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HUS7003 Imbala: Hearing to Understand: Thinking to Write

Semester 2, 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 IHEPP is diverse in educational, social, geographical and economic 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 requires them to manage their own learning and establish their own future goals through a process of self- development. In this course advanced academic thinking and writing skills will be developed. The language skills, thinking 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. meet the academic criteria in areas of communications and thinking skills relevant to tertiary study;
  2. demonstrate the capacity to answer set research question
  3. compose a piece of writing that broadly adheres to conventions (Academic Essay)
  4. comprehend the purpose of disciplinary texts
  5. grasp the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in relation to their tertiary studies
  6. begin to understand the nature and importance of critical thinking, creative thinking and argumentation in tertiary study
  7. comprehend basic theory, concepts and processes; comprehend existence of different positions on theory and concepts
  8. comprehend and apply appropriate referencing systems with some errors (critically analyse sources for credibility, bias, relevance).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing study stress effectively 7.00
2. Oral communication and presentation 7.00
3. Analysis of journal articles 8.00
4. Introduction to research 8.00
5. Writing assignments at university: basic principles 7.00
6. Structuring academic essays 7.00
7. Academic essays: a writing guide 8.00
8. Referencing: USQ website 8.00
9. Creative thinking and brain mapping 8.00
10. Examination preparation 8.00
11. Clear thinking (1) 8.00
12. Clear thinking (2) 8.00
13. Critical thinking 8.00

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 3 100 25 04 Nov 2011
FINAL TEST 100 25 11 Nov 2011 (see note 1)

  1. The Final Test will be held during Residential School 2. Students will be advised of the Final Test date after the Residential School timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at the scheduled Residential School 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 .

  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 / grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED examination, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred to supplementary examinations for this course will be held and the examiner will advise students involved in writing of the date, time and location of any such examination.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. a) 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.
    b) In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    c) The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.
    d) 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.
    e) 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.
    f) 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).
    g) 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. 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 the marking criteria.