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IPP7005 Walking the walk: applying tertiary skills

Semester 2, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Sue Tuitupou


Students need specific skills and attributes to be considered for acceptance into undergraduate study. In particular, competency in academic writing and adhering to academic conventions are critical. This course is an IHEP core course and focuses on the conventions of academic writing in preparation for undergraduate study. This course taps into the existing scholarly community of Aboriginal and Islander academic works to provide a theoretical framework for academic writing. The skills developed in the earlier units are honed here. If writing academically is a particular skill then the question must be asked “how do you maintain your voice whilst using others ideas?”. The skill of removing the I voice whilst still communicating your thoughts, ideas, values will be explored.

Using a combination of self-paced online instruction and face to face delivery students will focus on academic skills development. Conventions of academic writing and disciplinary texts will be unpacked within a distinctly First Nations context and worldview. The language skills, thinking skills and writing skills are provided in a broad context to best enable students to continue in the career of their choice. This course celebrates the knowledge that students bring with them and aims to demystify the structures and conventions applied within the western academy.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. deconstruct the requirements of set research questions.
  2. compose a piece of writing that adheres to academic conventions (academic essay) with appropriate referencing.
  3. comprehend the purpose of disciplinary texts.
  4. incorporate Indigenous standpoint theory in a piece of written text highlighting the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in relation to tertiary studies.
  5. understand the nature and importance of critical thinking, creative thinking and argumentation in tertiary study.
  6. understand the notions of theories, concepts, processes and perspectives at a basic level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing study stress effectively 10.00
2. Structuring and writing academic essays 30.00
3. Referencing 20.00
4. Analysis of journal articles 20.00
5. Clear and critical thinking 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 30 5,6
Assignments Written Planning document No 20 1,3
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022