Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will be provided with an introduction to learning at university with a focus on the academic skills needed to engage successfully in study in health sciences. You will be introduced to information literacy resources, the Learning Management System (LMS) and a range of online learning support materials. The subject focuses on extending your engagement with content in the other common first-year subjects with a particular focus on scientific knowledge, effective reading, proficient writing and independent study strategies.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Patten

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in Diploma of Health Sciences (HDHSB)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority given to students admitted in the Diploma of Health Sciences and then all others by order of enrolment.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and relate learning styles and processes as they apply to learning at University.
02. Demonstrate and apply foundation academic and information literacy skills.
03. Employ and practice critical reading strategies to extract meaning from a range of texts.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size80

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Patten

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Lecture format"

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 10.00 h problem based learning per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"10 one hour sessions of Online activities equivalent to approximately one hour per week over ten weeks."

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorials commence in week 1 of semester 1"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
4x assessments 10% ea. (equivalent to 1500 words in total)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
1 x Individual Essay (1,500-words)N/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
1 x Individual Reflective Assessment (1,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3