Each semester, you are invited to attend and observe a class for a selection of over 25 courses that are made 'open' to UQ staff.

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ARCS2000 Science in Archaeology

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour weekly lecture and 2-hour weekly practical
  • Level: undergraduate 2nd year
  • Type: medium (75 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 – 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 and 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 8–9am
  • 'Open' weeks: 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12
  • Location: Molecular Biosciences Building #76 Room 228

Practical

  • Days and times: Mon 10–11am, 1–3pm, 3–5pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 6, 11, 12
  • Location: Michie Building #9, Room 325

ARCS2070 Bioarchaeology

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour weekly lecture and 2-hour weekly practical
  • Level: undergraduate 2nd year
  • Type: medium (68 students)

ARCS2070 teaches students to recognise human remains at archaeological sites and discusses the link between disease and different human lifeways in the past.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – group participation – game play

The challenge with this course is to teach a large amount of content and medical terminology so that students can recognise complete or partial human remains (healthy and pathological) at archaeological sites. Important ways I do this are through intensive learning in small groups and through the use of pub-quiz style games during class time to reinforce learning.

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 and authentic learning scenarios, and maintains student interest through the use of humour and popular culture references.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Thu 8–9am
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–7, 9, 10, 12
  • Location: Hawken Engineering Building #50, Room N201

ARTT2103 Australia Pacific Indigenous Art

A/Prof Sally Butler
School of Communication and Arts

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3hr seminar
  • Level: undergraduate, 2nd and 3rd year
  • Type: medium class (approximately 45 students)

ARTT2103 introduces students to Indigenous perspectives as expressed through the art of Australian and Pacific Indigenous people. It applies the art to understanding cross-cultural perspectives and how Indigenous knowledge, history and identity navigate a dominant mainstream mindset in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: problem-led learning – cross-cultural critical thinking – visual literacy – active learning

My teaching philosophy for this course is for students to understand their own subjectivity in response to Indigenous art and what it poses for a contemporary global world. Creating a respectful space of accepting difference is crucial for class discussions. We read articles by Indigenous authors, have Indigenous guest lecturers, and look at a lot of art objects. Students are constantly challenged from any standpoint of certainty which they find confronting and motivating at the same time.

Lecturer's short bio

Sally Butler is an Associate Professor of Art History and currently HASS Deputy Associate Dean Academic (Students). Her research and teaching focus has mainly been in the area of contemporary Indigenous art, including a field school 2# subject to Central Australian art centres. Sally is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has won teaching excellence awards.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Wed 2–5pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
  • Location: Forgan Smith Building 01-E107
  • Notes: The first half of the class is run as a lecture with Q&A and the second half with a seminar/tute format. If only visiting for one half of the class please use the transition time of 3.30pm to come or go.

BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Prof Susan Rowland
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: one weekly lecture (in duplicate) and one weekly workshop (four iterations)
  • Level: undergraduate, 2nd year
  • Type: large class (over 650 students)

BIOC2000 is the core second year course that serves students from around 30 different programs of study. This year is the first year of a complete flip of the course.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – Padlet – think pair share – active learning – UQ Poll

"Happy to chat over a cup of tea. Biochemistry is beautiful. I want students to come away from the course with some sense of self-efficacy around biochemistry, and able to help understand their lives. I ask a lot of students, but spend significant time helping students who have done preparation and worked out what questions they want to ask."

Lecturer's short bio

Susan is a multi-award-winning teacher of biochemistry and molecular biology. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Professor of Science Education (appointed at Level C and promoted to Level D then Level E as a teaching-focused academic).

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Lecture

  • Days and times: 1) Mon: 12–12.50pm  2) Tue: 8–8.50am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–4
  • Location: 1) Steele Building #03 Room 206 2) Abel Smith Building #23 Room 101
  • Notes: Please confirm time and location in SI-net (locations can change, especially between weeks 1 and 2). Please come and say hello to Susan at the start of the session.

Workshop

  • Days and times: 1) Thur 2–2:50pm,  2) 3–3:50pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–4
  • Location: Physiology Building #63 Room 358
  • Notes: Please confirm time and location in SI-net (locations can change, especially between weeks 1 and 2). Please come and say hello to Susan at the start of the session.

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CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry

A/Prof Gwen Lawrie
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 weekly lectures
  • Level: undergraduate, 1st year
  • Type: large class (450 students)

CHEM1090 is an introductory chemistry course that articulates students who have not completed high school chemistry into a range of UQ programs. Core lectures are complemented by active learning workshops.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – representational competencies – problem-based – real-life contexts.

"I teach by developing students thinking about their thinking. Learning chemistry requires the development of mental models of what molecules look like and how they interact with each. We use diverse representational modes in chemistry and students need skills to translate between these - this is a focus in my teaching. I aim to facilitate student learning as part of an inclusive classroom and community."

Lecturer's short bio

Gwen Lawrie is a Teaching Focused Associate Professor. She has an active research program into supporting and assessing student self-regulated learning in online environments in parallel with how teachers combine multimodal representations in teaching. Gwen is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has been recognised by multiple national, professional and institutional teaching awards.

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Lectorial

  • Days and times: 1) Mon 12–12:50pm 2) Thurs 1–1:50pm 3) Fri 9–9:50am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–5
  • Location: 1) UQ Centre #27A Room 220   2) Advanced Engineering Building #49 Room 200   3) UQ Centre #27A Room 220

CHEM1100 Chemistry 1

A/Prof Gwen Lawrie
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 weekly lectures (lectorials) delivered in two parallel streams
  • Level: undergraduate, 1st year
  • Type: large class (1150 students in two lecture streams)

CHEM1100 is the major first year chemistry course with students from up to 40 different programs enrolled. It is taught using multimodal resources and in 2019 is a UQ2U blended course.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended – active – problem-based – virtual whiteboard - simulations – demonstrations

"I teach by developing students thinking about their thinking, learning chemistry requires the development of mental models of what molecules look like and how they interact with each. We use diverse representational modes in chemistry and students need skills to translate between these - this is a focus in my teaching. I aim to facilitate student learning as part of an inclusive classroom and community."

Lecturer's short bio

Gwen Lawrie is a Teaching Focussed Associate Professor. She has an active research program into supporting and assessing student self-regulated learning in online environments in parallel with how teachers combine multimodal representations in teaching. Gwen is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has been recognised by multiple national, professional and institutional teaching awards.

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Lectorial

  • Days and times: 1) Tue 9–9:50am  2) Wed 9–9:50am   3) Thu 9–9:50am
  • 'Open' weeks: 10–13
  • Location: UQ Centre #27A Room 220

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COMU1120 Media and Society

Dr Nicholas Carah
School of Communication and Arts

Course overview

  • Delivery: blended course with 2h seminar + edX modules
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: 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: blended learning – collaborative seminars and online modules

The course uses a blended approach combining 2 hour collaborative seminars in groups of 100 with 3 co-facilitators. The seminars are a mix of lecture and group-based activities.The seminars are accompanied by modules on edX that include audio, video, and animation. The material on edX scaffolds the assessments.

Lecturer's short bio

Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts. He teaches into the Digital Media major in the Bachelor of Communication. His research focusses on social media platforms, branding and culture.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Mon 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–13
  • Location: Prentice Building #42, Room 212
  • Notes: Weeks 7 and Week 13 are writing workshops. Dr Carah is happy for visitors to email him so he can tell them which seminars might be most appropriate depending on their interests.

ENGG1100 Engineering Design

A/Prof Lydia Kavanagh
Engineering, Architecture and IT (Faculty)

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour workshop (flipped class), 1-hour lecture, 1-hour seminar (project specific), 2-hour project session - Course is front-ended so W, S, and L finish by week 10/11
  • Level: undergraduate, 1st year
  • Type: large class (~1000)

Introduction to engineering practices, welcome to community/uni.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – engineering practice – team work – active and collaborative learning.

There are no exams in this course. It is a practice course and so students write reports and design/build a prototype in answer to a complex real world problem. We get them using hand tools, working in teams, and managing their projects as well as discovering in year 1/ semester 1 whether engineering is for them, and if it is, what discipline they prefer.

Lecturer's short bio

Lydia is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy who has won both institutional and national teaching awards.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: 1) Tue 12–12.50pm   2) 1–1.50pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1, 2, 6–8, 10
  • Location: AEB main lecture theatre Hawken Engineering Building #50 Room T203

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Mondays 11–11.50am or 12–12.50pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–9
  • Location: UQ Centre #27A Room 226

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ENGL2070 Contemporary British and American Fiction: Ethics, Politics, and Literature

Dr Judith Seaboyer
School of Communication and Arts

Course overview

  • Delivery: 90-minute weekly lecture, 90-minute weekly tutorial
  • Level: undergraduate, 2nd and 3rd year
  • Type: medium class (around 60 students)

This course explores six twenty-first-century novels as part of an aesthetic shift in literary realism that began in the last years of the nineteenth century.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – flipped

This course uses a blended learning approach designed to improve the quality and quantity of student reading. Students are required to complete a feedback-rich quiz before class so they are ready to participate in lectures as well as tutorials. The quizzes cause student reading of texts to increase exponentially and they come to class ready to engage with texts at a higher level than would otherwise be the case.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Judith Seaboyer has taught courses at UQ from the large first-year gateway through to advanced undergraduate and honours. She has received a national citation for Excellence in Teaching, a UQ Award for Excellence in Teaching and a UQ citation for improving student reading.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 4–5.20pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–3
  • Location: Otto Hirschfeld Building #81 room 214

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LAWS3101 Income Tax Law

Dr Thea Voogt
TC Beirne School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour weekly lecture and 1-hour weekly tutorial
  • Level: undergraduate, final year
  • Type: large class, enrolment of 300

LAWS3101 is an income tax law course, accredited by CA ANZ and CPA AU. It covers: Income Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax, Goods and Services Tax.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: 24/7 email inquiry – blended learning – practical approach

Thea follows a student-centred multimodal teaching strategy. The centrepiece: a 24/7 email inquiry system where students can ask questions at their own pace. Following the Ubuntu philosophy – I am because we are – Thea believes in feed-back-feed-forward across all modes of learning. She sees huge value in engaging, high-energy lectures.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Thea Voogt has won three UQ teaching awards. She teaches income tax law in large undergraduate groups, and corporate governance law intensively in small post-graduate groups. Thea is an inspiring, engaged teacher in LAWS3101. She brings complex Australian-specific legal content to life, proving that tax is never dull.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon, 2–4 pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–9, 11–13
  • Location: Steel Building (03) Room 206
  • Notes: "Please introduce yourself at the lecture, or email me in advance. Happy to share the lecture material beforehand."

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MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations

Mr Michaal Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: three 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour tutorial and one computer practical
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: medium-large class (500 students)

MATH1050 is an introductory course which covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas. It is the University's equivalent of Queensland High School Mathematics C.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – daily recaps – UniDoodle

Maths is learnt by doing. In this course we use UniDoodle, an audience response system which 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: 1) Wed 12–1pm  2) Thu 10–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–13
  • Location: Abel Smith (#23) Room 101

MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra 1

Dr Poh Hillock
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: three 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour tutorial and one computer practical
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: 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 courses has a large collection of online learning resources. We also run many face-to-face initiatives during the semester. These include extra help sessions, support tutorials, exam revision classes, pre-semester workshops.

Lecturer's short bio

Poh 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: 1) Wed 12–1pm  2) Thu 10–11am   3) Fri 1–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 3–5, 7–9
  • Location: 1) and 2) at UQ Centre 27A-220 – 3) Advanced Engineering Building 49-200

MGTS1301 Introduction to Management

Mr Ross Strong
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour online module, 1 hour seminar and 1 hour tutorial
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: 1000+ students

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of managing business organisations including key management concepts, models and contexts. The course covers the functions of management, strategic frameworks and responsible management.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – large seminar delivery in support of assessable team-based tutorial assessments

This course is designed to help student acclimate to University and the Business Management Program. The course is taught via the Case Method and has a flipped lecture and tutorial program. This is underpinned by team-based learning in the tutorials which is also an assessable component in the class.

Lecturer's short bio

Ross is a teaching focused Associate Lecturer. His teaching expertise spans 15 years and includes introductory and advanced courses in Management and Strategy. With nearly twenty years of industry experience, including 10 as a successful senior manager, Ross has a passion for connecting theory and practice. His teaching background covers business management, strategy, marketing, international business and scientific communication.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: 1) Tue 11am–12pm 2) Wed 2–3pm and 3–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–13
  • Location: Prentice Building #4, Room 216

MGTS3301 Business Policy and Strategy

Dr Stuart Middleton
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 hour weekly seminar
  • Level: undergraduate 3rd year
  • Type: large class (400 students in total, 100 in each seminar)

MGTS3301 provides a capstone experience in learning and applying key frameworks of strategic management.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: flipped classroom – active learning

We prepare students to reach their peak by coming together as a teaching team to determine necessary interventions which will enable individual students' learning acquisition that will allow them to stretch their capabilities when participating in teams in the classroom.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart Middleton is a teacher recognised by his students for an engaging, calm and humorous approach to learning. He supplements his teaching with industry experience in devising strategy for a $1.2bn organisation.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Wed 2–5pm, Thu 5–8pm, Fri 8–11am, Fri 11am–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 4–7
  • Location: Prentice Building #42 Room 212
  • Notes: Please introduce yourself to the lecturer on arrival

MKTG7961 Agribusiness Marketing

Dr Phil Currey
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture and 3-hour tutorial
  • Level: postgraduate
  • Type: small (18 students)

This course examines the principles of marketing and provides practical examples of how those principles should be and are applied by Australian agribusinesses.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: learning-centred model

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

Lecturer's short bio

Students appreciate the practical industry experience that Phil Currey brings into the classroom and the relaxed style with which he engages with students. He 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.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 10am–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 9–13
  • Location: Gatton Campus Management Studies Building #8117, Room 220

PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics

A/Prof Tim McIntyre
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour weekly lecture, 1-hour weekly tutorial and 3-hour laboratory session some weeks
  • Level: undergraduate 2nd year
  • Type: medium class, 100 students

PHYS2055 introduces classical field theory. The course covers electromagnetism, optics, fluid flow and other fields.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – peer instruction – blended learning

This course uses an active learning approach. Students prepare for classes by viewing online self-authored material which includes text, images, videos and simulations. Feedback is provided to the teaching staff through an online quiz completed before the lecture. In class, students discuss the material in greater depth allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the course material.

Lecturer's short bio

A/Prof Tim McIntyre has taught courses at undergraduate level across physics and science for more than 20 years. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy and has won multiple awards included a UQ Teaching Excellence Award and a national Citation.

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Interactive lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 11am–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–5, 10
  • Location: Steele Building #3, Room 309

POLS1501 Introduction to Peace & Conflict Analysis

Dr Seb Kaempf
School of Political Science and International Studies

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2 hour weekly lecture and 1 hour weekly tutorial
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: large class (around 200 students)

An introduction to different theories and approaches associated with the causes of war, ethnic cleaning, 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.

Lectures to spark fascination of the topic, followed by in-depth readings and engagement, then discussed in tutorials. This looks like a classical structure, but delivery of lectures and tute 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: Thursdays, 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–4, 6–8, 9, 10, 12, 13
  • Location: Physiology Lecture Theatres # 63, Room 348

PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology

A/Prof Blake McKimmie
School of Psychology

Course overview

  • Delivery: 4-6 hour online plus 1-hour weekly contact (tutorial or workshop)
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Type: large class (1000+ students)

PSYC1030 is an introduction to social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical psychology. We also cover the research method.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – flipped classroom – peer learning – spaced learning

Blake uses research on effective learning to motivate students’ behaviour. He uses the flexibility of a flipped classroom and pre-recorded lecture videos to change the way he has contact with students and designs assessment items. His courses: • make use of spaced learning • use repeated testing before and after exposure to content • have regular meaningful assessment tasks in class.

Lecturer's short bio

Blake has won teaching excellence awards and three international teaching awards, including the edX prize (2018). He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course, a second year elective about psychology and law, and is a leading instructor of the award-winning MOOC CRIME101x and PSYC1030x. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: 1) Tues 9–10am, 10–11am, 11am–12pm, 1–2pm, 2–3pm, 3–4pm, 4–5pm, 2) Wed 9–10am, 10–11am, 11am–12pm
  • 'Open' week: 4 (19–20 March)
  • Location: Psychology Building #24a, Rooms 201-204
  • Notes: Please introduce yourself to the lecturer on arrival, classes are 1-hour long and start on the hour. We will be doing group assessment in these classes, there is no lecture (these are viewed online before students come to the workshop. If you want to view the lectures, you can access them either via the course website or directly on edx.org, search for PSYC1030.1x).

SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science

A/Prof Tim McIntyre and Dr Sara Herke
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: three 1-hour weekly lectures, tutorials
  • Level: undergraduate, 1st year
  • Type: large class (1000+ students)

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

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

A/Prof Tim McIntyre and Dr Sara Herke each take an enthusiastic approach to delivering their classes. A/Prof McIntyre is the recipient of a number of UQ and national teaching awards and Dr Herke has experience with developing on-line material including mathematics videos with high viewing rates on YouTube.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: 1) Mon 9–10am, 2) Wed 10–11am, 3) Fri 10–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–5, 8–13
  • Location: 1) Hawken Engineering Building # 50 Room T203, 2 and 3) Advanced Engineering Building # 49 Room 200
  • Notes: The course is taught in three streams.These classes refer to Stream 1 which is taught by Dr McIntyre and Dr Herke.

SOSC2288 Community Development: Local and International Practices

Dr Lynda Shevellar
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 4-hour workshop, students as active participants
  • Level: double-badged course of under and post graduates with both cohorts in the one class
  • Type: approx 60

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 learning

I am particularly influenced by the action teaching work of Scott Plous who suggests that teaching is not just about acting and reflecting – but about doing this in ways that promote humanity. I believe that for students interested in the social and behavioural sciences there is no greater tool for learning than students’ own motivation for a better world.

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, and has published in a range of journals on her experiences in teaching.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Fridays, 8am–12pm,
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–7, 9–10
  • Location: General Purpose South #78 Room 343
  • Notes: Please introduce yourself to the lecturer on arrival

TOUR7031 Visitor Management

Dr Karen Hughes
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour seminar
  • Level: postgraduate
  • Type: approx 90 students per seminar

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 learning – debates, on-campus activities

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. My approach to classroom teaching is based on the belief that engagement and enjoyment are fundamental to student learning. I am particularly interested in developing techniques and strategies to engage international students.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: 1) Wed 2–5pm 2) Fri 2–5pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–7; 10–11
  • Location: 1) Hawken Engineering Building #50 Room N202  2) Forgan Smith Building #01-E302

TOUR7052 Travel Distribution and Transport Systems

A/Prof Pierre Benckendorff
UQ Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: online lectures + 2-hour workshop
  • Level: postgraduate
  • Type: approx 120 students

This course focuses on the flow of information and people in the travel and tourism industries. Learners develop an advanced understanding of the distribution and management of the travel and transport sectors of the tourism industry.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – flipped classroom – Padlet – problem based learning – simulation

This course has been developed using a 'flipped teaching' model. Content is delivered using a series of 10-20 min videos. Learning technologies are used to leverage learning during class time, so the lecturer can spend more time interacting with students instead of delivering content. Students also work in teams to create and run an airline using an online simulation.

Lecturer's short bio

A/Prof Pierre Benckendorff is an award winning teacher who has completed a number of nationally funded teaching and learning projects. He publishes regularly on pedagogy and assessment and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA with a diverse range of current research interests.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: 1) Tue 2–4pm 2) Wed 8–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2, 5, 8 and 11
  • Location: 1) Sir James Foots Building #47A Room 341 2) Sir James Foots Building #47A Room 241