Dana McKay: Teaching


I have cumulative teaching experience of approximately 5 years at the University of Melbourne and the University of Waikato. My teaching encompasses a range of roles, including subject coordinator, lecturer, tutor and laboratory demonstrator. It also includes a range of subjects across the disciplines of computing and information systems, including information systems basics, human computer interaction, research methods and ethics, introductory programming, and algorithms. My teaching ethos is student centred and student success focused.

Current teaching

I am currently subject coordinator for two masters subjects in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne: Fundamentals of Information Systems, and Research Methods.

  • Fundamentals of Information Systems is highly industry engaged; I bring in two industry guest speakers per semester, and manage a team of tutors with IS consulting experience. I have been involved in this subject since 2016 (when I was a tutor), and subject coordinator since 2017. We are currently trialling an in-person presentation in response to student feedback; they prefer this to a predominantly online module. Early feedback has been positive. My role in this subject includes lecturing, tutoring, marking, student consultation, industry engagement, curriculum development and managing tutors. This subject is typically 180-220 students.
  • Research Methods is to prepare students for engaging in research masters programs or PhD programs. This subject is currently running in a new model, with completely re-designed assessment and a cohort that includes both computing and information systems students for the first time. The lecturing team is tailored to provide students with experts on a range of research related topics; I do lectures on research ethics, peer review, and facilitate a writing workshop. I also coordinate the other lectures, set assessment, hold student consultations, and mark assessment. This subject is currently 110 students.

Teaching Qualification

I have completed the Melbourne Teaching Certificate, a precursor to the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching.