EDUC 7055OL - Research Communication

Online - Semester 2 - 2023

This course focuses on developing the student's written and spoken academic English skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7055OL
    Course Research Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eszter Szenes

    Dr Eszter Szenes
    School of Education
    Level 8, Nexus 10
    Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Economics
    The University of Adelaide
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Communicate verbally as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.
    2 Communicate in writing as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.
    3 Apply argument structure and appropriate academic critique in a variety of spoken and written genres. 
    4 Communicate in accordance with the conventions of their discipline, using appropriate grammatical structures.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no textbook for this course. Rather, students will be required to read selected literature and notes on key communication issues covered in the course and disciplinary texts as appropriate.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All tutorials are run online through Zoom (or a similar communications platform). Therefore, it is expected that students use a camera and microphone to participate in classes. The camera and microphone that are built into an iPad, laptop, etc. will be suitable. However, your mobile phone screen will be too small for most activities.
    Please note: Staff and students at the University of Adelaide have access to Zoom and other communication platforms.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course runs for 12 weeks and is built around a series of lectures/tutorials covering fundamental research communication issues which relate to various disciplines. These discussions are complemented by activities providing practice in written and spoken communication contexts. The course is appropriate for both students whose first language is not English and for native speakers of English. Related assignments are designed to consolidate the learning of key principles and development of communication skills.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 3 hour lecture/tutorial per week (x12) = 36 hours
    1x 4 hour reading per week (x12) = 48 hours
    Graded tasks = 72 hours
    Total = 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The activities below will mostly take place according to this schedule, but the order may vary if we need to spend more time on a particular activity. Please let me know if there is something you would like to cover that is not listed below.

    Week 1 Course introduction, reading and notetaking for researchers
    Week 2 Summarising, paraphrasing and quoting; basic referencing
    Week 3 Citation and academic honesty/language tools
    Week 4 Abstracts and research genres
    Week 5 A critical approach to scholarship in the field
    Week 6 Language tools and concordancing; reading comprehension
    Week 7 Grammar for researchers
    Week 8 Oral presentations and academic posters in your discipline
    Week 9 Cohesion and voice
    Week 10 What is a critical review?
    Week 11 Language resources: evaluation, attribution, editing, titles
    Week 12 Question time: assignment preparation and recap
    *80% attendance is required for students to participate in structured learning activities to achieve the learning outcomes for this course.
    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online quizzes

    Refer to MyUni

    15% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Paraphrasing assignment Refer to MyUni 20% 2, 4
    Language tools and reflection assignment Refer to MyUni 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical review of a journal article assignment Refer to MyUni 40% 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Detail
    • Online quizzes – Students will complete three online quizzes related to key topics.
    • Paraphrasing assignment – Students will be asked to paraphrase six passages from a set journal article, which they will have already engaged with in class.
    • Language tools and reflection assignment – Students will use and analyse at least five language tools to explore ten issues related to disciplinary language conventions and their own academic work (e.g. speaking, writing, listening, reading, referencing, presenting).
    • Critical review of a journal article assignment-Students will complete an assignment which focuses on summarising and evaluating a journal article.

    All assignments should be submitted online through MyUni, using Turnitin where indicated.

    All assignments must be submitted on the due date unless an extension has been granted. If you have a problem submitting your assignment on time, please talk to the lecturer in advance to see if an extension to the due date is possible.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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