Academic Writing - 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: Essay (40%) , Exercises - Workbook (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides an introduction to practices of writing. The unit explores three aspects of communication: language, critical thinking and composition. It focuses on the strategies successful writers use to incorporate information and viewpoints from existing sources, while at the same time forming and expressing their own independent viewpoint. The unit will be of particular relevance to students in all areas of humanities and social sciences.

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

  1. write clear and concise prose
  2. write a successful academic essay
  3. use critical thinking in reading and writing texts
  4. work with sources
  5. reference accurately
  6. be informed about ethical use of sources and plagiarism
  7. plan, draft and edit text
  8. discern and create an argument
  9. understand the basic structures of effective communication.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Exercises — Workbook (30%)
  • Planning Assessment — Outline plan, bibliography (30%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Building blocks
10Working with sources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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