PACM1100 Professional and Academic Communications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (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 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.
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.
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
HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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.

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.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.