ARTS 1007OL - The Enquiring Mind

Online - Winter - 2019

The Enquiring Mind introduces students to skills crucial to success at university, such as critical thinking and digital literacy, as well as to creativity and innovation through the Sia Furler Centre. The course builds important academic literacies directly into the curriculum through Small Group Discovery Experiences, where students explore historical and contemporary social change guided by academic staff. In this way, students develop their skills and confidence to undertake research and communication in their chosen disciplines, and have a common foundation in teamwork, critical thinking and creativity for future interdisciplinary courses.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 1007OL
    Course The Enquiring Mind
    Coordinating Unit Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Admin Office
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 9 hours online contact per week (not including assignments and reading)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description The Enquiring Mind introduces students to skills crucial to success at university, such as critical thinking and digital literacy, as well as to creativity and innovation through the Sia Furler Centre. The course builds important academic literacies directly into the curriculum through Small Group Discovery Experiences, where students explore historical and contemporary social change guided by academic staff. In this way, students develop their skills and confidence to undertake research and communication in their chosen disciplines, and have a common foundation in teamwork, critical thinking and creativity for future interdisciplinary courses.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Michael Lazarou

    Course Timetable

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

  • 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
    Recommended Resources
    See MyUni for further details. 
    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is external and online with 9 hours of online contact a week not including readings and assessments.
    Workload

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

    See MyUni for further details. 
    Learning Activities Summary
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    Specific Course Requirements
    Engagement
    The Enquiring Mind is available as a first year course. No prerequisities are required. Lectures and other activities will by online through MyUni.

    In addition to the online lectures each student participates in online discussion boards, which are an essential and compulsory component of the course. Active engagement is regarded as absolutely necessary as mandatory structured learning activities will be conducted via the discussion boards. MyUni participation is therefore an important part of the assessment scheme of this course. As a result students who do not actively engage on MyUni and in the discussion boards 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 Harvard Referencing Guide
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    See MyUni for further details.
  • 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 Outcomes
    Reflective Journal Individual; formative/summative 15% 3,4,5,7
    Draft Paragraph Individual; formative/summative 10% 1,2
    Essay Individual; formative/summative 30% 1,2,4,6
    Group Project Group; formative/summative 20% 1,3,5,6,8
    Discussion Board Participation Individual and group; formative/summative 25% 1,3,5,8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass the course, students must pass both the requirements of the essay. See MyUni for details. 
    Assessment Detail
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    Submission
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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.

  • 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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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