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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Academic enquiry
    • Creating knowledge and investigating problems
    • Using library resources and finding sources online
    • Using, testing and applying theory
    • Making an argument
    • Communicating your academic argument and drawing on sources
    • Language skills
    • Knowledge and technology
    • Knowledge and culture
    • The social construction of knowledge
    • Using feedback
    • The uses of knowledge / knowledge and ethics
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Students who successfully complete this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 — Final Knowledge Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Portfolio of Worksheets (30%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MUR-SSK12

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject.

This subject is part of the Social Science Pathway.

OUA Pathways recommends the best subjects to start your studies, even if you're not sure which degree you want to do. Each pathway includes four subjects based on your area of interest.

Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of degrees in your area of interest. Plus, each of the subjects you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen degree.

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