sci1lal language and logic




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This core subject focuses on the development of academic literacy skills and knowledge. The subject develops the skills required to understand and engage with academic texts and academic writing through a range of printed and visual material including textbooks, newspapers, scholarly articles, blogs and documentaries. The subject also requires students to understand and practise a variety of forms of academic writing such as essays, report writing, oral presentations and research investigations for an academic and non-academic audience using suitable information sources. At the same time, the subject will encourage students to view academic literacy as one example within the broader context of cultural and social literacy practices and to reflect on the characteristics and application. This subject will draw on readings and materials from a range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, literature studies, business, agriculture and science.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA guide to learning independentlyRecommendedMarshall, L & Rowland, F 2006PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW
ReadingsAcademic culture: a student's guide to studying at universityRecommendedBrick, J 2009NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND RESEARCH, SYDNEY
ReadingsCritical thinking skills: Developing effective analysis and argumentRecommendedCottrell, S 20112ND EDN, PALGRAVE, MACMILLAN, NEW YORK
ReadingsHow to use your reading in your essaysRecommendedGodfrey, J 2009NEW YORK, PALGRAVE
ReadingsHow to write better essaysRecommendedGreetham, B 20082ND EDN, NEW YORK, PALGRAVE
ReadingsScore more: Essential academic skills for tertiary educationRecommendedAdams, P, Openshaw, R & Trembath, V 2006THOMSON DUNMORE PRESS, MELBOURNE
ReadingsSmart thinking: skills for critical understanding and writingRecommendedAllen, M 20042ND EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE
ReadingsSurvive and thrive: Skills for your first year at universityRecommendedMuller, M & Nulty, D 2011PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, SOUTH YARRA
ReadingsThe communication skills toolkit: Unlocking the secrets of tertiary successRecommendedGrelliler, J & Goerke, V 20102ND EDN, CENGAGE LEARNING, MELBOURNE
ReadingsThe complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarismRecommendedNeville, C 2007OUP, MAIDENHEAD
ReadingsThe smarter student: skills and strategies for success at universityRecommendedMcMillan, K & Weyers, J 2006PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCHS FOREST, NSW
ReadingsThe study skills handbookRecommendedCottrell, S 20083RD EDN, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, NEW YORK
ReadingsWriting logically, thinking criticallyRecommendedCooper, S & Patton, R 20106TH EDN, LONGMAN, NEW YORK

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and apply the strategies of time and stress management, planning and organisational skills

Workshops and tutorials incorporating group work and role play of relevant examples will be used. Preparation and delivery of written and oral work will be presented to peers for comment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)

02. Interpret and discuss a range of texts using oral and written critical literacy skills

Workshops and tutorials incorporating group work and role play of relevant examples will be used. Use of material ranging from academic texts and articles, electronic media and popular press will be used as examples. Presentations will use a variety of media and may include: writing, posters, electronic media, moving-image and radio developed individually or in groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. Apply relevant literacy skills to a range of academic disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, business studies and science

Workshops and tutorials incorporating group work and role play of relevant examples will be used. The importance of succinct, accurate and logical language in presenting to an audience will be emphasised.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

04. Apply knowledge of academic conventions to produce written work, oral and graphic presentations and participate in class

Lectures and workshop activities introducting students to academic conventions, presentation, essay, portfolio of writing. Group work where students can accept and provide constructive critcism will be encouraged.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Class Participation (4 in classs and 2 online discussions)2001, 02, 03, 04
Essay (1500 words)3501, 02, 03, 04
Oral Presentation (10-15minutes)1501, 02, 04
Portfolio of writing (4 x 300 words)3001, 02, 03, 04