UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CARS1000 Communication and Research Skills

Credit 0 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
Content In this unit, students work through a series of online tutorials in five modules: (1) starting their assignment; (2) finding the best evidence; (3) writing their assignment; (4) delivering their oral presentation; and (5) working in teams.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the expectations of academic writing at the University including how assignment questions are framed; (2) recognise an effective thesis statement and generate questions based on an assignment task; (3) find scholarly information in appropriate sources and critically analyse the credibility and relevance of information; (4) acknowledge the source of ideas and words of other authors and compile references in an appropriate style; (5) recognise common structural aspects of academic writing and select an appropriate structure for an assignment task; (6) recognise the different ways evidence can be used in assignments; (7) follow structured processes for reviewing and improving written work; and (8) recognise key components of academic oral presentations; (9) select an appropriate structure and support materials for an oral presentation; (10) follow structured processes for reviewing and improving presentation techniques; (11) understand a range of communication styles and how these affect team work; (12) follow processes for setting goals, allocating roles and keeping a team on track; and (13) identify ways to evaluate and learn from a team project.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: an online quiz (100 per cent). Students are permitted to attempt the quiz as often as they wish to achieve the 80 per cent pass mark. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Gina Sjepcevich
Contact hours self-paced online module
Note This is a compulsory online module for all students at the University who have not previously completed the unit.

  • 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.