Fundamentals of Academic Writing - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - Essay planning (40%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,299.00
International 1,549.00

The complex processes, strategies, attitudes and language that characterise academic learning, research and writing are identified, discussed, practiced and applied in relation to set tasks to build a foundation for academic success.

Please Note: This unit cannot be used as credit towards a university course. However, it is designed to enable students to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree.

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

  1. identify and implement relevant study processes, strategies and attitudes to effectively manage personal study demonstrated by completing specific learning development tasks including reflection
  2. consistently apply academic research and writing conventions and practices including information literacy, appropriate use of scholarly literature, and a formal writing style when producing written assignments
  3. construct an essay to demonstrate application of effective planning, structuring, editing and proofreading skills
  4. demonstrate competent communicative skill (in reading and writing,) in using English for academic purposes.
  • Essay — Essay planning (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Reading — Response (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Optimising your learning and studying style
2Reading critically- learning reflectively
3What do we mean by 'academic'
4Academic knowledge and evaluating sources
5Academic Integrity and plagiarism
6Plagiarism and referencing
7Types of assignments: the argumentative essay
8Structuring your writing: the essay & paragraph
9Pre-writing strategies & formal writing style
10Incorporating feedback & unpacking submission requirements
11Writing practice and peer review
12Polishing your essay

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

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