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Academic English for University Studies (AE)

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective command of the English language;
  • Take notes from lectures and organise them appropriately;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range, focus and assessment of subjects at university;
  • Use a word processor to present written material;
  • Locate and download material from the internet and computer database;
  • Retrieve information from the university library;
  • Present written material in accepted academic formats;
  • Prepare for and organise their time in examinations;
  • Work as a member of a team to investigate an issue;
  • Lead a seminar discussion;
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Analyse and discuss a range of contemporary issues that affect Australian society and the world as a whole.

Course outline

Semester One

In semester one, students develop many sub-skills through controlled tasks. Skills include paraphrasing, summarising and quoting, reading (to skim texts and scan for specific information), listening (to develop note taking and summarising skills), and speaking (to develop the ability to present views, critique others’ views and provide justifications). Students are expected to write both short and long descriptive and discursive genres.

Semester Two

In semester two, students build on the skills developed in semester one. Skills include writing to critically analyse, reading for the purposes of writing a report, listening to more authentic lecture style tasks. Speaking skills which enable full discussion on complex social issues are also developed. Students are expected to research and write both short and long discursive and investigative genres.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD194ENG01A Employ English language skills commensurate with academic purpose
  • BSBCMM401A Make a presentation
  • CUFRES401A Conduct research

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment 
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Paraphrasing, quoting and referencing

 5%

B

Occupational health and safety (OHS)

  Assessment for competency only

C

Research essay

10%

D

Semester One Examination

30%

 

Total

45%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

E

Seminar

 5%

F

Research Report Introduction

 5%

G

Research Report

10%

H

Research Report Presentation

 5%

I

Study Plan

Assessment for competency only

J

Semester Two Examination

30%

 

Total

55%