Courses & Units

Postgraduate Study Skills KGA539



This unit is available for students in their first or second semester of their Masters degrees. Students beyond their first or second semester will require the approval from the unit coordinator.

The offering of this unit is subject to the number of students.


This unit is designed to assist students to meet the requirements of postgraduate coursework study at an Australian university. It is of particular benefit to students who are recently returning to study and international students. Studio workshops are held on learning cultures, approaches and expectations; critical thinking and analysis; academic integrity; and writing reports and essays. During workshops, students will receive guidance and support in both group settings and individually. In teaching, an emphasis is placed on drawing from the diverse international, national, and local experiences of students. Students have opportunities to practice and refine their study and writing skills through workshop activities.


Unit name Postgraduate Study Skills
Unit code KGA539
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Chia-Chin Lin

Teaching staff

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit the learner will be able to:

LO1 Compare and contrast tertiary learning and teaching in different learning cultures.

LO2 Develop a study plan to help you be a successful postgraduate student in an Australian university.

LO3 Apply the academic standards required by Australian universities.

LO4 Develop evidence-based arguments through engaging in process of critical thinking and reflective practice.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050901

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

13 x 4 hour sessions, on-line resources


AT1 Short essay questions (45%)

AT2 Plan (15%)

AT3 Assignment (10%)

AT4 Essay (30%)

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