCIE1000 is simultaneously taught by two academic staff members, one with strengths in mathematics and the other with strengths in science. This allows interaction and promotes discussions between the two staff members and the students.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Ava Greenwood is a teaching-focused academic in the School of Mathematics and Physics (SMP) who has a particular interest in approaches to teaching which help facilitate a positive learning experience for first-year students. Dr Andrew Letten is a T&R academic (Lecturer) in the School of Biological Sciences, with research interests in bacterial competition, and an eagerness to increase quantitative skills among biologists. Andrew Penton is a teaching-focused academic in SMP who is also in the process of completing his PhD in the field of observational black hole astrophysics.

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Online lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 4–5pm, Wed 9–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

SOSC2288/SOSC7288 – Community Development: Local and International Practices

Dr Lynda Shevellar
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour workshop
  • Level: Double-badged course of under and postgraduates with both cohorts in the one class
  • Size: Small class 20–50 students

SOSC2288/SOSC7288 introduces students to the basic approaches, methodologies and techniques of community development within a broader framework of approaches to international development.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Student-centred learning – student-as-teacher/facilitator – active teaching

While modern teaching strategies emphasise participation, our key focus is often on extraverted, highly visible and vocal methods of engagement. I am interested in how we cater for the less vocal, less visible members of our student community and what participation in education might mean for more diverse student populations. The exercises students undertake in class mirror those to assist participation in our broader communities.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Lynda Shevellar has been teaching, training and working in community development for 30 years, the last ten at UQ. She has won an early career teaching award, a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence and a national teaching citation. Lynda is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has published in a range of journals on her experiments in teaching.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Wed 2–5pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–8, 9–13
  • Location: 46-342
  • Note: please introduce yourself to the lecturer on arrival and explain you are part of the Open Course Scheme; please note you will be expected to participate in activities and discussions. Week 2 is particularly useful as the lecturer discusses the methodologies she uses, and the first half of the semester will be more interesting for observers.

TOUR7031 – Visitor Management

Dr Karen Hughes
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour online workshop
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Size: Small class ~40 students per workshop

This course explores the design and management of tourist experiences. Topics include visitor motivation, design and management of tourist settings, orientation aids, and interpretation.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Active online learning – debates – strategies to engage international students

The student cohort is predominantly Chinese. I use a variety of techniques to support their learning – debates, reflection exercises, discussions, activity sheets, and case studies. These are designed to encourage students to discuss their experiences, to solve problems specific to their home country, and to appreciate other viewpoints.

Lecturer's short bio

A/Prof Karen Hughes has been teaching in the area of tourism for approximately 25 years and has earned a reputation for her ability to effectively engage large classes. Her approach to classroom teaching is based on the belief that engagement and enjoyment are fundamental to student learning. She is particularly interested in developing techniques and strategies to engage international students.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Tue 12–2pm, 2.30–4.30pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–8, 9–12
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

VETS1060 – Animal & Veterinary Biology

Dr Deanne Whitworth
School of Veterinary Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour lecture
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large class ~260 students

Topics include embryology, evolution, mammalian diversity and the domestication of species of veterinary significance.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: Traditional lecture delivery

The student cohort is diverse in terms of prior study in biology and the UQ programme, so the challenge is to keep those with a background in biology engaged while not 'losing' those students with a more limited background. Current research, and especially where it has informed lecture content, is discussed.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Whitworth is a T&R academic in the School of Veterinary Science with a research focus on stem cell biology. Dee's passion for teaching has been recognised by several Golden Speculum student awards for "best lecturer" and Dean's Commendations.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 3–5pm, Thu 8–9am
  • 'Open' weeks: 7, 8, 10–12 (Wed classes) 7,11 (Thu classes)
  • Location: Gatton campus: 8178-103 (Wed classes), 8117-106 (Thu classes)