LNGE40049 - Essay Writing for University
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On completion of this unit students should be able to apply the reading, thinking and writing skills necessary for academic purposes utilising appropriate grammar and writing patterns. Students are familiarised with the stages of the writing process and assisted to apply a range of associated learning strategies. In addition, students develop strategies to plan and write paragraphs, using academic language and conventions. They are introduced to research, note-taking and referencing skills for this purpose. They are also encouraged to examine their own worldviews, and those of others, and to develop critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in online discussion forums to support their learning. The unit culminates with students planning and writing an academic essay, using independent research skills acquired throughout the unit. Reflective practice is integral to the unit and this enables students to consider the connection between their personal learning journey and the unit outcomes.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Transition to the online 'Grademark' marking system. Student and staff feedback Transition to the online 'Grademark' system. As part of this process, automated marking criteria sheets will be created within the system.
Increase current use of the social media platform UCROO. Student and staff feedback Continue to encourage student and staff interaction with the platform. Continue to develop and upload useful and engaging writing resources.
Update the assessment models on Moodle Student and staff feedback Source new models and upload to Moodle.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns.
  2. Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks.
  3. Apply reading and note-taking frameworks and strategies to develop referenced academic paragraphs.
  4. Evaluate relevant, scholarly research to support academic writing.
  5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions.
  6. Use planning frameworks to produce a conventionally structured and referenced academic essay.
  7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system.
  8. Reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning.

On completion of this unit students should be able to apply the reading, thinking and writing skills necessary for academic purposes utilising appropriate grammar andwriting patterns. Students are familiarised with the stages of the writing process and assisted to apply a range of associated learning strategies. In addition, students develop strategies to plan and write paragraphs, using academic language and conventions. They are introduced to research, note-taking and referencing skills for this purpose. They are also encouraged to examine their own worldviews, and those of others, and to develop critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in online discussion forums to support their learning. The unit culminates with students planning and writing an academic essay, using independent research skills acquired throughout the unit . Reflective practice is integral to the unit and this enables students to consider the connection between their personal learning journey and the unit outcomes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Self Management          
2. Communication    
3. Information Literacy          
4. Information Technology Competence            
5. Problem Solving        
6. Critical Thinking        
7. Cross-Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical Practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Essay Writing for University Study Guide
Author/s: CQUniversity STEPS Staff Year: 2017
Edition: 4th edn Publisher: CQUniversity
City: Rockhampton State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Harvard Referencing Guide (Abridged)
Author/s: Academic Learning Centre Year: 2016
Edition: Latest Publisher: CQUniversity
City: Rockhampton State: Queensland
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

All study material for this unit is freely available on Moodle in electronic form; however, purchase of hardcopy study material is highly recommended. Hard copies can be purchased online at minimal cost, via the CQUniversity Bookshop.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Personal Computer
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWendy Ward (w.ward@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Module 1: Pen to paper - prewriting strategies

Module activities

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 2: Reaching your audience - achieving your purpose

Module activities

Complete online editing quiz 1

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 3: Purposeful paragraphs - part 1

Module activities

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 4: Purposeful paragraphs - part 2

Module activities

Complete online editing quiz 2

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 5: Reading, research and referencing - part 1

Module activities

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 6: Reading, research and referencing - part 2

Module activities

Complete online editing quiz 3

Research Paragraph Due

Research Paragraph Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 7: Effective essays - planning

Module activities

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 8: Effective essays - researching

Module activities

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 9: Effective essays - structuring

Module activities

Annotated Bibliography Due

Annotated Bibliography Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 10: Effective essays - writing and editing

Module activities

Week 11 22-05-2017

Final cut, polish and submission of essay

Module activities

Week 12 29-05-2017

Reflecting on Essay Writing for University

Module activities

Research Essay Due

Research Essay Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Editing Quizzes
Task Description

You will need to complete three (3) short online editing quizzes at the Moodle site for this unit. To prepare for these quizzes, you will need to work carefully and sequentially through the Editing Toolbox Activities in Weeks 1-6 in the Study Guide: Quiz 1 relates to content covered in Weeks 1 and 2; Quiz 2 relates to content from Weeks 3 and 4; and Quiz 3 relates to content from Weeks 5 and 6.

The quizzes are 'open book', which means you are free to refer to the information in the Study Guide as you complete the tasks. We allow this because the quizzes are not a test of memory; they are a test of how well you have understood the study material, and how well you can use this knowledge to recognise and edit errors in written work.

Please note: Do not panic if you get locked out of a quiz, for whatever reason. Contact your lecturer and they will reset the quiz for you.

Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date Quiz 1 is due Friday Week 2, Quiz 2 is due Friday Week 4, and Quiz 3 is due Friday Week 6.
Return Date to Students Students will receive their grade automatically on completion of each quiz.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item relates to unit learning outcomes 1, 3, 5 and 7, and to the general assessment criteria detail that follows.

  • Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns
  • Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose
  • Record citation details according to referencing conventions
  • Develop competence in the use of the online learning management systems
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 5/15
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns.

2. Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks.

5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions.

7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Paragraph
Task Description

There are two main items that form the submission of this assessment task. These are:

  • Activity 5-6 in Week 5 of your Essay Writing for University Study Guide. You must submit the note-taking/making and planning activities (including the graphic organiser) in Activity 5-6 together with the polished research paragraph and a reference list.
  • A word-processed reflective response (100-200 words).

A detailed description of the assessment and a criteria sheet will be available for all students to access on the Essay Writing for University Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item relates to learning objectives 1–3, 5, 7 and 8, and to the general assessment criteria detail that follows.

  • use appropriate grammar and writing patterns
  • produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks
  • apply reading and note-taking frameworks and strategies to develop referenced academic paragraphs
  • record citation details according to referencing conventions
  • reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 7/15
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Upload through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns.

2. Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks.

3. Apply reading and note-taking frameworks and strategies to develop referenced academic paragraphs.

5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions.

7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system.

8. Reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Annotated Bibliography
Task Description

There are two items that form the submission of this assessment task. These are:

  • A 4-item Annotated Bibliography (900 words)
  • A word-processed reflective response (100-200 words)

The Annotated Bibliography (Assessment 3) is designed to assist you in completing the Research Essay (Assessment 4). In Assessment 3 you will prepare an Annotated Bibliography of 4 different types of resources that could be useful for your Research Essay. The four resources you locate and evaluate in this assessment, the Annotated Bibliography, will form the foundation of the 6-10 resources required to write your Research Essay.

For Assessment 3 and Assessment 4, you may choose one of the following topics:

A) The modern Australian lifestyle has created some problems for the natural environment. Discuss two of these problems and the ways they are being addressed.

OR

B) Since the 1960s, gender roles in Australian society have undergone many significant changes. Choose two of these changes, and discuss their positive and negative impacts.

OR

C) This century, the increasing use of mobile technologies and social media platforms has impacted on Australian society in a number of ways. Choose two of these technologies/platforms, and discuss their positive and negative impacts.

A detailed description of the assessment and a criteria sheet will be available for all students to access on the Essay Writing for University Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item relates to unit learning outcomes 4, 5, 7 and 8, and to the general assessment criteria detail that follows.

  • search for and evaluate relevant, scholarly research to support academic writing
  • record citation details according to referencing conventions
  • develop competence in the use of the online learning management system
  • reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 9/20
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Upload through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns.

4. Evaluate relevant, scholarly research to support academic writing.

5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions.

7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system.

8. Reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Essay
Task Description

By completing the Let’s go activities in Weeks 7-10 of the Essay Writing for University Study Guide, you will produce an academic essay of approximately 1600 words in response to ONE of the following topics:

A) The modern Australian lifestyle has created some problems for the natural environment. Discuss two of these problems and the ways they are being addressed.

OR

B) Since the 1960s, gender roles in Australian society have undergone many significant changes. Choose two of these changes, and discuss their positive and negative impacts.

OR

C) This century, the increasing use of mobile technologies and social media platforms has impacted on Australian society in a number of ways. Choose two of these technologies/platforms, and discuss their positive and negative impacts.

There are three items that form the submission of this assessment task:

  • your word-processed responses to Let’s Go Activities 7-1, 9-2, 10-1 and 10-2
  • the final word-processed Research Essay (Let’s Go Activity 10-4 in the Study Guide)
  • word-processed reflective response (100-200 words)

A detailed description of the assessment and a criteria sheet will be available for all students to access on the Essay Writing for University Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The Research Essay will be returned to students prior to the Certification of Grades, Term 1, 2017 (July 7, 2017).
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item relates to learning objectives 1-8 and the general criteria that follows.

Planning and drafting:

  • analysing a topic
  • using graphic organisers to plan main ideas of body paragraphs
  • using graphic organisers to plan the introduction and conclusion
  • including different viewpoints in the draft of an essay

Academic essay structure:

  • writing an introduction according to conventions outlined in the Study Guide
  • writing body paragraphs according to the conventions of say it, prove it and clinch it
  • writing a conclusion according to conventions outlined in the Study Guide
  • achieving cohesion within and between paragraphs using appropriate cohesive ties

Referencing:

  • using the Harvard conventions both in text and in the reference list
  • using author-prominent and information-prominent referencing
  • applying academic integrity to writing (no plagiarism).

Language use:

  • using formal, objective language
  • writing in a clear and concise way
  • using a variety of sentence structures to achieve rhythm and flow
  • using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 25/50
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Upload through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use appropriate grammar and writing patterns.

2. Produce writing pieces according to audience and purpose using writing frameworks.

3. Apply reading and note-taking frameworks and strategies to develop referenced academic paragraphs.

4. Evaluate relevant, scholarly research to support academic writing.

5. Record citation details according to referencing conventions.

6. Use planning frameworks to produce a conventionally structured and referenced academic essay.

7. Develop competence in the use of the online learning management system.

8. Reflect on new ideas and their relationship to personal worldviews and academic learning.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice




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