Subject details

Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of, and skills in applying, the principles, techniques and scholarly conventions of academic writing and editing;
  2. use appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, methods of paragraph construction, referencing and presentation in written tasks;
  3. identify and apply research procedures that inform academic writing, including use of library resources, keyword searches, compilation of bibliographies, and note-taking; and
  4. plan, draft and develop short academic essays, taking account of feedback and applying the techniques for editing structure and content.
    • Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Overview Notes
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
  • OtherDetails -

    It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their subjects.

    UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at:

This subject provides a working knowledge of written communication skills in an academic context and is suitable for any undergraduate course. Class work focuses on research strategies, language usage and essay writing. Students should be proficient in English and are expected to achieve basic word processing competency in their own time. Please note that this is not a creative writing, remedial or ESL subject. The focus is on formal writing for academic purposes. This subject has an online component. Students are expected to submit online answers to regular grammar quizzes.

Assignment 1: Short Exercise. 600 words. Three paragraphs of 200 words each. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 Assignment 2: Short Essay. 1000 words. Five paragraphs. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 Assignment 3: Long Essay. 1400 words. Seven paragraphs. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 Online Assessment. Regular online quizzes (10 in total). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-2

  • Short Exercise (15%)
  • Short Essay (25%)
  • Long Essay (50%)
  • Online Assessment (10%)