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EUS1004 Communicating Professionally 1

Semester 2, 2018 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Communicating Professionally 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Angela Windsor

Rationale

Today’s 21st century work and learning environments demand an accurate, fluent, and flexible range of contextually appropriate communication skills. This course develops students’ capacity to communicate clearly and appropriately in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies in nursing, laws, or research, in both face to face and digital environments to an advanced level, benchmarked to either a score of at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level. It also aims to enable students to prepare to meet future registration requirements of a range of professional disciplines and serves as a prerequisite for EUS1008 Communicating Professionally 2.

Synopsis

In this course, activities in English have been organised for the development of advanced and independent academic writing and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies that enable the expression of `voice' and support the construction and delivery of a range of advanced academic texts for specific purposes and audiences. In this course, focus is given to constructing texts used in a range of academic contexts, which could include critical and descriptive essays, interviews, reports, presentations, literature reviews, discussions, seminars, and reconstruction of lecture notes, in both traditional and digital education contexts.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. compose and deliver clear detailed explorations on a range of topical issues or specific questions in a range of written and spoken texts for specific academic purposes and audiences at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  2. justify claims on a range of topics and issues in written and spoken texts with independent critical analysis and a range of academic sources and data for an unknown questioning reader and listener at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  3. select and apply appropriate structural and functional academic English language features flexibly to produce a range of written and spoken academic texts for an academic audience at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Grammar for academic texts 25.00
2. Generating ideas and stance 25.00
3. Planning, drafting, editing 10.00
4. Organising ideas and communicating ideas 20.00
5. Developing sociocultural competence 20.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2018&sem=02&subject1=EUS1004)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

  • McCormack, J & Watkins, S 2012, English for academic study: speaking course book, Garnet Education, Reading.
    (This resource is also required for EUS1008 Communicating Professionally 2.)
  • Pallant, A 2012, English for academic study: writing course book, Garnet Education, Reading.
  • Slaght, J & Pallant, A 2012, English for academic study: reading and writing source book, Garnet Education, Reading.
    (This resource is also required for EUS1003 Reading and Critical Thinking 1.)
  • Vicary, A 2012, English for academic study: grammar study book, Garnet Education, Reading.
    (This resource is also required for EUS1008 Communicating Professionally 2.)

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 6.00
Directed Study 70.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Essay plan 100 25 17 Sep 2018
Peer presentation 100 25 17 Sep 2018
Essay 100 25 23 Oct 2018
Presentation 100 25 23 Oct 2018

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks available.

  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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a 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 next examination period.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  2. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  3. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  4. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Diploma in English for University Studies and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.