Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit is designed to prepare students for study at the Diploma level by introducing the academic requirements, learning strategies and modes of learning required in higher education in the Australian context. It enables students to develop a range of specific capabilities essential for independent learning success. These include: general study skills, critical thinking, English for academic purposes (mechanics and vocabulary), essay writing technique, reading and research strategies.


•Study skills: approaches to learning, time management, listening, note-taking, participating

•Reading: strategies for effective and efficient reading, specific text types

•Research: locating and evaluating sources, summarising, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, referencing and quoting

•Critical thinking: evaluating and constructing logical arguments

•English for academic purposes: understanding and using features of academic English including grammar and vocabulary for specific disciplines

•Assessments: analysing and understanding different assessment tasks and how to approach them

•Writing process: essay outlines and planning, drafting and editing

Unit offerings

Face to face: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.