Academic Literacy Skills - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2016: Continuous
  • Availability for 2017: Continuous
  • Assessment: Assignments - Written assignments (80%) , Exercises - Practice Exercises - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 820.00
International 970.00

This unit prepares you for writing assignments at a tertiary level. The unit focuses on developing your communication and written skills that are necessary to be successful in the university environment. The unit helps you develop the necessary skills you need for essay writing and research reports, summarising readings, editing your work, citing works and referencing of articles, journals and internet resources.

This unit includes individual tutorial support with an experienced high school English teacher. Tutorial support is via email, phone and an online classroom with discussion forums. There is also a Unilearn Student Support Officer available to help you throughout your study. This unit provides 3 preparatory credits towards you QCE.

The unit has flexible enrolment dates to meet your needs. Start your study when you want and complete the unit any time within the 12 month enrolment window. This unit is equivalent to year 11/12 English Communication. This unit requires a minimum of 220 hours or 13 weeks to complete. The 13-week option is only available to you if you complete the unit in the online classroom. For international students, an additional $150 is applied to your unit for postage and handling of overseas materials. The cost of the textbook is not included in the unit price.

The final exam is not included in the unit price. The cost of the exam is $75 (International exams $150). For more information please call the Student Advisor team on 13OPEN (13 6736) or visit

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and progress tests. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete in an accelerated timeframe.

This Unit Covers:

Chapter 1: First principles

  • Language Builder Section 1: Unit 1 - The basic sentence

Chapter 2: The importance of main ideas

  • Language Builder Section 1: Unit 2 – Main units of meaning (MUMs) in combination

Chapter 3: Ways of organising text Part 1

  • Language Builder Section 1: Unit 3 – Adding supporting units of meaning (SUMs)

Chapter 4: Ways of organising test Part 2

  • Language Builder Section 1: Unit 4 – Review: Indicating relationships by using the various combinations of MUMs and SUMs

Chapter 5: Analysing & summarising text Part 1

  • Language Builder Section 2: Unit 1- Style

Chapter 6: Analysing & summarising text Part 2

  • Language Builder Section 2: Unit 2 – Style

Chapter 7: Writing your own essay Part 1 – Analysing the question

Chapter 8: Writing your own essay Part 2 – Researching the topic

Chapter 9: Writing your own essay Part 3 – Planning & drafting

Chapter 10: Writing your own essay Part 4 – Editing & referencing

  • Assignments — Written assignments (80%)
  • Exercises — Practice Exercises
  • Optional Provider Exam — Invigilation by provider (20%)

This unit does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you are self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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