Courses & Units

Learning at University XAB011

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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


This unit provides underpinning skills, techniques, and strategies to prepare you for University-level study. You will learn practical skills and be introduced to concepts that you will apply in other units of study. These include effective study techniques, note-taking methods, reflective writing, giving oral presentations, time and stress management strategies, revision techniques, and exam preparation. In addition, you will explore theories surrounding motivation, critical thinking, and culture shock. The overarching aim of this unit is to support you to develop your learning style, and to be successful in your future university studies


Unit name Learning at University
Unit code XAB011
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Simon Fraser, Amy Williams

Teaching staff

Simon Fraser, Sarah Dempster, Amy Williams

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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply skills, techniques and strategies for learning within the university environment.

2. Critically reflect on your learning experiences and skills’ development.

3. Describe and analyse how you fit into the University of Tasmania as a student.

4. Apply practical and academic skills and strategies to learn independently and work collaboratively with others



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 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

Two hour workshop and one hour tutorial per week.

  • Portfolio (70%)
  • Oral Presentation Group (30%)
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Please refer to the Co-op Bookshop links below for textbook information.


Burns, T & S Sinfield, Essential Study Skills, 4th edition, Sage Publications, London (2012)

Booktopia textbook links

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