Introduction to Academic Writing and Professional Communication

Note: This subject has replaced EDU105 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research.

The aim of this subject is to prepare students for effective study at undergraduate level. The unit will provide students with an overview to the multiliteracy skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and researching, all of which are critical to both effective teaching practice and ITE requirements (LANTITE). As such, the subject content will examine the utilisation of rhetoric and reasoning, effective writing and reading in Academic English, notetaking, basic citation and referencing, research skills, and professional communication in both written and oral formats.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU108
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Carrigy



Awards offering Introduction to Academic Writing and Professional Communication

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify, discuss and demonstrate the practices and skills required for academic studies and professional communication in an education and teaching context.
  2. Use appropriate oral communication skills to clearly articulate ideas, opinions and information in academic and professional contexts.
  3. Apply critical and creative thinking to solve problems, analyse information and articulate clear written and verbal responses in a range of academic and professional contexts.
  4. Apply foundational academic research and writing skills to synthesise, analyse and present information in academic contexts.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Unit
  • Study Skills: Time Management and Effective Note Taking
  • Critical Reading
  • Critical Thinking
  • Rhetoric and Logic
  • Delivering Effective Oral Communication
  • In-Class Presentations
  • Conducting Effective Research
  • Writing Skills: Grammar and Language
  • Writing Skills: Paragraph and Essay Structure
  • Writing Skills: Editing and Proofreading
  • Effective Professional Communication

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • e-Learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Fortnightly Quizzes (25%)
  • Oral Presentation and Q&A Engagement (10%)
  • Annotated Bibliography (25%)
  • Major Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

Primary Readings provided