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DIP1001 Academic and Professional English

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: George Morrison
Moderator: Nicholas Todd

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //


There is a need for introductory studies to prepare students for the demands of both higher education and the professional workplace. Competent numeracy, literacy and e-literacy skills are all required, as is an ability to effectively manage the complex life/work balance. Consequently, during higher education studies and in professional workplaces there is a need for correct and precise English usage and comprehension. Loose use of grammar, structures and vocabulary can lead to misunderstanding, misinformation or even negative judgements/biases on the value of the content, ideas or research results. This need is equally relevant to native and non-native speakers of English.


This course will provide instruction on the standard of English demanded by faculties and professional organisations. It will aim to improve grammar, sentence structure, logical argument and the assertive presentation of ideas along with an enhanced ability to clearly understand written texts, whether they be academic or professional journals or texts specific to a discipline. Students will develop skills in detecting correct and incorrect usage and in clearly communicating their ideas in standard contemporary English. The course will identify a number of errors that occur frequently in written English and will aim to make the student aware of false logic and bias in printed materials. Embedded within the course content will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning. This will incorporate ideas, concepts and theories including academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


On completion of this course students will have:

  1. Demonstrated a capacity to observe, analyse and identify correct and incorrect structural patterns in written English;
  2. Critically analysed what are the important points in an article and what are supporting points;
  3. Identified the different types of words and phrases and used them accurately in writing;
  4. Evaluated the material in articles and books in terms of how credible the argument is, how well the points are supported and what biases are evident;
  5. Constructed clear and correct phrases, sentences and paragraphs that are punctuated accurately;
  6. Analysed assessment topics and respond with a focused, sustained, logical argument that will address the topic and prove the thesis or viewpoint of the essay.
  7. Met professional and academic requirements for good English communication with greater confidence.
  8. Demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the ideas of self-regulation, academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Analytical and critical reading 40.00
2. The structure of English 20.00
3. Academic writing 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • All required materials for this course will be provided by the OAC. All study materials are supplied as part of the course.

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
Assessments 25.00
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 09 Mar 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 13 Apr 2015
ASSIGNMENT 3 20 20 08 Jun 2015
REFLECTIVE JOURNAL 2 5 5 08 Jun 2015
EXAMINATION 50 45 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination date will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' 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:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

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

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination.
    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 during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Course Examiner.

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to USQConnect for this course.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Course Team Leader.

  4. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the Course Team Leader of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. Resubmission of designated marked or graded assessment items:
    USQ Regulation 5.6 Assessment 5.6.10 Resubmission of Assessment Items states that, ?? an examiner may permit students to resubmit an assignment that has received a failing grade or a mark of less than 50%. If a student is permitted to resubmit a failed assignment, normally the only passing grade or mark allowable for the resubmitted assignment will be C- or 50% (as appropriate).?

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply in writing to the Course Team Leader to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades my be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete Both Deferred Examination and Make-up); or RN (Result not Known).