ENCO100 Communication Skills: Composition

Updated: 15 October 2012
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 On line
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 On line
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Rosemary Williamson (rwilli27@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit provides a working knowledge of written communication skills in an academic context and is suitable for any undergraduate course in the University. Class work focuses on research strategies, language usage and essay writing. Students should be proficient in English and are expected to achieve basic word processing competency in their own time. Please note that this is not a creative writing, remedial or ESL unit. The focus is on formal writing for academic purposes. This unit has a compulsory online component. Students are expected to submit online answers to regular grammar quizzes.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

The Easy Writer: Formal Writing for Academic Purposes

ISBN: 9781442549265
Belmont, W. and Sharkey, M., Pearson 3rd ed. 2010

Note: The 2nd ed. (ISBN 9781442502642) is also acceptable. It is strongly recommended that students order the textbook, only available from the UNE United Campus Bookshop, well in advance of commencement of trimester to avoid delays.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary

ISBN: 9780195568882
Oxford 5th ed. 2009

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Macquarie Concise Dictionary

ISBN: 9781876429850
Macquarie 5th ed. 2009

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

The Little Penguin Handbook

ISBN: 9781442533783
Faigley, L., Pearson Education Australasian ed. 2011

Note: Or ISBN 9781442565258, 2nd ed.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1: Short exercise 15% On/Off Campus 600
Assessment Notes

Three paragraphs of 200 words each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8

Assignment 2: Short essay 25% On/Off Campus 1000
Assessment Notes

Five paragraphs

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Assignment 3: Long essay 50% Off Campus 1400
Assessment Notes

Seven paragraphs

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Assignment 3: Long essay 30% On Campus 1400
Assessment Notes

Seven paragraphs

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Online Assessment 10% On/Off Campus
Assessment Notes

Regular online quizzes (10 in total)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Tutorial 20% On Campus
Assessment Notes

Structured tutorial participation

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-5 GA: 1, 2, 6, 8


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. complete a range of shorter tasks to develop and practise research and writing skills;
  2. understand and use appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation and presentation in written tasks;
  3. identify and access relevant library resources, conduct keyword searches, compile bibliographies and take notes;
  4. evaluate the content and presentation of other students' written work (on-campus students are expected to read their work aloud in class; both on-campus and online students are encouraged to exchange drafts and comments via email and website Discussion Board);
  5. plan and draft a formal essay on a topic, taking account of group feedback, and revise and edit the essay.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
1
Knowledge of a Discipline

This unit provides a foundation in written communication skills in an academic context, and therefore this attribute is directly assessed in each set assessment task.

True True True
2
Communication Skills

Written communication skills are essential and intrinsic to the unit's methodology.

True True True
3
Global Perspectives

Global perspectives are incorporated into this unit through the selected topics students are required to respond to as part of the unit assessments, and through the greater understanding of the role of written and formal English as an aspect of the international lingua franca in the 21st century.

True True
4
Information Literacy

Information literacy is required for practice of, and research relevant to, writing.

True True True
5
Life-Long Learning

Life-long learning is encouraged through the study of underlying principles of writing that can be applied in new contexts.

True True
6
Problem Solving

Problem solving is essential in responding to all assessment tasks in this unit, and in developing a greater understanding of the generic conventions of formal writing.

True True True
7
Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is involved in the consideration of the social importance of clear and direct written communication, and in understanding the role of reasoned, balanced debate.

True True
8
Team Work

Team work is involved in the practice of peer-assessment of work in the classroom and the collaborative approach to discussion and debate in preparation for completion of written assessment work.

True True True