Unit description

Introduces students to active practices of reading and writing, different forms of writing and critical reading strategies that will enable them to analyse and critique meanings in the written word. Reading and writing skills are introduced with a particular emphasis on critical thinking and essay writing as forms of academic practice.

Unit content

  • Orality and literacy
  • The reading-writing nexus
  • Literacy and the politics of writing
  • Critical literacy and critical thinking
  • New literacies
  • Future literacies
  • Dangerous writing
  • Rhetoric and persuasion
  • Language and expression
  • Across the disciplines

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Grellier, J & Goerke, V, 2014, Communications Toolkit, 3rd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170243612.

Session 2

  • Grellier, J & Goerke, V, 2014, Communications Toolkit, 3rd, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170243612.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (3 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Assessment
Online orientation and posting a paragraph10%
Critical evaluation20%
Portfolio30%
Essay40%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (3 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour  (8 weeks)
Assessment
Online orientation and posting a paragraph10%
Critical evaluation20%
Portfolio30%
Essay40%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Online orientation and posting a paragraph10%
Critical evaluation20%
Portfolio30%
Essay40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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