Subject details

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

  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Print materials

      • Book of readings
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Printable format materials


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.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject prepares you for writing assignments at a tertiary level. The subject focuses on developing your communication and written skills that are necessary to be successful in the university environment. The subject 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 subject 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 subject provides 3 preparatory credits towards you QCE.

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

The final exam is not included in the subject 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 degree 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.

  • Written assignments (80%)
  • Practice Exercises (0%)
  • Invigilation by provider (20%)

Textbook information is pending.