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ACS7001 Advanced Communication Skills One

Full Year 3, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: ACS1
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


Examiner: Ian Yin

Other Requisites

Students must have an IELTS of 6.0 across all bands and have successful 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 clearly and sufficiently in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies, in both face to face and digital environments, with support at an early independent level (CEFR B1+ level, IELTS 6.5, Pearson 58 or TOEFL iBT 87). It also aims to enable students to engage in the academic requirements of a range of USQ degree programs and to enable articulation to ACS 2.


In this course, activities in English have been organised from an integrated communicative language teaching approach for academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies. Students' command of the English language should develop to a degree that supports an emerging expression of `voice' and enables students to begin to manage the comprehension, construction and delivery of a range of familiar and some non-familiar academic texts for routine purposes and audiences. Communicative English language activities are designed to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills reliably with some confidence. Special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an intermediate level through emphasis on enabling skills such as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, coherence and cohesion, and test taking strategies.


  1. Communicate using the English language in clear, simple, and connected spoken and written texts on familiar and some non-familiar integrated academic content, with support at an early independent level.
  2. Comprehend aural and written Standard English in structured integrated academic texts on familiar and some non-familiar topics with some confidence, with support at an early independent level.
  3. Apply the English language with support at an early independent level on familiar and some non-familiar academic topics across a range of simple academic spoken and written genres.
  4. Produce simple integrated academic texts in English on familiar and some non-familiar topics for a range of academic purposes, showing routine use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices with accuracy at an early independent level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Academic reading development for early independence 20.00
2. Academic speaking development for early independence 20.00
3. Academic listening development for early independence 20.00
4. Academic writing development for early independence 20.00
5. Test strategies for internationally recognised English language standardised tests 5.00
6. Academic vocabulary and grammar development for early independence 15.00

Text and Materials

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. (

Dummett, Paul., Stephenson, Helen., Lansford, Lewis 2016, Keynote Upper-Intermediate Interactive eBook without Key ISBN: 9781305880214.
Dummett, Paul., Stephenson, Helen., Lansford, Lewis 2016, Keynote Upper-intermediate Workbook ebook ISBN: 9781305880177.

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 Objectives Assessed Notes
LANGUAGE PROGRESS TEST 1 80 50 08 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4
PROFICIENCY TEST 160 50 12 Nov 2021 1,2,3,4

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Sessions 4 AND 5 2021 ONLY:
    Due to COVID-19 there will be no on-campus classes. Students will instead be required to attend online classes via ZOOM. Further information will made available on the course Study Desk closer to the commencement of the session.

    Requirements after Sessions 4 and 5 2021:
    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:
    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:
    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

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 Advanced Communication Skills 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. Technology and technology skills to support learning: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, email capabilities, and Internet access to Uconnect and to meet minimum technology to support learning requirements as outlined in the USQ Student Expectations and Responsibilities Policy.

Date printed 11 February 2022