Subject details

  • Topics
    • Optimising your learning and studying style
    • Reading critically- learning reflectively
    • What do we mean by 'academic'
    • Academic knowledge and evaluating sources
    • Academic Integrity and plagiarism
    • Plagiarism and referencing
    • Types of assignments: the argumentative essay
    • Structuring your writing: the essay & paragraph
    • Pre-writing strategies & formal writing style
    • Incorporating feedback & unpacking submission requirements
    • Writing practice and peer review
    • Polishing your essay
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay planning (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Response (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

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 subject cannot be used as credit towards a university degree. However, it is designed to enable students to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject 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 subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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