Subject: ACCT30002 Enterprise Performance Management
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This course enables me to obtain a further understanding towards management consulting. I have learnt a lot about various accounting-used calculations and management consulting concepts. Overall, I have learnt a lot about management accounting and find this course useful towards my future career.
Overview of the subject Reactor Engineering is a subject with lots of mathematical operations and requires very basic reasoning to understand the concept. This subject is mostly mathematics with only about 20% knowledge of chemical engineering and a formula sheet containing all the formulae of each Module. The mid-semester test and final examination paper are heavily based on the ability to understand and apply those formulae to answer any question. The subject consists of an online 5% quiz based on the lab experiment 1, a 15% mid-semester test, a 10% lab report for lab experiment 2 and a 70% final examination paper. The subject consists of 7 Modules. The first 2 Modules and half of Module 3 are covered in the mid-semester test and the other half of Module 3 with the four other Modules are assessed in the final examination. There are 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week. All lectures are recorded but the recordings can sometimes be of bad quality. There is no consultation session during teaching period as students can ask their questions during the tutorial itself. There are in total 10 tutorial question sheets and both numerical and solution answers are given for each question sheet at the end of the week. There is a preparatory video for each tutorial question sheet that students can watch before attending any tutorial and this feature is called tutorial-on-demand. The past exam and mid-semester papers with solutions are provided by the lecturer on LMS. They are really useful for practice but students should not expect to get the same format of question paper as previous years for their examination or in-class test. The lecturer changes the format of the question papers each year. The lecturer The name of the lecturer for Reactor Engineering is Prof. Greg Qiao. He is very friendly and is always willing to answer any questions that students ask him. His focus is to teach the students how to apply the concept and equations to solve any new problem. In my opinion, Greg is a good lecturer but he made some mistakes during the semester among which he forgot to book the exam hall for the mid-semester test. Instead, he chose two different lecture theatres for the class test, but he wrongly booked a hall in which there was going to be a lecture in less than one hour. Many students including myself were really frustrated and angry. In the end, we ended using the worse lecture theatre ever on campus. This has certainly influenced the performance of many students who sat for the class test. In some lectures, he changed the lecture notes and thus, I could not prepare anything beforehand and this made things really difficult when I tried to follow what he was explaining. There is also a problem when it comes to taking notes for in-class problems from the lecture slide; there must be a trade-off between understanding what he is saying and writing everything from the projector. One thing that could be done is using the lecture capture but as I mentioned before, the recordings can be really bad and this can be time-consuming to watch again. What I think can be improved is to write all the solutions of the in-class problem displayed on the projector and then upload them on LMS. In this way, the students do not need to write down anything and they can readily print the solutions at home without losing time. The tutor The name of the tutor is Armineh Assanvand and she explains things really well. She is friendly and always takes the time to answer all questions from the students. Due to a lack of time, she could not always complete the tutorial question sheet but was willing to finish the explanation in next tutorial session. Her works have been perfect and she is a very good tutor. The lecture notes The lecture notes are very complicated to understand as most slides are not related to each other. Many important details are also omitted and the notes contain some mistakes that can cause a lot of confusion during learning. It is advisable to use a textbook to back-up the lecture notes to avoid any misunderstanding. There may be lecture slides that actually appear to have no use (the information about on these slides will never be used or mentioned during the tutorial or video-on-demand) but bear in mind that everything covered in the lecture is assessable for the final examination. So you should not be surprised to see a question that you have never seen before in the examination hall involving the theory explained on these apparently ‘useless’ slides. One important feature that is missing from the lecture notes is a well-sentenced learning guide at the beginning of each Module. It is difficult to understand what you are learning as you have no idea of the direction you are taking. The best thing to do is to create a learning objective for each Module for your personal use to facilitate your learning and revision too. For the Module 1 and Module 2 in the lecture notes, there is a huge confusion when it comes to the derivation of the equation for the 𝑛𝑛𝑡𝑡ℎ order reaction and about the meaning of M being the ratio of 𝐶𝐶𝐴𝐴𝐴𝐴𝐶𝐶𝐵𝐵𝐵 . This part should seriously be removed. The laboratory experiments The time for the lab experiments 1 and 2 was horrible. I did a lab class where I did not understand any concept as this Module was not yet covered in the lecture. Hence, I could not ask any questions to the lab demonstrator regarding any confusion that may have arisen during the experiment. It would be better for the students to do the lab classes only after covering the content of the lab in the lecture The marking of the lab report is extremely harsh. They gave a set of instructions on LMS and despite the fact I followed carefully all the steps to make the correct format of the report I lost unfairly a lot of marks. So be careful when you write your lab report. The examination paper The examination paper was very challenging in terms of time management and precision. The mathematical calculations were very tiresome and tiring. However, the level of logical thinking required was not that demanding for each question. The paper had a different format from the 5 previous years. If you were not prepared, you would feel like the paper was really tough. The exam was like: ‘In the lectures and tutorials, they teach you how to walk but for the final examination, they ask you to fly’.