CQUniversity Unit Profile
SKIL40025 Preparation Skills for University
Preparation Skills for University
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General Information

Overview

This unit is designed to help students become self-directed, active and confident learners. It introduces them to a range of theories and concepts to facilitate the development of practical skills and positive attitudes necessary for success in university. There will be opportunities for critical self-reflection on key aspects of student life, including: individual learning preferences and study habits; time management and goal-setting; individual study and career paths; note-taking and assessment strategies. Students will practise critical thinking, and apply information literacy skills to their research. They will learn to negotiate the procedures and systems used at CQUniversity, and practise communication skills in a range of contexts.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from CQUniversity policy

Feedback

Curriculum development for Zoom (online) classes.

Recommendation

Update Zoom workshop material for best practice in online delivery.

Feedback from Students and staff

Feedback

Enhanced access to resources for online students.

Recommendation

Develop video/audio resources for students and make them available on Moodle.

Feedback from Staff

Feedback

Positive messaging for actively engaged students.

Recommendation

Develop a suite of milestone videos to send to students after each round of assessment in SKIL40025.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner
  2. Apply critical thinking skills in a range of contexts, with a particular focus on critical self-reflection
  3. Set and manage goals for individual study and career paths
  4. Find and evaluate relevant, scholarly research
  5. Negotiate procedures and systems used at university
  6. Develop communication skills appropriate for higher education
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

SKIL40025 Preparation Skills for University Study Guide 8th (2021) 8th (2021)

Authors: School of Access Education
CQUniversity Publishing Unit
Rockhampton Rockhampton , QLD , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Spiral

Additional Textbook Information

The Preparation Skills for University (PSU) Study Guide is available on the unit's Moodle site; however, we strongly advise you to print out your own copy. You will need a hard copy to complete activities and take notes. The study guide cannot be purchased from the CQUniversity's Bookshop. Your Access Coordinator will provide you with advice on printing options. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Helen Holden Unit Coordinator
h.holden@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 1: Preparing for University

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 2: Practical Tips for Effective Learning (C.R.E.A.M. strategy)

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1: University Awareness Due: Week 2 Friday (19 Nov 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Learning Styles and Personality Types

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 4: Active Reading and Listening (Introduction to Note-taking and Paraphrasing)

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

    


Learning Portfolio A Due: Week 4 Friday (3 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Module 5: Research Skills (Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Information)

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Module 6: Oral Presentation Skills

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

                                               


Quiz 2: Active Reading, Listening and Research Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 7: Clever Career Planning

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 8: Stress Management and Resilience

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 9: Assessment Strategies and Brain-based Learning

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 10: Critical Thinking

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 11: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

  


Learning Portfolio B Due: Week 11 Friday (4 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

Preparation Skills for University: Term 3, 2021

Unit Coordinator - Helen Holden
Email - h.holden@cqu.edu.au
Phone - 07 49707337

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Quiz 1: University Awareness

Task Description

You will need to complete Quiz 1 on the Moodle unit site.

To prepare for this, complete Module 1 from your PSU Study Guide and also become familiar with the STEPS Guide for Students.

The quiz will be available from Monday of  Week 1 and will stay ‘live’ until Friday of Week 2. Go to the ASSESSMENT tile on the Moodle unit site and click on the link to Quiz 1.

There are 20 questions. The quiz is worth 10% of your overall mark for this unit.

This is an 'open book' assessment which means that you are free to refer to any printed or online materials. If you do browse the Web (e.g. if you go to the CQUniversity homepage), you need to open a new ‘window’ (screen). If you don't, there is a danger that you won't be able to get back to the quiz.

The quiz will remain open for 90 minutes, but you should not need anywhere near that time. Don't panic if you get locked out for whatever reason. Just contact your lecturer who will reset the quiz for you.

A practice quiz will be available for you ahead of time. Completing the practice quiz should minimise the likelihood of technical hitches when doing Quiz 1.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 2 Friday (19 Nov 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

The quiz is set up so that you will know your score as soon as you have finished.


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

This quiz assesses your understanding of key concepts from Module 1.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner
  • Set and manage goals for individual study and career paths
  • Negotiate procedures and systems used at university


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Learning Portfolio A

Task Description

Learning Portfolio A is a series of reflections and activities written in response to Modules 1, 2 and 3 of your PSU Study Guide. Using the template provided on the Moodle unit site, fill in your answers to the questions provided.

Please note:

  • This is not an essay, but a series of short answers.
  • First person (use of I, my, myself, etc.) is acceptable.
  • Full sentences are required (no bullet points) except when listing your goals (Module 2).
  • Formal referencing is NOT required. (Please ignore reference to Harvard below as this is an automatic feature of the Unit Profile system and not relevant to this unit.)
  • No title page is necessary.

Word length: 1000-1400 words. The wording of the questions should not be included in your final word count.

Please find further details on the Moodle unit site. Go to the ASSESSMENT tile and click on the link to Learning Portfolio A. This is also where you will go to submit your assignment.

Please ensure that you submit a Word document. (PDF files are not appropriate for this kind of assignment.)


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (3 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Friday (17 Dec 2021)

Learning Portfolio A will be returned via the unit's Moodle site two (2) weeks from the due date or submission date, whichever is the later.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

This task assesses your understanding of key concepts from Modules 1, 2 and 3.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner
  • Apply critical thinking skills in a range of contexts, with a particular focus on critical self-reflection
  • Set and manage goals for individual study and career paths
  • Negotiate procedures and systems used at university
  • Develop communication skills appropriate for higher education


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross-Cultural Competence

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Quiz 2: Active Reading, Listening and Research

Task Description

You will need to complete Quiz 2 on the Moodle unit site. To prepare for this, complete Modules 4 and 5 from your PSU Study Guide.

The quiz will be available from Monday of Week 4 and will stay 'live' until Friday of Week 6. Go to the ASSESSMENT tile on the Moodle unit site and click on the link to Quiz 2.

There are 40 questions. The quiz is worth 20% of your overall mark for the term.

This is an 'open book' assessment which means that you are free to refer to any printed or online materials. If you do browse the Web (e.g. if you go to the CQUniversity Library homepage), you need to open a new ‘window’ (screen). If you don't, there is a danger that you won't be able to get back to the quiz.

The quiz will remain open for 3 hours, but you should not need anywhere near that time. Don't panic if you do get locked out for whatever reason. Just contact your lecturer who will reset the quiz for you.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

The quiz is set up so that you will know your score as soon as you have finished.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz assesses your understanding of key concepts from Modules 4 and 5.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner
  • Find and evaluate relevant, scholarly research
  • Negotiate procedures and systems used at university


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Learning Portfolio B

Task Description

Learning Portfolio B is a series of reflections and activities written in response to Modules 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of your Study Guide. Using the template on the Moodle unit site, fill in your answers to the questions provided.

Please note:

  • This is not an essay, but a series of short answers.
  • First person (use of I, my, myself, etc.) is acceptable.
  • Full sentences are required (no bullet points).
  • Formal referencing is NOT required. (Please ignore reference to Harvard below as this is an automatic feature of the Unit Profile system and not relevant to this unit.)
  • No title page is necessary.

Word length: 1600-2200 words. The wording of the questions should not be included in your final word count.

Please find further details on the Moodle unit site. Go to the ASSESSMENT tile and click on the link to Learning Portfolio B. This is also where you will go to submit your assignment.

Please ensure that you submit a Word document. (PDF files are not appropriate for this kind of assignment.)


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (4 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022)

Learning Portfolio B will be returned via the unit's Moodle site two (2) weeks from the due date or submission date, whichever is the later.


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

This task will assess your understanding of key concepts from Modules 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of your Study Guide.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Multiple documents can be uploaded to the Moodle unit site. One of these must be the portfolio itself, as a Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner
  • Apply critical thinking skills in a range of contexts, with a particular focus on critical self-reflection
  • Set and manage goals for individual study and career paths
  • Negotiate procedures and systems used at university
  • Develop communication skills appropriate for higher education


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross-Cultural Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?