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BCAS01-020: Academic Skills September 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject will provide students with the basic academic skills required to undertake tertiary study. It is designed as an intensive subject which must be undertaken in the first semester of a Bond University College Diploma program. Students will be introduced to the areas of research, essay writing, report writing and referencing, and will workshop and develop these skills through a series of focused activities.


Academic unit:Bond University College
Subject code:BCAS01-020
Subject title:Academic Skills
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:0

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Tutorial: x5 (Total hours: 10) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x2 (Total hours: 10) - Personal Study Hours


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Prepare for intensive study and plan for success within the University environment.
  2. Locate information for university assessments using online research databases, and engage in source evaluation to identify credible and useful sources.
  3. Structure and outline academic works including essays and reports.
  4. Apply referencing conventions in academic writing, and understand its importance for maintaining academic integrity.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Tutorial Portfolio Students complete a weekly portfolio item derived from in-class activities to demonstrate clear engagement with the workshop content. 40% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Online Quiz Students complete two online quizzes to assess their skills and knowledge developed in the workshops. 60% Fortnightly 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

Pass Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Students are introduced to the research process and learn to explore various resources available through the online library database. Students develop skills to identify credible sources of information, learning the difference between primary and secondary research.

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Students develop essay writing skills specific to argumentative essays, focusing on essay structure, the development of thesis statements, main points and counterarguments, and the use of academic language.

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Students develop skills in report writing specific to structure, document design, effective use of visuals and the use of professional language. Students also gain an understanding of the different types of reports used both academically and professionally.

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Students develop skills in completing reference lists and bibliographies. Students learn the importance of adhering to referencing style conventions, and practice referencing for a range of sources.

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Students develop skills in utilising direct quotations and paraphrasing to incorporate sources of information in their work. Students also learn the importance of referencing in academic study and demonstrate the ability to use in-text citations accurately.

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Approved on: Oct 28, 2020. Edition: 3.2