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IPP7006 Academic conventions and Indigenous research methodologies

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Academic conventions
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 120199 - General Education Programmes n
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Darren Dickson


Students need to demonstrate specific skills and attributes to be considered for acceptance into undergraduate study. In particular, academic conventions are critical. This course is the final IHEP core course and focuses on bringing together all the relevant academic skills necessary for successful undergraduate study. This course now names the pedagogy of the other courses as Indigenous Research Methodologies, how we find out and apply information as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Therefore this course consolidates the foundations delivered within the IHEP program to equip the students with a grounded philosophy around how to be a successful Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student within Higher Education.


Using a combination of regulated online instruction and face to face tutoring, the course will provide students with skills and knowledge in relation to academic conventions, discipline-specific language and theory, and intellectual property (IP) issues for Aboriginal peoples. The course will include research practice into discipline areas and the creation of a word list and theoretical framework for entrance into university.


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

  1. critically read and analyse appropriate texts
  2. engage in critical, creative and analytical discussions
  3. apply academic conventions to their writing
  4. demonstrate an applied knowledge of referencing
  5. understand copyright and IP issues for Aboriginal peoples at a basic level
  6. understand discipline-specific language and theory at a basic level


Description Weighting(%)
1. Indigenous theoretical perspectives 20.00
2. Jargon and ‘academese’ 40.00
3. Copyright and First Nations Peoples’ IP rights 10.00
4. The text – reading, writing, referencing and citation 10.00
5. Research as First Nations peoples’ business 20.00

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 30 30 30 Jul 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 30 23 Sep 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 40 21 Oct 2021

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 14 April 2021