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TPP7110 Orientation to Tertiary Study

Semester 1, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Marcus Harmes
Moderator: George Morrison


For students entering undergraduate studies, the ability to make effective use of generic study and academic skills greatly enhances their chance of success in their undergraduate program. Generic skills that are essential to success in the early stages of any undergraduate program include study-management skills, and formal communication skills. Each of these types of skills is taught concomitantly and in explicit relationship to each other in course TPP 7120 Studying to Succeed, which is part of the Tertiary Preparation Program core program. Some students, however, are demonstrably under-prepared to successfully undertake course TPP 7120 at their point of entry to the TPP. Course TPP 7110 Orientation to Tertiary Study is designed to provide a more appropriate point of entry for students who have a relatively low level of proficiency in formal English-language communication skills, than can be provided in course TPP 7120.


Students are provided with learning experiences that are designed to facilitate their concomitant and integrated development of study-management skills and formal English-language communication skills to a level of proficiency that will then enable them to successfully undertake the study of course TPP7120. The study-management component of the course focuses on developing students' understanding of the motivation that underlies making a realistic commitment to undertake a program of formal studies over several years, and on developing their understanding and skills of action-planning, scheduling and controlling of all of the study activities in which they are required to engage during the semester. The communication skills component focuses on developing students' understanding of what communication in a university context entails, and on developing a range of associated skills such as academic writing and reading, question analysis and oral presentation skills.


On successful completion of the course, students will have:

  1. Made informed choices about their future career paths (assignment SA)
  2. Identified the major sources of their motivation for undertaking higher education studies (assignment SA)
  3. Applied the management techniques of action-planning, and of organising and controlling work performance, to the work of undertaking a formal study program for one semester (assignment SB)
  4. Critically reviewed their future career and study planning (assignment SC)
  5. Demonstrated a knowledge of the conventions of academic writing, reading and oral presentations, and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic context appropriately (assignments CA, CB, CC, CD and the exam)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning your career and study program 10.00
2. Getting organised to study 12.00
3. Reviewing your career and study decisions 8.00
4. Communicating at university 15.00
5. Academic skills 15.00
6. Academic writing and speaking 20.00
7. Academic reading 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 170.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT SA 10 10 10 Mar 2014
ASSIGNMENT SB 100 12 17 Mar 2014
ASSIGNMENT CA 25 10 24 Mar 2014
ASSIGNMENT CB 25 10 14 Apr 2014
ASSIGNMENT CC 25 15 06 May 2014
ASSIGNMENT SC 8 8 12 May 2014
ASSIGNMENT CD 25 20 02 Jun 2014
1 HOUR EXAMINATION 40 15 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination date will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, students must obtain 50% of the assessment of the study-management component (that is, 50% of the total combined marks for assignments SA, SB, and SC) and 50% of the academic communication skills component (that is, 50% of the total combined marks for assignments CA, CB, CC, and CD).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Restricted Examination. In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: A standard English dictionary (but not a technical dictionary). Students whose first language is not English, may, with the Examiner's approval, take an appropriate non-electronic translation dictionary into the examination. Dictionaries taken into the exam may be subject to perusal and, if found to contain annotations or markings that could give the candidate an unfair advantage, may be removed from the candidate's possession and appropriate disciplinary action taken.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within ten days if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a public holiday, including a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the day before the public holiday.