SKIL40025 - Preparation Skills for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

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.

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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

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

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Previous Feedback

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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: CQUniversity policy Self-reflection
Feedback
Ongoing Indigenisation of the curriculum
Recommendation
Increase the presence of Indigenous themes in images and content within the unit.
Action Taken
Indigenous themes/references have been incorporated in Modules 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Imagery used on Moodle and in learning and teaching materials has been made more inclusive.
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Feedback
Enhanced access to support for online students
Recommendation
Host Q & A style Zoom sessions for online students, with a mix of day and evening weekly connection times.
Action Taken
To encourage participation, Zoom sessions were offered as workshops rather than a Q and A format. Times varied in order to ensure that some sessions were offered after hours. Weekly lectures were also offered via Zoom.
Source: Student feedback Self-reflection Staff feedback
Feedback
Promotion of positive outcomes for students who have completed SKIL40025
Recommendation
Develop a suite of student and staff testimonials to feature in the unit content and on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
With the assistance of Tom Holden, a range of banners for the SKIL40025 Moodle site has been developed. These eye-catching banners feature photos of students and staff with accompanying quotes. Some of these inspirational quotes are also used in learning and teaching materials.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Presentation of resources on Moodle site
Recommendation
Create an eReading list for some Moodle content, and streamline the number of resources made available. Ensure all materials are copyright compliant.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student and staff feedback Unit evaluations
Feedback
Support of online students via Zoom
Recommendation
Continue to host weekly Zoom workshops for online students, ensuring at least some sessions are offered after hours. Make one on-campus lecture available via Zoom each week during Terms 1 and 2.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment
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
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)
2 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)