Academic and Professional Communications - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Academic written assignment (40%) , Assignment 2 - Oral Presentation (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HUM100 Engaging in the Humanities.

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills, and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful learning.

This unit is part of the Humanities Pathway.

OUA Pathways recommends the best units to start your studies, even if you're not sure which course you want to do. Each pathway includes four units based on your area of interest, plus the option to study preparatory units for free (PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing). Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of courses in your area of interest. Plus, each of the units you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen course.

Learn more about OUA Pathways.

This unit is considered academically equivalent to BAS100 in the below courses, do not enrol in both units if you are completing either of the below:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture)

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University unit you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your unit grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. find, evaluate and synthesize information in specific contexts for scholarly and research purposes
  2. demonstrate critical, logical and reflective thinking skills appropriate to university study
  3. complete a piece of academic writing that demonstrates an understanding of academic integrity in integrating print and/or visual texts
  4. articulate understandings of the language, concepts and practices of the learning context, and of themselves as students
  5. write and speak in clear, correct language appropriate to the discipline.
  • Assignment 1 — Academic written assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Oral Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Discipline-based Project (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Reflective Journal (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • BAS100 — Communication for Built Environment
  • CME102 — Communication for Built Environment
  • HUM100 — Engaging in the Humanities
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Academic research
2Academic referencing
3Language for audience and purpose
4Essay writing
5The drafting process
6Reflective and critical thinking
7Verbal and non-verbal communication
8Clear, concise language use
9Language for professional contexts
10Intercultural communications
11Cultural contexts

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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