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SSC900 - Academic Writing and Communication


2022 unit information

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Last updated: 4 March 2022

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):0
EFTSL value:0.000
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Melissa Oxley



Must be enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research Program

Incompatible with:


Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning.


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. 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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify essential elements of academic writing including conventions and style.

GLO2: Communication


Apply well developed written language skills to produce work targeted to a specific audience.

GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management


Locate, critically analyse and evaluate relevant literature in their field of research.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management


Integrate academic writing skills and critical analysis to refine and synthesise literature for research.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Writing exercises  Four written reports, 1,000-word maximum 40% (4 x 10%) Weeks 4 and 6
Self-assessment journal Written responses to posed questions 10% Week 8
Literature review Literature review 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% in the literature review.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SSC900 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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