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What type of classes will I attend?

This will depend on which units you are enrolled in. Generally, the class types delivered at Curtin are defined below:

Lectures are presentations given by a subject matter expert, on a specific subject area within the unit you are studying.
Lectures typically run from 50 minutes to 3 hours. Curtin’s lectures are often recorded and published on Blackboard. This allows students the freedom to watch their lectures when most convenient. Lectures could be offsite, live streamed, pre-recorded, or delivered face-to-face only. Please check with your Unit Coordinator for confirmation, or refer to the Unit Outlines.

Tutorials are small discussion groups led by a tutor. Each unit will usually have 1 tutorial per week. Tutorials involve a number of tasks and activities to help students develop their understanding of the content covered in the previous lecture.
Tutorials are designed to be interactive, providing the perfect opportunity for students to ask questions and participate in group discussions.

Laboratory or Clinical Practice classes have a more ‘hands-on’ approach, with a focus on the application and practice of learnt skills in a laboratory or clinic environment.

Seminars are small to medium-size group meetings between students and a lecturer or tutor for 1-3 hours. Seminars contain elements of a lecture and tutorial. That being, a seminar can involve a presentation by your tutor/lecturer, but will also include interactive tasks and group discussions.

Studio classes are usually required for art and design units. Similar to workshops, these are hands-on session where you will learn practical methods and processes specific to the set project.

Offsite activities is a scheduled activity undertaken off campus (for example fieldwork). 

For further details on the classes required for your units, please refer to the Unit Outlines.

Updated 14/09/2022 11.20 AM