RSCH20002 - English for Research
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit aims to provide masters and doctoral Research higher degree (RHD) students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully communicate in English. You will become familiar with the academic skills required for effective reading, writing, listening and spoken English. The assessment in this unit will align with individual goals and have direct correlation to your own research. The assessment supports the development of advanced skills and confidence in using English for academic purposes at CQUniversity. This unit will be available to any candidate studying a Research Higher Degree (i.e. masters by research or doctoral level study), and is particularly suited to candidates from non-English speaking backgrounds, be those either domestic or international enrolments. Candidates can self-select to enrol in this unit, or may be asked to do so under direction of their Supervisory Panel or Research Division.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points [not found]
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load [not found]

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 2 - 2017
  • Distance

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 0-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 0 hours of study per week, making a total of 0 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio Pass/Fail
2. Presentation Pass/Fail
3. Written Assessment Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Articulate the process of acculturation and the different contexts required when communicating using English
  2. Utilise a range of active listening skills when doing research and project work
  3. Apply critical and analytical reading skills to areas of research
  4. Design and deliver an oral presentation incorporating English verbal and non-verbal cues
  5. Apply English language conventions, punctuation and grammar fundamentals to written texts.

There is no relevant external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Presentation    
3 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge        
2. Communication  
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research      
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio      
2 - Presentation      
3 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAnne Braund (a.braund@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 10-07-2017

Academic acculturation: Introduction to the process of acculturation and the importance of interacting with academic peers to enhance study success.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 2 17-07-2017

Academic English: Investigating communication and contexts. Understanding the fundamentals of English communication and different contexts to competently interact in a global academic environment.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 3 24-07-2017

Academic English: The importance of Active Listening. How to critically evaluate texts, effectively note-take and formulate responses

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 4 31-07-2017

Academic English: Speaking. Examine the skills required for successful oral presentations, checking pronunciation and accent management.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Assessment Task 1:

Portfolio (4 Written tasks) Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Academic English: Reading. Examine key strategies to effectively comprehend and evaluate written texts.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Academic English: Writing. Consolidate understandings around language style, sentence and paragraph structure.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 7 28-08-2017

Academic English: Writing. Review of academic genres and text formats. Presenting this information in both written and spoken formats.

Live symposium held using Zoom. All students to participate in the delivery of their Oral Presentation.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Assessment Task 2:

Oral Presentation Due Tuesday (29 Aug 17) 10:30 AM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017

Language Conventions: English Grammar. This week we consolidate rules around fundamental punctuation and grammar (eg. Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs/tenses, Irregular, Adjectives, Irregular verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions, Syntax).

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 9 11-09-2017

Academic writing: Language Conventions. Identify problems or issues related to academic writing requirements.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 10 18-09-2017

Academic writing: Strategies. Examine the features of effective writing, language conventions, and extended academic vocabulary.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 11 25-09-2017

Academic writing: Research. The importance of editing.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Week 12 02-10-2017

Academic success: The nexus between academic communication and peer reviews, feedback and self-evaluation.

Zoom session - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Assessment Task 3:

Reflective Report Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio (4 Written tasks)
Task Description

Assessment 1 – Portfolio

Title: English for Research: knowledge, skills and perspectives.

The aim of this assessment is to complete 4 tasks to demonstrate effective use of English communication skills (Listening, Reading, Spoken and Written). Approximately 200-300 words for each task.

Structure

This assessment consists of 4 written tasks.

1. Introduce yourself

2. Information Literacy - Research overview

3. Listening Task - Technology

4. Reading and note-taking - Abstract

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task is marked according to how well you have met the specified requirements, and in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined below. The criteria sheet that you require for submission is located under ‘Assessment Resources’ in the Moodle course site.

Reflection – critical reflection on self and peer evaluation and consideration of receiving and acting upon feedback is evidenced in portfolio tasks. Demonstrate a variety of measures have been used to reflect on own knowledge, performance, including self, and fellow RHD students.

Communication and presentation – all work is of an academic standard (well written with correct spelling, grammar, syntax and referenced).

Personal and professional development - demonstration of personal learning and reflection. This will include elements of planning, self-direction, seeking feedback, and commitment to quality improvement.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass all pieces of assessment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle

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

1. Articulate the process of acculturation and the different contexts required when communicating using English

2. Utilise a range of active listening skills when doing research and project work

3. Apply critical and analytical reading skills to areas of research

5. Apply English language conventions, punctuation and grammar fundamentals to written texts.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Oral Presentation
Task Description

Assessment 2 - Oral Presentation

Title: Research proposal – Oral presentation

As a researcher, we often interact with multiple communities about what we do: sharing our methods and findings, soliciting feedback and information about impact, and creating new networks for further work. One common vehicle for such engagement is oral presentation - often given at conferences and other research settings. The aim of this assessment is to enhance your oral presentation skills and receive feedback to refine your proposal.

Structure. The Oral Presentations will be conducted via a Collaborate session in Week 7. Your presentation should be 20 minutes in duration inclusive of question time and any materials (for example PowerPoint slides). Slides should be submitted online three days prior to the session.

1. Prepare a 7 minute presentation for the symposium. This should include:

· An outline of your research proposal

· What the existing literature indicates around this thesis

· What are your proposed integration strategies for addressing the problem

· What is the likely impact of your proposed strategies?

· 5 minutes discussion time where questions will be posed by your RHD colleagues

· Prior to the symposium, present to your mentor so that they can provide you with feedback.

Support. Students will receive support for this task as follows:

· Guidelines for conducting online presentations.

· Course readings.

· Online discussion forums for sharing resources and discussing module materials.

· Feedback provided by course coordinator.

Presentation

· When preparing your presentation, refer to the assessment criteria, which outline the specific aspects of quality and standards.

· There are no limitations on the number of slides. However, it needs to be appropriate to fit the given time frame.

· The last slide should contain a list of sources and/or references that have informed your presentation.

· There will be an allocated discussion time at the end of each presentation where you should be prepared to answer questions.

· Prior to the symposium, you should practise your presentation in the Blackboard Collaborate playpen.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Tuesday (29-Aug-2017) 10:30 AM AEST
Assessment Due Date
Return Date to Students Week 8 Tuesday (05-Sep-2017)
I will return your assessment with feedback within two days if you submit on time.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This assessment task is marked according to how well you have met the specified requirements, and in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined below. The criteria sheet that you require for submission is located under ‘Assessment Resources’ in the Moodle course site.

Integration – background research in the tertiary education context are discussed and aligned with consideration of scholarly literature and personal dispositions.

Reflection – critical reflection is evidenced in presented research.

Communication and presentation – all work is of an academic standard (well written with correct spelling, grammar, syntax and referenced). Presentation is persuasive and compelling and takes account of diverse audience needs. Clarity of purpose and coherence of oral expression (vocalisation, accent management, pronunciation and grammar); appropriate oral and written conventions used.

Technological implementation - innovation with a range of educational technologies, clearly communicated ideas that enabled a well-executed presentation. Competency in the technology that supports your presentation and discussion.

Personal and professional development - demonstration of personal learning including elements of planning, self-direction, seeking feedback, and commitment to quality improvement.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass all pieces of assessment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Presentation slides should be submitted online three days prior to the session. Submitted through Moodle.

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

1. Articulate the process of acculturation and the different contexts required when communicating using English

2. Utilise a range of active listening skills when doing research and project work

4. Design and deliver an oral presentation incorporating English verbal and non-verbal cues

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

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Reflective Report
Task Description

Assessment 3 – Reflective Report

Title: Reflective Report

The purpose of Reflective writing is to encourage you to reveal your personal thoughts about your life experiences in relation to your current research higher degree studies and career position.

Structure

This report is to include:

· A reflective essay on why you are studying a research higher degree, and what you hope to gain from it, during the study and after graduation. Reveal your expectations as a RHD student at CQUniversity and your immediate and long term career aspirations (500-600 words).

· Create a Curriculum Vitae for a research-based position job opportunity, providing an overview of your work experiences and other qualifications to date.

· Write an Ezine article about your research, suitable for publishing to an on-line community such as http://ezinearticles.com/ (500-600 words).

Support

Students are expected to proactively seek support for completion of the task throughout the term. Key support sources include:

· Informal consultations with the course coordinator as needed.

· Course resources include Essay and Ezine format models.

· Online discussion forums.

· Feedback provided by peers.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Assessment Due Date
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Students will receive written feedback on this assessment via Moodle.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

While the nature and the scope of the final project deliverable will vary somewhat between students, all deliverables will be assessed by the final criteria Scholarship, Reflection, Communication and presentation, Personal and professional development.

Scholarship critical analysis and interpretation of own research topic to create original texts for the Report.

Reflection - critical reflection on self and demonstration of elements of planning, self-direction, seeking feedback, and commitment to personal and professional improvement.

Communication and presentation – The structure of the report is in alignment with professional standards for the genre selected. The report is written in clear and concise language and all work is of an academic standard (well written with correct spelling, grammar, syntax and referenced). Written presentation/genre takes account of diverse audience needs.

Personal and professional development - Demonstrates professionalism informed by openness and the desire to advance knowledge and skills.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass all pieces of assessment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle

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

1. Articulate the process of acculturation and the different contexts required when communicating using English

3. Apply critical and analytical reading skills to areas of research

4. Design and deliver an oral presentation incorporating English verbal and non-verbal cues

5. Apply English language conventions, punctuation and grammar fundamentals to written texts.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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