Highest and lowest ranked UNSW courses according to myExperience

By Nadia Maunsell, with data collection by Alex Zihao Song, Isabella Lee and Jack Nivison

UNSW has publicly released myExperience survey data for the first time. Based on data from 1843 courses, 30 of them received a perfect 100% approval rating and of these, the highest number could be found in the Arts, Design and Architecture faculty and Business School. 

MATH3411 (Information, Codes and Ciphers), a Science course, had the highest student satisfaction overall, with a whopping 85.5% of students strongly agreeing that they were satisfied with the course.  

Out of the 30 lowest ranked courses, the highest number appeared in the Engineering faculty, followed by the Science faculty. COMP4920 (Professional Issues and Ethics), a postgraduate course, appeared as the lowest ranked course overall. Only 24.5% of students agreed that COMP4920 was a quality course, whereas 45.3% of students strongly disagreed. 

When asked about MTRN4010 (Advanced Autonomous Systems), one of the lowest rated subjects in the Engineering faculty, Master of Engineering Science student Neeraj Krishnan said, “The content felt a bit disorganised, with inconsistent file names, poorly formatted slides and assignment specs”.  

But he praised the faculty for splitting MTRN4230, another of the lowest rated courses, into two separate subjects following student feedback on the heavy workload.  

In response to Tharunka’s question about why the Arts, Design and Architecture faculty had the highest proportion of popular courses, a faculty spokesperson said:

“As we are committed to a culture of continuous improvement, we systematically review all myExperience feedback and data…on our courses and programs to ensure we always respond to student and graduate feedback and action change”.

Of the 60 courses we ranked, four are no longer being offered. MARK5825 (Product Analytics) was last offered in 2021, CVEN2401 (Sustainable Transport and Highway Engineering) and BIOM9551 (Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation) in 2020 and MMAN2100 (Engineering Design 2) in 2019. 

The average satisfaction rate across all 1843 courses was 96.1%, a very high percentage.   

The myExperience survey dashboard was sent to every student’s email inbox on June 3rd and it allows you to view survey data for all courses taught at UNSW between Term 1 2021 to Term 1 2022. The survey data includes ratings of course quality, learning community, course resources, instructor feedback and assessment quality based on the myExperience surveys students are asked to fill out at the end of each term.  

Tharunka analysed responses to the statement ‘Overall I was satisfied with the quality of the course’ as a measure for overall student satisfaction in each course. We did not include any course with fewer than 50 respondents.  

You can find the full list in the Excel Spreadsheet Tharunka created or search your student email for the myExperience dashboard.

Arts, Design and Architecture  

Highest rated  

  1. SOCW1001 (Introduction to Social Work) – 100%  
  1. MDIA5021 (Advertising and Creativity) – 100% 
  1. ARCH7214 (Architecture and Politics) – 100% 
  1. MODL5107 (Translation Technology) – 100% 
  1. ARCH1161 (Building Environment I) – 100% 
  1. INTA3003 (Critical Perspectives 3) – 100% 
  1. ARTS1032 (Literature Laboratory) – 100% 
  1. ARTS1631 (Introductory Japanese B) – 100% 
  1. BLDG1022 (Building Structures) – 100% 
  1. ARTS2816 (Global Politics of Inequality) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

  1. BENV1012 (Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication) – 53.9% 
  1. DDES2102 (Design Professional Practice) – 70.5% 
  1. INST2003 (Research Methods) – 70.6% 
  1. ARTS2821 (Comparative Politics and Colonialism) – 71% 

Business School 

Highest rated  

  1. MGMT3721 (Negotiation Skills) – 100% 
  1. ACCT5906 (Financial Literacy Business) – 100% 
  1. ACCT5919 (Business Risk Management) – 100% 
  1. MGMT5602 (Cross-Cultural Management) – 100% 
  1. ACTL1101 (Intro Actuarial Studies) – 100% 
  1. ACCT5996 (Management Accounting and Business Analysis) – 100% 
  1. FINS5546 (Toolkit for Financial Market Decisions) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

  1. ECON2103 (Business and Government) – 52.4% 
  1. COMM1190 (Data, Insights and Decisions) – 68.2% 
  1. MARK5825 (Product Analytics) – 68.3% (Last offered in 2021) 
  1. MARK3085 (Digital Marketing and Web Analytics) – 71.5% 
  1. FINS2622 (Asia-Pacific Capital Markets) – 73.3% 

Engineering 

Highest rated  

  1. COMP9044 (Software Construction) – 100% 
  1. CVEN4402 (Transport Systems Part 1) – 100% 
  1. MECH3610 (Advanced Thermofluids) – 100% 
  1. GSOE9510 (Ethics and Leadership in Engineering) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

  1. COMP4920 (Professional Issues and Ethics) – 24.5% 
  1. MTRN3500 (Computing Applications in Mechatronics Systems) – 49.5% 
  1. MTRN4230 (Robotics) – 63.8% 
  1. CVEN9405 (Urban Transport Planning Prac) – 65.6% 
  1. DESN2000 (Engineering Design 2) – 65.7% 
  1. CVEN3303 (Steel Structures) – 66.4% 
  1. SENG4920 (Ethics and Management) – 68%   
  1. COMP3411 (Artificial Intelligence) – 68.4% 
  1. COMP2511 (O-O Design and Programming) – 68.9% 
  1. COMP3141 (Software System Design and Implementation) – 68.9% 
  1. CVEN2002 (Engineering Computations) – 69% 
  1. CVEN4050 (Thesis A) – 70% 
  1. MTRN4010 (Advanced Autonomous Systems) – 70.1% 
  1. CVEN2401 (Sustainable Transport and Highway Engineering) – 72.% (Last offered in 2020) 
  1. MMAN2100 (Engineering Design 2) – 72.2% (Last offered in 2019) 

Science 

Highest rated  

  1. MATH3411 (Information, Codes and Ciphers) – 100% 
  1. MATH2521 (Complex Analysis) – 100% 
  1. MATH2111 (Higher Several Variable Calculus) – 100% 
  1. PSYC3121 (Social Psychology) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

  1. MATH2901 (Higher Theory of Statistics) – 46% 
  1. DATA1001 (Introduction to Data Science and Decisions) – 57.9% 
  1. MATH1041 (Statistics for Life and Social Sciences) – 63.2% 
  1. PSYC3051 (Physiological Psychology) – 64.5% 
  1. MATH2859 (Probability, Statistics and Information) – 69.1% 

Medicine 

Highest rated  

  1. BIOM9551 (Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation) – 100% (Last offered in 2020) 
  1. PATH2201 (Processes in Disease) – 100% 
  1. PATH3206 (Cancer Pathology) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

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Law 

Highest rated  

  1. CRIM2021 (Criminal Law and Justice) – 100% 
  1. TABL5551 (Taxation Law) – 100% 

Lowest rated  

  1. JURD7155 (Legal Research and Writing) – 59% 

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