EML172 Apply Language and Learning Skills (8)


In this CSU-TPC subject, students will apply analytical and evaluative skills in writing, studying, and research. Students will develop skills to read a range of written texts for meaning and purpose and respond to texts evaluating argument and language techniques in appropriate format. They will analyse political concepts and contexts and be able to present an analysis of political practice and ideas in a contemporary context  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 3
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
InternalWestern Sydney Institute
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML172
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USOffice for Students

Assumed Knowledge

Normally applicants will have Year 12 or equivalent, however applicants with other educational backgrounds will also be considered.

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the CSU Pathway Program - Diploma of General Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • 1. Be able to critically evaluate complex texts in context
  • 2. Be able to compose a sustained text appropriate to audience and context
  • 3. Be able to present a complex researched text in academic format
  • 4. Be able to select and evaluate relevant information for reliability and usefulness for research purposes
  • 5. Be able to apply knowledge of political concepts, ideologies and contexts
  • 6. Be able to present information in appropriate written formats
  • 7. Be able to identify and apply the concept of critical thinking in
  • 8. Be able to preparation for academic study
  • 9. Be able to develop skills and knowledge required to select, organise and evaluate information in an academic context
  • 10. Be able to understand the purposes and uses of written texts for further study
  • 11. Be able to understand the meaning of written texts for further study
  • 12. Be able to respond to a written text for further study


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • text types
  • writing styles
  • context
  • language techniques
  • purpose
  • political concepts
  • political structures and ideologies
  • political movements for change
  • political contexts
  • line of argument
  • thesis
  • evaluating in a particular context
  • understanding appropriate formats

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Students studying the distance education option will be required to attend two face-to-face residential schools at the support hub in Dubbo.

Dates for Residential Schools: First Residential School: Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 July 2014 Second Residential School: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 September 2014


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.