Preparing for University Learning - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award - Preparatory
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2016: PT 1 , PT 2 , PT 3 , PT 4 , PT 5 , PT 6 , PT 7 , PT 8
  • Availability for 2017: PT 1 , PT 2 , PT 3 , PT 4 , PT 5 , PT 6 , PT 7 , PT 8
  • Assessment: Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

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2016 Fees
Domestic 55.00
International 55.00

Preparing for University Learning is a fully online, open access and preparatory unit designed to enhance students’ understanding and development of the fundamental academic and study skills required at first year university level.Students will learn skills in academic writing, reading, research and critical thinking, along with a range of study techniques designed to ensure a more self-directed and confident learner. Students complete a range of learning tasks and assessments at specified times, under prescribed conditions. They do this in collaboration with tutors and peers available on their online student portal and via the discussion forum.

This unit has a minimum recommended study load of 5-7 hours per week.

You can bundle PREP03 with any paid OUA unit and get PREP03 for free.


To increase students’ confidence and ability in a range of academic and study skills necessary for success at first year, university level.

Specific objectives:

At the completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Select source material and evaluate it for relevance, reliability and validity
  2. Identify and extract specific information from source material in response to prescribed topics/instructions
  3. Paraphrase and synthesise information from avariety of sources
  4. Take effective notes from source material
  5. Use a referencing system to produce accurate in-textcitations and reference lists
  6. Demonstrate correct use of a linear essay structure including the use of transition for clarity, logic and coherence
  7. Manage their study time effectively
  8. Navigate an online class room
  9. Actively participate in an online classroom.

Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

Please note: Students that have enrolled into or completed PREP04 may find that there is considerable overlap of learning outcomes in this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Note: weightings and assessable tasks may be altered from time to time to better reflect the skills and knowledge covered in the unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Getting Started - Connecting & collaborating with peers online
2Introduction to Research - Researching online, reading and notetaking
3Using Sources - critical thinking, quotations, paraphrases and references
4The Writing Process - From mind map to outline to first draft
5Finalising & Submitting an Assignment - Using Smarthinking and re-drafting
6Examination tips - Time management and revision

Each unit offered through OUA provides students with unit information that includes assessment topics and due dates, policy information and contact numbers for university support and academic staff. Study materials will also clearly outline each week's topic, readings, student activities and the format of all assessment.

This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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