USQ LogoCourse specification
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at //
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

EAP7308 Academic Reading and Writing

Full Year, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

Contents on this page


Examiner: Angela Windsor
Moderator: Lindsay Helwig


The Academic Reading and Writing course aims to develop students' language skills in preparation for EAPII. This course will introduce the concepts of academic reading and writing and provide practice to enhance English language proficiency.


In this course, reading and writing have been organised around introductory concepts, skills and strategies that students need to develop in order to manage the academic language encountered in a university preparation course. Students perform a variety of tasks which require them to apply appropriate skills and strategies. Reading focuses on the process of reading, from previewing through to demonstrating a good working knowledge of the text. Writing also works through a process from brainstorming and organising ideas to writing first and final drafts.


On completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Begin to use English for more academic purposes.
  2. Use and understand a variety of complex sentence forms and modifiers with reasonable correctness in writing.
  3. Use and understand a range of grammatical structures and basic connective and cohesive features correctly
  4. Read an academic text with a reasonable degree of comprehension.
  5. Present arguments in writing with a certain amount of clarity, coherence and grammatical accuracy.
  6. Compare, evaluate, discuss, express viewpoints, express cause purpose and effect, summarise, and/or criticise with some depth in writing.
  7. Organise and construct written texts that develop one central idea and logically form a part of a greater overall text.
  8. Develop the reading strategies required for identifying important ideas and understanding the structural and functional relationships within texts.
  9. Demonstrate an emerging ability to re-word information and ideas from texts while maintaining meaning.
  10. Use a range of key vocabulary related to, and appropriate to academic texts.
  11. Identify and use a range of supporting details to substantiate ideas.
  12. Recognise inference and viewpoints in academic texts.
  13. Summarise, organise and describe graphical information.
  14. Begin to develop strategies for navigating, identifying and using resources for research.
  15. Begin to incorporate research information into written texts.
  16. Develop efficient and effective examination strategies.
  17. Develop the skills required for managing unknown vocabulary.
  18. Begin to understand the relationship between ideas in written texts.
  19. Demonstrate an understanding of the conventions and requirements of written academic texts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading 50.00
2. Writing 50.00

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. (

  • Espinosa, T, Henstock, C & Walsh C 2012, Language for Study: Level 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Fletcher, C & Matthews, B 2012, Skills for Study: Level 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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.
  • Brick, J 2009, Academic culture: A students guide to studying at University, Macmillan, South Yarra.
  • Cain, J 2003, Eye on editing 2: Developing editing skills for writing, Pearson Education, New York.
  • Oshima, A & Hogue A 2006, Writing Academic English, 4th edn, Pearson, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 250.00
Private Study 110.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
READING ACTIVITY 20 15 TBA (see note 1)

  1. All assignments are due in term as directed by the teacher

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:
    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:
    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 a passing grade a student must attempt all summative assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks for each of the core skills.

  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

Other requirements

  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.