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DIP1001 Academic and Professional English

Units : 1
School or Department : USQ College
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


There is a need for introductory studies to prepare students for the demands of both higher education and the professional workplace. Competent numeracy, literacy and e-literacy skills are all required, as is an ability to effectively manage the complex life/work balance. Consequently, during higher education studies and in professional workplaces there is a need for correct and precise English usage and comprehension. Loose use of grammar, structures and vocabulary can lead to misunderstanding, misinformation or even negative judgements/biases on the value of the content, ideas or research results. This need is equally relevant to native and non-native speakers of English.

This course will provide instruction on the standard of English demanded by faculties and professional organisations. It will aim to improve grammar, sentence structure, logical argument and the assertive presentation of ideas along with an enhanced ability to clearly understand written texts, whether they be academic or professional journals or texts specific to a discipline. Students will develop skills in detecting correct and incorrect usage and in clearly communicating their ideas in standard contemporary English. The course will identify a number of errors that occur frequently in written English and will aim to make the student aware of false logic and bias in printed materials. Embedded within the course content will be the theme of student self-regulation of studying and learning. This will incorporate ideas, concepts and theories including academic self-efficacy, reflective practice and resilience.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Semester 3, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023