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DIP1009 Academic and Professional Reading

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Academic & Professional Readng
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091501 - English Language
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Angela Windsor

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware

Rationale

A need has been recognised to effectively prepare students from non-English speaking backgrounds to gain skills in English for academic and professional purposes and develop strategies to equip them for successful university study specific to their professional areas. This course will develop students’ reading skills in an academic and discipline-specific context and will provide opportunities for students to increase their ability to comprehend, critically analyse and reflect on a range of extended texts. It will also develop students’ abilities to understand and meaningfully respond to texts related directly to their chosen professions.

Synopsis

This course assists students to transition to an Australian Academic culture via explicit instruction and the cultivation of independent and ethical practices of knowledge acquisition and expression. It develops both intensive and extensive reading skills required for university and professional studies. These include: previewing, predicting, applying pre-existing knowledge, contextualisation, vocabulary development and the capacity to critically analyse and evaluate text. Furthermore, students will learn how to understand, assess and respond to a range of texts that are relevant to their professional disciplines. The course encourages students to gain the confidence and capability to access, classify and utilise academic and professional texts relevant to their chosen study and career paths.

Objectives

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

  1. Understand and use a wide range of textual features in a range of communication modes and genres
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate simple academic text for purpose, content and argument
  3. Apply active reading skills such as prediction, recall and knowledge of textual layout to improve reading proficiency
  4. Interpret, understand and respond to typical university assessment tasks
  5. Develop proficiency in using university resources and services to find, review and evaluate reading materials

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading for Understanding 20.00
2. Reading for Purpose 20.00
3. Library Search Skills 20.00
4. Critical Analysis of readings and resources 40.00

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=2020&sem=02&subject1=DIP1009)

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

ALL textbooks and materials available on study desk.

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
Reading Comprehension Quiz 100 15 30 Jul 2020
Critical Reading Analysis 100 20 20 Aug 2020
Portfolio 100 25 01 Oct 2020
EXAM 100 40 End S2

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 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 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 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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Restricted: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments and a dictionary into this 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

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 Studies (International) 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 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.

Date printed 6 November 2020