EDUC 1016 - Academic English I

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2020

Students undertaking this course will develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking English in an intensive study situation. They will read selected English academic texts (or extracts from them), learn skills for understanding these texts, and develop written and spoken responses to them. The course is appropriate for both students whose first language is not English and for native speakers of English. Students will develop transferable skills in critical thinking, research, the evaluation of secondary sources and the planning and drafting of academic assignments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 1016
    Course Academic English I
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4 hours per week for 4 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ENGL 1110, ENGL 2110 and EDUC 2003
    Assessment Online grammar quiz 5%, Online punctuation quiz 5%, Online academic honesty quiz 5%, Essay plan presentation 50%, Final essay 35%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julia Miller

    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, you should have had experience in:
    1 Preparing and delivering a range of academic texts (essay and oral presentation).
    2 Demonstrating skills in the genre of academic writing, including structuring at macro and micro levels; working with primary and secondary sources; developing an argument; and using register, audience and authorial voice.
    3 Developing research skills relevant to the analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    4 Developing and practisng skills in referencing, quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism.
    5 Preparing and delivering coherent and logically argued material in both written and oral forms.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 3, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course handbook - You can download a free pdf from the course in MyUni.
    It is better to print this or use it on a laptop/tablet, as we will use this handbook a lot in class. Your mobile phone screen will be too small for most activities!
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2 x 2-hour tutorials (x 4 weeks) - 16 hours in total
    1x 2-hours virtual classroom/online discussion (x 4 weeks) - 8 hours in total
    12 x 1-hour online lectures - 12 hours in total


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

    The total workload for this course is 156 hours over 4 weeks:

    2 x 2-hour tutorials (x 4 weeks) - 16 hours in total.
    1x 2-hours virtual classroom/online discussion (x 4 weeks) - 8 hours in total.
    12 x 1-hour online lectures - 12 hours in total.

    100 hours of reading, assignment planning and online assignments.
    20 hours of group meetings to prepare your final online oral presentation.
    Learning Activities Summary
    N.B. These may be adjusted, depending on student needs.


    Week 1

    Online lecture 1: Introduction to academic writing; Naming files; writing emails
    Online lecture 2: Building a sentence
    Online lecture 3: Thesis statements
    Online lecture 4: Punctuation 
    Online lecture 5: Academic integrity and referencing

    Tutorial 1: Critical and effective reading; note taking from readings;
    Tutorial 2: Essay examples; thesis statements; library research skills; choosing search terms

    Week 2

    Online lecture 6: Example essay plan presentation
    Online lecture 7: Creating a narrated PowerPoint to present your essay plan

    Tutorial 3: Essay planning; developing a thesis statement; introductions and conclusions; paragraph structure
    Tutorial 4: Referencing and academic integrity

    Week 3

    Online lecture 8: Critical thinking

    Tutorial 5: Constructing an argument; critical thinking; text organisation
    Tutorial 6: Using quotations and secondary sources; paraphrasing; essay plan peer review

    Week 4

    Online lecture 9: Editing and proofreading
    Online lecture 10: Different academic genres
    Online lecture 11: Dictionaries and concordancers
    Online lecture 12: Oral presentations

    Tutorial 7: Strengthening your voice and achieving cohesion;  hedging
    Tutorial 8: Final questions and essay peer review
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will work in small groups, with support from their tutor, to conduct research and prepare for an oral presentation delivered as a narrated Power Point.
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online grammar quiz Summative 5% 2
    Online punctuation quiz Summative 5% 2
    Online academic honesty quiz Summative 5% 2
    Essay plan presentation Summative 50% 1,2,3,4,5
    Final Essay Summative 35% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail
    Essay plan presentation: students will be required to create a narrated PowerPoint orother audiovisual presentation explaining the plan for their final essay andtheir reasons for planning and structuring the plan in this way, includingreflections on any difficulties encountered and areas still to be addressed –30% weighting 

    Participation and online discussion: students will be assessedon their contribution to in-class activities and to the online discussion forum(N.B. online contributions can be made at the time of the online discussion orafter the scheduled discussion time, ie synchronously or asynchronously) – 5%weighting
    The quizzes are done and marked online through MyUni.

    The essay and essay plan are submitted online through MyUni using Turnitin. Feedback will be provided online. Examples are provided in the MyUni course and in the course handbook. A template for the essay plan is also provided in the MyUni course and in the course handbook.

    Essay plans will be marked quickly and returned early in Week 4. Final essays will be graded within 2 weeks.

    No cover sheets are necessary for any assignment.

    It is not possible to resubmit work for any assignment after the due date. You may upload revised essays and essay plans up till their due date.

    The quizzes do not allow late submissions. If they are not completed on time they will receive 0%.

    Late submissions without approval for the essay plan will receive 0%.

    Late submissions without approval for the final essay will receive 0%.

    If you have special circumstances that account for late submission, you should send an Application for Assessment Extension form to the course coordinator before the due date of the assignment. This form must contain the appropriate signatures.

    Application for Assessment Extension

    An excellent resource to help you plan your time is the assignment planning calculator on Massey University’s OWLL website.
    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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