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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Number 19, 1976.]



In reply to student rep and SRC claims that workloads had increased, the Faculty committee reports tended to be equivocal. A science Faculty sub-committee on workloads and assessment, commenting that staff opinion on increased workloads varied, also stated it was "notable that nobody has ventured to suggest that it has decreased." The Commerce and Administration Faculty committee on workloads and assessment found 21% of students surveyed could not cope adequately with course workloads and 24% could not cope adequately with total workloads. The Law Faculty reported to Prof. Board in 1974 that in consultation with the University Teaching and Research Centre and Law Students executive it had, after examining workloads, reduced the number of assignments. In Salient July 31 1974 it was reported that the Arts, Language and Literature Faculty assessment committee cited "evidence to show that the amount of work expected of students has increased over the past few years and that this increase had had a detrimental effect on student life".

An interesting point of the Science and Commerce Faculty committee reports was that most staff had been of the opinion that workloads had not increased. Furthermore, the degree structure changes came in for their fair share of the blame for work load increased. In his 1973 memorandum to the Deans of Faculties Student Welfare Services Director Mr I. Boyd warned of the danger of some smaller courses being overloaded without increasing the credit rating. This is turn affects ITA because students have difficulty dividing time between reading and assignments assessed and not assessed. This is then, an example of the affects of ITS and degree changes compounding each other.