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ACS7003 Advanced Communication Skills 3

Full Year 3, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: ACS3
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091501 - English Language
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Lindsay Helwig

Other requisites

Students must have an IELTS of 7.0 across all bands and have successfully completed a minimum of the equivalent of Australian Grade 12.


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 with advanced fluency and accuracy in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies, in both face to face and digital environments (at CEFR C1, IELTS 7.5, Pearson 73, or TOEFL iBT 105). It also aims to enable students to meet future registration requirements of a range of professional disciplines, and to allow them to engage with the academic requirements of a range of USQ degree programs.


In this course, activities in English have been organised from an integrated communicative language teaching approach for the development of advanced academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies. Students should develop a comfortable and flexible command of the English language to support professional and confident expression of `voice' and to manage the comprehension, construction and delivery of a very wide range of texts and academic topics for both technical, academic, and social purposes in his/her field of specialisation. Communicative English language activities are designed to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with confidence and communicate meaning in spoken and written interactions with control. Special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an advanced level through emphasis on enabling skills such as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, coherence and cohesion, and test taking strategies.


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

  1. Communicate in English with fluency and spontaneity with minimal searching for expressions in integrated academic contexts, at an advanced level.
  2. Comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer English texts and recognize implicit meaning, at an advanced level.
  3. Apply the English language flexibly and effectively for a range of purposes and with a wide range of topics, at an advanced level.
  4. Produce clear, well structured, and detailed integrated text in English on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices, at an advanced level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Academic reading development for flexibility 20.00
2. Academic speaking development for flexibility 20.00
3. Academic listening development for flexibility 20.00
4. Academic writing development for flexibility 20.00
5. Test strategies for internationally recognised English language standardised tests  5.00
6. Academic vocabulary and grammar development for flexibility 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Dummet, Paul., Stephenson, Helen., Lansford, Lewis 2017, Keynote Proficient Interactive eBook without Key.
Dummet, Paul., Stephenson, Helen., Lansford, Lewis 2017, Keynote Proficient Workbook ebook.

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
Directed Study 200.00
Independent Study 110.00
Online Participation 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

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 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 (Proficiency), i.e. must submit each assessment item and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each of the assessment items in the course.

    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.

    4.2 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

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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 recommended referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The recommended style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 14 April 2021