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DIP1002 Strategies for Successful Study

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Jessamyn Clarke
Moderator: Tas Bedford

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 literacy, numeracy and e-literacy skills are all required, as is an ability to effectively manage the complex life/work balance. Success in higher education requires students to take control of and effectively manage their own learning and to develop skills in organising, analysing and drawing conclusions from a broad range of information. This course provides the core study management strategies and learning skills that students need to acquire in order to successfully undertake higher education study. A particular emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking, and on building in the student a strong understanding of the academic culture and of what is expected of students in university learning. The course ensures that students develop the skills and attitudes necessary to secure effective learning development.


This course introduces the scope, purpose and strategies associated with effective study and learning with particular application to academic and professional settings.
Students progress through a program which requires them to manage their own learning through a process of self-development. Effective study strategies and attitudes will be developed and applied to areas of professional studies to prepare the student for successful management of higher education study more broadly. Students will also develop the skill of critical thinking - an essential skill of higher education scholarship and a foundation for academic culture. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking theory and practice, exploring issues including critical thinking and university culture, critical reading, critical analysis and critical writing.


On completion of this course students will have:

  1. demonstrated their capacity to manage their study program within a university environment (Assignment 1 (parts A and B) and the exam )
  2. demonstrated critical engagement with a number of academic texts and theoretical concepts (Assignment 2 (parts A and B) and the exam)
  3. demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the ideas of self-regulation including academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience (all assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Study management 33.30
2. Critical thinking 66.70

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 35.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1A 100 9 05 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2A 100 18 26 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 1B 100 9 16 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2B 100 19 14 Oct 2013
EXAM 100 45 End S2

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 studentsí responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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 for the assignment 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:
    CLOSED EXAMINATION. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or 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 UConnect for this course. See the ICT standards at

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

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

  5. Resubmission of designated marked or graded assessment items:
    USQ Regulation 5.6 Assessment 5.6.10 Resubmission of Assessment Items states that an examiner may permit students to resubmit an assignment that has received a failing grade or a mark of less than 50%. If a student is permitted to resubmit a failed assignment, normally the only passing grade or mark allowable for the resubmitted assignment will be C or 50% (as appropriate).

  6. 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 Examiner 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 Deferred Both Examination and Make-up); or RN (Result Not Known).