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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Language
    • Building blocks
    • Sentences
    • Paragraphs
    • Argument/reading
    • Analysis/note-taking
    • Precis/synopsis
    • Argument
    • Composition
    • Working with sources
    • Drafting
    • Editing
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Quizzes
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

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

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

This subject 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 subject will be of particular relevance to students in all areas of humanities and social sciences.

  • Outline plan, bibliography (30%)
  • Workbook (30%)
  • Essay (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

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