CQUni Knows Jack

Get to know Jack

Jack Rolfe
Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op)

I worked in retail and didn’t enjoy it but I was always good at IT. It was also more appealing as a career opportunity, because there are lots of jobs available in pretty much whatever you want to do. I chose to study IT because I’m interested in the subject matter and I have a real passion for computers, though I didn’t really get into it until I started my degree. My interest in IT skyrocketed after I finished my first semester because my grades were really good and my lecturers were really supportive and helpful.

I chose CQUni because it’s close to home and it’s a lot easier to get to. Having CQUni so close to home is a lot cheaper, and the support network of having your family close is a lot nicer than having complete strangers living with you. The flexibility was critical in my decision. It was a big thing because it allows me to work and study at the same time. The best thing about studying IT at CQUni is the amount of options there are in regards to your study.

The course itself is flexible and well structured with the majors and electives. The options include app design, network security and business analysis. CQUniversity is a bit different because they don’t offer any machine-learning units. But you can do a special project with a lecturer in that field, one-on-one. You go to a lecturer with your project ideas and then you see them once a week to stay in the right direction. You work on it for a year and then, at the end, you finish your project report and you get your grade back.

My project is about lip-reading in cars. In a car, there’s lots of noise. When you’re given a voice command you might not hear it, or the computer might not hear you properly. So, if it can read your lips, it’s got 93 per cent accuracy, which is a lot more than 50 per cent of the audio. It’s been done before but I’m doing it a bit differently.

I get so immersed in this because I absolutely love it and you just go with it. You try to pace yourself because there’s only so much you can do in a day. But it does get to a point where you get really into it. I’m only in my second year and I can’t wait to get back on campus.

I really like the flexibility and the fact that everyone’s willing to help you out if you need it. The lecturers are really good and also really flexible. You can email them, ring them, or you can even just go to their office if you need a one-on-one, which is very important. If you’re doing something wrong, they’ll tell you. You can contact them any time if you’re stuck, which is really helpful. The quality of the lecturers is very important to me. There’s lots of one-on-one work and I email my lecturers about once a fortnight; they get back to you very quickly, within the day or the next.

I really like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and programming, and app design as well. Human-computer interaction is pretty interesting. AI involves making algorithms for computers; they do things that a human can do but it would take a lot longer for humans to do it.

Eventually, I’m hoping to do my PhD and become a lecturer in IT.

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