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AEP1111 Transitioning to University

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: Transitioning to University
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 120105 - Learning Skills Programmes
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicholas Todd


Co-requisite: AEP1112

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course. Students are required to attend a mandatory on campus residential school held during the Semester.


As Students undertaking AEPP come from diverse backgrounds this course provides an introduction to the culture and practices of a university community. The course focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and attributes required to engage effectively with university systems, discourses, policies and processes, and to self-manage learning in a university context. This course also supports students to develop the communicative competencies required to actively participate in higher education. The course aims to prepare students for transition from a school to a university environment. This course contains a mandatory residential school.


Students will progress through a course which requires them to explore and respond to aspects of the university community relevant to their role as new students. They will investigate issues relevant to the context of higher education, engage in career development and planning and undertake tasks related to self-management, including goal setting, time management and planning. Learning in this course will focus on participation in practical, authentic activities relevant to beginning university study. This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. Engage successfully with university systems, processes, discourses, policies and practices relevant to first year study.
  2. Apply skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to self-manage in an academic community.
  3. Correctly use a wide range of textual features in a range of communication modes and genres.
  4. Use basic mathematics skills and knowledge required as a foundation to succeed in a university environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding the university processes and environment. 20.00
2. The social context of university study. 15.00
3. Using technology to support study. 10.00
4. The future of work. 10.00
5. Understanding your goals and aspirations. 15.00
6. Planning your future study and career. 15.00
7. Developing effective study practices. 15.00

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. (

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Private Study 90.00
Residential Schools 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PART A 85 38 10 Dec 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 PART B 15 7 11 Dec 2019 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 34 20 Dec 2019 (see note 3)
Res School participation 1 1 17 Jan 2020 (see note 4)
2H RESTRICTED EXAM 100 20 End S3 (see note 5)

  1. Portfolio
  2. Portfolio
  3. Planning for study and the future
  4. Attendance at the residential school is mandatory.
  5. This will be a RESTRICTED exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school workshops scheduled for this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the residential school attendance and participation satisfactorily students must achieve 100% for the item. To satisfactorily complete the remaining assessment items a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), i.e. a student must receive 100% (one mark) for attendance and participation at the scheduled residential school, and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

  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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. any scientific calculator
    3. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
    4. All students may take a non-electronic dictionary into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    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 .

  2. Attendance at the two, five-day residential school workshops is mandatory. The residential schools will be held at Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield campuses. Refer to the Residential School Timetable.