Unit description

Introduces students to the culture of academic enquiry and the conventions of written communication at university. The skills developed in this unit focus on critical thinking and analysis, academic reading, academic writing, academic integrity, information literacy and research skills.

Unit content

  • Role of evidence in the culture of writing in the university context
  • Reading and summarising
    • Question analysis
    • Efficient reading
    • Readings from different genres
    • Paraphrasing, summarising and quoting
    • Referencing
  • Preparation to write an essay
    • Searching for, evaluating and comprehending sources
    • Preparing an annotated bibliography
    • What is an essay?
    • Essay plan - Writing an essay
    • Structure of an essay and the nature of building an argument
    • Writing introduction, paragraphs, conclusion and reference list
    • Reflecting on academic essay writing.

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

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hours (Twice per week for 12 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography20%
Essay plan portfolio35%
Essay45%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hours (Twice per week for 12 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography20%
Essay plan portfolio35%
Essay45%

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hours (Twice per week for 12 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography20%
Essay plan portfolio35%
Essay45%

Online

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography20%
Essay plan portfolio35%
Essay45%
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

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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