BESC1001 Preparation for Academic Study

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Mode of Study: On Campus and Online Delivery

Unit Description

This foundational unit is placed in the first term of study to provide students with a solid base for continuing their academic study at the higher education level.  Students are introduced to the research and study skills necessary for academic success.  Skills such as effective reading, note taking, paraphrasing, critical thinking and academic referencing are introduced and developed.  In this unit, students are given an opportunity to plan and structure an essay or report, relevant to their degree. The use of Turn It In as a self-assessment tool in academic writing will be introduced, with an emphasis on the value for academic integrity in higher education. Students will also be introduced to the information and technology communication (ICT) skills required for online learning.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a) Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of academic writing;
b) Summarise and synthesise information;
c) Think critically, analyse, interpret, process and communicate information effectively;
d) Develop and apply effective research skills;
e) Plan, compose and review assignments;
f) Develop ICT skills required for online learning;
g) Identify the structure and organisation of an essay;
h) Develop and apply strategies to manage time and organise resources effectively

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here. 


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.