Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice - 2017

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 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Academic Essay 30-40% , Essay 2 - Project Essay 30-40% - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,893.00
Domestic continuing 1,383.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,143.00
International continuing 1,633.00

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This unit aims to develop students’ understanding of, and skills for, learning at university and learning online. Using substantive knowledge areas as case studies, students will better understand academic practices and knowledge production, in order to develop good academic practice. They will use these skills to augment their studies in all discipline areas and be able to apply them to the workplace.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

This unit is part of the Social Science Pathway.

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After successfully completing this unit you will be able to:

  1. Undertake enquiry-based learning and problem solving
  2. Apply academic skills in essay writing
  3. Search for and identify appropriate sources for assignments
  4. Engage critically with academic topics, theories and debates, demonstrating logical and creative thinking and reasoning
  5. Communicate effectively with relevant audiences using spoken and written communication skills
  6. Understand the impact of social, historical and political influences on the production of knowledge
  7. Problem solve in teams
  8. Engage in online learning
  • Essay 1 — Academic Essay 30-40%
  • Essay 2 — Project Essay 30-40%
  • Portfolio — Research Skills 10-20%
  • Presentation — Critical Reading 10-20%

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:

  • SSK12 — Introduction to University Learning

Do not enrol into this unit if you have previously completed SSK130/SSK13.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Academic enquiry
2Creating knowledge and investigating problems
3Using library resources and finding sources online
4Using, testing and applying theory
5Making an argument
6Communicating your academic argument and drawing on sources
7Language skills
8Knowledge and technology
9Knowledge and culture
10The social construction of knowledge
11Using feedback
12The uses of knowledge / knowledge and ethics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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

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