Advanced English Communication Skills

Subject EDUC90081 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-Feb-2015 to 19-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Mar-2015
Census Date 20-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 15-May-2015

July, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 13-Jul-2015 to 13-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Aug-2015
Census Date 14-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Oct-2015

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 150 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of English in a Global Context. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Mrs Susan Worthington


Program Coordinator: Burim Boonwirat

Phone: 9810 3318


Subject Overview:

This subject develops students’ research, critical thinking ,reading and writing skill across a range of academic and professional usages. Students will develop reading strategies for different purposes and audiences, analyse and produce a variety of written and spoken genres, including a variety of academic and professional discourses. Students will use appropriate academic or professional discourses in written and spoken texts. Particular attention is paid to the grammatical and structural aspects of written and spoken academic discourse, particularly presenting and supporting an argument. Language is developed through topics examining aspects of language, culture and identity. Issues of power and conflict will be a recurring theme. The subject has a supported experiential learning emphasis.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

• Read and evaluate different genres with an understanding of their different purposes;
• understand and use appropriate reading and writing strategies for different purposes;
• analyse and critically evaluate a variety of academic and professional genres and discourses;
• Give and justify opinions both orally and in writing;
• Orally present a review of integrated sources in a seminar presentation.


Genre Skills Tasks 1,500 words, due week 5, 15%
Presentation 2000 words, due as individually scheduled between weeks 1 and 12, 20%
Essay 1500 words, due mid semester, 15%
Essay 2500 words, due end of semester, 25%
Presentation 2500 words, due end of semester, 25%

Prescribed Texts:

EDUC90081 Advanced English Communication Skills subject reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • access, critically evaluate and utilise relevant research literature;
  • analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources;
  • participate effectively in semi-formal discussions;
  • plan and present a succinct oral presentation;
  • express and justify opinions in oral and written form.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of English in a Global Context

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