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DIP1007 Academic and Professional Speaking and Listening

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Acad&Prof Speaking & Listening
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091501 - English Language
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lindsay Helwig

Other requisites

Pre-Requisite: English Proficiency equivalent to IELTS band 5.5.
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


Students from non-English speaking backgrounds can struggle to participate in the oral and aural academic life at an Australian university, due to lack to knowledge of the spoken and aural elements of Australian academic culture. This course aims to enable these students to gain skills in English for academic and professional purposes in order to equip them for successful university studies.
Students entering this course will possess an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent, and will exit with the equivalent of an IELTS of 6, enabling entry to a range of USQ Bachelor degrees.


This course will develop speaking and listening skills in an academic context, focusing on three typical university activities; oral presentations, group discussions, and listening to lectures. It will build on the skills gained by these students in prior English studies, generally at O Level. Students will develop their abilities to give oral presentations to the academic standard required by USQ, improve their ability to discuss academic readings in a group situation, and expand their ability to give an oral presentation using academic structure. There is a focus on skill acquisition within the contexts of English-language development. Learning opportunities involve online group discussions based on academic readings, online presentations, and the chance to practise note-taking to online academic lectures.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Actively listen to an academic lecture, determine the relevant points conveyed and take appropriate notes which can be used for revision purposes
  2. Use those lecture notes to respond to exam-style questions
  3. Prepare and present an academic presentation
  4. Work effectively and cooperatively in functional groups by using appropriate active listening skills.
  5. Reflect upon and review their own work and use self-awareness to foster independent and sustainable learning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Notetaking main points, supporting points and examples in an academic lecture, and use these notes to answer exam-style questions 30.00
2. The functional and logical organisation of a lecture. 10.00
3. Applications of abstract discussions on thematically linked questions 10.00
4. The functions of questioning, checking understanding, expressing an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing, making suggestions, comparing and contrasting, and expressing cause, purpose and/or effect. 10.00
5. How to structure and develop ideas in an extended spoken text, incorporating structures for developing academic tone and style. 15.00
6. Using visual aids, notes and planning processes for an academic presentation 10.00
7. Academic vocabulary and pronunciation, and comprehension skills 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 15.00
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 120.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Listening Comp & Pron 15 15 01 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
Group Discussion 20 20 22 Aug 2019
Oral Pres & Crit Reflec 25 25 08 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
Listening Test 40 40 25 Oct 2019

  1. Listening Comprehension and Pronunciation
  2. Oral Presentation and Critical Reflection

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:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  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 a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    CLOSED: 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. A supplementary exam may be awarded, at the discretion of the Examiner, to students who do not pass the final exam. It is expected that such students have gained at least 45% of the total weighted marks available for the 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. 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. This guide can be found at

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 of University Foundations Program 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

  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.