HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit focuses on English language and academic communication skills for tertiary study. Students learn to understand the structure, form and purpose of academic essays; apply critical and creative thinking to analyse written and spoken academic texts; use evidence to construct and support arguments; and explore areas of cultural and intercultural knowledge in academic settings.They work independently and collaboratively, acquiring the skills to communicate complex ideas through clear and cohesive writing, group discussion and oral presentation.
Students are able to (1) prepare and deliver clear, coherent oral presentations; (2) articulate ideas convincingly and interact fluently in discussions and debates; (3) listen to lectures and extended presentations and take accurate listening notes; (4) read and critically analyse academic texts and take detailed reading notes; (5) write clear, coherent essays and extended academic arguments; (6) identify, apply and evaluate a range of strategies for independent learning and language learning; (7) demonstrate understanding of a range of teaching styles, learning styles and communication styles, including those typical of Australian universities; and (8) use a range of electronic technologies to assist language learning and to communicate ideas.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) active participation in tutorials, workshops and online; and (3) in-class test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Bennetts
Unit Outline
Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
This unit is designed for students who speak English as an additional language. Students who are native speakers of English may consider enrolling in SOCS1901 Communication in Practice. This unit complements HUMA1902 English Language and Academic Communication II. Both are stand-alone units and can be taken independently, concurrently or in sequence. When doing these units in sequence, the recommended order is HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I followed by HUMA1902 English Language and Academic Communication II.

Brick, J., Herke, M. and Wong, D. Academic Culture: a Student's Guide to Studying at University, 3rd edn: Macquarie MS&E 2016

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.