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 foundation unit provide students with an orientation to both their discipline and academic study at higher education. Students will be orientated to the class space and the teaching and learning philosophy of the Discipline of Counselling. Students will receive readings related to their discipline and will be taught the skills that are relevant to their success in higher education. In this unit, students will undertake a text analysis exercise and will develop the skills to plan, structure and write two short essays, one in an academic style, and the other in a reflective style. The use of Turn-It-In as a self-assessment tool in academic writing will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the information and technology communication (ICT) skills required for study success.

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 the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


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.