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Understanding Your World (KAC003)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit presents students with a range of strategies and techniques specifically aimed to help them succeed in science-related tertiary or further education. The unit is designed to encourage students to develop their critical thinking, learning, and language skills to a level adequate for tertiary studies.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit you will have developed:
1. Knowledge about the principles that underpin western science.
2. A greater understanding of the similarities and differences between Aboriginal and Western ways of knowing
3. Basic applied research skills
4. Report writing skills
5. Numeracy skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops, 4 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The structured timetabled activities will be offered through completely 'interactive mixed' teaching sessions instead of using a clearly separated Lecture/Tutorial/Workshop, etc formats. Sessions will, therefore, have a mixed setup: e.g. multiple learning tools (the instructor presentations, in-class case study discussions, role plays, videos, etc) will be used within the 150 minutes of each teaching session. The participation of all students will be encouraged for the whole session.
Guidance will be offered for self-directed study (particularly, for the reading of peer-reviewed scholarly journals),., numeracy modules and online research skills).

Particular attention will be paid to the development of skills necessary to work effectively and cooperatively/collaboratively in groups or teams.

Assessment This unit has three assessment components: Participation (10%), Skills Portfolio (55%) consisting of a series of in class writing, numeracy and computing activities and a Wetland Report (35%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in the K-Track course. Students considering the part-time study option need to have completed KAC001 and KAC002 before attempting this unit.
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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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