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EAP7308 Academic Reading and Writing

Full Year, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Academic Reading and Writing
Units : 2
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

Staffing

Examiner: Ian Yin

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: IELTS 5.0, or equivalent, in all band scores or pass in ENS7803 plus completion overseas or in Australia of Senior High School or Post-secondary diploma or first year degree or equivalent work experience.

Rationale

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.

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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

  1. paraphrase and summarise structured academic texts on common topics at CEFR B2 level.
  2. identify structural and functional features in structured written academic texts on common topics at CEFR B2 level.
  3. apply planning and reading strategies as part of structured academic discussion essay writing on common topics at CEFR B2 level.
  4. evaluate viewpoints in structured written academic texts on common topics at CEFR B2 level.
  5. assess the relevance and credibility of structured written academic texts on common topics at CEFR B2 level.
  6. apply structural and functional English language features to produce an academic discussion essay on common topics at CEFR B2 level.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading to write strategies and planning 20.00
2. Constructing written texts for an academic audience 20.00
3. Grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary 15.00
4. Identifying structural and language features of academic texts 15.00
5. Evaluating sources and ideas 15.00
6. Paraphrasing and summarising 15.00

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=2019&sem=05&subject1=EAP7308)

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

Phillips, T & Phillips, A 2012, Progressive Skills in English 3: course book, Garnet Publishing Limited, Reading.
Phillips, T & Phillips, A 2012, Progressive Skills in English 3: course book, Garnet Publishing Limited, Reading.

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.
Paterson, K & Wedge, R 2013, Oxford grammar for EAP: English grammar and practice for academic purposes, Oxford, Oxford.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 5.00
Directed Study 108.00
Private Study 217.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
READING ACTIVITY 20 15 TBA (see note 1)
TEST IN READING 30 35 TBA
TEST IN WRITING 20 35 TBA
WRITING ACTIVITY 20 15 TBA

Notes
  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% is 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 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 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 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 50% 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (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 /grades 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 at the end of each intake. A supplementary exam may be awarded, at the discretion of the Examiner, to students who do not pass a final exam for one of the core skills. It is expected that such students have gained at least 45% of the total weighted marks available for that core skill.

  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. 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.

  2. 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 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 English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) 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.