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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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa Summer semester B 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Frikkie Korf (South Africa); TBA (Gippsland)


Previously coded TSD1611


This unit is designed to introduce students to the nature and requirements of university study and encourages them to demystify the practices and requirements they will confront in their first year. It provides students with a range of specific and identifiable capacities that are essential for undergraduate study. The thematic content is unified around a consideration of the relationships between the learner, the university's requirements and the expectations of students. Students are introduced to the traditions of university scholarship and the changing culture of scholarship. Particular emphasis is given to the importance of independent learning in university studies.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand the centrality of critical thinking in university scholarship;
  2. be able to employ relevant theoretical and practical knowledge in a range of skills central to university learning, including critical reading and writing;
  3. have an appreciation of the skills necessary to maximise their learning from lectures, tutorials and teaching materials;
  4. be able to produce essays and reports that present a critical argument and adhere to the standard conventions of academic presentation;
  5. demonstrate the development of sound examination techniques.


Written work (2200 words): 50%
Topic quizzes: 15%
Exam (2 hours): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Frikkie Korf (Summer Semester)
TBA (First Semester)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week