ARTS 1007 - The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course takes the position that the pursuit of knowledge is the fundamental purpose of university education. It aims to enthuse and equip commencing students through the interdisciplinary presentation of broad perspectives (the `Big' Questions) in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the systematic teaching of the key academic skills required in scholarly enquiry. As well as the more traditional forms of university teaching including lectures and tutorials/seminars, the course provides intensive Small Group Discovery Experiences where a sense of collaborative endeavour is established as key questions are explored, and students gain confidence in pursuing their own investigations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 1007
    Course The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Restrictions Students enrolled in Humanities and Social Sciences Programs
    Assessment Annotated Bibliography (10%), Research Essay (30%), Group Policy Report (30%), Group Conference presentation (20%), Participation (10%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Rachel Ankeny

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand the ways in which meaning is made through various representational forms, including language, film, art, and music
    2 Comprehend the importance of cultural difference and diversity in interpreting representational forms
    3 Recognise the nature of research and its relevance to the real world
    4 Locate, access and evaluate information including both primary and secondary source material through the preparation of assessment tasks
    5 Apply academic conventions in assessment tasks, including principles of intellectual honesty and respect
    6 Use technologies appropriate to the university learning environment
    7 Analyse contemporary issues central to the Humanities and Social Sciences
    8 Operate effectively in small groups in the discovery of knowledge, and in the preparation and presentation of research based on that discovery
    9 Communicate coherent, evidence-based arguments in written and spoken forms
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 8, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material will be available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures introduce students to a range of the ‘Big’ Questions that preoccupy, stimulate and engage the Humanities and Social Sciences, and familiarise students with disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways of approaching them. Seminars will develop academic literacies and research skills, and provide a forum in which to share research findings and review assessment tasks.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The main focus of the course is the process of intellectual discovery in its own right as students progress through the following segmented and interconnected stages of research: search and select; investigate; synthesise and evaluate; report.
    Specific Course Requirements
    To be announced.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences will occur over the course of the semester and will centre on the identification and investigation of a problem, and the synthesis and critical evaluation of information related to it.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Provisional. Assessment may include blended learning assignments, structured learning and/or collaborative activities, essay(s), oral presentation, annotated bibliography.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To be announced.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment details are to be announced.


    Assessment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for individual assessment items. Provisionally and for example, submission formats may include: in class presentations and/or discussions; online submission of written and other work; hard copy submission of written work to a prescribed place; completing a quiz. This is not an exhaustive list.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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