• Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sean Perera
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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This course focuses on the key communication skills expected of diploma students in a tertiary academic environment. Students learn in a diverse range of contexts, many of which demand specific linguistic knowledge and high-quality communication skills in order for individuals to function as effective problem-solvers and critical thinkers as well as demonstrate understanding and actively participate in local, national and international academic communities. The integration of a practical focus on these skills into the academic curriculum reflects the expectations of undergraduates held by university academics and enables students to become more confident and competent communicators. This course emphasises proficiency in all of the macro-skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and enables students to identify and to remedy any English language deficits.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. distinguish between and apply appropriate levels and styles of English required for effective oral and written interaction in a range of academic contexts and for a range of audiences;
  2. express themselves clearly and accurately, individually and in groups, taking account of the views of others and of socio-cultural differences;
  3. research, identify and use high quality, academically appropriate evidence to effectively support claims and arguments ;
  4. identify and use high-frequency, high-priority vocabulary appropriate to a range of subject areas, particularly when required to describe, explain, illustrate, discuss, compare, interpret, reflect, analyse, synthesise and propose ideas and information; and
  5. prepare high-quality presentations and documents using a range of textual, diagrammatic and graphic media.

Other Information

Dr Sean Perera

Email: Sean.Perera@anu.edu.au

Indicative Assessment

  1. On-going reflections ( 4 Reflection task @ 5% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Reading Critically (10% Group Discussion, 20% Literature Review) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Scholarly Writing (10% Essay Draft, 20% Final Essay) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Presenting Research (10% Poster and 10% for Presentation) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Two weekly classes of two-hours duration each. In addition students are expected to commit up to six-hours of independent study weekly.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Diploma of Computing, Diploma of Music, Diploma of Science, Diploma of Creative Design or a Diploma of Liberal Studies. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENGN8150, COMP8701, ESEN1101 or ESEN6106.

Prescribed Texts

This course does not use a prescribed text. All required readings will be supplied to students via Wattle in PDF format. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3193 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7743 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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