units

ATS1018

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit is designed to introduce students to the practices, requirements and expectations of university study and so prepare them to participate in the academic learning environment. It seeks to equip students with the academic skills, tertiary literacies and attitudes essential for successful university study. The coverage of a range of key skills ranging from academic writing to critical reading is unified thematically by a consideration of what makes university study different, the benefits of a university education and the development of graduate attributes. Throughout the unit, there will be an emphasis on the utility and transferability of these academic skills and competencies for employability, lifelong learning, and to other subjects undertaken so that students can navigate their own learning. Contextualised within themes and topics, lectures will situate skills development within current research, and highlight salient principles and practices. Tutorials will involve participation in a variety of tasks, focusing on discussion, assessment, application, practice and analysis of skills development in context.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an appreciation of the centrality of skills development in academic excellence
  2. access and evaluate information needed appropriately.
  3. use strategies and skills for effective, efficient and critical reading of academic texts.
  4. produce essays that present a well-developed, coherent viewpoint and adhere to the conventions of academic writing
  5. effectively prepare for and deliver oral presentations.

Maximise their learning from lectures, tutorials, reading materials and assessment tasks.

Employ a range of skills, including academic reading, thinking and writing to academic tasks in this and other units

Apply teamwork, leadership and independent learning skills through various learning opportunities

Assessment

Learning journal: 15%
Tutorial participation: 15%
Assignment 1: 20%
Assignment 2: 20%
Group project & presentation: 30% (This is a hurdle requirement. Satisfactory completion of this assessment task is needed in order to pass the unit).

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Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures and tutorials per week