Home' Link : Learn Issue 2 Contents Practice makes perfect; and for students at
CQUniversity this means steering away from
traditional classroom learning methods, picking
up the tools of their trade and participating in authentic
While many graduates struggle to adapt to real-world
technology when they enter the workforce, CQUniversity
students are being exposed to state-of-the-art equipment
from day one to ensure they are work-ready upon
graduation. From new allied health clinics to research
laboratories and refurbished engineering precincts,
CQUniversity students are using their time in the classroom
to mentally and physically prepare for life after university.
The recent $10.7 million
refurbishment of the CQUniversity
Rockhampton Engineering Precinct,
which caters for thousands of
engineers, includes laboratories
for fluids, thermodynamics,
thermofluids, geotech, concrete
and structures and electronics.
There is also a new lecture theatre,
a postgraduate area, a materials-
testing area, an acoustic test cell,
soils store and a multi-purpose
project-based learning lab.
Professor Scott Bowman explained
that the new precinct will produce
high quality engineers that the
Central Queensland region so
desperately needs. "These new
facilities have been modernised to
reflect what's going on outside,
in industry. We're responding to
industry expectations and creating
a facility where engineers can get
extensive practical and theoretical
The University has also shown
strong investment towards its allied
health programs, leading the way
in providing a safe, educational
arena in which students can explore
emergency and medical procedures before examining real
patients. Rockhampton campus has recently constructed
a multi-purpose Allied Health Clinic which will cater for
up to 160 patients each day in critical health areas and will
provide around 200 student placements to train the next
generation of local health workers.
Inside that facility, oral health students are using dental
equipment and instruments that are the envy of some dental
practitioners in the purpose-fitted oral health laboratory.
With 15 simulation units complete with manikin heads,
teeth models and handpieces, the equipment is the latest
technology from some of the worlds most respected and
trusted dental supply companies.
The facility is also providing a real boost in helping to
deliver critical Allied Health services in the community such
as oral health, speech pathology, occupational therapy,
physiotherapy and podiatry.
Professor Scott Bowman said Allied Health students will
not only learn their own specialty at the clinic, they'll also
get used to working alongside their counterparts from
other health areas. "The end result will be well-rounded
students who, because they've been trained in a regional
setting, will be more likely to seek professional roles in
rural and regional areas after graduating. The development
will underpin a new era for community health services in
Mackay's new multi-million dollar allied health
laboratories, which include Chiropractic, Nursing
and Midwifery and Medical Imaging laboratories, are
emulating exactly the type of clinical environment
that students can expect when entering the workforce.
Machines in each of the laboratories are so modern and
sophisticated that they are rivaling equipment being used
in hospitals and clinics -- with industry now lining up to
use or lease university equipment.
Meanwhile the Noosa campus has also secured a
$2.5million expansion to the campus which includes a
modern nursing laboratory with simulation room and
collaborative learning spaces for students.
CQUniversity's investment in these types of facilities
is not only providing a better level of education, but
also producing well-rounded students who are genuine
professionals upon graduation.
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Photo: Marc Barnbaum
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