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Engineering - Biomedical

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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Galway
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Why did you choose to study in this course?

I originally had physiotherapy and I researched this course as it is a pathway to go on and do physiotherapy afterwards as the points for physio were very high. The course is also interested me because it includes two of my favourite things sports and sciences. I did biology and chemistry and biology in school so I felt they would be beneficial if I got into sport science.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

Now that im doing sport science I have decided that physio wouldnt have been the right choice for me I have found other areas than rehabilitation that I have a keen interest in including coaching and strength and conditioning. In the end I think sport science was the right choice as it gives me alot more options for a future career.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

21-25hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I haven't studied abroad as I'm in 2nd year but there is an option for us to study abroad or go on co op abroad in 2nd sem of 3rd year. I'm currently in the process of applying for co op in new zealand.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

As I have mentioned already I have discovered some areas that really interest me that I would never expected to have an interest in. I have discovered I really enjoy the coaching and strength an conditioning side to my course. I also still have a big interest in the area of sports injuries and rehabilitation.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

We had two maths modules and I found them difficult to relate to the course.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I wish I had a better knowledge of physics coming into the course as we have a physics module in 1st year and if you hadn't done physics for the leaving cert some people struggled. Physics is a basis for the more difficult modules in biomechanics so I feel if I had had more knowledge of physics before college it would have made those difficult modules a bit easier.

Why?

The library has alot of relevant books for the course so this is very helpful and means less costs for students with regards buying books for the course. I have never had a problem finding a book when I needed it and I think the borrowing system works very well and is fair to students as books can't be kept for over 2 weeks.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy nor Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

No

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

If yes, please name the sports clubs?

Kayaking, Rugby (M&W)

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

Are your training facilities at a good standard?

Yes

What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

Both clubs are really welcoming to new members and you don't have to be experienced to join. Although I played rugby before college I had never done kayaking before and all the members are very helpful and willing to teach others.

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

In 1st year I broke my collar bone so I didnt join any clubs or societies if I could go back I would have joined them anyway as I have seen how welcoming clubs are so even I couldn't participate for a while the clubs still would have welcomed me. I would recommend trying out as many clubs and societies as possible and experience all of them even some of the ones like skydiving and windsurfing that people probably wouldn't have the opportunity to get involved in outside of college.

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

40-60

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

350-450

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in College Halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in College Halls Why?

I would definetely recommend living on campus as a first year it gives you a great opportunity to make good friends.

If yes, where and why?

I would recommend kilmurry and plassey in first year they seem to be more suited to first year life than the other villages on campus.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

My favourite thing about college life had to be the opportunities available to students. With clubs and socs and so many new faces it is such a fun and life changing experience. I have made some life long friends both within and outside my course, I have done sports and activities I never would have had the confidence to try before college. And of course we can't forget the craic that is had in college definitely has to be one of the highlights.

What advice would you give to somebody coming to ULknowing nobody?

Don't worry as the orientation on the first week gives you an opportunity to make new friends and get to know people in your course. I also lived on campus in first year and found I made loads of new friends both the people in my apartment and the other students in the village.

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