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.


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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Term 3 - 2019 Profile

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50.58% 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: Self-reflection Student Feedback
Participation in discussion forums on the SKIL40025 Moodle site
Change the discussion forum settings to a more ‘conversational’ style, and include discussion forums as set activities in the Study Guide.
Action Taken
Various discussion forum 'styles' have been trialed to increase participation. Study Guide has been rewritten to include discussion forum posts as set activities.
Source: Self-reflection Staff feedback
Participation in Zoom sessions
Set up Zoom meetings with distance groups earlier in the term to establish this form of communication from the start.
Action Taken
Zoom meetings occurred from Week 1 of the term.
Source: CQUniversity policy Self-reflection
Being more inclusive of Indigenous Australians in the unit content and delivery
Include an Acknowledgment of Country where appropriate (e.g. at the start of each recorded lecture, in the Moodle welcome message, in the Study Guide), and embed Indigenous themes in the unit content and delivery.
Action Taken
Acknowledgment of Country now included at the start of each lecture recording and on the SKIL40025 Moodle site. Changes made to several modules in the SKIL40025 Study Guide to include Indigenous themes.
Source: CQUniversity policy Self-reflection
Ongoing Indigenisation of the curriculum
Increase the presence of Indigenous themes in images and content within the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Enhanced access to support for online students
Host Q & A style Zoom sessions for online students, with a mix of day and evening weekly connection times.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback Self-reflection Staff feedback
Promotion of positive outcomes for students who have completed SKIL40025
Develop a suite of student and staff testimonials to feature in the unit content and on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
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)