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Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing (FDN010)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit responds to the need for well-developed reading and writing skills in a tertiary education context. The skills that are developed in this unit will provide a basis for successful academic achievement and effective engagement in academic, business and social environments. Students will improve these skills through actively exploring and analysing current topics and issues. This unit is designed to complement speaking and listening skills development in Introduction to Academic Communication as preparation for learning and assessment in future subjects.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Understand key features of comparative and contrastive genres, make academic comparisons and discuss causes and effects;
2. Use academic vocabulary and lexis appropriate to a given topic;
3. Identify key information, supporting statements, facts and arguments;
4. Plan and write an essay, outlining main points and supporting statements, using appropriate staging and logical organisation in an academic essay.
5. Use and acknowledge sources of information using referencing conventions;
6. Effectively summarise and paraphrase information from academic texts;
7. Apply a range of appropriate learning skills including independent thinking, critical/analytical skills and incorporating instructor feedback into own work;
8. Apply a range of academic reading and vocabulary skills, including but not limited to predicting, skimming and scanning.

This unit provides the opportunity for you to achieve the following:
· develop communication numeracy and literacy skills in each session to be able to present knowledge and views to different audiences using a variety of different mediums; and
· develop the ability to read, listen, question and gather information from a variety of sources.
Timetabled Learning Activities Formal Classes: 5 hours
Prerequisites Nil
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Murdoch University Extended Foundation Program [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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