Introduction to University Learning - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2012: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (15%) , Essay 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 795.00
HECS 706.00
International 1,020.00

Strengthen your university learning experience by combining practical skills with the study of concepts from various disciplines. This unit aims to inform your understanding of yourself as a university learner generally as well as within your chosen field of study. The unit uses the central concepts of 'self' and 'culture' to examine the relationship between the learner and the university's requirements and expectations of students. The unit focuses on developing your literacy (writing essays, effective reading and note making), critical thinking and study skills to help you become a more independent, reflective and critical university learner. The unit is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplines.

The unit has the following broad aims:

  1. to develop your skills as a university learner by integrating your practice of generic skills with a study of concepts that are relevant to several disciplines
  2. to inform your understanding of yourself as a learner within your university studies generally, as well as within your chosen discipline.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply their skills as an independent, reflective and critical learner to their university studies
  2. demonstrate that they have developed tertiary level communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), critical thinking and study skills
  3. recognise and articulate their needs and strengths as a learner at university
  4. relate to and collaborate effectively with other members of the group on learning activities in online discussions
  5. demonstrate the ability to cite references correctly and articulate the rationale for correct referencing in academic work
  6. compare and contrast different concepts of the self
  7. recognise and assess the impact of world views on learning and communicating at university
  8. apply the concept of culture to the university setting
  9. demonstrate understanding of the nature of concepts through your study of the concepts of self and culture
  10. recognise that different disciplines have different modes of enquiry and approaches to learning.
  • Essay 1 (15%)
  • Essay 2 (25%)
  • Exercises (5%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Portfolio 1 (10%)
  • Portfolio 2 (10%)
  • Quiz (5%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and student stories
2Concepts of the self 1: modernism
3Concepts of the self 2: postmodernism
4The situated self
5Paradigms, world views, concepts
6University culture
7Communicating at university
8Critical thinking
9Assessment in the university culture
10The changing university culture

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

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