New medical teaching initiative

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Staff in the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences (BBCS) are currently in the process of creating a new unit for first year medical dental and podiatry students, providing an integrated introduction to modern cell and molecular biology, including genetics. The new unit, called "Molecules Genes and Cells" will run for the first time next year and will be a full year unit.

Amadale SHS science students and teachers

Spicing up Science

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

UWA and the Department of Education and Training have joined forces to add SPICE to science teaching in WA schools. SPICE is a secondary teachers' enrichment program that will give teachers a chance to update their skills and access the latest scientific equipment and techniques.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said investing in the development of quality teachers would help students achieve their full potentials. Over the next three years, 24 teachers will each spend a term as a Teacher-in-Residence at UWA's Centre for Learning Technology. Four teachers are already at the university.

Overseas Chapters

Thursday, 1 November 2007

The biannual student-alumni gathering for the Manila MBA program was held in August at The Rockwell Club in Manila. Organised to coincide with the a visit from UWA Business School staff, 50 guests celebrated their academic achievements and took the opportunity to meet other students and graduates living in the Philippines.

Teaching & Learning Update

Thursday, 1 November 2007

The Teaching and Learning (T&L) Committee meets monthly - the following is a summary of some of the significant highlights.

UWA Short Term Study Programs

Monday, 29 October 2007

Twenty-two students from three major Chinese universities will attend this year's UWA Short Term Study Program.

Stripping away the jargon

Monday, 29 October 2007

Some scientists are clever communicators, who share their fascination about their work with the wider community. Many others stare a good story in the face every day and just don't recognise it.

Enter the science communicator, who takes an intriguing story, strips away the science jargon, and presents it to the wider community.

Science students interested in sharing their excitement about science can enrol in the BSc (Science Communication) degree, introduced by the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology three years ago and the only such program in WA.

Terry Quickenden: a kind and erudite life

From forensic chemistry to Ali G: Terry Quickenden, a kind and erudite life

Monday, 29 October 2007

(4 March 1939 – 24 July 2005)

When Terry Quickenden died on July 24, he left an enduring memory of himself, dressed as Ali G, cavorting on James Oval for his medicine students' end-of-year-video! Terry was passionate about his academic career: teaching, research and service.

As a teacher, he loved First Year Medical Chemistry. His rapport with these students was such that he was always asked to play a starring role in their video for the annual Medicine dinner.

Image from the Le@rning Federation

From sports shoes to fossil digs – learning about science

Monday, 29 October 2007

Simplicity is at the heart of a new national teaching and learning initiative to provide online education material for primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand.

DUIT Multimedia, the commercial arm of the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology, is playing a significant role in developing the science material for the The Le@rning Federation (TLF).

Tutor Jason Goh shows students how to dissect a rat

SEEK - setting students apart

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is reaching out to the community in a myriad of ways – and one of them is its peer tutoring program in which students volunteer their time to go into schools to mentor and encourage science students.

Dozens of UWA science students are acting as mentors in WA schools under a special program to help spread wisdom throughout the community.

Logged-on Gen Y bloggers get philosophical at UWA

Friday, 26 October 2007

Most of them own a mobile and a computer, they’re often logged on 24/7, they usually have their own blog and a 2007 survey of Australian employers found they’re bad spellers, don’t bother with grammar and have little understanding of how to behave at work.