LNGE40049 - Essay Writing for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit students should be able to apply the reading, thinking and writing skills necessary for academic purposes utilising appropriate grammar and writing patterns. Students are familiarised with the stages of the writing process and assisted to apply a range of associated learning strategies. In addition, students develop strategies to plan and write paragraphs, using academic language and conventions. They are introduced to research, note-taking and referencing skills for this purpose. They are also encouraged to examine their own worldviews, and those of others, and to develop critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in online discussion forums to support their learning. The unit culminates with students planning and writing an academic essay, using independent research skills acquired throughout the unit. Reflective practice is integral to the unit and this enables students to consider the connection between their personal learning journey and the unit outcomes.

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.
Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 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 Procedures 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. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns
  2. Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks
  3. Apply reading and note-taking frameworks and strategies to develop referenced academic paragraphs
  4. Evaluate relevant, scholarly research to support academic writing
  5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions
  6. Use planning frameworks to produce a conventionally structured and referenced academic essay
  7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system
  8. Reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning.

On completion of this unit students should be able to apply the reading, thinking and writing skills necessary for academic purposes utilising appropriate grammar and writing patterns. Students are familiarised with the stages of the writing process and assisted to apply a range of associated learning strategies. In addition, students develop strategies to plan and write paragraphs, using academic language and conventions. They are introduced to research, note-taking and referencing skills for this purpose. They are also encouraged to examine their own worldviews, and those of others, and to develop critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in online discussion forums to support their learning. The unit culminates with students planning and writing an academic essay, using independent research skills acquired throughout the unit. Reflective practice is integral to the unit and this enables students to consider the connection between their personal learning journey and the unit outcomes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment