Compulsory University Courses

Course Descriptions

All students admitted to an undergraduate Bachelor Degree Programme are required to complete these four University courses.


UU100          Communications & Information Literacy                                                             

Prerequisites: Admission into Undergraduate Programme

Semester 1: B at L and O at C                                       Semester 2: B at L and O at C

UU100 is one of the four compulsory generic courses being offered by USP and is to be taken in the first year of full-time study and before enrolling in 200 and 300 level courses. The aim of this course is to ensure that all incoming students develop knowledge and competence in the use of computers and information resources. The course covers fundamental concepts of computers and their applications and addresses the broader imperative for students to develop the capacity to effectively locate, access, evaluate and use information effectively.

UU114            English Language Skills for Tertiary Studies

Prerequisites:  Admission into Undergraduate Programme

Semester 1: B at L, LAB, LTK, K, TON & E and O & P at C  Semester 2: B at L, LAB, LTK, K, TON & E and O & P at C 

This is a core course for all undergraduate students, which must be completed in the first year of full-time study and before enrolling in 200 and 300 level courses. It supports the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing through English in academic contexts, specifically at tertiary level. The course develops critical engagement with authentic materials from a content theme that will be of broad relevance to students from all programmes. These materials are then supplemented by a strand in which students apply the skills covered in the course to an independent research-based assignment that relates to a topic from their own discipline.

UU200          Ethics & Governance

Prerequisites: UU100 and UU114

Semester 1: F & B at L and B & O at C*                     Semester 2: F & B at L and B & O at C*

This generic course offers an exploratory and interdisciplinary insight into ethics and the ethics of governance. It introduces students to ethical theories and philosophies (in terms of virtues, consequences and duties) and links these to structures of governance, in particular, self, political, corporate, and global governance. The theoretical framework is then used to delve into the fascinating and controversial field of applied ethics, ranging through the law, corporate and workplace ethics, social justice issues and controversial ethical dilemmas. Students will be encouraged to think critically, develop self-awareness and make responsible ethical decisions in personal, professional and applied contexts.

UU204          Pacific Worlds

Prerequisites: UU100 and UU114

Semester 1: O at C                                                          Semester 2: O at C

In this course you will be introduced to the places, histories, cultures, arts and politics of Oceania. Our interdisciplinary approach weaves together first-hand information from people of the area, supplemented with historical writings, contemporary documents and visual representations as they relate to the region. To draw upon such a range of diverse knowledge requires a navigational concept and in this class we engage the model of the waka or canoe to steer our course through five thematic areas of learning and knowing.

UU100A is the Information Literacy component of UU100 and is required to be taken by students majoring in CS or IS and students enrolled in the BE programme. Students are required to complete UU100A before progressing to second year of studies. It is fully online and offered free of charge.

UU100A       Communications & Information Literacy                                                             

Prerequisites: Admission into Undergraduate Programme

Semester 1: O at C                                                          Semester 2: and O at C

This course is designed to address the broader imperative for students to develop their capacity to locate, access, evaluate and use information efficiently and effectively. These facets are closely aligned with the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework.


EL001            English Language Skills

Prerequisites: Admission into Undergraduate Programme

Semester 1: F at L                                                            Semester 2: P at C

The broad aim of the course is to enable first year students to improve their English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, in the context of their fields of study. Students will participate in a variety of interactive language learning tasks, practising the targeted skills and receiving feedback and guidance from teachers. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce and understand both spoken and written English more accurately, fluently and appropriately.


Listening skills: – follow spoken instructions – understand lectures accurately – take useful notes from lectures.

Speaking skills: – speak clearly in tutorials and seminars – prepare and deliver a tutorial presentation – incorporate visuals in presentations. Reading skills: – read more efficiently – use strategies to understand books and journal articles – understand how ideas are linked together – make useful notes while reading – read critically.

Writing skills: – use grammar and vocabulary more accurately – proof-read and edit drafts – organise and link ideas logically – write clear, unified texts that are easy for readers to understand – summarise texts accurately, analyse and write accurate data commentaries.

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