Non-Credit Unit                                                                            (Min. No. 8)
1st & 2nd semester Monday afternoon
(There is no fee payable for this unit)



This unit is recommended for students who have not previously done tertiary study in Australia, or who have not undertaken tertiary studies in a number of years.


This unit will focus on oversight of degree paths, study methods, utilising the library for research, academic style for footnotes and bibliography, reading skills, exercises in note-taking, electronic research, methodology and skill development in essay writing, time management, plagiarism and paraphrasing, the use of the software program Turnitin and a range of academic skills for tertiary study.


A ninety minute class for nine weeks


Clanchy John, and Brigid Ballard. Essay Writing for Students. 3rd ed. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1997.

Evans, David, and Paula Gruba. How to Write a Better Thesis. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002.

Kelly, Gabrielle. English for Theology. Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press, 2004.

Marshall, Lorraine. A Learning Companion: Your Guide to Practising Independent Learning. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia, 2006.

Marshall, Lorraine, and Francis. Rowland. A Guide to Learning Independently. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia, 2006.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Turner, Kathy, and Brenda Krenus, Lynette Ireland and Leigh Pointon. Essential Academic Skills. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2011.