PACM1100 Professional and Academic Communications

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit focuses on enhancing communication and interpersonal skills in Australian academic and professional contexts. Students explore areas of cultural and intercultural knowledge, whilst applying critical and creative thinking to analyse evidence and construct persuasive academic essays. Students also learn to work collaboratively, acquiring the skills to communicate complex ideas through clear and cohesive writing, group discussion, and oral presentations.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) construct clear, coherent oral presentations; (2) critically evaluate academic and non-academic sources; (3) construct clear and coherent written arguments; (4) develop active listening and comprehension skills; (5) apply intercultural understandings that aid effective communication in Australian contexts; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of academic
research skills and referencing.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) participation; and (3) 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. Shalmalee Palekar
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Note
This unit is designed for students who speak English as an additional language. Students who are native speakers of English may consider enrolling in PACM1101 Communication in Practice.
Suggested
reading

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.
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