INDG11014 - Family History and Australian Identity

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed for students with an interest in identity, in particular, in their own family history. The unit explores the construction of personal, family and community identity through facilitating student awareness of the resources and methods available to search family history. As many people have mixed heritage the unit provides an understanding and appreciation of the blended histories of ancestral connectedness and the civilizations that have enriched the cultural heritage of Australia.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 Undergraduate 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 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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%).

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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 comment
Weekly email from unit coordinator was valued by students.
If unit continues to be delivered, an email should be sent to student seach week during term.
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Source: student comment
At times it was hard to see how this is an indigenous studies course
unit material ought to be revised to strengthen the connection between topics and historical and contemporary aspects of outcomes for Australian Indigenous communities and people.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Employ the resources and methods available to investigate family history.
  2. Examine the construction of personal, family and community identity.
  3. Identify past engagements between Australia and other civilizations.
  4. Evaluate family history research resources, methods and processes.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills that present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.

The proposed unit learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment are informed by current scholarship, research, innovations and industry practice through the following:

  • Student engagement with contemporary research methods and resources through the design, implementation, assessment and reporting of their own genealogy research process.
  • Student engagement with on-going ethical issues related to family history research.
  • Students are required to evaluate resources, methods and processes used in their research activity.
  • Students are encouraged to be critical thinkers by designing and undertaking their own family research using up to date methodology and resources.
  • Students are encouraged to be creative thinkers. All assessment tasks require students to use their research findings to accurately communicate family history in written, oral and visual formats appropriate to a range of intended audiences.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment