ESL172 Language and Learning Skills (8)


In this CSU-TPC subject students will develop the skills and knowledge required to research, write, evaluate and present information ethically in a further study context. Students will also identify their personal learning styles and develop a plan for skill development for future learning and career development.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
InternalWestern Sydney Institute
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESL172
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:
  • be able to analyse, compose and present a range of texts
  • be able to select information for specific purposes
  • be able to use referencing conventions
  • be able to present a researched essay and report
  • be able to make a short, formal oral presentation
  • be able to apply ethical study practice
  • be able to evaluate opportunities and develop a strategic plan for career development


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Learning styles identification and utilisation
  • Preparation for study
  • Purposes of writing
  • Writing styles and text types
  • Referencing - Harvard/APA/Plagiarism
  • Planning your writing - mind maps, note taking, research skills and techniques
  • How to write a report
  • How to write an essay
  • Creative writing
  • How to give an oral presentation
  • Identify skills and gaps in career paths and develop a plan for future options

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. Students studying the distance education option are required to attend two face-to-face residential schools at the support hub in Dubbo, including a three day orientation at the start of the course.

Dates for Residential Schools

First Residential School/Orientation-  Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 February 2014.
  Second Residential School - Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March 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.