EDUC 1010 - Academic Literacy for University

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course is designed to introduce students to the literacies required for academic study at a tertiary institution. Language use at university differs from 'generic' language use in many ways, and these differences will be explored through discussion and practice. Students will consider the contextual use of language in academic settings, extend their skills and capacities in listening and reading a variety of texts for a variety of purposes, and practice these skills in a supported process. The course will explore the genres of written texts at university, and the differences between different types of assignment. There will be a particular focus on developing students' research literacies. This is not a course designed to address specific English language expression; students requiring this should undertake EDUC 1009 English Literacy for University. The course is geared toward providing students with skills in negotiating the complex linguistic terrain of tertiary study.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 1010
    Course Academic Literacy for University
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to University Preparatory Program or Wirltu Yarlu Preparatory Program students only
    Assessment Personal development plans x 2; Annotated bibliography; Multiple-choice questionnaires; Wikipedia research activity; Oral presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Amy Robinson

    Course Coordinator: Ms. Amy Kay Robinson (
    Lecturer & Tutor: Dr Daniel Lee (

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:                
    1. Critique materials and follow assignment instructions.                 
    2. Follow the conventions of academic presentations in written and oral formats.
    3. Use the Internet to find academic materials, through the library and elsewhere.
    4. Demonstrate argumentation and critical thinking skills in both writing and orally.
    5. Work together in groups and informally, discuss work on the MyUni discussion board and interact with academic staff.
    6. Use relevant information/communication technologies and online learning applications effectively and confidently.
    7. Practice academic integrity as a core part of their study, and be familiar with different referencing systems.
    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.


    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.

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    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.


    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.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    2, 3

    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
    All required resources wil be provided to students in class or via MyUni (Canvas). 
    Recommended Resources
    See MyUni for details. 
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used extensively in this course for presenting information as well as the submission and return of assignments.

    The Turnitin software application will be used for students to learn more effectively about referencing and citation conventions at university. Turnitin will be explained in class, but for further information please visit

    It is also strongly recommended that you view the following video:  

    The University of Adelaide’s Learning Guides are excellent resources for all aspects of learning and study: 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Week Topic
    1 Course Introduction, Text Types and Literacy
    2 Paragraphs
    3 Referencing and Sources
    4 Critical Thinking, Logic and Reasoning
    5 Reflection and Learning Styles
    6 Speech, Communication and Academic Language
                                                                  MID-SEMESTER BREAK
    7 Keeping to the Word Limit
    8 Critiquing Academic Literature
    9 Academic Word List (AWL)
    10 Literacy Policy and Action Research
    11 Avenues for Literacy
    12 Skills Transference and Course Closure

    Topics subject to change. 

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

    1 x 1 hour lecture per week (x 12) =   12 Hours
    1 x 2 hour workshop per week (x 12) =   24 Hours
    Independent study = 120 Hours
    Total: = 156 Hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    To pass this course, students must attend at least 75% of tutorials; in cases of absence for medical or compassionate reasons, documentation must be provided and students must still attend at least 50% of classes. If students fail to attend the minimum required number of tutorials, they will be considered to have not completed an assignment (see below).
  • 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

    Approx. Due Date

    Weighting      Learning  Outcomes                    
    TBC  Week 3 20% 1,2,3,4,6
    Minor Essay Week 6 35% 1,2,3,4,6,7

    Major Essay and Report

    Week 10

    45% 1,2,3,4,6,7

    Participation Task


    TBC 1,2,3,4,6,7

    National Association of Enabling Educators (NAEEA) Common Learning Outcomes (2019)

    Skills: On completion of an Enabling course, a student will demonstrate:

    cognitive skills to understand, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate information;
    information skills to find, retrieve and analyse information for use in academic
    communication practices to foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas within an
    academic context;
    academic literacy skills fostering the written communication of ideas, theories and
    analysis; and
    independent learning skills

    Application of knowledge and skills: A student completing an Enabling course will
    demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by:

    engaging with the university learning and teaching environment in an ethically and
    contextually aware manner;
    applying independent learning techniques to achieve their learning outcomes;
    using their developing critical thinking skills and broadening knowledge in particular
    contexts; and
    adopting student practices that meet their institutions’ academic expectations.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attempt all assessment tasks to pass this course. Since the University Preparatory Program is designed to prepare students for success at University, completing and submitting all assignments is central to the intended learning outcomes of the program and each course within it. Often, at least attempting and submitting assignments in the face of difficulty or adversity is enough for success at University and the UPP encourages this resilience by employing this policy in select courses. Please note that the absolute last date for the submission of assignments in Semester 1 is the end of Swot Vac week, which is one week after the final assignment is due.

    If a student fails to submit all assessment tasks and would otherwise have received a grade greater than 45, they will be given a nominal grade of 45 (Fail) for that course in that semester. This will permit them to undertake additional assessment (formerly called academic supplementary assessment) at the Course Coordinator’s discretion, as per policy at

    It is not necessary to apply for additional assessment; this assessment will usually consist of the missed pieces of assessment, but the course coordinator may require more. As per policy, if the student passes the additional assessment to the Course Coordinator’s satisfaction, the maximum grade they can get for the course is 50 (Pass). If a student’s raw grade is below 45, regardless of whether all tasks have been attempted, this score will stand unless exceptional, documented circumstances apply as per the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment:

    Please note that there are two assessment items in this course which absolutely require attendance at a particular class: the In-class Test, and the Peer Review of First Essay. Non-attendance without documentation as per the MACA process will result in a zero for that assessment.

    Substantial non-engagement in this course (evidenced by repeated non-attendance at tutorials and failure to submit assessments) may result in students being withdrawn from the University Preparatory Program and being required to apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

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