COMM 0003 Academic Skills for Design (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700221

Coordinator Ben Fletcher Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to the essential academic skills required for success in tertiary studies. It employs an explicit pedagogy approach to teach students how to become independent, active, and reflective learners. The unit also includes essential research and writing skills specific to the Diploma in Design.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Use both independent and collaborative learning strategies to advance the knowledge of the individual and that of their peers.
  2. Communicate effectively through the development of critical reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in context.
  3. Locate and use information technology systems and educational technologies to support learning and assessment.
  4. Apply critical thinking, and use problem solving skills and research skills, to make informed decisions.
  5. Apply the process of reflection to learning experiences, in order to assess their own learning styles and �elearn how to learn�f.

Subject Content

1. Introduction to tertiary study
2. Advanced tertiary skills
3. Information skills and blended learning
4. Essential skills for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
1. Introduction to tertiary study
2. Advanced tertiary skills
3. Information skills and blended learning
4. Essential skills for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Learning journal, consisting of: a. Constructing an assessment planner (5%) b. Reflection on group work skills (5%) c. Reflection on how to use feedback (5%) d. Exam preparation reflection (5%) e. Reflection on blended learning and information technology skills (10%) 30 N Individual
Oral presentation 10 N Individual
Research project, consisting of: a. Bibliography (200–300 words) (10%) b. Essay plan (10%) c. Progress report (10%) 30 N Individual
Research essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Ben Fletcher Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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