EDHE40005 - Independent Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit has been especially designed for Distance students, for whom it is important to be efficient independent learners. It is also applicable to all preparatory students who wish to study independently. Students will gain a good overview of using Moodle for effective independent learning, and also learn strategies for working with information gained from various sources, including the University library. A major part of the unit is devoted to referencing in academic study, thus illustrating the importance of using these skills in future university studies and in their future careers. Students will learn strategies for understanding assessments and writing academic essays and reports, before looking at other forms of academic assessment, including examinations. Students will gain an understanding of what is required to enter undergraduate studies.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 71.43% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluations
Positive feedback on the accessibility of the Unit Coordinator and the other TEP academic staff.
Continue to engage with students and encourage other academics to avail themselves to students.
Action Taken
Unit Coordinators are engaging with students and encouraging students to do the same with STEPS' staff.
Source: Unit evaluation response
Positive feedback on the unit content
Lecturers continue updating materials on Moodle. Students are directed to follow correct protocols and terminology when relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through information provided on Moodle and from feedback in assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation response
Positive feedback on academic writing.
Embed referencing workshops into the Residential Schools along with presentation from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) on referencing and academic writing. Provide further information on referencing and academic writing on Moodle.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use Moodle effectively for independent learning
  2. Apply research skills and effectively utilise the resources available through the CQUniversity library
  3. Recognise various referencing systems used in academic writing and be able to use the Harvard style of referencing
  4. Apply academic writing skills including essay and report writing
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of various other forms of assessment, including examinations, that are used to test students' knowledge

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)