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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides the key concepts, theories and practical applications associated with the preparation you will need to enter postgraduate studies at La Trobe University. This subject will assist you in developing your English language skills for university assessment tasks and professional business communication. You will be provided with the knowledge and an understanding of the expectations around developing the skills required to read, write and communicate verbally according to the demands required for post graduate study. The Business English component is based on the La Trobe Melbourne L6 EFS program which prepares students for Post Graduate entry into courses at La Trobe University. Specifically the English component covers: discussion skills, paraphrasing skills, research essay practice, critical thinking skills. literature review referencing skills and formal writing.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesResearch, read, discuss and complete a set of tasks, group work and select and summarise a range of articles and prepare for discussion in class.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Academic Culture. A student's guide to studying at university

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJean Brick


Edition/Volume3rd Edition

PublisherMacmillan Publishers, South Yarra


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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Essential study skills. The complete guide to success @ university

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBurns, T & Sinfield, S.


Edition/Volume4th Edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Lead a discussion and defend or critique an argument in a seminar setting.
02. Design a short research piece according to ethical and academic integrity guidelines and using appropriate research methods. Present and defend research.
03. Understand the cultural norms of an Australian / English speaking university, including the role of supervisors, lecturers and other teaching staff, and the collaborative nature of knowledge building.
04. Understand the role of individuals within a group situation and of group dynamics.
05. Understand the expectations of independent learning, particularly at a postgraduate level.
06. Develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of academic texts and readings.

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