Skip to main content
USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

IPP7002 Learning the lingo: academic writing

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Learning the lingo
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 120199 - General Education Programmes n
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sadie Heckenberg


Students need to demonstrate particular skills and attributes to be considered for acceptance into undergraduate study. The necessary standards are addressed by the three IHEP core courses. Consideration must be given to the ongoing effects of colonisation and the deliberate writing out of Aboriginal and Islander truths, stories, histories from mainstream curricula. Aboriginal students need exposure to texts that recognise resistance and strength in Aboriginal communities and validate self-worth whilst building study skills. This course is the second of three preliminary courses that scaffold students’ learning to ensure later success in the IHEP core courses.


Students will explore the resistance history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students will engage in research and readings related to the study skills of summarising, reading for meaning and sentence construction. This course focuses on the power of the written word and the power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing. General study skills will be delivered alongside an analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander written and visual texts. The conventions of academic writing will be made explicit beginning with subject position, sentence structure and paragraph breakdowns.


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

  1. recognise and discuss the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students within the university and country
  2. summarise, note take and feedback key texts
  3. analyse and discuss issues of representation and the First Nations body and culture
  4. demonstrate an understanding of academic sentence and paragraph structure.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Telling your truths: the power of the pen and image 40.00
2. Reading and viewing for meaning, summarizing and feedback 30.00
3. Writing academically: Sentence and paragraph construction 30.00

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
Lectures 45.00
Private Study 45.00
Tutorials 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 45 11 Apr 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 55 18 Apr 2019 (see note 2)

  1. Poster presentation and written explanation.
  2. Written reflection on film/video.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school. 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  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 achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available 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 weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in 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