CDU takes frontier approach to degree design 


Charles Darwin University is trialling a radical new approach to developing degrees.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Professor Graham Pegg, said the university was calling on prospective students to help construct CDU’s next generation of health-related degrees.

“It’s not everyday that students get a chance to play a major part in their futures by contributing to course design which is specific to their needs,” Professor Pegg said.

“This project is about developing degrees that better reflect the needs and aspirations of students.”

As part of the exercise, CDU is calling for volunteers to join a unique design team that allows students to help shape new degrees which fit their requirements.

“Finding the right health course is sometimes a difficult task for reasons often out of students’ control,” Professor Pegg said.

“Participants in the design team will be asked to voice their opinions and create a new generation of courses in health fields such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as other therapies and allied health.”

He said the university was targeting school leavers and mature-age students who were thinking about going to university in the next five years, or who were enrolled currently in these fields.

“Because the students and potential students will be spread throughout Australia, the whole activity will happen online. Each student will complete an online degree design exercise and the results will be analysed by a team at CDU,” Professor Pegg said.

“Once students have completed their design projects, CDU will send them a copy of their personal course preferences, which will help students to understand their study preferences.

“CDU is urging all interested students to play a part in their futures and join the university’s course development team.”

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