LNGE40049 - Essay Writing for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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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.

Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Feedback
Exposure to other referencing styles other than Harvard
Recommendation
Include introduction to APA referencing style with supplementary activities.
Action Taken
Staff have developed wider referencing activities to include APA referencing on the Term 2 2019 LNGE40049 Moodle site at the end of the term.
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Feedback
Transparent assessment grading process
Recommendation
Simplify criteria for assessment and specify weightings of each criterion.
Action Taken
From Term 1 2019 the assessment criteria have been simplified and weightings have been included, enabling students to better understand how they are being assessed.
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Feedback
Development of video resources to enhance online learning
Recommendation
Add additional targeted video resources for LNGE40049 Moodle site.
Action Taken
Staff have developed videos relating to specific activities/concepts from the textbook to aid student learning.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Development of video resources to enhance online learning
Recommendation
Continue to add additional targeted video resources for the LNGE40049 Moodle site throughout 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Need to contemporise the essay topic options
Recommendation
Update the essay topic options to include contemporary and authentic assessment topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Timing and order of assessments
Recommendation
Evaluate the effectiveness of the Term 2 2019 changes to the timing and order of assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Annotated bibliography
2 - Portfolio
3 - Essay
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
6 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical Practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2 - Portfolio
3 - Essay
1 - Annotated bibliography