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EAP7310 Studying at University

Semester 6, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Staffing

Examiner: Sang-Soon Park
Moderator: Heejin Chang

Other requisites

Completion of Senior High School or Post Secondary Diploma or Degree equivalent or work experience in the country of origin. English Proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 5.5

Rationale

This course introduces students to university level study and learning skills and to student life skills. It is a comprehensive guide to developing effective study strategies vital to successful completion of a tertiary level programme. The course is designed for undergraduate and post-graduate international student.

Synopsis

The course is designed around the acquisition of effective student life skills. An emphasis is placed on independent study and learning skills, effective life style management and self motivation. The investigation of learning integrates the acquisition and organisation of knowledge and understanding of learning with life skills. By focusing students' attention on the study and learning processes, individuals are made aware of their competencies and of the learning strategies required in tertiary study. Regular feedback on written work and in class discussion helps them form an understanding of the nature of their own resources and how to learn in a purposeful, organised and appropriate way. The course assumes that, if capable students are made aware of effective learning and study methods, and they can be guided to success in these matters, they will subsequently act to optimise their academic performance.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. organise time and their personal circumstances to complete individual and group assessment (Assessment items: Critical Reflection, PowerPoint Presentation, Computer Assignment)
  2. employ study skills effectively in achieving sound academic performance at the tertiary level (Assessment items: Note Taking, Critical Reflection, PowerPoint Presentation and Computer Activities)
  3. utilise knowledge of academic culture to successfully interact with colleagues (Assessment items: PowerPoint Presentation, Computer Assignment)
  4. effectively use university computing system to demonstrate skills with standard applications software for study and learning purposes (Assessment items: Computer Assignment)

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to study & learning skills 5.00
2. The independant learner 10.00
3. Academic conventions 5.00
4. Note taking & summarising 15.00
5. Critical thinking and questioning 15.00
6. Working in groups 10.00
7. Cross cultural communication 5.00
8. Revision & exam preparation 5.00
9. Learning styles 10.00
10. Computing skills 20.00

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). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2014&sem=06&subject1=EAP7310)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Open Access College 2012, EAP 7310 Study Book Package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland.

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
Directed Study 40.00
Private Study 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
NOTE TAKING 20 10 24 Oct 2014
CRITICAL REFLECTION 20 10 07 Nov 2014
POWER POINT GROUP PRESENTATION 20 10 21 Nov 2014
COMPUTER ASSIGNMENT 40 20 28 Nov 2014
FINAL EXAM 100 50 05 Dec 2014

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:
    Refer to statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course. All assessment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the semester in which the course is offered. Students may be required to re-submit an assessment piece that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade a student must attempt all summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in the examination and at least 50% of the total weighted marks in 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:
    Examinations in this course are closed examinations. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing 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 at the end of each intake.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.