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FS0306 - Academic Communications 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Division of Tropical Environments & Societies

In this subject, students are guided in their reading of academic texts. The structures of texts are explained; vocabulary is clarified, and students are required to engage with the texts and find the key ideas, arguments and information. Students discuss the concepts and ideas using the new vocabulary. Students are given practice in writing up these ideas and information in short answer and paragraph length responses to comprehension and analysis questions on texts, and by writing reports and essays. Students are taught how to research and evaluate sources; read and take notes; paraphrase and quote; cite and reference; plan and write reports and essays. Throughout the subject, students use written and spoken texts as sources of information, where students practise their listening and reading skills. Students develop their speaking skills through tutorial discussion and when presenting their group reports. Students are taught to review their writing and correct grammatical and lexical errors (editing).

Learning Outcomes

  • write and speak communicatively at a university level, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary;
  • interpret and organise material effectively from various articles and demonstrate an ability to summarise succinctly;
  • produce different types of reports, using appropriate language and writing style;
  • demonstrate an ability to research and reference appropriately by producing a research essay.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Group
  • Written Report - (15%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Nil

Assumed
Knowledge:
Students will have basic knowledge in expressing their ideas in an academic setting.
Prerequisites: FS0300

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.