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Knowledge in the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change (EQU082)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 0
Availability MURDOCH: AU4-external, AW1-external, SS5-external, SUM2-external, WSP1-external
Description Knowledge in the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change is the second unit in the FlexiTrack preparation course that qualifies you to apply directly for any undergraduate degree at Murdoch University that has an indicative ATAR of 70 or less. This unit consists of a series of engaging topics which introduce students to knowledge in the social sciences, exploring the concept of social change, building on academic skills such as critical reading, analysis, essay writing and referencing.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Study skills such as time management and organisation and interpersonal communication
2. Academic skills including academic reading, writing, oral communication, critical thinking, critical analysis, essay planning, essay writing information seeking and management, and use of learning technologies (e.g. computers and libraries)
3. Conceptual understandings of: knowledge in the social sciences, the purposes and processes of change (personal and societal), and (c the roles of individuals and groups as agents of change
4. Attributes that promote success at university such as persistence, self-management and commitment
Timetabled Learning Activities Knowledge in the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change is flexible and delivered online so learning activities are not timetabled.
Unit Learning Experiences Knowledge in the Social Sciences: Understanding Social Change provides options for an intense, full-time or part-time scaffolded, learning experience. The approach to learning in this unit is supportive and structured. The mini-lectures, videos, interactive learning activities and tutor-led forums will introduce new ideas and facilitate your understanding through guided discussion. You will then apply the skills and understandings you have gained to independent tasks that are designed to refine and consolidate your learning. Finally, you will demonstrate your new learning through completing assessment tasks that develop your learning skills, challenge your thinking and allow you to show that you are ready for university study.
Further, assessment tasks are structured to provide multiple opportunities to practice and master your academic skills, to receive helpful feedback on your work and to understand and correct mistakes. Early assessment tasks are worth very little to take away the stress of having to perform, allowing you to focus on your learning progress instead.
Assessment Summary and Critical Analysis 30%
Fishbone Essay Plan 5%
Critical Essay - social change agents (1250 words) 25%
Reflective Blog 0%
Module Reflective Video Learning Journal (5 minutes in total) 30%
Multiple Choice Mini Quizzes 10%
Prerequisites Enrolment in FlexiTrack Enabling course and completion of, or joint enrolment with, EQU081 Learning Uni Style.
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FlexiTrack [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch 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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