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AEP1112 Applied Academic Literacies

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: Applied Academic Literacies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Marthy Watson


Co-requisite: AEP1111

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.


The ability to use information and to communicate effectively and appropriately underpin successful study in all academic disciplines. This course focuses on the development of the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to use language and data to understand, explore, solve problems, express arguments and reflect. It aims to develop the foundational academic literacies and numeracy necessary to prepare students for entry into undergraduate study.


Students will engage in an integrated, collaborative academic research project. Through the investigation of a current social issue, they will develop and practice using the academic literacies required to locate, interpret, analyse and critically evaluate a wide range of information. Students will develop the numeracy skills to use quantitative data effectively. They will have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively to produce a range of texts suitable for a tertiary environment. This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. Use a variety of media to locate, interpret, analyse and critically evaluate information in a range of genres and modes.
  2. Generate an academic argument.
  3. Interpret, analyse, evaluate and use quantitative data to support an academic argument.
  4. Communicate and collaborate in a university environment to produce desired outcomes.
  5. Understand and use a wide range of textual features in a range of communication modes and genres.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Using a range of media to locate and collect appropriate information. 15.00
2. Using reading strategies to interpret and analyse data, information, ideas, theories and issues. 10.00
3. Using mathematical skills to find and interpret, analyse quantitative data. 15.00
4. Using critical literacy and numeracy skills to evaluate information and data. 15.00
5. Using evidence and logic to construct an academic argument. 20.00
6. Using communication skills to work effectively with others. 15.00
7. Using multimodal presentation skills to express ideas. 10.00

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). (

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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 expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Private Study 80.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 08 Jan 2020 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 39 20 Jan 2020 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 40 24 Jan 2020 (see note 3)
Res school participation 1 1 24 Jan 2020 (see note 4)

  1. Source analysis
  2. Written assignment
  3. Presentation
  4. Attendance at the residential school is mandatory.

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% (mark of 1) 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), and 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.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Residential school will be held at Toowoomba and Springfield. Refer to the Residential School Timetable.