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DIP1006 Academic and Professional Writing

Semester 3, 2020 Online
Short Description: Academic & Professional Writng
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


Examiner: Heejin Chang

Other requisites

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


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.


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

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Course materials available on StudyDesk.

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
English Language Quiz 100 15 08 Dec 2020
Language for Writing 100 20 24 Dec 2020
Essay, proposal, or report 100 25 11 Feb 2021
EXAM 100 40 End S3

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 (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 (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:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed 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

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

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 Diploma of University Foundations 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

  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 12 February 2021