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DIP1009 Academic and Professional Reading

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 : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Angela Windsor


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. This course will develop students’ reading skills in an academic and discipline-specific context and will provide opportunities for students to increase their ability to comprehend, critically analyse and reflect on a range of extended texts. It will also develop students’ abilities to understand and meaningfully respond to texts related directly to their chosen professions.

This course assists students to transition to an Australian Academic culture via explicit instruction and the cultivation of independent and ethical practices of knowledge acquisition and expression. It develops both intensive and extensive reading skills required for university and professional studies. These include: previewing, predicting, applying pre-existing knowledge, contextualisation, vocabulary development and the capacity to critically analyse and evaluate text. Furthermore, students will learn how to understand, assess and respond to a range of texts that are relevant to their professional disciplines. The course encourages students to gain the confidence and capability to access, classify and utilise academic and professional texts relevant to their chosen study and career paths.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand and use a wide range of textual features in a range of communication modes and genres
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate simple academic text for purpose, content and argument
  3. Apply active reading skills such as prediction, recall and knowledge of textual layout to improve reading proficiency
  4. Interpret, understand and respond to typical university assessment tasks
  5. Develop proficiency in using university resources and services to find, review and evaluate reading materials


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading for Understanding 20.00
2. Reading for Purpose 20.00
3. Library Search Skills 20.00
4. Critical Analysis of readings and resources 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available on study desk.

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 (%)
Reading Comprehension Quiz 15
Critical Reading Analysis 20
Portfolio 25
Date printed 30 June 2022