HUMA1902 English Language and Academic Communication II

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • 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 produce clear, concise research reports and presentations on contemporary academic topics. They become familiar with research methods and design; and learn to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence. They will work individually and collaboratively to develop and apply language skills, intercultural understandings, and multimodal communication techniques.
Students are able to (1) prepare and deliver a research presentation on a contemporary topic of academic interest; (2) interact fluently with multiple speakers and contribute relevant ideas; (3) listen to discussions, and identify direct and implied meanings; (4) read and critically evaluate research reports on contemporary topics of academic interest; (5) write a clear, concise research report; (6) identify, apply and evaluate collaborative learning strategies; (7) apply intercultural understandings for effective academic communication in English; and (8) use multimodal techniques to aid research and communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) major research project; (2) active participation in class 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)
Professor Phil Hancock
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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 HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I. 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 followed by HUMA1902.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizy, J. and W.T. Fitzgerald, The Craft of Research, 4th edn: The University of Chicago Press 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.