EDUC 1010 - Academic Literacy for University

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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
    Restrictions This class is only open for students in the University Preparatory Program or Wilto Yerlo Preparatory Program.
    Assessment Personal development plans x 2; Annotated bibliography; Multiple-choice questionnaires; Wikipedia research activity; Oral presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chad Habel

    Course Timetable

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

    2014 Timetable

    : Mondays, 1pm-2pm: Benham Labs G25
    Tutorial: Mondays, 10am-12pm: Hughes 323
  • 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. Critically reflect on their own lifelong learning.
    8. Demonstrate awareness of multicultural perspectives.
    9. 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Faigley, L 2011, The little Penguin handbook, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest,

    Recommended Resources
    Bretag, T, Crossman, J & Bordia, S 2009, Communication skills, revised,
    McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Limited, North Ryde, NSW.

    Murphy, R 2004, English grammar in use, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


    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
    Lectures and problem-solving tutorials based on material covered in lectures

    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
    Week 1:       Overview; Following instructions; Making the most of feedback; Group work; Personal  Development Plan

    Week 2:       Academic integrity and Turnitin; Answering the question and critiquing the literature

    Week 3:       Reading and text organisation; Library research exercise in the Barr Smith Library

    Week 4:       Referencing practice; Academic style

    Week 5:       Annotated bibliographies; Parts of speech; Using dictionaries

    Week 6:       Planning an essay; Introductions and conclusions


    Week 7:       Essays continued: Paragraph writing

    Week 8:       Oral presentation skills and use of PowerPoint

    Week 9:       Editing; Grammar issues

    Week 10:     Grammar continued; Different academic writing genres

    Week 11:     Oral presentations in class

    Week 12:     Exam preparation activity; Personal Development Plan revisited        

    For clarification on which dates correspond to which weeks, please visit:

    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).
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The University of Adelaide has committed to a pedagogical approach termed the “Small Group Discovery Experience”, indicating that the SHDE will be a core component in a credit-bearing course of every undergraduate program, and that it will be part of every first-year level from 2014. Since the UPP is not an award-based program, it is not strictly required to include an SGDE in the UPP.

    However, since the UPP is designed to prepare students for first-year study, and the SGDE will be a core component of all first-year study, it is important for the UPP to provide some preparation in Small Group Discovery. These should be of a scaffolded, preparatory nature as befits each course within the program, and the philosophy and program objectives of the UPP. The Program has been designed to include preparation for small group work and research activity in many of its courses.

    More specifically, this course aims to prepare students for their small-group discovery experience by…

  • 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
    Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Learning Objective
    Personal Development
    Plan 1
    Formative/ Summative Friday
    Week 2 5pm
    10% Critically reflect on their own lifelong learning.

    Multiple Choice Questionnare 1 Formative/ Summative Friday
    Week 6 5pm
    10% Follow the conventions of academic presentations in written and oral formats; Use relevant  information/communication technologies and online learning
    applications effectively and confidently.
    Essay Summative Friday Week 7 5pm 30% Demonstrate argumentation and critical thinking
    skills in both writing and orally.

    Multiple Choice Questionnaire 2 Summative Friday Week 11 5pm 20% Follow the conventions of academic presentations in written and oral
    formats; Use relevant  information/communication technologies and online
    learningapplications effectively and confidently.
    Oral Presentation Summative Week 11
    In class
    Slides-4%, Delivery-3%)
    Follow the conventions of academic presentations in
    written and oral formats.

    Personal Development Plan 2 Summative Friday Week 13 5pm 15% Critically reflect on their own lifelong learning.
    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:

    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
    Assessment at university can be formative or summative. While all feedback helps you to review and develop your skills, formative assessment aims to help you develop your skills within a course, with further opportunities for improvement on a certain assignment, whereas summative assessment aims to give you final feedback on your performance.

    Personal Development Plan 1

    Word count: No set word count, but please write at least 10 words in each ‘Action for improvement’ box. There is no need to write complete sentences; note-format is acceptable.

    Submission via MyUni

    This Personal Development Plan aims to develop your skills in self-reflection and help you to identify your academic and research strengths. By doing this, you can see which areas you are already competent in and which areas need further development.

    Multiple Choice Questionnaire 1 & 2

    Word count: N/A

    Completion via MyUni

    The use of Multiple Choice Questionnaires (MCQs) will help you become more familiar with different
    features of MyUni. It will also give you an opportunity to practise the grammar and punctuation features which have been covered in class.


    Word count: 700 - 1000 words, excluding reference list and title

    Submission via MyUni

    Academic essays allow you to express an argument and persuade the reader of your views. They also help you to demonstrate your skills in referencing and selecting good academic sources. This essay will be based on a subject that you have developed during the course, through your  annotated bibliography and oral presentation.

    The minimum word count is 700 words, not including the reference list or the title, but including in-text references. The maximum word count is 1000 words, not including the reference list or the title, but including in-text references.

    Oral Presentation

    Word count: N/A Talk: 5-7 minutes

    Upload slides to MyUni by 5pm on Wednesday of Week 12.

    Your oral presentation is an opportunity to tell the rest of the group about the subject of your essay.  Oral presentations are an essential part of university study, and they are different to essays. You do not read your essay aloud in an oral presentation; rather, you present the information to the audience in an interesting way, using PowerPoint slides. For those familiar with Prezi software, this a good alternative to PowerPoint and you are encouraged to experiment. Visit for further information.

    We recognise that many people feel nervous about speaking in front of others, so only a very small number of marks are given to your delivery. Instead, you will be assessed mainly on the content of your talk and the usefulness of your PowerPoint slides. There will be plenty of advice given in the course to help you develop your presentation, and this is a good opportunity to practise your skills before you enrol in another university course.

    The presentation should take a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 minutes, and there will be 5 minutes allocated for questions at the end of each person’s talk.

    Personal Development Plan 2

    Word count: No set word count, but please write at least words in each ‘Action for improvement’ box. There is no need to write complete sentences.

    Submission via MyUni

    The second personal development plan encourages you to reflect on the skills you have learnt during the course and consider which skills you still need to develop for entry to university.

    Where specified, written assignments must be submitted using the “Assignments” submission function on MyUni. Your submission of an assignment via MyUni will be taken to indicate that you abide by the University’s policy on plagiarism. You can read the policy here: Please consult your lecturer if you have any concerns about academic integrity or plagiarism.

    All assignments will be electronically submitted via MyUni, except for tests and in-class assessments.

    Students may be granted extensions to assignments on medical or compassionate grounds;  documentation to support these ground will be required. Requests for extension must be made before the due date; requests for extension submitted after the due date will not be considered. All extension requests must be submitted to the Course Coordinator (Chad Habel:; any extensions granted by the lecturer or tutor will not be considered valid.

    All extension requests will be administered according to the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy:

    For a concise information sheet on this policy, please visit
    Penalties for Late Submission

    Unless the Course Profile states otherwise when an assessment is submitted after the due date, and without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5%  deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard  copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised 5% per day for every day including weekend days and public  holidays.  This penalty may be increased where the assignment is to be completed in a period of less than a week.

    This course aims to return assessed work within 2 weeks of its submission, although this cannot be guaranteed. The resubmission of assignments is not possible for this course, except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Course Coordinator.

    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.

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