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

This semester, the scheme will focus on teaching via Zoom.

  1. Search for courses using the filter below (e.g. type 'blended learning' in the bar). 
  2. Book your place 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 Abdul Aziz
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour weekly (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 looking 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

Ammar 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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Workshop

  • Days and times: Thu 8–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 12, 13
  • Location: 8111–201, Gatton campus
  • Notes: Please call Dr Aziz in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115

Field trip

  • Days and times: Thu 8am–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 5, 8
  • Location: To be advised
  • Note: Please call Dr Aziz in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115

ARCA1000 – Discovering Archaeology (Flexible mode)

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour weekly lecture and 90-min tutorial every two weeks
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: small class (73 students)

ARCA1000 introduces students to contemporary archaeology and its role both in understanding the human past and managing the world's cultural heritage. Drawing on global case studies, and incorporating problem-solving tutorials including handling artefacts, ARCA1000 is a wide-ranging introduction to the concepts, principles and ethics of archaeology.

Teaching tools and techniques

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

This course is taken by students from many schools across UQ, so the course is set up to teach the basic principles of archaeology through the application of those principles to archaeological case studies in the lectures, and to real-world assemblages of artefacts in the tutorials. Learning and retention of information are enhanced through the activation of tactile learning pathways, not just auditory and visual pathways.

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

No on-campus lectures; lectures are recorded and uploaded to Blackboard.

ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology (Flexible mode)

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour weekly lecture and 2-hour weekly practical
  • Level: undergraduate 2nd year
  • Size: small class (26 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 and authentic learning scenarios, and maintains student interest through the use of humour and popular culture references.

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Lecture (1-hour recorded)

No on-campus lectures; lectures are recorded and uploaded to Blackboard.


Practical

  • Days and times: Tue 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
  • Location: Michie Building #9 Room 325, St Lucia campus - Note: As this is a laboratory space all visitors are required to wear closed-in shoes covering their toes, heels and the tops of their feet.
  • Note: Some practicals may be deleted due to low enrolments. Please check the public timetable closer to the date you wish to attend, or email the lecturer.

BISM7255 – Business Information Systems Analysis and Design

Associate Professor Sabine Matook
Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x seminar hours and 1 x prac/lab
  • Level: postgraduate
  • Size: small class

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: Work Integrated Learning – developing software apps with low-code platforms – blended learning

This course is run externally. Seminars are presented as an interactive 3-hour 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 University of Queensland Business School. 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 (online)

  • Days and times: Tue 6–9pm, Wed 6–9pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–9, 12, 13
  • Location: Online (via Zoom)

ECON1020 – Introductory Macroeconomics

Prof KK Tang
School of Economics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour pre-recorded lecture, 2-hour tutorial and 1-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 their applications 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 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

Prof KK Tang has been teaching economics for over 20 years. He has used the blended learning approach since 2019. He considers active and contextual learning and authentic assessment as the backbone of his teaching.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Fri 2–3pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–5, 7–10, 12, 13
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

ECON7001 – Foundations in Macroeconomics

Prof KK Tang
School of Economics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour pre-recorded lecture, 1.5-hour tutorial and 2-hour Zoom workshop
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: medium class (~100 students)

This course aims to provide students with some foundation knowledge of macroeconomics and their applications 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 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

Prof 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.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Days and times: Fri 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–5, 7–10, 12, 13
  • Location: online (via Zoom)

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)

This course 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, and 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. She 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: To be advised
  • 'Open' weeks: To be advised
  • Location: To be advised

Bookings for this course will open soon

LAWS3101 – Income Tax Law

Dr Thea Voogt
School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour weekly lecture (pre-recorded) and 1-hour weekly tutorial (face-to-face and online)
  • Level: undergraduate, final year commerce students
  • Size: large class (~300 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 – self-directed learning – knowledge checks

This jam-packed course requires non-LLB (Bachelor of Laws) 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 use a multi-modal self-directed learning support suite that includes quality study guides, complex exercises and online knowledge check moments.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Thea Voogt is an inspiring, engaged teacher. She brings complex Australian-specific legal content to life, proving that tax is never dull! Thea 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.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 10–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–6, 8, 11–13
  • Location: Online (via Zoom) Gordon Greenwood Building (32) R207, St Lucia campus

MATH1040 – Mathematical Foundations I

Mr Michael Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour lecture and 2-hour workshop
  • Level: undergraduate
  • Size: medium class (~300 students)

An introductory calculus 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 Mathematical Methods.

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 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: Mon 9–10am, Thu 10–11am, Fri 9–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 7–13
  • Location: Mon: online (via Zoom), Thu and Fri: Hawken Engineering Building (50)-T203, St Lucia campus

MATH1050 – Mathematical Foundations II

Mr Michael Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour lecture and 2-hour workshop
  • Level: undergraduate
  • Size: medium class (~500 students)

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 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 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: Tue 12–1pm, Wednesday 10–11am, Fri 10–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 7–13
  • Location: Tuesdays and Fridays: R200, Advanced Engineering Building (49); Wednesdays: UQ Centre (27A), St Lucia campus

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)

This course 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

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: Wed 10–11am, Thu 1–2pm, Fri 1–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 3–5, 7–9
  • Location: R200, Advanced Engineering Building (49), St Lucia campus

Tutorial

  • Days and times: Tue 12–1pm, Wed 2–3pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2 to 13
  • Location: Room 442, Priestley Building (67), St Lucia campus

METR4201 – Control Engineering 1

Prof Ross McAree
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1 x 1-hour lecture (Zoom), 1 x 2-hour workshop/tutorial, 2-hour prac alternate weeks.
  • Level: undergraduate Level 4
  • Size: large class (~400 students)

This course 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

Ross 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 organised 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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Workshop/tutorials

  • Days and times: Wed 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 7–13 (outside of these weeks, contact Prof McAree)
  • Location: Sir Llew Edwards Building (14) R132, St Lucia campus
  • Note: contact Prof McAree if you would like to attend a tutorial at a different time: Available Wed pm, Thu am or pm.

MGTS3301 – Global Strategic Management

Dr Stuart Middleton
Business School

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1 x pre-recorded lecture, 2-hour workshops, (face-to-face and online)
  • Level: undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: large class (~120 students in each workshop)

This course is the capstone unit in the International Business major of the Bachelor of Business (Management). Students learn to apply strategic management frameworks by participating in teams to make decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: flipped classroom – team-based learning – outdoor teaching

You'll see our flipped classroom approach to learning, where students apply strategy frameworks as though they are members of the Strategic Planning Unit of an organisation. In weeks 12 and 13, come and watch our teaching in outdoor spaces on the Lower Forgan Smith Forecourt. After our successful trial last year.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart uses a range of teaching approaches and techniques to create an interactive learning environment for his students, and also one which provides support and camaraderie for everyone who enters, including his extremely valuable teaching team.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Thu 4–6pm (online); Fri 11am–1pm (face-to-face)
  • 'Open' weeks: 4, 5, 7, and 8
  • Location: online (via Zoom) and ModWest Building (11A) R121, St Lucia campus

Outdoor teaching

  • Days and times: Fri 11am–1pm (face-to-face)
  • 'Open' weeks: Week 12 and 13
  • Location: Lower Forgan Smith Forecourt, St Lucia campus

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)

This course 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

Ammar 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: Wed 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–4, 7–12
  • Location: Management Studies Building (#8117) R117 and R118 Gatton campus
  • Note: Please call Dr Aziz in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115.

Simulation

  • Days and times: Lecture Wed 11am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–6, 7–11
  • Location: Management Studies Building (#8117) R117 and R118, Gatton Campus
  • Note: Please call Dr Aziz in advance so that he can provide an overview of the session: 0451 127 115.

POLS1102 – Introduction to Politics & 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)

This course introduces key political science and public lenses to students - one hour theory/one hour application to case.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: 20 minute 'blocks' separated by activities

Avoiding the classic sage on the stage method is key for me. Twenty 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

I am a senior lecturer in public policy. I have no teaching awards. Just a passion for teaching!

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 12–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 7–13
  • Location: Parnell Building (7) R222, St Lucia campus

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 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 7–9, 11, 13
  • Location: Physiology Building (63) R348, St Lucia campus

SCIE1000 – Theory & Practice in Science

Prof Tim McIntyre, Dr Sara Herke
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour weekly lectures and 2-hour tutorials
  • Level: undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: large class (~1000+ students)

This course 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

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

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 1–2pm, Wed 10–11am, Fri 12–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6, 8–13, excluding Week 10
  • 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 undergraduates and postgraduates with both cohorts in the one class
  • Size: small class (20–50 students)

This course 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: Thu 9am–12pm.
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 1–6, 7–12
  • Location: General Purpose South (78) R343, St Lucia campus
  • Note: Please introduce yourself to the lecturer on arrival. You will be expected to participate in activities and discussions.

SPCH4106 – Planning, Providing & Managing Services

Assoc Prof Anne Hill
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2 x 2-hour lecture
  • Level: undergraduate 4th year
  • Size: medium class (~86 students)

This course focusses on planning, providing and managing speech pathology services in a range of practice contexts

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning within classroom activities – simulated learning environments – case-based learning – flipped classroom

This course is taught with clinical practice in mind i.e. what the student needs to know to competently practise as a clinician. Lectures/interactive class activities are designed with a developmental approach to learning and incorporate many examples from the lecturer's own background in clinical practice. Clinical problem-solving within service delivery is a focus.

Lecturer's short bio

Assoc Prof Anne Hill is a paediatric speech pathologist who has been teaching within the UQ speech pathology programs for over 15 years. Anne’s excellence in teaching has been recognised with School, Faculty and UQ Teaching Excellence awards. Anne’s innovations in teaching focus around the use of simulated learning environments and interprofessional education.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Tue 2–4pm and Thu 8–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–3
  • Location: To be advised