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.

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

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Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
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. 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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: 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
An annotated sample for Assessment 3: Recommendation Report has been included in the assessment resources on the TWU Moodle site since Term 3 2018. It will be used in on-campus class activities for the first time in Term 2 2019. This annotated sample now completes the set of annotations for all assessments.
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
Additional links for online external resources have been created and placed in a section called the Language Development Corner on the Moodle site. Students are encouraged to use these resources throughout the term, particularly as they complement relevant chapters in the textbook.
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
A final message about the services offered by the ALC has been included both at the end of the textbook and on the Moodle site.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Student requests for more experiment options (Assessment 2)
Recommendation
Broaden the experiment options available on Moodle by including an additional experiment that students can choose for the writing of their experimental report (Assessment 2).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Need to increase the importance of Recommendation Report outline
Recommendation
Include the report outline as a component of the recommendation report (Assessment 3) rather than as a separate non-assessed formative task. The aim is to encourage more students to submit report outlines so they receive timely feedback on the planning of their reports.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Need for assessment templates to improve learning.
Recommendation
Create an outline template to assist students with the organisation and layout of their report outline and their recommendation report (Assessment 3). Make the outline template available on Moodle and refer to the requirement for students to use the template both in the TWU Textbook and on Moodle.
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