SKIL40025 - Preparation Skills for University
Term 2 - 2017


All details in this unit profile for SKIL40025 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.

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 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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 Source Recommendation
To review the use of the Cottrell text book as it is getting expensive and not widely used by all students. Student and staff feedback Rewrite the Study Guide so that the unit no longer relies on the Cottrell text book.
To increase the word allowance for both portfolio assessments. Student feedback Increase the upper word limit for Learning Portfolio A by 100 words; increase the upper word limit for Learning Portfolio B by 200 words.
To create a more standardised marking criteria sheet for each written assessment (Learning Portfolio A and Learning Portfolio B). Staff feedback Create an automated marking criteria sheet for each portfolio that will formulate an overall grade based on the range of ‘ticks’ in the columns.
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        
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)        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)        
4 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

SKIL40025 Preparation Skills for University Study Guide
Author/s: CQUniversity STEPS staff Year: 2017
Edition: 4th edn Publisher: CQUniversity
City: Rockhampton State: Qld
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

All study material for this unit is freely available on Moodle in electronic form; however, purchase of hardcopy study material is highly recommended. Hard copies can be purchased online at minimal cost from the CQUniversity Bookshop.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJenny Mcdougall (j.mcdougall@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Module 1: Preparing for University

Week 2 17-07-2017

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

Quiz 1: University Awareness Due Friday (21 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 3 24-07-2017

Module 3: Learning Styles and Personality Types

Week 4 31-07-2017

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

Learning Portfolio A Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

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

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Module 6: Oral Presentation Skills

Quiz 2: Active Reading, Listening and Research Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Module 7: Clever Career Planning


Week 8 04-09-2017

Module 8: Stress Management and Resilience

Week 9 11-09-2017

Module 9: Assessment Strategies and Brain-based Learning

Week 10 18-09-2017

Module 10: Critical Thinking

Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 11: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Learning Portfolio B Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Dr Jenny McDougall is the Unit Coordinator for Preparation Skills for University in Term 2, 2017.

Phone: (07) 54407037

Email: j.mcdougall@cqu.edu.au

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Quiz 1: University Awareness
Task Description

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

To prepare for this, complete Module 1 from your Study Guide and also become familiar with the Getting Started With CQUniversity Systems Guide and the STEPS Guide for Students.

The quiz will be available from the beginning of Week 1 and will stay ‘live’ until the end of Week 2. Go to the ASSESSMENT block on the Moodle unit site and you will see a link to Quiz 1.

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

This is an 'open book' exam 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, so that should minimise the likelihood of technical hitches.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (21-Jul-2017) 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 the test.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

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

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner

3. Set and manage goals for individual study and career paths

5. Negotiate procedures and systems used at university

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

4. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Learning Portfolio A
Task Description

Learning Portfolio A is a series of critical reflections written in response to Modules 1, 2 and 3 of your 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 block and you will see a 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 (04-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Vacation Week Friday (18-Aug-2017)
Your marked work will be uploaded to Moodle. The estimated return date is ONLY for those assignments that have been submitted by the due date.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

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

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

A single Word document is to be uploaded to the Moodle unit site for SKIL40025.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

5. Negotiate procedures and systems used at university

6. Develop communication skills appropriate for higher education

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

6. Critical Thinking

7. 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, you will need to work through Modules 4 and 5.

The quiz will be available from the beginning of Week 5 and will stay ‘live’ until the end of Week 6. Go to the ASSESSMENT block on the Moodle unit site and you will see a link to Quiz 2.

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

The quiz will remain open for 3 hours, but you should not need anywhere near that time.

This is 'open book' 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.

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
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 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.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop strong study habits and effective learning strategies to become a confident and self-directed learner

4. Find and evaluate relevant, scholarly research

5. Negotiate procedures and systems used at university

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Learning Portfolio B
Task Description

Learning Portfolio B is a series of critical reflections 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 block and you will see a 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 (29-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017)
Your marked work will be uploaded to Moodle. The estimated return date is ONLY for those assignments that have been submitted by the due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

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

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

You can upload more than one file. A copy of your speech (Module 6) must be included, either as a separate Word document or included at the end of your portfolio.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

5. Negotiate procedures and systems used at university

6. Develop communication skills appropriate for higher education

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence




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