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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the strategic differences between academic communication and other forms of communication. Students examine the conventions of academic culture and the purposes of academic communication. Students are introduced to different academic writing genres and the conventions fundamental to academic communication within and across disciplines. They also consider the ways that accepted academic forms work to influence received knowledge and how information is constructed to meet the needs of a given audience. Students critically analyse a range of views on academic culture and academic communication modes. The students develop skills in critical reading, research, writing, editing and presentation. Assessments include an annotated bibliography, a personal statement to accompany a CV, a research essay and an oral presentation.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 0 - Enabling Program

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesComparative analysis of academic genres Development of thesis for research essay Development of personal statement Development and delivery of oral presentation. Engagement with preparatory reading tasks and in-class analysis. Research into selected topics for research essay and oral presentation In class workshop of essay plan and thesis statement (defending thesis to peer group). Development of Annotated bibliography

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in course (ETEPB or ETEPM or ETEPS or ETEPW or ETEPK) Tertiary Enabling Program


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 university

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBrick, Jean





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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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. To recognise the difference between academic modes of communication and other forms of communication.
02. To identify and apply strategies to enable effective academic communication
03. To recognise that there are different academic writing genres required for specific purposes and strategically apply the principles of each one to the appropriate instance
04. To consider information and opinions from a range of academic and media sources, and develop informed and lucid written and spoken arguments and analyses appropriate to each medium in response
05. To identify, source and organise information for research in the context of academic writing

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