Commencing Australia Awards Scholarship recipients must enrol and participate in the IAP before the semester starts. The Program is coordinated by Student Development International. It includes general information sessions and familiarises new students with the demands of the Australian academic environment with an emphasis on academic skills needed to make a smooth transition to study in Australia.
The IAP covers academic English and communication skills including written, oral and learning components and you will also learn about managing your studies at a postgraduate level.
The program further provides you with library skills as well as computing courses consisting of contact hours in computing labs to give you relevant skills for your learning and/or research needs at UNSW.
The IAP includes participation and attendance in the International Student Briefing Day. Again, please be advised that attendance at all components of the IAP is compulsory for all Australia Awards Scholarship recipients including weekend excursions.
The IAP for Term 3, 2019 will be held from Wednesday, 14 August until Tuesday, 10 September 2019.
T3, 2019 IAP schedule is here (PDF)
Below are outlines of the subjects covered:
Building cultural competencies for student life.
Cultural transition is very important in your successful orientation to university and settling into the wider community.
This module comprises of campus and community orientation, Australian cultural awareness, personal skills to succeed, and IAP connect discussion sessions.
English language assessment
IAP students sit the online Password English proficiency test, which includes a writing component. This test is internationally recognised and provides feedback on students’ current level of English language skills.
On the basis of this test, students may be referred to attend a grammar classes or recommended to take advantage of the Learning Centre, English language conversation classes, or other measures to improve their English.
The test is conducted in a computer laboratory and students are notified of their results within a few days.
Academic learning skills
Many students require guidance in preparing academic work because of unfamiliarity with appropriate genre and language.
This module includes academic skills overview, orientation to a specific academic environment, institution perspectives and study requirements, critical analysis, analytical thinking and professional writing.
The Computing courses are designed to give students computing and software application skills that are relevant to their needs at university. The emphasis of all components is on practical skills. The course material will be delivered in the computer laboratory where students will gain hands on experience.
- Microsoft Word skills
- Advanced Microsoft Word skills
- PowerPoint skills
- Microsoft Excel skills
- Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
Library and online learning tools
The Library Skills module will give you an introduction to the UNSW Library and the online services and resources available to you. The emphasis is on practical skills development that will facilitate impactful research in support of your scholarly output.
UNSW utilises a suite of centrally provided eLearning technologies that support learning and teaching. This module will also introduce you to:
- Moodle learning management system
- Lecture recording systems
- Blackboard Collaborate
- Maple TA
- Questionmark Perception