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.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Term 3 - 2022 Profile

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.4% 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: Student and staff feedback
Develop more paraphrasing activities
Add more paraphrasing activities to the LNGE40049 Moodle site.
Action Taken
A paraphrasing worksheet has been added to the LNGE40049 Moodle site.
Source: Staff feedback
Need to include weekly learning outcomes in the LNGE40049 textbook
List weekly learning outcomes at the start of each week of the LNGE40049 textbook.
Action Taken
Weekly learning outcomes have been added to each weekly tile on the LNGE40049 Moodle site.
Source: Staff and Student feedback
Positive feedback on the use of the same topic across assessment items
Continue linking the three assessment items by using a common research topic.
Action Taken
The three assessment items continue to be linked by using a common research topic, which is updated each term.
Source: Unit evaluation
Students value the opportunity to cover the weekly content in the online lecture earlier in the week, rather than later.
Schedule the weekly ‘Zoom Lecture’ for online students earlier in the week and offer a new weekly ‘Zoom Q&A’ session.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team
Students value the assessment templates being clear and easy to understand.
Streamline Assessment 1 and Assessment 2 templates to make assessment requirements clearer for students.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team, Unit evaluation
Students value not feeling rushed between assessments.
Update assessment requirements to reduce the complexity of the tasks while ensuring the unit learning outcomes are still met.
Action Taken
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 9
2 - Portfolio
3 - Essay
1 - Annotated bibliography