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EAP7340 Academic English Skills

Full Year, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Rosemary Taylor
Moderator: Robyn Pigozzo

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: English Proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 5.5 plus completion overseas or in Australia of Senior High School or Post-secondary diploma or first year degree or equivalent work experience.


A need has been recognised for students from non-English speaking backgrounds to gain skills in English for academic purposes and develop strategies to equip them for undergraduate study prior to entering an Australian university. The skills particularly of reading, writing, listening and speaking require specialised attention as well as strategies to facilitate the acquisition of those skills.


There are three parts to the course; each part is conducted simultaneously. Students develop reading skills by processing a range of texts typical of undergraduate reading styles. They also develop academic expository writing skills. The section on listening and speaking develops skills in participating in tutorial presentations at first year university level.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Read with comprehension and have knowledge of the written structure and range of articles and other texts; (Reading Assessment Items 1, 2& Final Test)
  2. Write stylistically appropriate paragraphs and analyse the structure of written text ; (writing Assessment Items 1, 2 & Final Test)
  3. Speak, listen and respond in English appropriately on a range of issues for university tutorial audiences; prepare, organise and present a tutorial; present a short, formal and correctly structured talk to an audience (Speaking/Listening Assessment Items 1, 2 & Final Test)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading Module 1-2: Effective reading techniques, reading strategies, layout features of text and textbooks, Analysing structure of expository writing introductions, body and conclusions 12.00
2. Reading module 3-4: Analysing discourse markers, logical relationship in text, application of text structure in reading, writing to make explicit logical relationship in text, skill development through set activities. 30.00
3. Writing Module 1: Analysis of academic writing style, Formality, objectivity and credibility. 5.00
4. Writing Module 2: Analysis of paragraph structure,introductory sentences, topic sentences, explanatory detail and supporting details, concluding and linking sentences; writing linear paragraphs and paragraphs that express two points of view. Expressing and acknowledging sections of text in own words as a strategy to clarify text (paraphrased paragraphs with in-text reference). 20.00
5. Speaking and Listening Modules 1-3:
1. Preparing and managing a tutorial focused on a current social issue to facilitate listening to audio material and generate group discussion about current social issues. Delivering verbal summaries of topics discussed in the group to a larger audience.
2. Using spoken language and non-verbal communication to make a short, clearly structured presentation about a social or environmental issue, using power point.
3.Taking notes and answering comprehension questions from listening activities. Developing strategies to assist listening in an academic context.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • 2010, EAP7340 Study Package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • EAP7430 Study package available from USQ bookshop.

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 81.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Final SPEAKING 25 10 TBA

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 satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. 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 working 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 complete all of the summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in each examination and at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Students who do not qualify for a Passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be awarded a Supplementary Examination. It is expected that such students have gained at least 40% of the total weighted 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 are two (2) examinations in this course. The Reading and Writing examination is a Closed Examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing instruments into this examination. The Speaking examination is an Open Examination. Candidates may have access to any material during the 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 read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

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.