Courses & Units

Research and Information Skills XAB041

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


The student contribution amount for this unit is fully subsidised and therefore not payable by the student.

Summer school dates: 1 January to 23 February. Summer school subject to enrolment numbers.


Information derived from a wide range of sources is available to the student engaged in academic study. In addition to traditional printed documents, the digital age allows for rapid identification and retrieval of potential online sources. How does the student effectively and efficiently locate relevant source material, and evaluate the appropriateness, usefulness and reliability of sources?  This unit will introduce students to essential methods of research at university. Students will learn to identify and retrieve a wide variety of scholarly sources and to critique and evaluate different types of information for quality and reliability in academic contexts. The unit will introduce to students the nature of participating in a scholarly community, with a focus on incorporating the ideas of others in their own work, and the requirements of Western university culture with regard to academic integrity and referencing. Through its focus on essential information and research skills, XAB041 aims to provide students with a strong foundation for their future studies across many academic disciplines.


Unit name Research and Information Skills
Unit code XAB041
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Dr Dominic Lennard

Teaching staff

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2018: $805.00 099999

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Teaching Pattern

Semester 1 and Semester 2: Two hour lecture and one hour tutorial weekly.

Summer: Three contact hours per week for six weeks; other content delivered online.


Information Access Quiz: 15% 
Reliability Evaluation Task: 25% 
Referencing Quiz: 5% 
Literature Research Task: 45%
Participation: 10%

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