Course Outline

UCC101 Academic and Professional Skills: Planning for Success

Course Coordinator:Gregory Nash ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2024Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you have the opportunity to develop the writing and study skills necessary to manage tertiary study effectively. As well as general instruction in time management and effective reading skills, this course introduces you to the common features of academic writing and includes how to conduct academic research at the University's library and how to use an approved referencing system for your written assessment tasks. You will be given many opportunities to apply and develop these study and academic skills during tutorial/workshop sessions.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with VLM – Video Learning Materials, presented in an MP4 video format. These will be between 40-50 minutes in length. One per week. In addition, there may be related activities based on this content. E.g. quizzes 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorials will be delivered face to face at the campus locations. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with VLM – Video Learning Materials, presented in an MP4 video format. These will be between 40-50 minutes in length. One per week. In addition, there may be related activities based on this content. E.g. quizzes 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorials will be delivered via Zoom. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Module 1 – Introduction to the course and academic writing

  • Course overview, introduction, access to help and support networks.
  •  Introduction to academic writing. Essay structure.
  •  Harvard referencing.

Module 2 – Academic Essays

  • Introduction to layout and content of academic journal articles. Using UniSC library databases to find academic literature.
  • Critical analysis of research sources. Academic essays; review of essay structure. Understanding the writing process. Developing an essay plan.
  • Paraphrases and quotations – integrating academic research into writing. Academic essays; writing introductions and conclusions.
  • Essay critique. Integrating research into academic writing; cohesion.
  • Understanding academic argument and persuasion. Academic essays; developing cohesion.

Module 3 – Numeracy and Scientific Reports

  • Introduction to academic numeracy; understanding visual information [graphs, tables, pie charts]
  • Introduction to scientific report structure and content.
  • Including visual information in reports.
  • Scientific report critique

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate key time management and effective organisational practices Empowered
2 Read, interpret and appraise academic articles. Identify the main ideas and summarise. Display knowledge of academic writing conventions. Creative and critical thinker
3 Articulate effective academic and professional communication for different contexts. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in programs UC101, UC102, UC103 or UC104


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)


How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

See Assessment tasks for formative assessment items: Task 1 Quizzes x 3

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
3 quizzes - 10 questions each
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
90 minutes
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Essay Individual 50%
600 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 4 Quiz/zes Individual 30%
180 minutes
Week 13 Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz
A successful, independent learner at university demonstrates good time management and organisational skills and the ability to gather academic information.These quizzes provide an opportunity for you to assess yourself against these benchmark attributes.
Product: Quiz/zes
Multiple Choice
Semester 1 + 2: Submit in Weeks 2, 3, 4
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on your knowledge of the course in general, assessment items, materials, the help and support networks available to you, your time management awareness and organisational skills. Formative feedback is provided via Canvas.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Quiz Understanding Academic Writing
Being able to identify the key components of an essay and critically analyse these with respect to structure, cohesion, academic style, vocabulary selection, spelling, referencing and grammatical accuracy is a key skill in developing awareness of academic writing protocols. This task will develop your understanding of academic writing skills through analysis of a number of sections of an essay.
Product: Quiz/zes
Multiple choice and ordering
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Essay paragraph structure
Grammatical accuracy and appropriate use of academic vocabulary/expression
Harvard referencing [in-text and reference list] structure and formatting
All - Assessment Task 3:Argumentative Essay
Being able to conduct academic research and integrate the results of this with your own ideas on issues is an essential skill at university.This task will develop your researching skills through an argumentative essay and will require you to use the Harvard Referencing style
Product: Essay
This is an individual written task assessment in the form of an argumentative essay.You will write a five-paragraph essay incorporating appropriate academic research which will be fully referenced.Structure of essay:Introduction and conclusion: Main arguments: structure, development of ideas and integration of supporting evidence, in-text referencing, academic style, vocabulary selection, spelling and grammar Referencing: Harvard style and formatting features, number and quality of reference sources Formatting Features: page layout, font style and size, word count. Word length: 600 +/- 10%.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Structure of essay
Logic and critical thinking - development of ideas
Integration of supporting evidence
Academic referencing – Harvard
Communication – language, editing, grammar
All - Assessment Task 4:Report analysis
This task will test your knowledge on the components of academic writing, research and referencing within the style of a report. Specifically, attention will be placed on report structure, layout and content, and inclusion and understanding of visual information.
Product: Quiz/zes
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Structure of report
Logic and critical thinking - development of ideas
Integration of supporting evidence
Academic referencing – Harvard
Communication – language, editing, grammar

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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The SafeUniSC Specialist Service is a Student Wellbeing service that provides free and confidential support to students who may have experienced or observed behaviour that could cause fear, offence or trauma. To contact the service call 07 5430 1226 or email

Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or

Wellbeing Services

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  • Supplementary Assessment
  • Central Examinations
  • Deferred Examinations
  • Student Conduct
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    • UniSC Moreton Bay - Service Centre, Ground Floor, Foundation Building, Gympie Road, Petrie
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