SSC900 - Academic Writing and Communication

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Jane Allardyce

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Must be enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research Program

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

Content

This unit will focus on the development of high level written and communication skills that are integral to the research process. Students will gain an understanding of the essential elements of academic and scientific writing, including clarity, precision and the use of discipline-specific structure and style. Effective writing and editing strategies will be examined and applied, including planning, drafting, editing and proofreading. Students will be encouraged to begin writing early in their candidature through a series of writing exercises aimed at improving skills in rhetoric, expositional sequences and authorial voice. They will develop and implement skills in critical analysis of the relevant literature and will have the opportunity to be guided through the process of writing and refining a completed draft of their literature review for the confirmation of candidature document.

This unit is a zero credit point unit and will be assessed as pass/fail. Satisfactory completion of all assessment tasks is required. If an assessment is not of a satisfactory standard, the Unit Chair will assist you in identifying where improvements can be made until a satisfactory assessment is achieved.

Assessment

Writing exercises (4 x 10%) 40%, self-assessment journal 10%, literature review 50%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% in the literature review.