Academic and Professional Communications

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Academic and Professional Communications unit is a great opportunity to expand your academic skills and is designed to help you excel in the field of arts and humanities

Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, the unit has been specially designed to equip those who are new to the humanities with the academic skills and practices needed to succeed at a university level.

By completing this unit you will learn how to research effectively both online and offline, gain a deeper understanding of the conventions of academic genres, and be taught to develop more academically rigorous arguments.

You’ll also be trained to write academic essays, reference sources properly, revise and edit your work and give oral presentations.

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Eligibility

There are no formal prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.

You should ensure that you have not already completed the following unit, as it is considered academically equivalent:

  • Engaging in the Humanities

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Academic research
  • Academic referencing
  • Language for audience and purpose
  • Essay writing
  • The drafting process
  • Reflective and critical thinking
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Clear, concise language use
  • Language for professional contexts
  • Intercultural communications
  • Cultural contexts
  • Teamwork

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing), Curtin University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), Curtin University

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How will this unit advance my career?

For those who are new to studying humanities at a university level, this unit is a great way to become familiar with the academic standards and requirements you’ll need to meet if you want to excel.

By completing this unit you’ll be able to:

  • Locate sources and synthesise information for academic and research purposes
  • Apply advanced communication skills to improve learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically and creatively, and in a manner that is reflective
  • Effectively communicate and articulate concepts and practices relevant to the learning context and about yourself as a student

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Academic and Professional Communications from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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