- Miss Sarah Barns
- Math, Science and IT Educator (Specialist in Mathematics)
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Student Success Group
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- Applied Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics
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Graduate Diploma of Science (Mathematics) (University of Southern Qld)
Sarah has recently commenced as a Maths, Science and IT Educator (Specialist in Mathematics) within the Student Success Group at QUT. She is also commencing as an Associate Lecturer within the School of Mathematical Sciences. Prior to this, Sarah was a Sessional Academic in Mechanical Engineering with extensive tutoring, demonstrating and lecturing experience across a number of undergraduate engineering units. Sarah also held leadership roles as a lead tutor for several units and Sessional Academic Success Advisor within the Science & Engineering Faculty.
Sarah’s commitment to learning and teaching has been recognised by a number of awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2017, Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2015 and 2016, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and winning the Most Inspiring Practice Award for her presentation entitled “Bridging the Understanding Gap: Engineering Dynamics through Video Solutions” at the 2016 Sessional Teaching and Reflection Showcase (STARS). Sarah was awarded a Learning and Teaching Grant in 2017 to further her work in this area of worked example videos.
Sarah is also finalising her PhD, investigating red blood cell shape and deformability from a mechanical perspective, using numerical modelling techniques. She has supervised undergraduate research projects in this area. Sarah also acted as Postgraduate Student Representative, being on the Science & Engineering Faculty’s Academic Board in 2016 and is a current member of the University Appeals Committee.
(Updated February 2018)
History of Units Taught:
EGB113 | Energy in Engineering Systems | (Tutor) 2015
EGB121 | Engineering Mechanics | (Tutor) 2015, (Lead Tutor) 2016, 2017
ENB130 | Mechanical and Thermal Energy | (Tutor) 2011, 2012
ENB150 | Engineering Design | (Tutor) 2010, 2012, 2014
ENB211/EGB211 | Dynamics | (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2011, 2012, (Lead Tutor and/or Guest Lecturer) 2015, 2016, 2017
ENB221/EGB323 | Fluid Mechanics | (Demonstrator) 2012, (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2017
ENB313 | Automatic Control Systems | (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
MXB100 | Introductory Calculus & Algebra | (Lecturer) 2018
Major Teaching Awards:
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2017
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence | 2017 | Sessional Academic Category
Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (Team) | 2016
Winner of Most Inspiring Practice Award | 2016 | Sessional Teaching & Reflection Showcase (STARS)
Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (Individual) | 2015
Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2015
- Barns SE, Balanant M, Sauret E, Flower RL, Saha S, Gu Y, (2017) Investigation of red blood cell mechanical properties using AFM indentation and coarse-grained particle method, BioMedical Engineering OnLine p1-21
- Barns SE, Pickering EI, Dawes LA, (2017) Worked example videos as a valuable blending learning resource in undergraduate engineering units, Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017) p1093-1100
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.