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HUS7002 Nguya Goolpanie? What Did You Say? Study Skills

Semester 1, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Myra Singh
Moderator: John Williams-Mozley


Students contemplating undergraduate study at a tertiary institution are required to demonstrate certain prerequisite skills, knowledge and attitudes before they meet enrolment requirements considered appropriate for acceptance. Whilst the whole of the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) provides for a variety of entrance standards, this course provides the core skills that all students need to acquire in order to successfully undertake further higher education studies. Central to this course is the concept that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be able to take control of and manage their own learning, being confident in the decisions made and pathways selected. Also central is the notion that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as potential university students are expected to display a basic level of achievement in language skills, and an understanding of critical and creative thinking. As the student population, which undertakes a IHEPP is diverse in educational, social, geographical and economical circumstances, this course seeks to provide a broad base, which allows each student to begin from their own personal standpoint and develop the necessary qualities required to reach a shared goal. The course is designed to provide optimum flexibility for each student.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples progress through the program, which requires them to manage their own learning and establish their own future goals through a process of self- development. In this course effective study skills and attitudes will be developed and applied to areas of communication studies. The language skills and writing skills are provided in a broad context to best enable students to continue in the career of their choice.


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

  1. produce and evaluate a personal plan involving the development of study strategies to manage their own self-development through formal study
  2. plan and prioritise their assignment tasks
  3. comprehend and apply basic learning preferences
  4. demonstrate the capacity to complete a task purposefully and ask for help if required
  5. complete allocated individual tasks set by lecturer
  6. meet the academic criteria in areas of communication skills relevant to tertiary study
  7. compose a piece of writing that broadly adheres to conventions (Paragraphs)
  8. comprehend the purpose of different types of texts
  9. comprehend and understand the purpose of referencing systems
  10. grasp the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in relation to their tertiary studies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Motivation for studying IHEPP 7.00
2. Tertiary study: planning for success 7.00
3. The self-directed learner 7.00
4. Learning and memory: effective note-taking 8.00
5. On the 'write' track 8.00
6. Communication within Indigenous Australian cultures 8.00
7. Communication at university 8.00
8. Academic communication: a purpose in mind 8.00
9. Reading in the communications scene (1) 8.00
10. Reading in the communications scene (2) 8.00
11. Reading in the communications scene (3) 8.00
12. Examination preparation 8.00
13. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity 7.00

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 30 01 Apr 2011
ASSIGNMENT 2 75 20 13 May 2011
ASSIGNMENT 3 60 20 10 Jun 2011
FINAL TEST 100 30 24 Jun 2011 (see note 1)

  1. Res School 2. Students will be advised of the examination date after Residential School timetable has been finalised.

Assessment notes

  1. To gain a passing grade students normally are required to complete and submit each assessment item within the course and obtain an overall result of 50% or more for the course assessment. Students whose results are not at a 50% or better standard may, at the discretion of the examiner, be invited to complete additional equivalent tasks to bring their results up to a passing grade. This would normally occur within the current or the following term.

Other requirements

  1. Normally, 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 to the marking criteria.

  2. Students must obtain a satisfactory result in both of the two major components.