LECTURES, tutorials and seminars for fewer than 25 students could be cut, staff at Murdoch University have reportedly been told.
A tutor at the university – who asked not to be named – said the plan was to introduce a quota that had to be met before a class is run.
They said the staff had numerous issues with the move, which will be introduced from the start of second semester in July.
“The main concern is that classes will be cancelled or that whole units will be cancelled,” they said.
“There’s huge implications for smaller classes.”
But staff are also worried about the effect on typically popular subjects, with a fear the ability to offer individual help to students during tutorials will be diluted because of the large numbers.
“Staff are furious. We just don’t feel that number of students is manageable,” the tutor said.
A spokeswoman for the university said in a statement Murdoch was “designing effective social learning experiences to enable students to get added value from their seminars”.
“Murdoch University is encouraging unit coordinators to gather a critical mass of students in seminars, ideally between 25 and 45 attendees,” she said.
“This will create an environment to encourage a richer experience of peer to peer learning and robust academic discussion.”
She said the full schedule of lectures will continue and all students “will maintain their levels of tutorial time”.
“Murdoch University is not cutting student units, lectures or tutorial time,” she said.
“We have simply requested schools review the number of tutorials they run to ensure there are enough students in each to generate engaging discussion.
“Each student will still attend the same number of tutorials over a semester.”The Murdoch Guild declined to comment.
The National Tertiary Education Union was sought for comment.