The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Common scholarly conventions and practices vary across disciplines. This course will situate students as ethnographers of their own learning and provide opportunities for the development of advanced academic and communication practices with relevance to their own disciplinary interests, and with an appreciation of disciplinary diversity.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate understanding of disciplinary diversity in common academic conventions.

2. demonstrate advanced academic practices in written communication including the use of genres appropriate to the disciplinary context, and critiquing and synthesising the ideas of other authors in written argument.

3. demonstrate advance oral communication practices including presentations and skillfully crafting and responding to questions in seminar contexts


The course focuses on advanced academic and communications practices in four areas:

  • Research, including appreciating ways of being, knowing and doing in disciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts, and developing reflective research practices.
  • Reading, including critically evaluating one’s own work and that of others.
  • Writing, including understanding academic writing conventions and the assumptions that underpin disciplinarily diverse language, understanding the logic and process of peer review, synthesising the ideas of others, and developing one’s own voice and style as appropriate for scholarly contexts.
  • Oral communication, including developing awareness of different audiences and their expectations, and communication through presentations with both diverse scholarly and lay audiences.


Assessment items

Presentation: sequence of short speaking assignments recorded and presented to the group

Literature Review: Literature Review

Essay: Written assignment or research report (draft and then final)

Presentation: Seminar Presentation