NATS 0002 Academic Skills for Health Science (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900099

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Description This subject is designed to assist students to become successful independent learners. It introduces students to a range of theories and concepts to facilitate the development of practical skills and personal attitudes necessary for success in tertiary study. Emphasis is placed on developing the key competencies such as time management, critical thinking, researching, learning how to learn and referencing.

School Western Sydney The College

Discipline Natural and Physical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects NATS 0001 - Academic Skills for Health Science (UWSCFS)


This subject is only available to College students enrolled in the Undergraduate Preparation Programs.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and develop time management skills
  2. Develop appropriate online communication skills for tertiary studies and beyond
  3. Communicate effectively through the development of critical reading and writing skills in context.
  4. Locate and use information technology systems and educational technologies to support learning and assessment.
  5. Apply critical thinking, and use problem solving skills and research skills, to make informed decisions.
  6. Assess own learning styles and the contribution to learning how to learn.

Subject Content

1. Learning styles and cue awareness
2. Referencing
3. Goals, time management and procrastination
4. Successful learning and critical thinking
5. Note taking, summarising and paraphrasing
6. Sources of information and researching
7. Strengths and weaknesses in what we read


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Applied Project A) 1x 150 words (10%) B) 1x quiz (10%) C) 21x 200 words (10%) D) 1x 200 words (10%) E) 1x quiz (10%) 50 N Individual
Critical Review 1000 words 25 N Individual
Presentation 5 mins 25 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Term 1 (2024)

Nirimba Education Precinct


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Term 2 (2024)

Nirimba Education Precinct


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