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EAP7382 Applied Communication - Level B

Full Year, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Robyn Pigozzo
Moderator: Clare Robinson

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.


Students entering into Business, Commerce or Psychology need to apply their communication skills and to think critically in order to participate in lectures and tutorials and to successfully complete assessment tasks. Students also need to be numerate and have basic understanding of functual relationships and classification of data if they are to operate successfully at the tertiary level. This course is designed to allow students to: practice using both academic English and academic numeracy in the macro skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking; develop confidence and reduce anxiety in both academic English and numeracy; develop critical thinking through in a variety of problem solving sessions.


The course consists of a series of group oriented problem solving sessions where students practice reading, writing, listening, speaking and academic numeracy skills. Students will submit reports, worksheets and learning activities designed around the degree students wish to enter.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. organise and present information in a variety of forms and translate from one to another (such as oral, written, symbolic, pictorial and graphical); (Stock market oral presentation, Problem solving quizzes, Stock market written report, Class Survey and Analysis, Revision worksheet)
  2. select and use appropriate problem solving or mathematical procedures in a range of situations (Final Test)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of selected academic numeracy topics essential for tertiary study; (My Math Test 1-4. Problem solving quizzes)
  4. demonstrate an ability to select and use appropriate technology such as calculators and computers with selected software; (My Math Test 1-4, Problem solving quizzes, Stock market oral and written report)
  5. communicate quantitative terms and symbols accurately and appropriately. (MyMathTest 1-4, Problem solving quizzes, Stock market oral presentation, Stock market written report, Class Survey and Analysis, Revision worksheet )
  6. use accepted spelling, punctuation and grammar in written grammar. (Stock market written report, Final test)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Interpreting and writing about charts, tables and graphs. 25.00
2. Introduction to report writing in practice 10.00
3. Reading and writing about quantitative information. 25.00
4. Critical thinking (interpreting and solving logic problems, analysing Journal articles and reports) 15.00
5. Everyday statistics and probability (language of probability and statistics, data collection, classification, interpretation and display. 25.00

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. (

  • Pigozzo, R et al 2007, Applied Communication: Problem Solving Book, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Students are expected to have a scientific calculator.

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.
  • 2007, Applied Communication Level A Book 1, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • 2007, Applied Communication Level A/B Book 2, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 22.00
Directed Study 55.00
Private Study or Assignments 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Class Survey and Analysis 24 5 TBA
My Math Test 20 6 TBA
My Math Test 2 20 6 TBA
My Math Test 3 20 6 TBA
My Math Test 4 20 6 TBA
Problem Solving Quizzes 40 12 TBA
Revision Worksheet 50 10 TBA
Stock Market Oral Presentation 100 5 TBA
Stock Market Written Report 100 14 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. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive 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 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 the 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 discression of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have acheived the required standard. It is expected that such students have gained at least 40% of the total weighted marks available for this 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 marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Examinations in this course are restricted examinations. In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. the only materials that candidates can use in the Restricted Examination for this course are : writing materials; calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their exam paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination; 1 A4 page of handwritten or typed notes (written on both sides).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Defeerred or Supplementary examination will be held within four weeks following the exmaination 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 during the course of the study. 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.

Other requirements

  1. Mathematics review sessions require you to work through a series of Worksheets to demonstrate your understanding of mathematic topics.

  2. Problem solving sessions consists of different activities each week. Students must participate actively in the group work of the problem solving sessions. Students must also submit written work as required.