115121

Skills and Communication for Academic Success

This course develops many of the thinking, writing and oral presentation skills that students need for success in academic studies and in employment. The course develops competence in the skills essential to writing for assessment, including summarising texts, utilising appropriate sources and evidence, critiquing arguments, taking notes, and referencing. At the same time, students will be introduced to practices and approaches that contribute to successful academic and workplace environments, including: writing summaries, analysing problems, and using reflection as a tool for professional development. They will also learn how to deliver a persuasive oral presentation.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.

115121

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

100-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Business

Course planning information

Course notes

This course is only available if you are studying the Diploma (Business). As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Employ critical-thinking techniques in the preparation of an opinion and the analysis of opposing opinions
  • 2 Research and utilise e-resources and e-databases to locate primary and secondary sources while discerning their validity and appropriately referencing them
  • 3 Construct effective messaging and delivery strategies in oral presentations.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Portfolio 1 3 40%
Written Assignment 2 3 40%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 3 20%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.