Instruction for completing the Unit Outline Template
This document provides instructions for preparing your 2010 unit outlines. Please do not insert text
into this document. Please insert your text into the ‘2010 Unit Outline Template’.
Before you start inserting text in the Unit Outline Template (i.e not this document)
1. Before you begin inserting text to your Unit Outline, ensure that you select ‘Save As’ and
save the Word document to your nominated working area/location.
2. Complete the footer by inserting the relevant semester and year.
3. As the template is laid out with styles, you can use Cut and Paste to bring content from
another document in. If you experience problems with the formatting, use Cut and Paste,
but use Paste Special and paste in as Unformatted Text.
4. When you are ready to convert the approved or peer reviewed document to PDF format,
ensure that it is converted using Adobe Acrobat 9.0
5. You do not need to have Adobe Acrobat 9.0 installed in order to update the unit outline, but
you do need it in order to create the PDF file. In some schools the administration officer has
been asked to create the PDFs for you. If you undertake this role yourself then please
ensure that you have Adobe Acrobat 9.0 installed – DO NOT use any other pdf writer.
Adobe Acrobat 9.0 is the University designated software and MUST be used. If you do not
have it installed, contact ITCS.
To convert a document to PDF
Open the faculty approved Unit Outline document in Word.
Click on the Acrobat ribbon (this will only show if Acrobat 9.0 is installed.
Save the pdf to a location, browse and select as appropriate.
The word document will be converted and saved.
Upload the pdf to your fully online unit or web enhanced unit as appropriate.
Comment [D1]: Fill in the gap with
FACULTY OF Faculty name
Comment [D2]: Fill in the gap with
School of School name
Comment [D3]: Replace with
Campus Campus Name or Online
Comment [D4]: Follow with
SEMESTER Semester number, year
Comment [D5]: Replace with
Unit Code: Unit Title Unit code: Unit Title
CREDIT POINTS 10 Comment [D6]: As from Australian
Catholic University Handbook
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES/INCOMPATIBLES or faculty unit outline or delete whole
row if not applicable
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LECTURER-IN-CHARGE Lecturer Name:
Office Location: Comment [dmr7]: Room number,
DESCRIPTION Comment [D8]: As per description in
Academic Board-approved unit outline
(the same as in the Handbook -
TEACHING TEAM Comment [Y9]: Insert names and
contact details of all tutors etc. Delete if
MODE AND DURATION
Mode/Attendance Pattern: Comment [D10]: Specify relevant
mode as appropriate, eg. lectures,
tutorials, workshops; fieldwork/clinical/
Duration: 12 week-semester or equivalent in intensive block mode. practicum; intensive block mode; online
You should anticipate undertaking 150 hours of study for this unit, including class
attendance, readings and assignment preparation.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Comment [D11]: Number your
learning outcomes. They should be
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: those listed in the Academic Board
approved Unit Outline.
1. The learning outcomes of each unit
2. etc must include the new ACU Graduate
Attributes that are specifically
developed in this unit. Do not list all
Each unit in your course contributes in some way to the development of ACU Graduate Attributes ACU Graduate Attributes, only those
you will explicitly develop and assess.
which you need to have demonstrated by the time you complete your course.
Comment [D12]: It is suggested that
you have no more than 8 specific
You can view the ACU Graduate Attributes for all courses by following this link ACU Graduate outcomes.
Attributes (http://www.acu.edu.au/204356). Comment [D13]: Start with a verb
that specifies what students should be
able to achieve and demonstrate eg
All Australian universities have their expected Graduate Attributes – ACU’s Graduate Attributes ‘explain’, ‘analyse and evaluate’,
have a greater emphasis on ethical behaviour and community responsibility than those of many
other universities. All of your units will develop some of these graduate attributes.
Your course is a professional program that requires development of particular attributes for Comment [Y14]: Fill in the name of
your course or delete these two
accreditation purposes. These are also included in the Learning Outcomes. sentences if this is a generalist program
On successful completion of this unit, students will have developed their ability to: Comment [k15]: Please list only
those graduate attributes that you have
mentioned in the learning outcomes –
GA1 demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity i.e not all 10 graduate attributes.
GA2 recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society
GA3 apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making
GA4 think critically and reflectively
GA5 demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline
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GA6 solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into
GA7 work both autonomously and collaboratively
GA8 locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information
GA9 demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual
GA10 utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.
CONTENT Comment [D16]: As per the content
in the Academic Board-approved unit
Topics will include: outline. You may provide additional
and/or updated detail or, where the
Academic Board-approved unit outline
SCHEDULE provides for some options in content,
you may specify the chosen options.
The content must enable the student to
fulfil the learning outcomes of the unit.
ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES Comment [D17]: Schedule of
teaching, tutorials and when
OVERVIEW OF ASSESSMENTS assignments are due, tests to be taken
etc. For a unit taught over a semester,
usually week 1 to week 12. Schedule
may also specify required or
appropriate readings and/or learning
Brief Description of Due Weighting Learning Graduate activities for each week or module.
Assessment Tasks Date (%) Outcome/s Attributes Comment [D18]: Detailed
Assessed Assessed assessment tasks must be listed here.
Table may be adjusted – minimum
requirements are specified here.
Comment [D19]: Any graduate
attributes listed in the learning
outcomes must be assessed and
included in this table.
In order to pass this unit, you are required to …………
Please include in this section the following information as per the assessment policy (Assessment
Policy and Procedures - http://my.acu.edu.au/110808):
word limits for each assessment task or equivalent requirements or restrictions;
the nature and extent of group work or collaboration required or permitted and any related
specific marking criteria and weightings for each assessment task (other than
examinations), including referencing requirements;
clear details of any minimum essential requirements, such as compulsory attendance or
compulsory completion of some or all of the assessment tasks;
instructions on how, where and/or to whom students should submit their assessment tasks
and whether a cover sheet is required.
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OTHER UNIT INFORMATION Comment [D20]: As well as the
generic notes here, particular rules
It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you have the prerequisites or co-requisites for a governing the conduct of a unit,
including safety requirements that are
particular unit. You may not enrol in this unit if you have previously passed, or are currently specific to a discipline, must be clearly
enrolled in, any unit identified as incompatible with this unit. If you do not meet these stated here together with the
consequences for non-compliance (see
requirements, then you must see your Course Coordinator. http://my.acu.edu.au/110808).
Expectations about elearning can also
You should also become very familiar with the Student Tutorials in Blackboard, since almost all be placed here. For example, you may
want to indicate that students are
ACU units now utilise online learning: see http://www.acu.edu.au/150935. expected to check for emails and
announcements in their Blackboard unit
STUDENT FEEDBACK AND CHANGES TO UNIT at least once a week.
Comment [D21]: A statement is
required outlining how the unit has
been modified in response to student
evaluation. Please provide 2-3 points.
Modifications might be as basic as
updating readings, re-sequencing of
content, or changes to assessment.
ALLOCATING FINAL RESULT GRADES
Final Result Notation Range Descriptor Comment [D22]: Including this table
is a matter for your academic
Grade Guide (%) judgement as LIC, but many staff find it
High HD 85-100 Clear attainment of all learning outcomes, with complete a helpful guide for students. You still
need to provide clear definitions of what
Distinction and comprehensive understanding of the unit content, constitutes HD, DI, CR etc. for each
development of relevant skills and intellectual initiative to assignment task.
an extremely high level.
Distinction DI 75-84 Substantial attainment of most learning outcomes, with a
high level of understanding of the unit content and
development of relevant analytical and interpretative
skills to a high level.
Credit CR 65-74 Sound attainment of some major learning outcomes,
with good understanding of unit content and
development of relevant skills.
Pass PA 50-64 Satisfactory attainment of a range of learning outcomes,
with basic understanding of unit content and
development of relevant skills.
Pass PC Some attainment of learning outcomes with basic
Conceded understanding of some unit content and some skill
development. Only the HOS can allocate this grade.
Fail NN 0-49 Little or no attainment of learning outcomes, with limited
understanding of course content or skill development.
Adapted from Sadler, D. R. (2005). Interpretations of criteria based assessment and grading in
higher education. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 30:2, 175-194. The
percentage range should be used in conjunction with the descriptors.
TEXTS AND REFERENCES
RECOMMENDED REFERENCES Comment [dmr23]: Refer to the
library requirements for reference lists
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POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
It is the responsibility of ALL students to access, read and familiarise themselves with the following
ACU Policies and Regulations. These are to be found in the ACU Handbook
(http://www.acu.edu.au/136046), which is readily available in the Library or on the Internet. The
Academic Honesty Policy is very important and you must understand that plagiarism, collusion
and recycling of assignments are not acceptable. You must read the Assessment Policy and
Procedures. If you have any queries please see the Lecturer-In-Charge.
ACU Handbook (http://www.acu.edu.au/136046)
Academic Regulations and Policies (http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/136703)
Extension for an Assignment
Factors affecting Performance
Review and Appeals
Academic Honesty Policy (http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/136703)
Career Development Service (http://www.acu.edu.au/156191)
Please contact the Career Development Service on your campus via the online booking service for
individual appointments and workshops. Career Service can assist you with finding employment,
preparing resume and employment application and preparation for interviews.
Conduct and Responsibilities (http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/136703)
Acceptable Use of IT Facilities (http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/34895)
Assessment Policy and Procedures (http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/136703)
Completion of Assessment Tasks
Group Work and Collaborative Assessment
Personal Circumstances Affecting Assessment
Submission, Collection and Retention of Assessment Tasks
Resubmission of Assessment Tasks
Deferred Examinations – refer to Examination Policy and Procedures
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Student Support (http://www.acu.edu.au/137058)
Staff in the various units of the Office of Student Success offer assistance to all students. If you
are experiencing difficulties with learning, life issues or pastoral/spiritual concerns, or have a
disability/medical condition which may impact on your studies, you are advised to notify the
Lecturer-In-Charge, Course Coordinator and/or one of the services listed below as soon as
Academic Skills (http://www.acu.edu.au/17396)
Online Booking (http://www.acu.edu.au/150366)
The Academic Skills Unit offers a variety of services, including workshops (on topics such as
assignment writing, time management, reading strategies, referencing, etc.), drop-in sessions,
group appointments, and individual consultations. It has a 24-hour online booking system for
individual or group consultations.
Counselling Service (http://www.acu.edu.au/43918)
The Counselling Service is a free, voluntary, confidential and non-judgmental service open to all
students. It is staffed by qualified social workers or registered psychologists.
Equity and Disability (http://www.acu.edu.au/43926)
Please contact the Equity and Disability Unit as early as possible if you need education
adjustments because of a disability or chronic medical condition.
Campus Ministry (http://www.acu.edu.au/137224)
Campus Ministry offers pastoral care, spiritual leadership and opportunities for you to be involved
with community projects.
Indigenous Education Units (http://www.acu.edu.au/43448)
The Indigenous Education Units on each campus provide information and support for students.
Online learning materials are available for you.
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