2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1read and critically analyse a range of textsIntellectual rigour
2search, retrieve and evaluate scholarly materialLifelong learning
3construct a coherent argument in essay formCommunication and social skills
4write and reference competently in scholarly workCommunication and social skills
5understand the importance of academic integrityIntellectual rigour
6understand the value of writing as communication.Lifelong learning

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

  1. read and critically analyse a range of texts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. search, retrieve and evaluate scholarly material
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. construct a coherent argument in essay form
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. write and reference competently in scholarly work
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. understand the importance of academic integrity
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  6. understand the value of writing as communication.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment


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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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