Academic Learning Skills - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - 1200 words (25%) , Participation - Online discussions (15%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This Academic Learning Skills unit is for students enrolled in the BA degree. It will help you make the transition to university culture and introduce you to the range of lifelong learning skills needed at university and beyond. These include organisational as well as thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. It will develop interpersonal skills that encourage you to question, listen and act ethically; tolerate ambiguity, embrace openness, curiosity and intellectual risk-taking; and to make connections and work collaboratively. 

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

  1. developing clearer and more concise expression of ideas; developing organised written arguments
  2. able to structure an oral presentation and use appropriate language to participate thoughtfully in class discussion
  3. developing critical listening skills for preparation and in tutorial discussion
  4. able to preview and read literary, visual and graphical texts critically
  5. interprets graphical information and converts simple data
  6. able to use the library and online unit resources
  7. developing coherent arguments to support critical analysis; developing creative thinking tools
  8. able to locate appropriate research materials online and in the library; able to reference correctly
  9. self-reliant and manages time for study, work, family and leisure
  10. able reflect on skills, attitudes and knowledge
  11. applies basic creative problem solving processes
  12. gives appropriate feedback and open to accepting critical feedback
  13. exchanges ideas and cooperates with class members
  14. respects diverse ideas and perspectives
  15. demonstrates academic integrity and how to cite sources.
  • Essay — 1200 words (25%)
  • Participation — Online discussions (15%)
  • Portfolio — Develop learning habits (15%)
  • Presentation — 5 minute presentation (10%)
  • Quiz — 10 referencing questions (10%)
  • Report — 1000-1200 words (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ISU102 — Food for Thought
  • ISU103 — Knowing Nature
  • ISU110 — Australia in Asia (Previously PTR120)
  • ISU111 — Wellbeing

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to BAR100
2Critical reading and notemaking
3Writing for yourself and for others
4How to Use Other People's Ideas
5Using critical reading to summarise other people's ideas
6Writing a scientific report
7Interpreting and applying numeracy
8Report Outline and using databases
95 ways to improve your writing
10Developing an Argument
11Writing Workshop

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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