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DIP1000 E-Literacy for Contemporary Society

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Nicholas Todd
Moderator: Tim Dalby

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


There is a need for introductory studies to prepare students for the demands of both higher education and the professional workplace. Competent numeracy, literacy and e-literacy skills are required, as is an ability to effectively manage the complex life/work balance. Consequently, an undergraduate student today is expected to come to university study with computer literacy levels which include knowledge and skills associated with computer hardware and software and computer based communication and information management This course provides students with an introduction to those core computing skills necessary for successful engagement with contemporary university undergraduate study. Central to this course is the concept that students should be able to take control of and manage their own learning associated with computer skills and knowledge, and develop problem solving strategies that will enable them to adjust to the rapidity of change within the 21st century communication and information technology environments as they apply to university study and the professional workplace.


The course guides students through a series of topics and real world situations, which will provide the initial foundation for computing skills necessary for successful transition into contemporary university studies, and also enable students to become competent and autonomous learners in the digital age. The course will review computer hardware components, a typical university computer based learning management system, computer-based communication, management and storage of information and a range of computing applications, including Open Source software.
Embedded within the course content will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning. This will incorporate ideas, concepts and theories including academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


On completion of this course students will have:

  1. demonstrated an understanding of basic computer hardware and software components for file management and program application;
  2. used effectively a typical university learning management system such as Uconnect;
  3. used effectively communication tools such as email, discussion forums, blogs and social networking tools;
  4. used effectively a standard office package to produce documents and analyse and present information
  5. used effectively the Internet for research;
  6. demonstrated an understanding of the need for security, privacy and ethical behaviour within a computer environment;
  7. used effectively the Internet for research;
  8. demonstrated an understanding of the need for security, privacy and ethical behaviour within a computer environment;
  9. demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the ideas of self-regulation, academic self efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Computer hardware and software. 10.00
2. Computing in the tertiary context. 15.00
3. Computer communications, email and social networking. 25.00
4. Open resources. 25.00
5. Information literacy. 25.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • All required materials for this course will be provided by the OAC. All study materials are supplied as part of the 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 15.00
Directed Study 110.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 09 Mar 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 10 30 Mar 2012
MID-SEMESTER TEST 20 10 27 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 30 15 18 May 2012
FINAL TEST 50 45 22 Jun 2012
WEEKLY ONLINE 30 15 22 Jun 2012

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

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.