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

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    • Additional materials

This unit provides an introduction to the distinctive conventions and practices of writing for university assessment. It focuses primarily on the academic essay, especially on the strategies successful academic writers use to incorporate information and viewpoints from existing sources, while at the same time forming and expressing their own independent viewpoint. It is essential training for students in navigating their way through existing knowledge without plagiarising. The unit is of particular relevance to students in all areas of the humanities and social sciences who are required to understand the research essay as a genre. Such students must write a research essay. However, if also caters for people in business and health through the inclusion of a module to enable the understanding of critical thinking skills in those disciplines in report writing formats. Students enrolled in health or business programs may therefore opt to write a report; students in humanities and social science programs must write a research essay.

  • Research Proposal (30%)
  • (15%)
  • (40%)
  • Punctuation and Grammar (15%)

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