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EAP7350 The Language of Research

Full Year, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Sang-Soon Park
Moderator: Robyn Pigozzo

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Completion of a Bachelor degree or equivalent, or work experience relating to the area of research interest equivalent to a Bachelors degree. English language proficiency equivalent to at least IELTS Band 5.5-6.0


It is important for students seeking to pursue postgraduate degrees in Australian universities to gain proficiency in the language of research. They must understand research publications well enough to critically reflect upon them, which includes not only and understanding of research specific vocabulary, but also strategies for attending to subtle nuances of expression. Furthermore, postgraduate students need to be able to communicate about their own research clearly and effectively in several different research-specific genres of both written and oral communication.


This is an English language course designed around the topics of the philosophy and practice of research in general, in order to develop students proficiency in using the English language for research. Students will also engage in structured learning activities in their own academic disciplines in order to develop their discipline-specific English language competency. Students will learn and practice using the different writing and oral presentation styles common to research.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate in the English language:

  1. A sound understanding of the meaning and use of general research vocabulary, and vocabulary specific to their own fields of research interest (Ass 2, 4, 5 & 6, Final Test).
  2. A sound understanding of the structures of different writing and speaking styles used in research (Ass 1-4, Final Test).
  3. Competence in writing and speaking about research clearly and accurately (Ass 1-6, Final Test).
  4. Competence in critically evaluating written research publications (Ass 4).
  5. Competence in appropriate academic literacy in the four macro-skills (Ass 1-6, Final Test).


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is research? - Introduction to styles 10.00
2. Ethics and the researcher's roles - Ethics application 5.00
3. Research topics and problems - Research proposal 5.00
4. Research questions - Oral presentation 10.00
5. Literature reviews - Literature Review 15.00
6. Research methods - Abstract 15.00
7. Data collection techniques - Journal article 15.00
8. Data analysis techniques - Conference paper 15.00
9. Implications and limitations - Thesis 1 5.00
10. Non-traditional research - Thesis 2 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 2009, EAP7350 Study Book Package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 240.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Final Test 20 20 TBA (see note 3)
READING LOG 20 20 TBA (see note 5)

  1. Assignment 5: Abstract for a conference paper or journal article
  2. Assignment 4: Critical review of a published research article
  3. Final Test
  4. Assignment 3: Oral presentation of a research design for a proposed research project
  5. Assignment 6: Reading Log
  6. Assignment 1: Plain English summary of a research project
  7. Assignment 2: Topic, problem and research questions for a proposed research project

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled class sessions and ensure their attendance is registered with the staff member in charge of the activity. An exception to this attendance level may be made by the university where the student can produce documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates compassionate and compelling circumstances. In this case attendance of at least 70% of the scheduled class sessions will be acceptable. It is the students' responsibility to access information regarding course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. All assignment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the semester in which the course is offered. Students may be required to resubmit an assignment that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without an approved extension of time then a penalty of 5% of the total marks available for the assignments may apply for each day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all of the summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in the Final Test and at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the summative assessment items. Students who do not qualify for a passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the examiner that they have achieved the required standard. It is expected that such students have gained at least 40% of the total marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the mark obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is a restricted examination for this course. Students are permitted to bring one A4 page of prepared notes approved by the tutor and a one page bibliography into the examination. These must be submitted with the essay examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held within four weeks following the examination period by arrangement with the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should also read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6 Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL
    // or in the current USQ Handbook.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner. In accordance with the University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.