Economics, Business, Law students get expert HSC advice

Published 24 June 2008

hsc_booster.jpgYear 12 students from 16 secondary schools in northern NSW received expert advice today on tackling this year’s Higher School Certificate examinations in Economics, Business Studies, and Legal Studies.

The 250 students, from schools in Coonabarabran, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Bellingen, Moree, Gunnedah, Coffs Harbour, Armidale and Tamworth, were attending an “HSC Booster Day” in UNE’s Faculty of The Professions.

Among those offering advice on curriculum content and exam strategies were two visitors to UNE: Mr Tim Riley, author of the economics textbooks Year 11 Economics 2007 and Year 12 Economics 2007, and Mr Mohan Dhall, who has marked HSC Business Studies and Legal Studies papers and worked on the HSC Advice Line.

Mr Riley, the Director of the Economic Literacy Centre, said the day had been a valuable exercise not only in revising and reinforcing the curriculum content and discussing HSC examination skills, but also in strengthening the partnership between UNE and secondary schools.

Mr Dhall, who teaches at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) in Sydney, dealt with the topics of financial planning and employment relations, and talked to the students about exam strategies. He said he had found the students “focused” and their teachers “appreciative”.

UNE academics who spoke to the students included Dr Tony Ramsay and Dr Peter McClenaghan from the School of Business, Economics and Public Policy, and Associate Professor Jurgen Brohmer, Associate Professor Russell Hogg, Associate Professor Brian Simpson, and Dr Eric Gosh from the School of Law.

The students themselves found the day useful for its range of fresh perspectives. “It’s good to get the opinions of people other than our teachers,” said Brock Lockwood from McCarthy Catholic College in Tamworth. Jessica Ward from Coffs Harbour  Christian Community  School said those new perspectives had contributed to “broadening our horizons”.

The organiser of the event – Judy McDonald, Project Manager for the Faculty of The Professions – said feedback about the day from both students and teachers had been “very positive”.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here expands to show (seated, from left) Alana Powell and Jessica Ward from Coffs Harbour Christian Community School and Myles Gunter and Brock Lockwood from McCarthy Catholic College, Tamworth, and (standing, from left) Judy McDonald, Tim Riley, and Mohan Dhall.