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HUS7001 Introduction to Computing Basics

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges

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Examiner: Myra Singh
Moderator: John Williams-Mozley


The modules of the course, taught in conjunction with the other Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) courses, aim to develop the students' basic computing skills in order to enhance both their academic and their personal life. This enables the individual to make decisions about their future higher education study, career and personal lifestyle. Central to this aim is the notion that potential university students are expected to display a basic level of achievement in computing skills. This course, through the use of computing, seeks to provide a broad base, which allows each student to begin from their own personal standpoint and develop the necessary technological/ computing skills and qualities to undertake further higher educational studies. The course is also designed to provide optimum flexibility for each student.


Through a process of self-development, students complete the Introduction to Computing Basics while progressing in a program, which requires them to manage their learning and establish their future goals. Effective computing skills and knowledge will assist both the student's entry into higher education undergraduate degree courses and their success during the study in these courses. In addition, the teaching strategy will be inclusive of culturally relevant perspectives of Indigenous communication and its many practising forms within Indigenous communities. Hence, this enables a student to feel comfortable and will relate to the appropriate use of communication skills for the course from an Indigenous perspective. This will also ensure that students become successful and maintain skills into undergraduate studies without compromising cultural identity.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of the importance of computers in education and contemporary society
  2. demonstrate a basic knowledge of the application of computer skills for study purposes
  3. demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Internet, and the skills to access knowledge on the WEB using a variety of search engines
  4. demonstrate the ability to access information and materials on the USQ Site, including navigating and using Study Desk (USQConnect), utilise EASE for the submission of assessments and some limited application of research process relating to the Library catalogue and data bases
  5. demonstrate the necessary skills of using email to communicate and transfer information
  6. demonstrate a basic understanding of the Windows environment and functions, and the ability to work within that environment
  7. demonstrate relevant skills in word processing ( Word) appropriate to the presentation of information at a beginning tertiary level
  8. demonstrate the skills required to use Power Point to construct a presentation
  9. demonstrate a basic knowledge of Excel spreadsheets
  10. demonstrate the ability to manage files appropriatley for tertiary study


Description Weighting(%)
1. Personal Computers, StudyDesk and EASE 14.00
2. Internet and Library Searching 10.00
3. Windows XP Basics 15.00
4. MS Word 2007 Basics 25.00
5. PowerPoint 2007 Essentials 18.00
6. Excel 2007 Introduction 18.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 30.00
Directed Study 45.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 19 Aug 2011
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 16 Sep 2011
ASSIGNMENT 4 100 25 28 Oct 2011
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 25 11 Nov 2011 (see note 1)

  1. Assignment 3 will be held during Residential School 2. Students will be advised of the date after the Residential School timetable has been finalised

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at the scheduled Residential Schools is COMPULSORY. This is required in order to meet course objectives. It is the student?s 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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  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 for the assignment may apply for each week late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and have satisfactorily met attendance requirements.

  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 weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no Final Test for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no Final Test in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary tests.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6 Assessment and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL //

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 Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  4. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the Examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  5. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next working day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner?s convenience.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for a Final Test at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete- Deferred examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete ? Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

Other requirements

  1. To gain a passing grade, students must submit ALL assignments and obtain a satisfactory result in each assessment item. Students will be asked to re-submit an assignment if they did not complete it to a satisfactory standard and according the marking criteria.

  2. No examination is required for this course.