Courses & Units

Academic Writing XAB021

The NUR02 availability of XAB021 Academic Writing is tailored to students undertaking the Nursing Foundation Studies pathway in the Diploma of University Studies. Students in other pathways should enrol in the Semester 1 or Semester 2 availability of this unit instead.


In this unit you will develop your ability to communicate in written form in a university environment. You will gain the skills and develop strategies to plan and write academically. In particular, you will analyse assignment tasks, learn how to structure an essay, draw on your critical thinking skills, and synthesise multiple academic sources and reference these in-text.


Unit name Academic Writing
Unit code XAB021
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Pre-Degree
Coordinator Doctor Dominic Lennard
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Foundation


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Online Nursing Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Nursing Study Period 2 20/5/2024 11/6/2024 1/7/2024 11/8/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply critical components for academic writing.
  • Plan and write in academic formats in accordance with university standards and principles.
  • Exercise critical thinking to evaluate, analyse and integrate sources into academic writing.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Semester delivery: 2-hour work once per week.

NSP Delivery: Workshops occur in Weeks 24, 27, 30, 32. Tutorials occur in Weeks 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 34.

Spring School delivery: 2-hour workshops twice per week (optional)

AssessmentAT2: Integrating Evidence Quiz (10%)|AT1: Essay Plan (15%)|AT3: Short Essay (35%)|AT4: Long Essay (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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