Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Shalmalee Palekar
Unit rules
Permission / approval is required to enrol
HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I
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.
  • 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.