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Advanced Academic Communication Skills (FDN022)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Availability DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
Description FDN022 Advanced Academic Communication Skills builds linguistic and tactical skills for participation in academic contexts typical of the Australian tertiary education system. The main focus is on enabling you to actively and effectively partake in lectures and tutorials. This unit fosters a collaborative environment in which you can practice and apply your active listening, note taking and discursive skills. Participating in academic/formal language interactions and leading a formal tutorial form the main assessments in this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Effectively prepare for lectures and tutorials;
2. Participate actively in lectures, tutorials and academic discussions;
3. Identify and produce key information, supporting facts arguments and evidence on a given topic or issue;
4. Stage text as appropriate to purpose, and organise information logically;
5. Use appropriate vocabulary, field specific vocabulary, grammar and signposting in academic discussion;
6. Demonstrate a range of learning skills including independent thinking, critical and analytical skills;
7. Use clear pronunciation and appropriate body language for academic discussion and presentation; and
8. Prepare and use visual aids for an academic presentation.
9. Critically reflect on current capacities to shape career learning and plan future study.

This unit provides the opportunity for students to achieve the following:
· develop communication and literacy skills that enables presentation of their knowledge and views to different audiences using a variety of 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 to use visual communication technologies as appropriate; and
· apply the knowledge and skills acquired in contexts where students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and to learn to be successful life-long learners.
Timetabled Learning Activities Formal Classes: 4 hours
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Prerequisites Nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Murdoch University Extended Foundation Program [New in 2019]
Murdoch University 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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Mr Nathan Tozer
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Ms Sam Millar
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t: 9360 2394
e: S.Millar@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.014 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
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