UNL11 Academic Literacy Skills

This course will help you develop the skills needed to write a tertiary level academic research essay.

UNL11 focuses on developing the communication and written skills necessary to succeed in a university environment. This course includes practical writing skills including how to:
• recognise key ideas
• effectively summarise and note take
• organise and communicate ideas clearly
• effectively research using databases and internet resources
• structure and write an academic essay at a tertiary level
• correctly reference your academic essay

This course is 100% online and self- directed. You are able to enrol at any time during the year and are able to complete the course in a time-frame of up to 12 months.

Select universities accept this course as an English prerequisite (please check with your chosen university before enrolling).

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has recognised that successful completion of this course can contribute 3 credits to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) as a Recognised Study.

This course covers:

  • what academic writing is, and what makes it different from other kinds of writing
  • what the main ideas are, why they are important, and how they can be recognised
  • how to organise ideas and communicate them clearly
  • how to summarise and note down accurately the information required
  • how to research, write, reference and present essays.

For more information please Download Our Course Outline.

The course materials include:

  • Student welcome email
  • Electronic course guide book
  • Online textbook
  • You will also receive instructions on how to access your Online Classroom to submit your assignments online.

Purchasing the Academic Literacy Skills textbook is not a requirement as there is an online version available in the online classroom.  However, many students benefit from having the hardcopy.  This can be purchased via the QLD Textbook Warehouse (http://www.qtw.com.au).  Type “UNL11ALS” in the search field at the top of their website homepage.

This course does not assume that you have any prior knowledge beyond general reading and writing skills. It does presume you will be self-motivated and capable of self-directed learning (within the guidelines provided by the course materials). Since this is an online course, it is presumed that you have adequate computer skills and can use the main Windows Office programs efficiently.

Academic literacy Skills includes:

  • An online textbook with written activities to help you develop skills to write an academic essay (most of these exercises have detailed answers so you can check your answer)
  • online videos recorded by the teacher explaining the assessment tasks
  • online links to material/videos to help develop your writing skills
  • feedback to written work from an experienced English teacher
  • access to the TAFEQLD library network and librarians
  • online support available after hours through Studiosity

Domestic students: $1106
International students: $1340

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You have 12 months to complete this course; however, it may be completed sooner.

This course requires a recommended minimum of 180 hours or 13 weeks to complete.

Note: Most students take 360 hours to complete the course as the 180 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and turning in draft work. 

The following Study Plans can be used as a guide to complete the course in 13 or 26 weeks:-

13 Week Study Plan

26 Week Study Plan

Tutorial support is provided by our experienced and qualified educator, Helen Wilkie.

Before enrolling in this course, you must check with the university you plan on attending to ensure the course meets their requirements for English. (For example: some universities require you to receive at least 75% on your final exam before it will be accepted.)

Enrolments take approximately two days to be processed, but may take longer during our peak times.

As soon as payment is confirmed you will receive an email inviting you into the online classroom.

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