GEN173 Preparing for University Study (8)

This subject promotes a positive transition to the university learning environment for students planning to undertake any undergraduate degree at Charles Sturt University. The aim of the subject is to prepare students for the academic requirements of an undergraduate degree, and the implications and significance of pursuing university studies. The focus is on students acquiring foundational knowledge and applied skills necessary for academic success, including time management, academic integrity, basic computer literacy, independent learning skills, skills to understand and complete assessment tasks and career planning. It is expected to improve students' familiarity with university systems and boost their confidence in undertaking their chosen undergraduate degree.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GEN173. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and reflect on the university learning and support services to assist university study;
  • be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively;
  • be able to develop essential information literacy skills to support learning and use CSU systems in the process;
  • be able to illustrate skills to effectively prepare for and perform in examinations;
  • be able to develop strategies to achieve long term career goals; and
  • be able to integrate appropriate academic integrity standards.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to university study and academic integrity
  • Develop a personal learning plan
  • Time management
  • Learning styles
  • Preparing for and studying for exams
  • Become money-wise
  • Career management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GEN173 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Time management plans
Establish career goals
Learning preferences and exam performance
Spending plan
Personal learning plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.