Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Amber McLeod (Berwick); Dr John Pardy (First semester); Kristin Reimer (Trimester 2); Dr Timothy Fish (Peninsula)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Trimester 2 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the requirements of university study. It provides students with a range of specific capabilities that are essential for engaged and successful undergraduate study. The unit content is arranged around the relationships between the learner, the university's requirements and the expectations of students. Students are introduced to the rigours of university learning and the ranges of scholarly traditions and practices. Emphasis is given to the importance of independent learning in university studies.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the tenets of university scholarship
  2. employ relevant theoretical and practical knowledge in a range of skills central to university learning, including critical reading and writing
  3. exercise the skills necessary to maximise their learning from lectures, tutorials and teaching materials
  4. produce essays and reports that present a critical argument and adhere to the conventions of academic presentation.


Research and reflection (1600 words, 40%)
Referenced essay (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • one 1-hour lecture per week
  • one 90-minute tutorial per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)