With the current changes to our way of living and moving around, QUT has adapted its learning in many creative ways. Our Science and Engineering faculty and the Faculty of Law is showing some great ways of delivering engaging and exciting classes whilst studying online.

Science and Engineering Faculty

The Science and Engineering Faculty is working hard to deliver engaging and exciting classes to students who are currently studying online. Here are few of the ways this is made possible;

Virtual prac classes

One of the Prac’s that is run in Semester 1 requires students to work in teams to pull apart a gearbox, model up the parts (3D Draw), and then put the parts back together again. Just before COVID hit, the students had managed to complete the first part of the experiment (pull the Gearboxes apart) but now had no way of reassembling and working out where all the parts go. To resolve this issue, some of our team have developed a gamified animation where students have to assemble the parts (virtually). It’s a very clever approach which is really engaging.

Filming workshops

Our Faculty Technical Services Team and Academics are filming practical classes for students to access online.

  •  We recently caught up with Hans Moravej and Glen Barnes while they were filming a prac for Civil Engineering Materials (EGB270). Through remote learning, Hans analyses concrete cylinders that have undergone compressive tests. Watch the video 
  • We recently interviewed Angus McLeod, in-between filming a prac for EGB113 (Energy and engineering systems) to find out what it’s like to now teach remotely. Watch the video 

Sending resources around the world

  • A second-year Earth & Atmospheric Sciences unit coordinator has worked with SEF Technical Services to put together and ship a package of rocks and minerals to each of the unit’s students. The packages have travelled as far as Oman, and also contain materials to aid in macroscopic mineral identification. Identifying rocks and minerals is a key part of the unit and having access to these packages allows students to pull out the rocks and minerals for that week’s lecture and be guided through learning exercises online. This unit is now being taught as a combination of hands-on learning with live and pre-recorded online lectures, as well as these online exercises.
  • Technical Services staff have been busy building, programming, and testing kits for students undertaking EGH456 (Embedded Systems) and EGB250 (Electronic Design). The kits are mailed out to the students and include instruction sheets and videos on how to assemble the items with minimal tools and technical knowledge.
  • Students studying first-year Engineering unit – Foundation of Engineering Design (EGB111) are normally required to build a fully functioning crane in our Engineering workshop spaces. Instead, building kits were posted to students containing working motors so they develop a physical build at home.

Faculty of Law

We’ve been delivering courses remotely for many years since 1977 in fact. In response to COVID-19, we up-scaled online delivery to all our students.

The real-world experience continues online, with:

  •  lectures, face-to-face tutorials and consults online
  • support services, including specialist career advice, financial assistance, and academic support
  • virtual work placements and events such as mooting and negotiation skills
  • social activities and connections.

Find out more about our online study experience at law

Part 1: Held Wednesday 6 May

Watch part 1 training video below (Full webinar)

Part 2: Held Wednesday 13 May

The Bachelor of Justice majors are now: Policy and Politics + Criminology and Policing.  Students can now complete a university-wide second major or two university-wide minors as part of their Justice degree. This includes second majors, such as;

  • Online Environments (perfect for cybercrime enthusiasts) or minors in PR, journalism, international business and languages (perfect for those hoping to become politicians or diplomats) OR
  • minors in Forensics and Data Analytics, behavioral science, or Finance (perfect for those interested in criminology and financial fraud)
  • Justice students can also access Psychology and Law second majors

Students can study any of the five diplomas and enter the second year of Bachelor of Justice after this (with 96cp of AS).
Practical work experience, such as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) electives provides practical experience and credit towards the Bachelor of Justice degree. QUT Faculty of Law has over 350 work placement partners. Our Justice student, Keesha Martinuzzo completed a work placement with the Fraud Integrity Unit at Australia’s largest general insurance group, Suncorp. Watch the video about Keesha’s work experience


As part of QUT’s course review processes, our Law Faculty has recently reviewed its Master of Laws in Intellectual Property course. As a result of that review, the Faculty Academic Board has approved this course for discontinuation, effective from Semester 2, 2019.

The Faculty will continue to offer the Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (LW76) and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LP41).

After consultation with industry and justice professionals, a new Bachelor of Justice course begins in 2016. QUT will offer the new Bachelor of Justice (JS34) which will replace the Bachelor of Justice (JS32). This remains a three year course, with majors changing to six core units and two electives.

For students who want a career that makes a positive difference and to pursue a career where no two days are the same, this course is the right choice. The possibilities are endless for building a stimulating career in the community – not just behind a desk. Graduates will be job ready by exploring the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and gain problem-solving, analytical and applied computer skills that are relevant to the workplace. They can also undertake a work placement in a range of community and government organisations to gain real justice industry connections. The program adopts a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon criminology, policing, policy, governance, intelligence, sociology, law, psychology and ethics. Career paths include law enforcement, government and private sector intelligence and security agencies, crime prevention agencies, and in criminal and social justice industries.

Students can choose from two majors—policy and governance or criminology and policing, and expand their interests with secondary majors in law and psychology. Two new core units, Criminal Law in Context and Deviance, will be compulsory for all students. Minors in Indigenous knowledges, forensic science and management are also available, with both policy and governance and criminology and policing available as a secondary major and minor as well. Students will also have the option to pick an elective from another discipline.

The study areas are relevant and applied, and include topics such as crimes of violence, eco crime, official corruption, youth justice, crime prevention, intelligence and security, drugs and crime, organised and transnational crime, political violence and terrorism, and death investigation.

Please contact Serita Pinalli (Manager International) if you have any questions about the revised degree:

QUT is a leading provider of Practical Legal Training in Queensland and we are Brisbane’s only university to offer a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LP41). We have offered this successful course for over 35 years. The program offers problem-solving scenarios and reflects the daily realities of a modern legal practice. It is a 24 week course with two entry points each year (January and June). The next intake in 2015 is 22 June (with the course running until the 11th December).

The course provides students with the practical legal training they need for admission to the legal profession in Queensland.  Our course is driven and shaped by practising lawyers, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Students learn in a simulated legal firm, gaining experience in real work tasks. Students also gain hands-on experience on a four-week work placement in a law office, which QUT source. The course is designed to comply with the Law Admissions Consultative Council’s Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

If your applicant has an Overseas Law Degree: Before applying, the applicant’s law degree must be assessed by the Legal Practitioner Admissions Board Queensland (LPAB). The LPAB will advise if the applicant is required to study further law units (LPAB assessment may take up to 8 weeks). When the applicant has received the LPAB letter advising of the units required, please send a copy to QUT. The Faculty of Law will look at the units required and advise the quickest time study can be completed (including extra law units followed by the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice).

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QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty is now offering two new Masters of Information Technology with more choice and flexibility;

  • IN21 (1,5years-Graduate entry) if you completed a Bachelor degree in Information Technology or a relevant area for example Computer studies, Software Technology or Information Systems
  • IN20 (2 years) if you have completed a Bachelor degree in ANY discipline OR if you have completed IT qualifications and wish to extend your studies.

You can now choose from 8 majors designed to meet current and future needs of the industry and society:

  • Data science
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Security
  • Computer Science
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Business Process Management (BPM)
  • Information Management
  • Networks


The New Colombo Plan Scholars (NCP) for 2015 have been announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Education Minister Christopher Pyne. The 69 outstanding undergraduate students was awarded the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarships to live, study and work in one of 17 locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Minister Bishop said the recipients had demonstrated academic excellence, a strong commitment to engaging with our neighbours and the character to represent Australia with distinction.

Minister Pyne said the scholars came from 23 universities across all states and territories, reflecting the strong interest of universities and students—and the broader community—in strengthening ties with the region.

“The scholars will study in a wide range of disciplines including language and culture, law, business, engineering and natural sciences, with nearly all scholars planning to undertake an internship or a mentorship,” he said.

QUT’s NCP scholars are:

  • Joel Adsett studying Bachelor of Business (Finance)/ Bachelor of Laws. Joel will undertake a five-month internship with Cardno Emerging Markets in Indonesia.
  • Brian Joseph studying Bachelor of Electrial Engineering. Brian will undertake an internship through the Nanyang Technological University’s Work Experience Programme in Singapore.
QUT student Joel Adsett receives his certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Photos by DFAT
QUT student Joel Adsett receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. (Photos by DFAT)


QuT student Brian Joseph receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
QUT student Brian Joseph receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. (Photos by DFAT)

The New Colombo Plan started in 2014 when it supported 40 scholars and more than 1300 mobility students. The Australian Government has committed $100million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan.

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From Semester 1 2015 The Faculty of Health will launch Queenslands-first new law and biomedical science double degrees:

A double degree in biomedical science with business or laws prepares graduates to work as part of multidisciplinary teams in biomedical research, development and commercialisation. The course has also real-world learning opportunities with up to 400hours of work integrated learning in a science context and other work placements and international internships within law.

Graduates of the biomedical science/business program may work for governments in a regulation, compliance, or policy development and implementation role; for venture capital and investment banks as an analyst; for innovation commercialisation companies as a consultant or marketing specialist; or in the research sector.

Graduates of the biomedical science/laws program may work in legal environments as an intellectual property lawyer, in-house counsel, government lawyer or mediator. Graduates may also work in consultancy through the innovation and commercialisation of infrastructure including, for example, regulation, compliance and clinical trials.

Outside the specialist biomedical science and legal environments, graduates will have skills and knowledge that is transferable to a wide range of areas including business, marketing, communication and policy advisors or officers.

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