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IPP7001 Talking the talk: claiming your voice within Academia

Semester 2, 2020 External
Short Description: Talking the talk
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: Shirley O'Neill


Consideration must be given to the ongoing effects of colonization on students' lives and how this impacts access to education. Many students need assistance to recognise themselves as learners and claim their voice within the academy. Students need to demonstrate certain skills and attributes to be considered for acceptance into undergraduate study. The development of such skills promotes self-confidence and the ability to undertake life-long learning and adds to an individual’s ability to contribute effectively in important forums relevant to community. These skills and attributes are addressed by the IHEP core courses. This course is the first of three preliminary courses that scaffold students’ learning to ensure later success in the IHEP core courses.


This course focuses on oracy as a pathway to literacy, structured text patterns of speech and written text and the correlation between western and First Nations educational systems. Students will develop an understanding of written and spoken text patterns and apply the learned principles in a Introduction to Self and a short text presentation. This course celebrates the knowledge that students bring with them and facilitates self-identification as a scholar.


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
  2. meet the required academic communication criteria
  3. apply academic conventions at a beginning level
  4. apply community knowledge and learning in an academic context.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction and getting started 30.00
2. Introduction to self 30.00
3. Importance of expression 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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
Lectures 45.00
Private Study 45.00
Tutorials 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 50 23 Jul 2020 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 50 06 Aug 2020 (see note 2)

  1. Introduction to self.
  2. Written speech or poem demonstrating text patterns.

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

Date printed 6 November 2020