The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course will introduce students to key skills in the English major by developing their expertise in reading, writing, and critical thinking. It will promote an appreciation of the multi-faceted resources of language, and of the challenges and satisfactions entailed in writing, and in writing about, literature and culture.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 3 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand and be able to engage in the practice of research;

2. Have the capacity to plan, develop, and complete a research essay in the discipline of English;

3. Understand and be able to deploy terms and techniques necessary to analysis of literature in English;

4. Have a basic understanding of cultural and linguistic issues important in the analysis of literature in English.


This course will introduce students to effective writing and reading strategies for a range of purposes and readerships. Topics will cover areas such as

  • Grammar, sentence structure, and the hierarchy of ideas
  • The art of punctuation
  • Working with words in a living language
  • Handling tone, voice, and register
  • Managing metaphor, satire, irony
  • Engaging with scholarship and different rhetorical styles
  • Managing complex ideas and arguments
  • Organization and contextual relevance
  • New technologies and new communities of reading and writing

Assessment items

Written Assignment: One to seven written assignments *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.