Subject details

  • Topics
    • Language
    • Building blocks
    • Sentences
    • Paragraphs
    • Argument/reading
    • Analysis/note-taking
    • Precis/synopsis
    • Argument
    • Composition
    • Working with sources
    • Drafting
    • Editing
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Quizzes
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

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.
  • Assignment 1 - Outline plan, bibliography (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Workbook (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (40%)

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

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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