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Carol Fitzgerald

Current interests are in permaculture, horticulture and botany.

Carol Fitzgerald
Queensland, Australia
Anthropology, Sociology, Australian Studies
Bachelors Degree

Intro to Permaculture Design

Written 3 years ago
I completed this course in May. It was focused and well structured. The course introduced and defined the ethics and principles which are the framework of permaculture design. It provided a wealth of information and training in the permaculture design process across the broad climate categories of drylands, temperate and tropical. There was 'hands-on' instruction in the use of mapping applications, and the design process which built from week to week could be tailored and applied to our own sites, be they urban or rural; balcony, garden or farm. There were a few minor technical problems at the beginning but these were sorted out fairly quickly and were more related to Canvas technologies than the university. The lectures were well presented and discussion groups helpful and supportive with interaction between students and lecturers. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in permaculture.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather

Written 2 years ago
An interesting and informative course. It teaches the basics of reading a synoptic chart, provided a few interesting experiments, and looked at the myriad of agents influencing weather, climate and weather prediction. Overall the course was very good and teaching was excellent. My only reservation was the initial focus upon English weather and climate, (the mid-latitudes) which is understandable considering an English university meteorological department was teaching the course. I found more interest in the third and final week where focus shifted to worldwide weather patterns and included arctic and tropical climates. As my climate is tropical I found this more relevant and meaningful to me personally. The course did give me greater understanding and skills for statistical analysis of data from my personal weather station - one of the reasons for which I took this course.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Written 2 years ago
An informative and fun course. It was thought provoking , interesting and added to my knowledge of just what soil is, including challenging and expanding my previous perception of soil. There course included a number of hands-on exercises and overall the experience was excellent. The course pointed out the environmental fragility of soils and the future impact this will have on the planet and humanity. Very thought provoking indeed. So much information was packed into the course that I will need to revisit the material from time to time just to try to absorb it all. It is comforting to know that our world is in the hands of such enthusiastic researchers as future generations go forward into an uncertain environmental future.

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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Understanding Plants - Part I: What a Plant Knows

Written 2 years ago
A fascinating course, well presented. A little challenging in parts if one does not have a background in biology, but the more complicated parts were explained in great detail.

Thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this course.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Strategies for Successful Ageing

Written 2 years ago
This course gave a positive view of aging, along with the realities.

Workable strategies were provided, along with tools to aid us along our journey . At the end of each week students selected a particular strategy that was pertinent to our individual situations. This made the course very personal and relevant.

I personally feel equipped and empowered to shape my own future by the choices I make, and face any challenges future years may bring.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

Written 2 years ago
A good overview of plant biology and genetics. The course was challenging in parts as my background is not in biology, plant or otherwise. As a hobbyist, the course taught me some very useful concepts and information. The final week looked at the controversial topic of genetic engineering, and provided much to think about. At the very least I am now aware of the technique involved in this process. Overall I found the course very interesting.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Food as Medicine

Written a year ago
This was a thoughtful and evidence based approach, well presented by a major university. It addressed the food myths and advertising hype, equipping people to understand the place of sound nutrition and healthy eating habits in health and wellness.
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Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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