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LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1
Study Period 6
N/A

Unit aim

This discipline unit provides students with opportunities to build personal literacy, as well as the knowledge and skills to apply this in professional settings. Content topics will cover: literacy, professional literacy, and academic literacy.

Unit content

Topic 1: Being a successful student

  • Beginning university studies
  • Developing a Growth Mindset
  • Transformational Learning Theory
  • The habits of successful learners
Topic 2: Literacy for all
  • The fundamental concepts of writing

Topic 3: The Literacy demands of the 21st century

  • The magnitude of the global illiteracy problems
  • The pervasive nature of language
  • Literacy in everyday situations
  • The importance of home and community literacy practices
  • Understanding that everyone can be literate
  • Literacy in the 21st century
Topic 4: Professional Literacy – Reading and viewing
  • Literacy in the 21st century
  • What is reading?
  • Research on how the brain learns to read
  • Readability
  • Deep viewing
  • Comprehension
  • Contemporary research evidence

Topic 5: Professional Literacy – Writing

  • Social purpose of writing
  • Text types and genre
  • Writing as an art form
  • Contemporary research evidence
Topic 6: Professional Literacy – Speaking
  • Speaking (oral language)
  • Professional speaking
  • The importance of active listening
  • Contemporary research evidence
Topic 7: Academic Literacy – Reading
  • Scholarly sources
  • Academic genres
  • Finding resources
  • Reading for a purpose
Topic 8: Academic Literacy – Academic Referencing
  • Referencing for academic writing
  • Plagiarism
  • Proofreading
Topic 9: Academic Literacy – Writing Paragraphs and Essays
  • Topic sentences
  • Use of reference points
  • Paragraph structure
  • Essay structure
  • Common direction words
Topic 10: Academic Literacy – Revision and Examination Preparation
  • Examination skills
  • Revision of unit and examination preparation

 

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

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

Study Period 6

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hour (10 weeks)
Structured online learning NA
Assessment
QuizSR
Portfolio50%
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hour (10 weeks)
Structured online learning NA
Assessment
QuizSR
Portfolio50%
Exam: closed book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hour  (10 weeks)
Structured online learning NA
Assessment
QuizSR
Portfolio50%
Exam: closed book50%

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hour (5 weeks)
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)
Assessment
QuizSR
Portfolio50%
Exam: closed book50%

Online

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)
Assessment
QuizSR
Portfolio50%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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