September 2011- News on Campus @ Bond University


I am pleased to announce that the Bond University School of Business has recently released a number of new graduate bursaries for commencing students enrolling in January 2012 semester. The bursary comes in the form of a cash payment of AUD $4,200 to help with living expenses. Students who will be studying a Master of Accounting, Master of Business, Master of Business Administration or Master of Finance are eligible to apply.

Bursaries will be awarded based on both academic and extra-curricular achievements such as community involvement, leadership qualities, artistic achievements, sporting achievements, and other activities where a student has been recognised for their contribution. Applications are currently open online and close December 16, 2011. Student who have already recieved their offer for January may also apply by completing a Bursary Application Form before the application closing date.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Bond University has three semesters per year with our next semester commencing in January 2012. I encourage students to apply now for the January semester and take advantage of commencing their studies sooner. Our January semester commences January 16 and Bond week starts January 9 (Summer time in Australia).

To submit an application for January, May or September 2012, please send me an e-mail at

Please do not hessitate to contact me should you have any questions.

The deadline for the Annual Embassy of Australia student video contest is fast approaching! Current, prospective, or past students who have studied abroad in Australia still have about one month to submit a video for the opportunity to win two round-trip tickets to Australia.

This year's student video contest theme is 'Discover your Future Unlimited'. Students must tell us about their future goals and how studying in Australia has impacted their career, academic prospects or life to help them achieve their goals. If they haven't studied in Australia, they should tell us how they think studying in Australia would help them achieve their future goals.

Prizes include:-
One Grand Prize: two round-trip tickets to Australia courtesy of V Australia
One 2nd Prize: an Apple iPad
Three 3rd Prizes: an Amazon Kindle each

For more information including how to enter the contest, contest rules, and FAQs, send me an email for the link.
The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents and closes on 18 October.

In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report released earlier this year, Bond’s Faculty of Business received outstanding results - a credit to the experienced and research active academics we have on staff.

In the research field of Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, the Faculty was ranked as world standard. This achievement placed Bond in the top 10 universities in Australia.

The report, which covered research in the period from 2003 to 2008, assesses research output and quality in 41 higher education institutions across 22 fields of research.
This research field is further broken down by sub-category, and the Faculty achieved above world standing for research in business and management, which placed the Faculty in the top seven universities in Australia.
In the Economics field, the Faculty of Business was also ranked as world standard.
With the continuing increase of our commitment to research within the Faculty of Business since 2008, we are looking forward to excelling even further when the next report is released in 2012.

Bond University is leading the mobile learning revolution by developing and testing iPad applications for use in the classroom. Academics and researchers in several faculties and schools at Bond are currently engaged in two major m-Learning projects, one of which involves the development of an anatomically correct electronic 'heart' app. "The e-heart has been designed for medical students as an enhancement to the theoretical textbook aspect of their studies," said project leader and Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy, Dr Allan Stirling.

"Using this application on a smart phone or tablet computer, they will be able to manipulate and explore the human heart in 3D, viewing front and back, inside and outside to gain a depth and perspective that they could never achieve by looking at the two-dimensional photographs and drawings contained in a traditional paper textbook."

A second m-Learning focused project being conducted by Bond Communications and Media specialist, Dr Jeff Brand extends the mobile technology testing across a broader platform of university studies. The focus of Dr Brand's research is to quantify the difference in learning outcomes achieved by using e-textbooks as compared to traditional texts. "We are circulating ten iPads to students in our Digital Media and Society class and giving them access to an e-textbook that has been specifically prepared for this research project by Oxford University Press," said Dr Brand.

"The students use the iPads for one week and they are then rotated to another group so that we will eventually get feedback from everyone in the class." Dr Brand's 'pad-agogy' study is being conducted over two semesters and will ultimately involve 150 students with the results compiled for publication later this year.

Dr Penny de Byl, Associate Professor Multimedia and Games School of Communication and Media comments on the latest in this field

Gamification, or the use of game mechanics, dynamics, and frameworks to promote desired behaviours, is found in marketing, politics, health and fitness and education. Analysts predict it will become a multi-billion dollar industry by 2015. Game designer, Jesse Schell, envisages a gamepocalypse, a future in which everything in daily life becomes gamified, from brushing one's teeth to exercise.

This seminar revealed the motivational power of games and how it is being applied to real-world problems. Not through the use of computer games as one might think, but a set of simple and yet strategically interactive components that kindle the very thing educators constantly seek to embed in their teaching: motivation and engagement. Through examination of how gamification is being successfully integrated in business-customer relationships, we will explore how and where these techniques might be appropriate in our curriculum.

  • Introducing Urban Design,
  • Principles of Sustainable Property,
  • Introduction to Economics of Planning,
  • Research Methods for Sustainable Development, and
  • Sustainable Property Management.
Applications closing in the next 5 weeks for January 2012 - for more information contact


Dr James Birt and Assistant Professor Allan Stirling held an official launch of their new 3D iPad app that describes the function and dynamics of the human heart. Aimed at taking the content of an anatomical textbook one step further, the 3D human heart which, when launched, can be used by students to examine a heart from every angle, is poised to revolutionise the way anatomy is taught. Instead of looking at two dimensional, lateral views of a human heart, students can now control their view and study the anatomical structures of the heart at greater depth. The heart, which is now ready for deployment onto iPads, was developed using 3DS Max and Unity 3D. The comprehensive information contained in the e-book is a perfect example of the way that Bond is diversifying the delivery of education across its faculties

The Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development is designed to equip students with a strong foundation and advanced technical skills for careers within property related industries and professions.

All students will choose a specialisation from Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Property Valuation or Urban Development and Sustainability. The final semester is highlighted by an industry based capstone project that integrates the full range of topics covered during the degree.

Professional Outcomes
The Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development provides graduates access to a wide range of career paths in property related fields such as urban or rural valuation, property development, development management, project management, investment, finance, asset facilities management, construction management, quantity surveying, property management and property research. The attributes gained from the degree will allow graduates to work in Australia and overseas.

Professional Recognition
Graduates are internationally recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by a range of Australian accreditation bodies relevant to the specialisation.

Award Winning Facilities

The Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture comprises the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development and the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture. It was the first educational institution in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star design rating and has been recognised with a range of international and national awards.

For further information about our programs, please contact


Abraham graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in June 2010. In January 2011, he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer in search of a challenging career and the opportunity to see the world. Abraham has recently graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College and is now undergoing the Junior Warfare Officers Application Course in HMAS WATSON in Sydney. He will be undertaking Submarine Selection Course in September in order to one day become a Submarine Warfare Officer.

After working in China and Singapore for several years, and recently completing his Master of Business Administration via distance education with Charles Sturt University, Ben Macwilliam and his wife have returned to Australia to have a family.
Now living in Brisbane, Ben is currently looking for IT/Project management work in the area. His first child is due in late October.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Bond University alumni Cosmin Cosma (Class of 2003) two Emmys at the 37th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards on June 18, 2011 for the best health/sciences program and the best magazine program named “Loma Linda 360”. Cosma is a graduate of Bond University’s Master in Film and Television program.

Peter Johnson, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

Amy Kenworthy, Professor
Faculty of Business

These are the first Teaching Excellence Awards for Bond in the history of ALTC and its predecessor, Carrick. The Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year was presented to one of the 22 teachers receiving an Award for Teaching Excellence, at the 2011 ALTC Awards and Citations Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August 2011.

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DR WENDY PROCTOR - Stream Leader, Coastal Futures, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship Ecological Economist, CSIRO Social and Economic Sciences Program, Adjunct Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. Dr proctor presented a paper on "Coastal Futures: Providing the science to ensure sustainable development of Australia’s coasts"

Professor Susan Michie - Professor of Health Psychology University College London UK, She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the European Health Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society.
presented a paper on ‘Implementation and the science of behavourial change’

Peter Stevenson, leading policy adviser, international keynote speaker. Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series 2011 “Reflections from the European Union with Peter Stevenson”
Peter leads Compassion in World Farming’s lobbying at the European Union (EU) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). He played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls as well as a new status for animals in EU law as sentient beings. In addition, he has written comprehensive legal analyses of EU legislation on farm animals and also of the impact of the WTO rules on animal welfare. In 2004 Peter was the joint recipient of the RSPCA Lord Erskine Award in recognition of a “very important contribution in the field of animal welfare”.

This lecture, kindly supported by Bond University Faculty of Law, chaired by Ruth Hatten, Legal Counsel of Voiceless and guest speaker Jackson Walkden-Brown from Bond University Faculty of Law.