EDHE40005 - Independent Learning
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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
  • Mixed Mode

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. 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 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
Positive comments about communication and constructive feedback on assessments. Student evaluations Continue to supply constructive feedback on assessments and maintain at least weekly communication with students.
Concerns about too much information on the Moodle site and issues with line spacing. Student evaluations Review the quantity of information on each page of the Moodle site as the unit is rewritten. After consultation with TASAC, change to line spacing is not possible and the current line spacing was considered to be quite suitable.
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)  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Please Note: Correctional Centre students do not require access to email, internet or the unit website.
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 CoordinatorBronwyn Mcfarlane (B.Mcfarlane@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

Introduction to independent learning.












Week 2 17-07-2017 Introduction to Moodle










Week 3 24-07-2017 Research and working with information





Compulsory Residential School

24 - 28 July Nulloo Yumbah, Building 31, CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus

Week 4 31-07-2017

Referencing - Part 1







Week 5 07-08-2017

Referencing - Part 2.









Vacation Week 14-08-2017













Week 6 21-08-2017

Paraphrasing and Note Taking










Week 7 28-08-2017

Understanding University assessments





Week 8 04-09-2017

The academic essay.










Assessment 1: Academic Essay Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

The academic report







Week 10 18-09-2017

Preparing for examiniations









Week 11 25-09-2017

Preparing for undergraduate studies






Assessment 2: Academic Report Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Unit review.










Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Online Quiz(zes) due

Exam Week 16-10-2017













Assessment 3: Quiz (zes) Due Thursday (19 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Contact Details Coordinator: Bronwyn McFarlane

Phone: (07) 4150 7069 Email: b.mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au

Unit Presentation

  • Student use of the unit website is required - this is provided using the CQUniversity learning management system (Moodle) which can be assess through the MYCQU Student Portal: http://mymy.cqu.edu.au. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Helpdesk on 4930 9233 or 1300 666 620 (for the cost of a local call).
  • 10-12 hours of study per week of self-directed study.
  • Student access to the Internet, email and residential schools is recommended for this unit, with the exception of those students in correctional centres.
  • Students are expected to follow a self-directed study schedule which meets the required deadlines.

Residential School

Residential School is a requirement of this unit. One Residential School will be held during the term – week 3

(24-28 July). During this school, group work, lectures, tutorials, presentations and individual tuition will be held.

Please also confirm your attendance by emailing tep@cqu.edu.au or telephoning Suellen Thomas on 1800 651 891.

Travel will be organised through Centrelink, and not TEP. If you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, it is important that you register with Centrelink/Abstudy at the earliest opportunity. Residential travel cannot be organised until the registration process has been completed. Please note that Abstudy needs 5 weeks’ notice of your intended travel. Abstudy will confirm your registration with us and then arrange travel for you. TEP will arrange your accommodation and meals. Abstudy will notify you of your travel details and so it is important that your contact details are up to date. Contact TEP urgently if something at the last moment prevents you attending.

Unit Website

The unit website is offered through the learning management system, Moodle. You should find this website easy to use. Consequently, you will need access to the internet. If the learning management system Moodle is temporarily unavailable when you need to submit an assessment item, you can send your assessment by email to your unit coordinator.

Computer (including software) requirements

Access to a computer is necessary. If you can regularly get to a CQUniversity campus, you can use the computers there. If you cannot get to a campus, it is best to have your own computer. You may also be able to use a computer at your local Queensland Open Learning Study Centre or your local library. Internet access is necessary so you can access the unit website. Microsoft Office software is preferred. Students in correctional centres do not require computer access.

Assessment Information

Assessments for this unit should be submitted electronically through Moodle. Students are required to keep back-up copies of all assessments. Please ensure that your assessment conforms to the applicable formatting guide.

To submit electronically, the assessment should be saved in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office and submitted via the Learning Management System (Moodle).

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1: Academic Essay
Task Description

Write a 1000 - 1200 word Academic Essay. The essay will outline the topics, "Terra Nullius - Native Title – Mabo”

Your discussion can include, but is not be limited to answering the following guiding questions:

  1. What does terra nullius mean?
  2. Who was Eddie Mabo and where did he come from?
  3. What does 'Native Title' mean?
  4. Why is it important for Indigenous People to have Native Title?

This assessment task will provide students with an opportunity to practise writing an academic essay. This involves some research and information management, as well as structuring, writing and referencing a piece of academic writing. Some resources for this essay are provided on Moodle. However, students are also expected to go beyond these and find additional sources to inform their essays.

All the resources used (articles, books, website pages) must be accurately referenced within the essay. Referencing normally includes an 'in-text' entry (where the source is mentioned or drawn upon) and then a full reference in the Reference List section at the end of the essay. This is very important because academic writing requires that whenever students use someone else's work they have to acknowledge it - referencing is an integral part of an academic essay.

In addition, remember to:

  • Follow the Harvard style of referencing.
  • Read through the assessment criteria for this assessment to see how you will be marked.
  • Include a title page, use complete sentences, number your pages, use size 10-12 font and 1.5 or double line spacing.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

High Distinction: Mark is in the range of 85 -100. Achieves all learning outcomes relevant to this assessment task. Follows and addresses the topic and all assessment instructions; work is interesting; correct grammar and spelling; correct sentence and paragraph structure; within the required word count and very well written.

Distinction: Mark is in the range of 75 - 84. With few exceptions, achieves most learning outcomes relevant to this assessment task. Generally follows and addresses the topic and all assessment instructions; work is generally interesting; correct grammar and spelling with very few mistakes; generally correct sentence and paragraph structure; within the required word count and well written.

Credit: Mark is in the range of 65 - 74. Achieves most learning outcomes relevant to this assessment task. Addresses the topic and most assessment instructions; work is mostly interesting; correct grammar and spelling with a number of mistakes; correct sentence and paragraph structure with a few exceptions; within the required word count and generally well written.

Pass: Mark is in the range of 50 - 64. Achieves some of the learning outcomes relevant to this assessment task. Sufficiently addresses the topic and some assessment instructions; work is at times interesting; mostly correct grammar and spelling; mostly correct sentence and paragraph structure; within the required word count and follows writing conventions to a sufficient extent with a number of mistakes.

Fail: Mark is below 50. Achieves no learning outcomes relevant to this assessment task. Work submitted does not address the assessment task or demonstrate adequate writing skills. There is little or no evidence of the basic requirements necessary to achieve a pass grade.

Online participation: Accessing the EDHE40005 Moodle website and contributing regularly in the discussion forums is very important if students are to be successful in this unit.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Correctional centre students may submit through Moodle, email to lecturer, or post hard copy.

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

1. Use Moodle effectively for independent learning

3. Recognise various referencing systems used in academic writing and be able to use the Harvard style of referencing

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2: Academic Report
Task Description

Write a 1000-1200 word Academic Report. This assignment provides students with the opportunity to write an academic report.

For this assessment task, you are asked to research and produce a short report which summarises the available literature produced within the last ten years on one of the following topics:

  1. Health care and medical services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  2. Addressing educational disadvantages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  3. Issues faced by Indigenous people within the Australian legal system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Choose only one topic from the three listed above to write the report on!

All the resources used in the report must be accurately referenced, using the Harvard style. At the end of the report a reference list must be included, on a separate page with the title 'Reference List’.

*Remember to present this in a report format as described in the unit material. The report needs to include: a title page; executive summary; table of contents; the introduction, body and conclusions of your report; your reference list and any appendices. If you include diagrams, charts (figures) or tables remember to give them a caption and refer to them in your report. You should use headings, and maybe even subheadings (this makes your report easier to follow).

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The structure of the report is an important aspect of what will be assessed. The following will be taken into account:

1. Executive summary - provides a clear summary of the main findings reported (it does not simply repeat the Introduction!).

2. Introduction - introduces the report's aim and topic, what it will focus on and what will be left out.

3. Content - the body of the report:

· describes findings,

· cohesive and flows logically,

· contains accurate and relevant information, and

· uses resources relevant to the report's topic

4. Conclusion - provides a brief outline of what the report has achieved, and its limitations (it does not simply repeat the Executive Summary or Introduction).

5. Word count - is within the set word limit (excluding title page, table of contents, appendices if any and Reference List).

6. Referencing - correct use of the Harvard style for in-text citations and the formatting and inclusion of a reference list at end of report.

7. Format

· correct line spacing

· correct size font

· correct use of headings

· inclusion of title page, table of contents, executive summary, introduction and conclusions

· neatly presented, flows well

· good sentence structure, grammar and spelling

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Correctional centre students may submit through Moodle, email to lecturer, or post hard copy.

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

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

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 3: Quiz (zes)
Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the previous three weeks.

Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 5% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of four quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. Although feedback will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.

Points to note:

  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz. The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon as possible.
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Thursday (19-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria:

  • Students are marked according to number of correct responses for each quiz
Submission Online

Correctional centre students may submit through Moodle, email to lecturer, or post hard copy.

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

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

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence



Engagement

This unit will help students who are contemplating undergraduate studies in the future and are seeking an introduction to the academic processes of critical reading, writing and analysis. It is expected that students will find the unit particularly relevant due to the focus on Indigenous peoples, education and cultures and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University’s theme of improving engagement with a diverse student cohort. It is also expected that persons returning to study as mature age students will also find the unit relevant, as it will provide a less academically rigorous re-entry point and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with mature age students. It is also expected that students in correctional facilities will find the course relevant as they will not be excluded on the grounds they cannot attend the compulsory Residential School. Such students will be permitted to make submissions via post, and this attribute aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with socio-economically or otherwise disadvantaged students.

Graduate Attributes

The unit includes aspects of self and peer assessment. Collaboration is an important skill for students in higher education to develop enhanced and improved personal reading and writing skills, which are well aligned with the University’s graduate attribute of teamwork and career aspirations.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

There is a priority focus in TEP's units to ensure that Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and practices are comprehensively embedded in the unit curriculum and in all of the learning outcomes. All of the learning activities and assessment tasks are aimed at gaining and demonstrating an understanding of various perspectives and practices associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, both historic and contemporary. Indigenous authors will be sourced from both Australia and internationally. The unit will also include cultural issues and protocols relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

The unit will include international authors and content and the unit will be conducted in the international language of English. At various times, comparative analyses will be conducted between Australian Indigenous and international perspectives.

Sustainability

With the advent of new technology, this distance unit is to be delivered via e-technology in a Moodle site. This maintains sustainability for the environment and its participants.

Work Related Learning

This unit will provide students with study skills, time management and an understanding of university structures, policies and procedures, thus preparing them to enter into further higher education units to achieve their educational and career goals.


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