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LNGE40049 Essay Writing for University
Essay Writing for University
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General Information

Overview

This unit will guide you through the process of writing an academic essay. You will be introduced to the culture of academic writing at university and the common features of academic essays. You will develop strategies to read, evaluate and summarise information, and then use that information to develop and support an academic argument. Throughout the unit, you will develop critical thinking, note-making, formal writing and referencing skills necessary for academic writing.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2020

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Annotated bibliography
Weighting: 20%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 30%
3. Essay
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student and staff feedback

Feedback

Develop more paraphrasing activities

Recommendation

Add more paraphrasing activities to the LNGE40049 Moodle site.

Feedback from Staff feedback

Feedback

Need to include weekly learning outcomes in the LNGE40049 textbook

Recommendation

List weekly learning outcomes at the start of each week of the LNGE40049 textbook.

Feedback from Staff and Student feedback

Feedback

Positive feedback on the use of the same topic across assessment items

Recommendation

Continue linking the three assessment items by using a common research topic.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate information for relevance, authority, objectivity and currency
  2. Paraphrase, quote and summarise information using appropriate referencing conventions
  3. Plan and write an academic essay that integrates sources to support a reasoned argument.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Annotated bibliography - 20%
2 - Portfolio - 30%
3 - Essay - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Annotated bibliography - 20%
2 - Portfolio - 30%
3 - Essay - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Essay Writing for University 9th edn (2020)

Authors: School of Access Education
CQUniversity Publishing Unit
Rockhampton Rockhampton , QLD , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Spiral

Additional Textbook Information

The textbook for Essay Writing for University (EWU) is available on the unit Moodle site; however, we strongly advise you to print out your own copy. You will need a hard copy to complete activities and take notes. The textbook cannot be purchased from the CQUniversity Bookshop. Your Access Coordinator will provide you with advice on printing options. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Amanda Rooks Unit Coordinator
a.rooks@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Pen to paper

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Critical reading

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Referring to the ideas of others

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Citations and the reference list

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Finding information

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1: Annotated Bibliography Due: Week 5 Tuesday (15 Dec 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

The structure of effective essays

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

From plan to paragraph

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Polishing paragraphs

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Variations to paragraph structure 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2: Essay Portfolio Due: Week 9 Tuesday (19 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Introductions and conclusions 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Editing and preparing your essay for submission 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Submitting your essay and reflecting on your progress 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3: Essay Due: Exam Week Monday (15 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: Amanda Rooks 

Office location: Rockhampton campus (Building 32, G.12, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton)

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Unit Coordinator will be mainly working from home this term. You can contact your Unit Coordinator by phone or email as per details below.

Telephone: 07 4930 9521 

Email: a.rooks@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Annotated bibliography

Assessment Title
Assessment 1: Annotated Bibliography

Task Description

Task: Make notes on the three sources chosen from the e-reading list provided on the unit Moodle site and complete an annotated bibliography on these three sources.

Purpose: The assessments in this unit contribute towards the development of an essay due at the end of the term. The purpose of the annotated bibliography is for you to read, summarise and evaluate potential sources for your essay. By completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your summarising, paraphrasing and referencing skills as well as your ability to apply critical thinking to the evaluation of the sources related to the essay question.

Length: 750 words (approx. 250 words for each annotation). The Notes section of this assessment is not included in the word count.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Tuesday (15 Dec 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Tuesday (5 Jan 2021)

Within two weeks of the assessment due date (public holidays excepted) or, if the assessment is received after the due date, within two weeks of the submission date.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be graded on the quality of the following criteria:

1. Evaluating

2. Summarising

3. Language

4. Referencing

5. Notes


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate information for relevance, authority, objectivity and currency
  • Paraphrase, quote and summarise information using appropriate referencing conventions


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Assessment 2: Essay Portfolio

Task Description

Task: Using the topic you chose in Assessment 1, construct the body paragraph plans for your essay using the paragraph planner template. Write two consecutive polished body paragraphs from your plans, and create a reference list.

Purpose: This task requires research to find at least five additional sources for your essay and begin the writing process. By completing this assessment, you will demonstrate that you have a clear direction for your essay. This assessment will provide feedback that will assist you to improve your final essay.

Length: There is no specified word count for the Essay Portfolio. An example of the paragraph plans is provided on the unit Moodle site for an indication of the level of detail required. The two polished paragraphs should be 400-600 words (200-300 words for each polished paragraph). The reference list must contain a minimum of eight sources in total. You are allowed to use a maximum of three sources from the e-reading list provided on the unit Moodle site. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Tuesday (19 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Tuesday (2 Feb 2021)

Within two weeks of the assessment due date (public holidays excepted) or, if the assessment is received after the due date, within two weeks of the submission date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be graded on the quality of the following criteria:

1. Content

2. Integration of ideas

3. Language

4. Referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Paraphrase, quote and summarise information using appropriate referencing conventions
  • Plan and write an academic essay that integrates sources to support a reasoned argument.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice

3 Essay

Assessment Title
Assessment 3: Essay

Task Description

Task: Write an essay that addresses one of the essay topic options provided on the unit Moodle site. Your thesis should state your position on this topic and your argument/s must be supported with evidence.  

Purpose: This task requires you to complete the process of finding, reading and critically evaluating information to develop a reasoned academic essay that is supported by evidence. By completing this assessment, you will develop your critical thinking, note-making, writing and referencing skills, and you will deepen your understanding of the research/writing process.

Length: 1600 words (+/- 10%). Note: the word count does NOT inlcude the Reference list. The Reference list must contain a minimum of eight sources (you are allowed to use a maximum of three sources from the e-reading list provided on the unit Moodle site). 


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Monday (15 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Results will be available prior to the Certification of Grades.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
25/50

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be graded on the quality of the following criteria:

1. Content

2. Structure

3. Language

4. Referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Paraphrase, quote and summarise information using appropriate referencing conventions
  • Plan and write an academic essay that integrates sources to support a reasoned argument.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?