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EAP7320 Communication Processes

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Gregory Quinlivan
Moderator: Barbara Harmes

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Completion of Senior High School or Post Secondary Diploma or degree or equivalent or work experience in the country of origin. English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 5.5.


A need has been recognised nationally and within this university for communication skills prior to degree entry. The Preparatory Studies program of the Open Access College focuses on strategies basic to independent assignment writing habits. International students, whose learning strategies have previously been acquired in languages other than English, need to adapt their previous knowledge to the range of performance strategies in communication skills expected by higher education institutions in Australia.


In the course students analyse an assignment question and follow a series of steps towards completing a report and an essay. Note taking from texts develops reading and listening skills. Comprehensible communication of a theme in academic English is required by the course.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical skills associated with written communication for academic purposes (Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4, Test)
  2. Develop and organise ideas and write an essay using an expository style (Assignment 4, Test).
  3. Prepare a stylistically appropriate report (Assignment 3).
  4. Employ styles of communication as appropriate for the demands of the audience and purpose of the writing (Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4, Test).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Essay 5.00
2. Understanding assignment questions 5.00
3. Developing research methods using reading strategies 25.00
4. Paragraph structure 20.00
5. Report Writing 15.00
6. Audience analysis; essay structures 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Dr Barbara Harmes 2010, EAP7320 Study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Communication Processes Study Book and Introductory Book. EAP7320 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.
  • The Study Book contains a list of recommended reference materials.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Private Study 93.00
Test 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGN 1 RESEARCH 100 10 22 Mar 2013
ASSIGN 2 END TEXT REF/PARA WRI 100 10 05 Apr 2013
ASSIGN 3 REPORT 100 15 26 Apr 2013
ASSIGN 4 ESSAY 100 15 03 May 2013
TEST 2 HRS 100 50 03 May 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Refer to statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course. All assessment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the intake in which the course is offered. Students may be required to re-submit an assessment piece that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade a student must attempt all summative assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks in 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 aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held at the end of each intake.

  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