Courses & Units

Academic Writing XAB021

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Rozelle - Sydney


For the first half of 2021, all teaching activities for this unit will be delivered online.


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
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Pre-Degree

Simon Fraser and I-Lien Tsay

Teaching staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Hobart Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic Domestic Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Nursing Study Period 2 31/5/2021 16/6/2021 11/7/2021 20/8/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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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.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100705 $1,812.0 $850.0 not applicable $2,445.0

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus students:

Semester delivery: Five x 2 hour online workshops

Nursing Study Period 2 delivery: Four x 2 hour online workshops

Off Campus students are encouraged to participate in live online teaching activities.


AT1: Essay (10%)

AT2: Revised Essay (20%)

AT3: Essay (30%)

AT4: Essay or Running Commentary (40%)

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