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 taken in the final period of study is designed for students with IELTS 6.0 and aims to develop academic study skills to the standard required for undergraduate study. The unit will help set academic skills in context through engagement with appropriate materials and supported self-study. The development of

writing, listening, reading and speaking skills will include a discussion of essay structure, plagiarism, criticality, listening and reading for specific information and for gist, and the development of presentational skills and discussions. Themes will relate to those studied in academic content units to ensure that students relate academic skills to their academic subjects.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) produce well-structured written text showing controlled use of the conventions used in academic writing; (2) demonstrate an understanding of a range of written texts which are of a general and academic nature; (3) express themselves with a degree of fluency and accuracy that enables spoken communication in an academic context; (4) develop active listening skills in general and academic contexts; (5) develop inter-cultural understanding to support

communication in an Australian context; and (6) demonstrate sufficient improvement in their English language competence suitable for EAP Part 2.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) essay; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

  • 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.