LNGE40064 - Technical Writing for University

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the writing skills they will need to succeed in university science and technology units. Students will develop skills in writing clearly and concisely, organising and presenting information in a logical way, and applying relevant conventions of style and grammar. Through intensive reading and writing, they will learn to critically analyse, paraphrase and summarise a range of scientific and technical texts. Students will consolidate their learning by researching and writing a report.

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 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
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 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.58% 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 evaluation responses
Feedback
Positive feedback on the value of the discussion forums
Recommendation
Continue to moderate the discussion forums, providing input on the different topics as well as comments on the students’ contributions.
Action Taken
All discussion forums are moderated by lecturers. At the start of term, lecturers decide on the allocation of discussion forums that each will moderate across the term. Lecturer responses include comments on the student posts’ content and suggestions regarding further information sources.
Source: Unit evaluation responses and teaching team
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 of APA referencing style.
Action Taken
APA Referencing Style is introduced in the textbook. Examples of Harvard and APA referencing styles are provided. Identification of the commonalities and differences between these styles is enabled through activities.
Source: Teaching team CQUniversity policy
Feedback
Be more inclusive of Indigenous Australians in the unit content
Recommendation
Embed Indigenous themes in relevant modules and assessments.
Action Taken
Indigenous themes are embedded in the textbook and in one of the assessments. The textbook includes Indigenous themes in examples used to illustrate language use and in a reading comprehension activity. Indigenous health is one of the topics available for the Recommendation Report assessment. An Acknowledgement of Country was included on the landing page of the unit’s Moodle site as a way to show awareness and respect for the traditional owners of the land on which the unit is offered.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Positive feedback on the annotated sample student texts for assessments 1 and 2
Recommendation
Create an annotated sample for Assessment 3: Recommendation Report. The use of annotated samples for the first two assessments has improved student understanding of the language and structure requirements for each section of the text they are required to produce. The annotations will complement the existing resources for Assessment 3.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation responses
Feedback
Student requests for more resources for language development
Recommendation
Provide additional links to online external resources for students to practise their general English language skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Need to facilitate the transition of students to undergraduate studies by creating awareness of future support for academic literacy.
Recommendation
Create a final message to students at the end of the unit to increase awareness of future support and resources available for academic literacy. The message will show students that the support for language development does not end with the writing units but is available as ongoing academic support via the Academic Learning Centre (ALC).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Write in clear, correct, concise English appropriate for audience and purpose
  2. Identify and apply style conventions for assignment writing in scientific and technical units
  3. Critically analyse a range of texts on scientific and technical topics
  4. Identify and summarise key ideas in a variety of scientific and technical texts
  5. Write a report using contemporary conventions of academic writing

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
5 - Problem Solving
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment