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 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.23% response rate.

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: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Give distance students the opportunity for face-to-face contact with lecturer.
Recommendation
Conduct three live Zoom sessions focussing on the three written assessments. Record sessions for students unable to participate live.
Action Taken
The three Assessment Zooms have been a feature of the unit since Term 3 2017. The recordings have many views and both students and staff have given positive feedback on them.
Source: Unit Evaluations Feedback from teaching team
Feedback
Students find academic research challenging, and struggle to find relevant resources through the library site.
Recommendation
Record videos on using Library Search and the library databases to complete Assessments 2 and 3.
Action Taken
Instructional videos on Library Search and Google Advanced Search are available on the LNGE40049 Moodle site.
Source: Unit Evaluations Feedback from teaching team Class observations
Feedback
Students are often daunted by referencing, and find using the Harvard Guide confusing.
Recommendation
Conduct Zoom workshops on referencing. Record sessions for students unable to participate live.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator conducts a Zoom specifically focusing on Harvard Referencing by sharing the screen and stepping students through the referencing process for four different types of sources.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Need to expose students to other referencing systems
Recommendation
Broaden students’ exposure to the main referencing systems by complementing the teaching of Harvard referencing with examples and activities in APA referencing style.
Action Taken
This is yet to be implemented but it is under review by the LNGE40049 team.
Source: CQUniversity Policy Lecturer self-reflection
Feedback
Need to be more inclusive of Indigenous Australian culture in the unit content and delivery.
Recommendation
Include more Indigenous themes in the unit content and delivery. Include an Acknowledgment of Country at the start of each recorded lecture, in the Moodle welcome message and at the beginning of the Study Guide.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator has liaised with the Head of Course Tertiary Entry Program (TEP) and has now included some Indigenous resources as part of the Think Tank forums on Moodle. Also, some Indigenous themes will be included in the next version of the study guide. Finally, the Acknowledgement of Country is now on the Moodle site.
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
Nil.
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback
Feedback
Transparent assessment grading process
Recommendation
Simplify criteria for assessment and specify weightings of each criterion.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
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