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Communication Skills for Undergraduate Study (TLC101)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1K-internal
Description If you are an undergraduate student for whom English is an additional language (EAL), this unit is designed for you. In this unit you will develop your writing, reading and speaking skills for success in the Australian academic context. You will: build confidence in cross-cultural contexts; improve your academic reading and writing; understand the importance of academic integrity in your work; and enhance your ability to communicate and discuss complex ideas with others in a range of academic contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 01 Communicate effectively in online and face-to-face discussions and presentations
ULO 02 Apply effective critical reading strategies
ULO 03 Develop written assignments effectively by researching, planning, drafting, editing and proofing written responses
ULO 04 Integrate sources appropriately into academic writing and presentations
ULO 05 Reflect on feedback to improve the quality of written and spoken communication
ULO 06 Engage with a range of resources for language and literacy development
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar: 2 hours per week
Workshop: 1 hours per week (in computer lab)
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered through a combination of in-class and online activities designed to help you to develop your communication skills in a range of academic contexts. The broad theme of 'global issues' is used as a focus for practical, meaningful activities designed to develop fundamental oral and written communication skills. You will engage in collaborative whole class and small-group activities and discussions, including work on unit assignments, to develop academic research, writing, oral and digital literacy skills. You will work with your tutors and peers to develop effective communication practices.
Assessment Assessment is based on your participation in and contribution to a range of class-based and online activities; a written assignment that is in two parts; and an oral group presentation.
Prerequisites Nil
Notes This unit is designed for students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). Native English speakers in need of communication skills development may apply to the unit coordinator for admission.
You are encouraged to attend all classes (10 x Seminar and 10 x Workshop) and to contact the unit coordinator if you are unable to attend a class. Outside of the contact hours, you are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week on self-directed study (including activities to improve communication skills, English language, and working towards assignments).
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Ann Lefroy
Associate Lecturer Language and Learning

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7801
e: Ann.Lefroy@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.008 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1K-Internal
Ms Jodie-Lee McLeod
CUTL Administrative Coordinator

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6220
e: J.Mcleod@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.030 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
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