This unit examines different theories, approaches, and styles of learning aimed at understanding how we learn, to develop confidence, capability, and essential skills in a tertiary and professional environment.

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Explore, evaluate, and use learning strategies
  • Identify and apply theories of learning
  • Develop and apply effective online learning skills
  • Reflect on self as a learner

Teaching methods

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
6.25 12 weeks 75
Unspecified Activities
6.25 12 weeks 75


Type Task Weighting ULO's
QuizzesIndividual 20 - 40% 1,2,4 
Reflective EssayIndividual 20 - 40% 1,2,3,4 
Written AssignmentIndividual 20 - 40% 2,3 


  • Models of online communication
  • Current learning theories
  • Identifying and evaluating sources of knowledge
  • Critical analysis skills
  • Referencing and attributing sources
  • Strategies for reflecting on your own and others’ work

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.