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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Phil Hancock
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.
  • 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.