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DIP1000 E-Literacy for Contemporary Society

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 19 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Nicholas Todd
Moderator: Peter Van Vuuren

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

There is a need to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands of both higher education and the professional workplace in the digital age. A successful undergraduate student today is expected to leave university with extensive digital literacy skills associated with learning, research, information management and associated communication and collaboration skills. This course provides students with an introduction to those core learning literacies and related digital practice skills that are necessary for successful engagement with contemporary university undergraduate study and the professional workplace. Central to this course is the concept that students should be able to manage their own learning, and develop investigative strategies that will enable them to adjust to the rapidity of change within 21st century digital technology environments.

Synopsis

The course guides students through a series of topics and learning activities, which will facilitate the development of the digital skills necessary for successful transition into contemporary university studies, enabling students to become competent and autonomous learners in the digital age. Based on the discovery, capture, evaluation and application of Open Educational Resources, the course will encompass the use of digital tools to participate in computer supported collaborative networks. Embedded within the pedagogy of the course will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning, including an emphasis on the personal assessment of academic self-efficacy associated reflective practice and resilience.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will have:

  1. demonstrated an understanding of ICT practises;
  2. used effectively a digital learning management system;
  3. used effectively digital tools to research, produce, analyse and present information;
  4. used effectively digital communication and collaboration tools;
  5. demonstrated an understanding of the need for security, privacy and ethical behaviour within a digital environment;
  6. demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the ideas of self-regulation, academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. ICT literacy, digital rights and responsibilities 10.00
2. Digital practises in the tertiary education context 15.00
3. Media literacy, digital communication and collaboration 25.00
4. Digital practises in the workplace 30.00
5. Digital citizenship 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=DIP1000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • All study materials will be based on OER materials accessed through such OER Repositories as: OER Commons is a place to find and share open educational resources OER Africa a growing repository driving the development and use of OERs across all education sectors OpenCourseware Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world Connexions is a global repository hosted by Rice University MER LOT is a peer-reviewed searchable collection of online learning materials List of free and open textbooks that may be suitable for use in community college courses Directory of Open Access Journals over 7,000 journals with more than 3,000 searchable at the article level Wikimedia Commons is a media repository for public domain and freely-licensed. Educational media content (images, sound and video clips) EveryStockPhoto.com- Search engine that can be used to find free images on the web lncompetech is a collection of Creative Commons licensed music Search by Creative Commons provides a convenient way to access search engines that include CC licensed materials.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 20 02 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 30 11 Oct 2013
FINAL PORTFOLIO 100 50 01 Nov 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, students must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Restricted Examination. In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidtes may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials ( non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); 1 A4 page of hab=nd written or typed notes (written on both sides).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred of Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Course Examiner.

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to USQConnect for this course.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Course Team Leader.

  4. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Course Team Leader of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply in writing to the Course Team Leader to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades my be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete Both Deferred Examination and Make-up); or RN (Result not Known).

  6. This course contains a discussion forum where students' participation is formally assessed and successful participation in that discussion group is required to complete the requirements to be awarded a passing grade in the course.