Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
|Organisational Unit||Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal, S2-internal
ROCKINGHAM: S1-internal, S2-internal
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
MANDURAH (FROM 2017 ON) S1
MANDURAH (FROM 2017 ON) S2
|Description||OnTrack is a 14-week university preparation course that assists you to gain entry into a wide range of undergraduate degrees at Murdoch University.
OnTrack will provide you with:
* A supportive, adult learning environment in which to develop effective study habits and learning strategies
* The tuition you need to develop your academic skills, knowledge and understandings to an undergraduate level
* Assistance to explore an undergraduate degree program that matches your aspirations.
* A network of peer and academic support at Murdoch University
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and attributes in preparation for undergraduate study:
1. Identify, locate and use academic resources.
2. Summarise and critically analyse academic texts.
3. Construct an academic text in accordance with academic conventions.
4. Apply mathematics to solve problems, and create and interpret data.
5. Create and present an oral presentation in accordance with academic conventions.
6. Apply a range of independent and collaborative learning skills such as time management, self-regulation, effective communication, reflective practice and teamwork to complete tasks within set timelines.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures/tutorials: full-time, and you will be required to be on campus for 3-4 days (depending on location eg Murdoch, Rockingham, or Mandurah) to attend lectures, tutorials and workshops. You will be allocated to a tutorial group for the semester, and may be required to attend additional workshops if you need support for language development and/or computing skills. On average, you will need to attend lectures, tutorials, and workshops amounting to 14 hours per teaching week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is supportive and structured. You will have the same tutor and be part of the same student group for the entire semester, which will allow you to develop a strong network of peer and academic support at Murdoch University. By attending lectures and tutorials, completing independent study tasks and participating in groups discussions, you will develop skills in critical thinking, essay and report writing, foundational science and independent learning. You will use your new skills to write essays and a report, develop and deliver oral presentations and plan you future learning experiences.
Further, assessment tasks are structured to provide multiple opportunities to practise and master your academic skills, to receive helpful feedback on your work and to understand and correct mistakes. Early assessment tasks have a lower mark value to take away the stress of having to perform, allowing you to focus on your learning progress instead.
|Assessment||As an OnTrack student you will required to complete several assessment tasks including essays, oral presentations, learning portfolios, reports, mathematics exercises, and an exam. Early assessments contribute less (eg 0% or 5%) towards the combined score for all assessments. Written feedback will be provided in response to each assessment task which you will use to guide and plan your future learning. Therefore, all assessment items must be submitted in order to be eligible to pass OnTrack.|
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in the OnTrack course.|
|Notes||A minimum class attendance, including face to face and online, of 80% is required in order to pass this unit. Under exceptional circumstances where absence can be evidenced, the unit coordinator may exercise their discretion. Punctuality is also important and students may be marked absent if they arrive more than 10 minutes after the class commences.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|
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