Wednesday, November 24, 2004


I just read the recommendations of the Faculty Review, and am left wondering what will happen to the value of my degree from next year on. The main points were:

  • There will be one faculty ('no schools')
  • There will be four courses, Soft Eng, CS, Info Sys and Info Tech Sys.
  • Students may be required to attend more than one campus (or complete subjects without lecture/class contact) to complete their core subjects (let alone electives)
  • Staff may be required to teach at any campus
  • Staff are 'encouraged' participate at research at any campus
  • FIT is in charge of all funds (no 'schools')
  • There will be one admin/organisational unit at each campus (no 'schools')
  • There will be three sub-deans (education, research, development) at the FIT level (getting rid of those currently at school level as there will be no 'schools') who will be responsible for the dean when absent
  • Teaching performance will be evaluated in part in terms of how well that person contributes to the resources used to support a unit
    (heh - this one will be interesting, at least, with regards to some of the more notorious lecturers/subjects)
  • Research will be owned at the faculty level (no 'schools')
  • Courses and subjects will be owned at the faculty level (no 'schools')

There are currently seven different schools, offering eleven different bachelor degrees with further specialisations and double degree combinations available (Bus Sys, Comp Sci, Dig Sys, Soft Eng, Info Sys, Multimedia Sys, Internet Sys and Commerce, Network Computing, Info Tech, and Computing are the different individual degrees). I can see future IT degrees becoming a homogenised mass of sterile 'how to use MS products' and pseudo programming in high level and GUI driven languages. This will completely remove the nitty-gritty bottom level programming skills that the embedded market so desperately needs that CS and Dig Sys somewhat provided (and the students hated)! It will also be unlikely that the courses foster the high-level maths and programming skills needed in the burgeoning bio-informatics market, or the existing medical-systems market.

I hope some other institutions will still provide the more interesting courses, as Monash seems intent on becoming the boring, standard 'white long grain rice' version of IT. That rice does not make a good risotto, sushi, paella, rice pudding, or anything interesting or new.

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