Courses & Units

Research and Information Skills UPP045

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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


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 do you effectively and efficiently locate relevant source material, and evaluate the appropriateness, usefulness, and reliability of sources? This unit will introduce you to essential methods of research at university. You will learn to identify and retrieve a wide variety of scholarly sources and to critique and analyse different types of information for quality and reliability in academic contexts. This unit will introduce you to the nature of participating in a scholarly community, with a focus on incorporating the ideas of others in their own work, and the requirements for academic integrity and referencing. Through its focus on essential information and research skills, this unit aims to provide you with a strong foundation for your future studies across many academic disciplines


Unit name Research and Information Skills
Unit code UPP045
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Mike Harris, Lisa Amerikanos

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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 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

1. Identify and communicate different types of information sources for academic purposes.

2. Analyse the suitability of information sources for academic purposes using criteria related to their reliability.

3. Identify and apply the principles of academic integrity including following a recognised referencing style to acknowledge sources.

4. Analyse the relevance of research findings, and any related ethical considerations or implications



Band Field of Education
1 100799

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour workship and one hour tutorial weekly.


AT1: Reliability Evaluation Task (40%)

AT2: Literature Research Task (60%)

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