ARTS 1007 - The Enquiring Mind

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The Enquiring Mind gives students a solid foundation in skills that will be crucial to both their university studies and working lives, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, resilience, research, and communication. The course develops these skills through an exploration of issues related to social and cultural change in the recent past and into the future. Students will work in teams to share ideas and perspectives throughout the course. In their individual work, students will have considerable choice over the specific topics they choose to explore, how they access information, and how they present their findings. This allows students to tailor their Enquiring Mind experience to their own strengths and interests. In the process, students will build academic literacies relevant to their areas of study, giving them the confidence to fully engage in their chosen disciplinary fields.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 1007
    Course The Enquiring Mind
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Academic portfolio 1: Personal futures (20%), Academic portfolio 2: Representing futures (20%), Academic portfolio 3: Working futures (20%), Academic portfolio 4: Future challenges (20%), Class participation (10%), Group presentation (10%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kirsty Whitman


    Course Timetable

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

    A full timetable of activities for this course can be accessed through Course Planner. 

    Compulsory 2-hour weekly seminars will be complimented by a range of online material.

    Changing Seminars

    Please note, especially at the beginning of the semester, that if you wish to change seminars it is essential that you switch via Access Adelaide so that your enrolment can be properly updated in MyUni. Speaking to or emailing your tutor or Course Coordinator is a courtesy but it is not sufficient action to formally change seminars; you must switch to a class in Access Adelaide that has space in it. 

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Think and write critically about subjective claims, and argue in written and
    spoken forms a position using evidence based on research.
    2 Locate, access and evaluate information including both primary and secondary source material.
    3 Communicate with sensitivity to equity and diversity.
    4 Reflect on feedback provided by tutors and peers.
    5 Use technology appropriate for university research and communication.
    6 Apply creativity to solving defined interdisciplinary problems.
    7 Locate their ongoing education in a rapidly changing university and career environment.
    8 Collaborate effectively in teams.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1 - 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1 - 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 6, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3, 4, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
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    Recommended Resources
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    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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    Specific Course Requirements
    ‘The Enquiring Mind’ is available as a first year course. No prerequisites are required. Lectures and other learning activities will be online through MyUni.

    In addition to the online lectures each student participates in a two-hour seminar each week, which is an essential and compulsory component of the course. Attendance is regarded as absolutely necessary as mandatory structured learning activities are scheduled within seminars. Seminar participation is therefore an important part of the assessment scheme of this course. As a result students who are absent from more than 2 seminars without adequate explanation will be ineligible to pass the course.

    Referencing of written work
    This course will use the Harvard Referencing System; see the guide in Resources in MyUni or download from
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences are the core of every weekly seminar time. In the first hour you will discuss key issues from the readings and lecture in small groups and then bring those ideas to the larger group, and in the second half you will focus on the skills needed for assessments and more widely across the University. Expert guidances comes both in lectures and seminar contact.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Academic Portfolio 1: Personal Futures Individual; formative/summative 20% 2,7
    Academic Portfolio 2: Representing Futures Individual; formative/summative 20% 1,2
    Academic Portfolio 3: Working Futures Individual; formative/summative 20% 1,2,7
    Academic Portfolio 4: Future Challenges Individual; summative 20% 1,2,6,7
    Group Presentation Group; formative/summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5,8
    Class Participation Individual; formative/summative 10% 2,3,4,5

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting
    Essay 45%
    Reflective Journal 20%
    Group Presentation 25%
    Class Participation 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All requirements for the essay must be met for an overall pass grade for the course. 
    Assessment Detail

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    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.

    Please note that any marks provided on individual assessments or overall grades via MyUni are provisional, and it is essential that you check Access Adelaide for your final grade soon after the end of semester. If you have any queries about your ongoing or final grades please contact your tutor in the first instance.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    See MyUni for further details.
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  • Policies & Guidelines
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