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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Anti-requisites

COM00334 Learning Technologies and the Academy

Unit aim

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

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

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 read and critically analyse a range of texts Intellectual rigour
2 search, retrieve and evaluate scholarly material Lifelong learning
3 construct a coherent argument in essay form Communication and social skills
4 write and reference competently in scholarly work Communication and social skills
5 understand the importance of academic integrity Intellectual rigour
6 understand 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

Prescribed texts

  • This text is essential for the course and should also help with your whole experience of study at SCU: Grellier, J & Goerke, V, 2010, Communication Skills Toolkit: Unlocking the Secrets of Tertiary Success, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170184762.

  • Grellier, J & Goerke, V, 2010, Communication Skills Toolkit: Unlocking the Secrets of Tertiary Success, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170184762.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.