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DIP1000 E-Literacy for Contemporary Society

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: eLiteracy Contemporary Society
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 029999 - Information Technology not els
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 19 June 2021


Examiner: Nicholas Todd

Other requisites

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


There is a need to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands of both higher education and the professional workplace in the digital age. A successful undergraduate student today is expected to leave university with extensive digital literacy skills associated with learning, research, information management and associated communication and collaboration skills. This course provides students with an introduction to those core learning literacies and related digital practice skills that are necessary for successful engagement with contemporary university undergraduate study and the professional workplace. Central to this course is the concept that students should be able to manage their own learning, and develop investigative strategies that will enable them to adjust to the rapidity of change within 21st century digital technology environments.


The course guides students through a series of topics and learning activities, which will facilitate the development of the digital skills necessary for successful transition into contemporary university studies, enabling students to become competent and autonomous learners in the digital age. Based on the discovery, capture, evaluation and application of Open Educational Resources, the course will encompass the use of digital tools to participate in computer supported collaborative networks. Embedded within the pedagogy of the course will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning, including an emphasis on the personal assessment of academic self-efficacy associated reflective practice and resilience.


On successful completion of this course students should have:

  1. demonstrated an understanding of ICT practises;
  2. used effectively a digital learning management system;
  3. used effectively digital tools to research, produce, analyse and present information;
  4. used effectively digital communication and collaboration tools;
  5. demonstrated an understanding of the need for security, privacy and ethical behaviour within a digital environment;
  6. demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the ideas of self-regulation, academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. ICT literacy, digital rights and responsibilities 10.00
2. Digital practises in the tertiary education context 15.00
3. Media literacy, digital communication and collaboration 25.00
4. Digital practises in the workplace 30.00
5. Digital citizenship 20.00

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 is no set textbook 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 35.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 20 06 Dec 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 30 04 Jan 2022
FINAL PORTFOLIO 100 50 07 Feb 2022

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:
    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.

  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 Portfolio 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 marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Course Examiner.

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to USQConnect for this course.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Course Team Leader.

  4. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Course Team Leader of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply in writing to the Course Team Leader to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete Both Deferred Examination and Make-up); or RN (Result not Known).

  6. This course contains a discussion forum where students' participation is formally assessed and successful participation in that discussion group is required to complete the requirements to be awarded a passing grade in the course.

Date printed 19 June 2021