40% Failure Rate? Chinese business students demand fair go from Uni

Nearly 40 percent of students failed the Buss5000 examination (critical thinking in business course) in the University of Sydney in 2015, which made a stir both in Australia and China. In my opinion, I believe this business subject targets Chinese students on purpose.

More than 300 of the Chinese international students who failed the exam jointly signed to argue with school leaders of the University of Sydney to fight for justice that they claimed the school did so on purpose for the funds to build more buildings. And the education industrialization in Australia was again being raised to the public that some people think the university in Australian are not that good. Allowing international students coming here to study is just the method that they could earn some money.


In order to explore the background of this issue, I intend to google on the internet to find out the background of this issue and search some related reports and articles on some social website to dig out some information as my background reference. I have heard that the rating of the test of buss5000 had changed that students need to “double pass” the exam. So I should ask some students who is learning buss5000 in this semester to figure out what double pass means exactly and how would it affect students’ passing rate. I would log into some social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Sina Weibo to see the public opinions in and abroad Australia and analyze it in a neutral position.

屏幕快照 2016-04-27 21.14.09.pngFurthermore,I would also arrange a time to interview professors of buss5000 to get to know why so many Chinese international students failed in this exam, is that all about the wrong learning methods and poor English skills or just the reason that the school wants to earn some money through these huge make-up examination fees because the New South Wales government provide little fund for school’s research funds. In order to present what really happened, I plan to interview several Chinese international students who failed in this class, asking them to show me their transcript last year to compare their different marks.In addition, finding some data to compare the failure rate of the same course in different universities in Australia as well as the failure rate between Chinese students and local students would be good choices. Finally, I plan to interview several Chinese students who didn’t fail as well as international students who came from other countries, asking them about what their thinkings and opinions of this issue.

To be fair, I would suggest the interviewees hold a neutral position during the interview,  they should tell the truth rather than make up some misleading information with their personal bias and emotions.

Also noteworthy is the name of the target online publication, which would be The Sydney Morning Herald, for it has the section of Education Breaking News & Headlines. Another online publication I prefer to choose is Honi Soit, which is an Australian student newspaper, incorporating a mixture of humorous and serious opinion articles with chatty writing styles. The target audience of this feature article are international students, especially those Chinese international students who concern about their school work and want to be treated fairly in school lives. This feature article would also raise schools’ awareness of advancing the quality of teaching and increasing teachers’ responsibility as well as pushing the government to pay more attention on education issues in Australia.

( Student Name: Eva HE      Student Number: 450427655       Word Count: 563 )

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2 thoughts on “40% Failure Rate? Chinese business students demand fair go from Uni

  1. Hi Eva, I think it is a newsworthy feature article! As you raise a question that most international students are concerned with. The writing follows a clear structure, the questions you list are comprehensive, interviewing both students’ and professors’ are good. In terms of policy issue on the course, perhaps interviewing one head of university will be helpful. As it happened last year, what do you think students will learn from the issue at present?

    “In order to explore the background of this issue”– I think maybe you directly point out what this issue is, readers will be easier to find your aim and purpose for this article.

    Considering the online delivery, I notice you categorize your feature which is good, but using both category labels and tags I think will be better for your readers to recognize. And I like the first image you use in the article, it’s interesting! I also find that you use two images, one focuses on students, the other focuses on professor, which actually contains two perspectives.

    On the whole, I think it is a good proposal. Looking forward to your complete feature article!


  2. Hi Eva.

    You have done a good work on this proposal. Your story idea is very newsworthy and I am interested in it. As a Chinese student, I am concerned with this issue very much and also want to make clear the reason why so many students failed it.

    Your angle is good as well. However, I have some suggestions. “I intend to find out the background of this issue and search some related reports and articles.” I think it is better to list some detailed and related reports and articles on this issue in this proposal instead of saying that you intend to do.

    In terms of interviewees. You have mentioned useful interviewees including professors of buss5000, students who failed this unit and other students. There are some suggestions in interviewees. In terms of professors, you wrote you want to make clear “is that all about the wrong learning methods and poor English skills or just the reason that the school wants to earn some money” from them, I think it may not works, because the professors would not admit the latter reason even it is true. In terms of students who failed the test, you could interview them how this problem affect their life and etcetera.

    In terms of technical delivery, I think you arrange it well and easy to read and images work. Besides, I suggest more hyperlinks could be used to provide more background or related information. Moreover, you could you sub-headings, lists and bullets for reader to navigate more easily.

    In words, it’s a good proposal, thanks.


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