Unit aim

Introduces students to time management, communication skills, and reading and writing conventions within university discipline focused study. Students will develop understanding of, and skills in, digital literacies within SCU environment, a variety of academic writing genres relevant to their discipline of study, and principles and application of academic integrity.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to university skills

  • Time management
  • Learning skills
  • Digital literacy for university study
  • Forms of communication with peers and teachers
  • Reflective learning

Topic 2: Principles of Academic Integrity

  • Understanding plagiarism
  • Genres of quotation and academic acknowledgment
  • Referencing
  • Academic Integrity technologies

Topic 3: Critical Reading

  • Reading strategies
  • Reading for argument
  • Reading for evidence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Note Taking

Topic 4 : Academic Writing

  • Understanding academic genres within a discipline
  • Understanding structure and argument
  • Features of academic writing
  • Report writing
  • Essay writing
  • Reflective writing
  • Assignment completion steps
  • Portfolio preparation

Topic 5 : Oral Presentations

  • Features of effective presentations
  • Body language
  • Answering questions
  • Visual aids

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response50%
Annotated bibliography20%
Portfolio30%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response50%
Annotated bibliography20%
Portfolio30%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response50%
Annotated bibliography20%
Portfolio30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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