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DIP1006 Academic and Professional Writing

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Heejin Chang


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. University students need sound written academic communication skills from the very start of their studies, and must apply strategies that develop independent assignment writing habits. International students and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (CALD), whose learning strategies have previously been acquired in languages other than English, may need to adapt their previous knowledge to the range of performance strategies in written communication skills expected by higher education institutions in Australia. This course focuses on the many processes needed for successful academic and professional written communication and prepares students for academic writing in their selected professional disciplines.

This course prepares students for future university assessment by developing their professional and academic written communication skills. Based on two academic foundations - good writing depends on good reading and students learn most through authentic assessment - Academic and Professional Writing encourages students to advance their knowledge of core processes. These processes include: self-reflection to assess their own learning needs; searching for information using information literacy; investigating, analysing and utilising information and presenting this research in a clear, coherent manner using best-practice methods. Students can expect to increase their academic and professional written expression to a level commensurate with that required in undergraduate studies in Australia and their future workplace endeavours.

In the course students analyse an assignment question and follow a series of steps towards writing an academic essay. Written texts will be analysed to develop academic literacies. Students will learn techniques to engage in written academic arguments in their selected professional discipline whilst also increasing their information literacy skills.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Develop a purpose for writing that meets the needs of an academic audience.
  2. Synthesise ideas and evidence within and across extended stretches of written text to support a written argument.
  3. Structure ideas in the form of an essay, proposal, or report on a variety of general and abstract topics, including those from a chosen discipline.
  4. Integrate a varied range of complex and functional language and vocabulary across extended stretches of written text.
  5. Apply accurate referencing techniques.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing a writing purpose 10.00
2. Language for writing 25.00
3. Critical thinking 5.00
4. Acknowledging your sources 10.00
5. Formulating ideas 15.00
6. Building your essay, proposal, or report 20.00
7. Reviewing and rewriting 10.00
8. Revision 5.00

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Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
English Language Quiz 15
Language for Writing 20
Essay, proposal, or report 25
Date printed 27 June 2022