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Big Ideas (KAC001)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit is about introducing students to a range of thought-provoking and stimulating ideas that shape, or have shaped, the world in which we live. It is through the exploration of this content that students develop strategies and techniques to help them succeed at university studies.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit you should be able to
1. read and think critically,
2. be able to write and communicate academically,
3. take efficient lecture and reading notes and
4. have gained confidence in public speaking.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 2 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit looks to explore its various thought-provoking themes through a lecture/workshop format. This allows the content delivered in the lectures to be discussed, analysed and thought about it a dynamic and supportive learning environment. It also engages a range of interesting guest speakers who are able to convey their first-hand experiences of the topics investigated throughout the unit.
Guidance will be offered for self-directed study (particularly, for the reading of peer-reviewed scholarly journals).

Particular attention will be paid to the skill aiming to develop the capacity to work effectively and cooperatively/collaboratively in groups or teams.
Assessment This unit has four assessment components: a learning portfolio (45%) an oral presentation (15%), tutorial participation (10%) and a closed-book exam (30%).
Formal assessment will take place through Murdoch's LMS system. This allows for comprehensive and constructive feedback to assist students in developing their academic skills in preparation for university.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the K-Track course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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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