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Unit Overview


This unit is part of the pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. The unit provides a foundation in the communication and research skills appropriate to a tertiary undergraduate level. The unit provides the means for students to develop and consolidate competency in a range of communicative contexts. Topics covered include conventions of various modes of academic discourse (scientific and non-scientific), basic library, database, research skills, textual interpretation and critical reading, the conventions and expectations of a variety of assessment modes and associated strategies required to meet those expectations. The unit is integrated with the other first semester units in the Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences. In addition to the core content of this unit, research and communication methods employed by other units are used as particular examples of the broader research and communication skills required in the tertiary context. The unit also supports students' engagement with the compulsory online unit for all students, CARS1000 Communication and Research Skills.

6 points

Students are able to (1) clarify the main concepts of an assignment topic using reference sources; (2) select keywords representing the major concepts in an assignment topic; (3) distinguish between the various types of material (e; (4) g; (5) books, e-books, journals, book chapters, internet resources) and methods of access; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and coverage of different information access tools; (7) construct an appropriate search strategy for specified resources; (8) demonstrate knowledge of appropriate electronic sources; (9) recognise the need to critically evaluate information; (10) recognise the importance of citing sources and quoting accurately (avoiding plagiarism); (11) explain the rationale of referencing in the academic context; (12) know where to go to get further assistance; (13) identify the demands of differing assignment/assessment tasks; (14) identify the differing strategies to be applied to different assessment tasks; and (15) participate effectively in a team environment; and (14) orally present to a group of peers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) library search exercise; (2) scientific report; (3) descriptive essay; (4) analytic essay; (5) one-hour short-answer examination; (6) one-hour multiple-choice examination; and (7) group tutorial presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.