Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Term 3 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Janelle Hill


This unit introduces students to the requirements of writing for academic purposes. It provides them with a range of composition skills that are essential for producing academic essays, reports and reviews. The unit introduces writing styles and conventions appropriate to university study and provides students with practical insights into structuring cohesive academic essays and reports. Students are introduced to the various styles and genres of structuring and composing writing for academic purposes. Emphasis is focused upon understanding the detailed requirements of written assignments, referencing, and developing the necessary form and structure appropriate to the required task.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the components of written academic compositions
  2. structure written academic pieces, demonstrating cohesive sentence and paragraph structuring to progress a coherent argument and perspective
  3. have well developed referencing and attribution practices that adequately cite the work of contributing sources
  4. produce essays and reports that present a critical argument and adhere to the conventions of academic presentation.


Written work in class: paraphrasing and summary (1000 words, 25%)
Written work: developing an argument and referencing (1500 words, 35%)
Written work: academic essay (1500 words, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • workshops and lectures
  • tutorials
  • online activity

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

See also Unit timetable information

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