Gold Coast

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

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

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1read and critically analyse a range of texts
2construct a coherent argument
3write and reference competently in scholarly work
4understand the value of writing as communication.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. read and critically analyse a range of texts
  2. construct a coherent argument
  3. write and reference competently in scholarly work
  4. understand the value of writing as communication.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

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

Teaching and assessment


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

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