Implementing an applied skills & scholarship unit as a means of developing generic skills

Callan, Paula A. & Croft, Waveney M. (2003) Implementing an applied skills & scholarship unit as a means of developing generic skills. In 7th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 9-11 July 2003, Brisbane, Australia.


This paper describes a first-year skills unit that has been introduced at the Carseldine campus of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The unit, which is taught by a team of academics and librarians, aims to provide first year students with the foundation skills and knowledge necessary for effective and efficient study and for an enjoyable and successful university experience. These skills include basic competencies in using information and communication technologies, academic research and writing skills, critical thinking and time management. Most of the students taking the unit are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts , the Bachelor of Social Science or the Bachelor of Human Services; many are mature age students. Feedback has been very positive and the unit remains a popular choice.

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ID Code: 517
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: first year experience, university, generic skills, information literacy, academic skills, technology skills, support, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (Please consult authors)
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2014 23:58

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