EDUC 2003OL - Academic English II

Online - Winter - 2024

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 2003OL
    Course Academic English II
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 4 hours per week for 4 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Incompatible ENGL 1110, ENGL 1112, ENGL 2110, EDUC 1016
    Assessment Online grammar quiz 5%, Online punctuation quiz 5%, Online academic honesty quiz 5%, Essay plan presentation 50%, Final essay (hurdle requirement) 35%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Westphalen

    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 practising 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)

    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, 3, 4

    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, 4

    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.

    2, 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.

    1, 4

    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.

    4, 5

    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
    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!
    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 communications platforms.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2 x 2 hour online tutorials per week
    12 x 1 hour online lectures per course
    1 x 2 hour online discussion per week

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

    2 x 2 hour online tutorials per week = 16 hours per course

    12 x 1 hour online lectures per course = 12 hours per course

    1 x 2 hour online discussion per week = 8 hours per course

    Reading, assignment planning and online assignments = 120 hours per course

    TOTAL 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a guide only. Tutorial activities may change slightly according to the needs of the class.

    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: Academic integrity and referencing
    Online lecture 5: Punctuation

    Online tutorial 1: Critical and effective reading; note taking from readings; thesis statements
    Online tutorial 2: Essay examples; writing complete sentences; library research skills and referencing; choosing search terms

    Week 2

    Online lecture 6: Paragraphs and introductions/conclusions
    Online lecture 7: Critical thinking
    Online lecture 8: Creating a narrated PPt or video to present your essay plan
    Online lecture 9: Constructing and presenting an argument

    Online tutorial 3: Essay planning; grouping information
    Online tutorial 4: Referencing; plagiarism workshop; academic sources

    Week 3
    Online lecture 10: Paraphrasing

    Online tutorial 5: Developing an argument/thesis statement; introductions and conclusions; paragraph structure
    Online tutorial 6: Using quotations and secondary sources

    Week 4

    Online lecture 11: Editing and proofreading
    Online lecture 12: Different academic genres

    Online tutorial 7: Strengthening your voice and achieving cohesion
    Online tutorial 8: Final questions and essay peer review
  • 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
    Online quizzes - 15%
    Essay plan presentation - 50%
    Final essay - 35%
    Assessment Detail
    Essay plan presentation Students will be required to create a narrated PowerPoint explaining the plan for their final essay and their reasons for planning and structuring the plan in this way, including reflections on any difficulties encountered and areas still to be addressed. 50% weighting

    Final essay Students will be given a choice of 4 essay topics relating to Academic English skills. They will choose one topic and write a 1500 word essay on it, including support from at least four peer reviewed journal articles. They will also write a Turnitin reflection of around 100 words. The Turnitin reflection is part of the word count. 35% weighting

    Online quizzes
    Online grammar quiz  - 5%
    Online punctuation quiz - 5%
    Online academic honesty quiz - 5%
    All assignments will be submitted via MyUni as file uploads. 
    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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    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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