Presenting Academic Discourse

Subject LING90002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Non native speakers of English may enrol without sitting for a placement test, but may be recommended to other subjects during the first two weeks of the semester depending on their English language proficiency. Native, or near native speakers of English are not eligible to enrol.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Janne Morton, Dr Neomy Storch


Dr Janne Morton - Semester 1

Dr Neomy Storch - Semester 2

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to develop the advanced language required for successful postgraduate study in English. In this subject students will develop critical approaches to researching, reading and writing. They will also develop the ability to plan and present confidently on a research topic and to write a literature review fluently and accurately. Particular attention is paid to grammatical and stylistic aspects of written and spoken academic discourse. Students write and present on a research topic that is relevant to their field of study. This subject is divided into engineering and general streams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • read academic texts in their own discipline more effectively using a range of strategies, including recognition of the rhetorical structures in the text.
  • critically analyse texts.
  • summarise, paraphrase and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • acknowledge information sources appropriately.
  • write a cohesive and grammatically accurate literature review in the appropriate register.
  • deliver a seminar presentation using appropriate visual aides and manage follow-up discussions.

A 300-500 word summary 10% (due week 4), a 1000 word critical review 20% (due mid semester), a 2500 word literature review 40% (due end of semester) and a seminar presentation of 7-10 minutes 30% (given in week 11). The subject has the following hurdle requirement: All assignments must be completed.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack is available

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to critically read a range of academic texts.
  • be able to summarise and paraphrase and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • be able to acknowledge information sources appropriately.
  • be able to write a grammatically accurate and cohesive literature review.
  • be able to deliver a seminar presentation using appropriate visual aids.
  • be able to direct discussions and respond appropriately to questions from the audience.
  • be able to participate effectively in group work.
  • be able to develop the ability to self and peer review written and oral work.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language - 100 Point Program
English Language - 200 Point Program
Language Testing - 100 Point Program
Language Testing - 200 Point Program
TESOL - 100 Point Program
TESOL - 200 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 100 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 200 Point Program

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