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TPP7111 Communicating at University A

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Communicating at University A
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Geoffrey Parkes


For students entering undergraduate studies, the ability to make effective use of generic academic skills greatly enhances their chance of success in their pathways and undergraduate programs. Course TPP 7111 Communicating at University A is designed to provide an appropriate point of entry for students who will benefit from a comprehensive introduction to formal English-language communication skills before they undertake TPP7123 Communicating at University B.


Students are provided with learning experiences that are designed to facilitate their formal English-language communication skills to a level of proficiency that will then enable them to successfully undertake the study of course TPP7123 Communicating at University B. TPP7111 Communicating at University A focuses on developing students' understanding of what communication in a university context involves, and on developing a range of associated skills such as academic writing and reading, interpreting academic literature and oral presentation skills.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply in writing important principles of formal academic expression;
  2. Demonstrate ability in oral communication through delivery of an oral presentation;
  3. Interpret an example of scholarly academic writing;
  4. Develop and demonstrate online literacy skills through participation in online tutorials related to modules and assessment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Welcome to University 10.00
2. Introduction to communicating at University 20.00
3. Academic Writing 20.00
4. Academic speaking 20.00
5. Academic reading 25.00
6. Capstone: Moving on 5.00

Text and Materials

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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 Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 35.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
USING ENGLISH 100 15 09 Aug 2021
PARAGRAPH WRITING 100 15 06 Sep 2021
ORAL PRESENTATION 100 25 20 Sep 2021
READING ANALYSIS 100 35 18 Oct 2021

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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

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

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Tertiary Preparation Program and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at For students in correctional centres alternative forms of access will be provided.

Date printed 8 November 2021