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TPP7123 Communicating at University B

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Communicating at University B
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: Charmaine Davis


Pre-requisite: TPP7111

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: None; however in some cases TPP7111 will need to have been completed prior to enrolment in TPP7123.
A pass in TPP7111 is a prerequisite for students who are then intending to enrol in TPP7123.


TPP7123 Communicating at University B responds to the TPP program objectives relating to increasing the literacy skills of people who want to gain entry to tertiary education, successful transition for students who gain access to tertiary programs, and increasing levels of self-esteem and self-confidence in the student's ability to successfully undertake formal study in a higher education program. Effective and appropriate communication is essential for success at university. TPP7123 provides instruction, opportunities for practice, assessment and constructive feedback to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to enable them to successfully communicate at university.


TPP7123 Communicating at University B introduces, teaches, models and provides opportunities for practice and assessment in academic communication skills at a more advanced level than TPP7111 Communicating at University A.

Students will learn about finding, understanding and using information effectively; communicating ideas competently orally and in writing, and the standards of logic, evidence and ethical use of information required for first year university study. Through the process of researching for, planning and writing an academic essay, students will develop and practise skills in effective reading, finding information, organising ideas to express a clear argument, writing effective academic paragraphs and referencing.


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

  1. Competently find, meaningfully comprehend, use, and engage critically with information resources, including information communication technology resources, to match the ethical and academic expectations of the academic community.
  2. Competently communicate ideas using the standard of logic and evidence required for first year university studies at the bachelor level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The culture of university communication 10.00
2. Reading strategies 10.00
3. Introducing the academic essay 10.00
4. Organising ideas 10.00
5. Constructing an argument 10.00
6. Writing successful academic paragraphs 10.00
7. Referencing 10.00
8. Finding and using information responsibly 10.00
9. Communicating orally at university 10.00
10. Revising for the exam 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). (

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.
Murphy, R 2012, Cambridge English Grammar in Use, Volume 4, Cambridge University Press.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 89.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY STEP 1 5 5 26 Mar 2019
ESSAY STEP 2 15 15 16 Apr 2019
READING RESPONSE 10 10 30 Apr 2019
ESSAY STEP 3 10 10 07 May 2019
ESSAY STEP 4 40 40 28 May 2019
1HR CLOSED EXAM 20 20 End S1

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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 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.
    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.
    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    • Writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    • Students may take an appropriate unmarked non electronic English dictionary or English translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    • Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. 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.

  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 Tertiary Preparation 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 This requirement does not apply to students in Correctional Centres.