Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is a 'welcome to country' that introduces students to the shared learning space that is The University of Western Australia. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The unit looks at the local, national and global contexts of Indigenous peoples. Students consider where the University is located and share in the Noongar story of the place. They explore Aboriginal people in a national context and Indigenous people globally. Students are introduced to a range of protocols relevant to their professional and disciplinary contexts. There are four sections to the unit—(1) Noongar people and the custodianship of country; (2) language, culture and history of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia; (3) Indigenous world views; and (4) cultural literacy in professional contexts. This is a mandatory and informational unit. It provides and tests foundational understandings and knowledge of Indigenous Australians. The unit is non-credit, wholly online and self-paced.

0 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) gain an introductory understanding of Noongar people and country; (2) gain an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal knowledge, values and culture; (3) become familiar with basic principles and protocols underpinning ethical practice and working with Indigenous peoples and communities; (4) begin to understand the need to be culturally literate in local and global professional contexts; and (5) identify sources of assistance that can be used to gain further understanding of issues surrounding protocols and practices relating to Indigenous peoples in local, national and global contexts.


This comprises an online quiz (100 per cent). A database of questions addresses all sections of the module. Ten questions are randomly selected each time a student attempts the quiz. Students are permitted to attempt the quiz as often as they wish to achieve the required 80 per cent pass mark.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Kevin Taylor
Contact hours
self-paced online module
Students can only access this unit via the Learning Management System.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.