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TPP7165 Digital Literacy

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Digital Literacy
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 : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Geoffrey Parkes

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, email capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Advances in technology have generated significant changes to social, study and work environments. The course Digital Literacy is designed as an introductory course to help students gain familiarity and successfully interact online demands of their study and work related environments. Students entering the Tertiary Preparatory Program (TPP) typically have diverse levels of digital literacy, with some having had little experience of the online study environment. This course, therefore, aims to provide students with the knowledge and confidence needed to: (a) successfully interact with the USQ online study environment; and, (b) independently develop their own digital literacy as it applies to intended vocational pursuits.


The course provides an introduction to digital literacy, but also caters for students with a diverse range of skills and knowledge in that learning tasks are primarily open in nature. The main aim of the course is to equip students with the requisite skills, knowledge and confidence to interact successfully with the USQ online environment. The course introduces students to some key concepts for the Information Age and familiarises them some commonly-used technology for managing digital information, particularly in the university environment, but also in social and work environments. The focus of the course, therefore, is on developing students' abilities to collaborate using digital technologies to locate, evaluate and disseminate online information-critical areas for navigating contemporary study and work environments.


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology related to and the issues surrounding digital literacy
  2. Competently navigate, interact with, and employ digital tools from USQ’s study-desk
  3. Effectively use a range of digital tools to communicate and collaborate with others
  4. Demonstrate an ability to research and synthesise information related to digital literacy in study and work environments.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the need for security, privacy and ethical behaviour in a digital environment


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to digital literacy 15.00
2. Learning in a digital environment 25.00
3. E-literacy 15.00
4. Digital literacy in a tertiary context 15.00
5. Digital literacy in society and the workplace 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). (

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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 35.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CHECKPOINT 1 10 10 27 Jul 2021 (see note 1)
CHECKPOINT 2 30 30 24 Aug 2021
CHECKPOINT 3 20 20 07 Sep 2021
CHECKPOINT 4 40 40 19 Oct 2021 (see note 2)

  1. Checkpoints will consist of a variety of required activities in a range of digital formats, including forum participation, audio-visual presentations, and computer mediated assessments (CMAs).
  2. Checkpoint 4 will consist of a research presentation and a portfolio of selected activities undertaken by the student through the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no weekly 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.

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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 submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays. 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).

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; and,
2. Forms part of the Tertiary Preparation Program, benchmarked against 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.

Date printed 21 July 2021