COM430 Graduate Study Skills (8)

This subject is intended for students who are enrolled in Graduate Certificate courses and have not studied at University level previously, but who have substantial relevant career and industry experience, or who have an older undergraduate degree where these skills would require an update. The subject is built around a core of generic study skills in information literacy, communication and writing skills, and skills in reasoning and critical thinking. The skills are demonstrated by addressing issues that pertain to the student's field of vocational study.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM430. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students in Graduate Certificates. Access to a computer is required.

Incompatible Subjects

COM120, COM173

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise and meet the expectations of an argumentative essay; carry out independent research for an argumentative essay; determine how to properly acknowledge and reference sources
  • be able to identify the main forms of argument; analyze and evaluate arguments, and synthesize these three skills in the construction of good arguments of their own
  • be able to demonstrate the specialised communication skills required to plan, structure, write, and properly format an argumentative essay
  • be able to think critically about a particular topic and create a well constructed argumentative essay on the basis of this critical thought
  • be able to apply [all skills developed in the subject] in relation to their field of vocational interest


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Values, ethics and the ethos of University scholarship
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Information literacy
  • Writing and communication skills for University study


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.