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All teaching activities for this unit will be delivered online for 2021.


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Academic Writing
Unit code XAB021
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Semester 2: I-Lien Tsay

Nursing Study Period  2: Simon Fraser

Teaching staff

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and apply critical components for academic writing.

2. Plan and write in academic formats in accordance with university standards and principles.

3. Exercise critical thinking to evaluate, analyse and integrate sources into academic writing.




Teaching Pattern

Off Campus students: 2 hour weekly online workshop (optional)


AT1: Essay (10%)

AT2: Revised Essay (20%)

AT3: Essay (30%)

AT4: Essay or Running Commentary (40%)

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