The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Aims to develop written and oral language skills needed for undergraduate study at university. This course will provide teaching and discussion activities on a variety of themes relevant to young adults. It utilises a wide variety of Australian and international texts, both fiction and non-fiction.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop awareness of construction of key ideas and issues in a variety of texts.

2. Develop ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise ideas as represented in factual and fictional texts

3. Develop academic skills of close analysis, critical reading and note taking

4. Develop capacity for independent research

5. Develop ability to construct argument in written and oral form

6. Develop academic skills of referencing written work

7. Develop ability to apply knowledge and critical skills in an examination setting


This course will provide teaching and discussion activities primarily on the theme of personal identity in young adults, and the significant factors which shape identity. It utilises a wide variety of Australian texts, both fiction and factual, with the central focus on a young adult novel.The course focuses on fostering the following skills:

  1. Academic writing skills including paragraphing, essay planning and writing, paraphrase, summarising and precis writing
  2. Academic integrity and the process of referencing
  3. Critical reading aimed at developing student capacity for deeper understanding of a variety of texts, with graded introduction to academic text types
  4. Independent research skills and effective use of the university library
  5. Informal oral presentation skills
  6. Group discussion and study skills at a tertiary level
  7. Critical thinking skills


Students must be active in the Newstep Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Text Quizzes

Written Assignment: Partial Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Quiz: Online Open Book Referencing Quiz

Written Assignment: Reflection

Formal Examination: Take Home Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks