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 the second part of EAP and focuses on building a range of study, transferable and digital literacy skills to ensure Foundation learning is secure in preparation for undergraduate study. Its purpose is to develop the skills associated with being a critical academic learner when presenting information and in debating academic issues and when responding to academic texts. The unit also aims to develop skills needed to identify an appropriate range of academic sources and using these competently and in accordance with academic conventions. The unit develops students' self-reflection and time-management skills.

Upon completion of the unit, students are provided with an overall assessment as an IELTS equivalent, broken down by each of the four key skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Students are required to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to the standard entrance requirements for progression to their chosen undergraduate course.

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) demonstrate a critical and questioning approach to information that may be taken for granted; (2) produce clear well-structured extended written text showing controlled use of conventions and independent research; (3) express themselves with fluency and accuracy through the delivery an oral presentation on a specific subject with evidence; (4) develop active listening skills to support communication in an academic and non-academic context; (5) demonstrate self-reflection and independence of thought; and (6) demonstrate sufficient improvement in their English language competence suitable for entry on undergraduate study (IELTS level 6.5).


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.