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Introduction to Academic Communication (FDN021)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit responds to the need for well-developed speaking and listening 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. It is designed to complement reading and writing skills development in FDNXXX as preparation for learning and assessment in future subjects.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to identify key information/purpose/position in academic discussion and listening texts;
2. Understand the structure of a lecture and recognise cohesive devices in staging and organising information;
3. Effectively take part in academic group discussions through awareness of academic discussion strategies such as agreeing, disagreeing, challenging, clarifying, and reaching group consensus;
4. Recognise the function of participant roles that occur in academic discussions including leader, devil's advocate, and mediator; and
5. Prepare and present formal oral presentations and interpret and explain information from graphs, tables or diagrams.

This unit provides the opportunity for students 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;
· develop the ability to read, listen, question and gather information from a variety of sources;
· develop cognitive skills to assess, write clearly, speak effectively and use visual communication technologies as appropriate.
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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