Courses & Units

Academic Writing XAB021

The 2023 Spring School (late) availability of this unit will be offered subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A decision to continue or cancel the offering will be made no less than one week before classes are due to start. If you have enrolled and your enrolment will change as a result of this decision you will be contacted via your UTAS email and supported to find an alternate unit to complete your enrolment.

The NSP2 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 Mrs Lisa Amerikanos
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 Spring school (late) Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic
Online Nursing Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (late) 6/11/2023 16/11/2023 30/11/2023 24/12/2023
Nursing Study Period 2 29/5/2023 19/6/2023 10/7/2023 20/8/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. 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

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091599 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,567.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.


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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