EML102 Written Communication (8)


This subject introduces students to reading and writing at the tertiary level in the context of communication theory and specifically prepares them for studying in the distance education mode. Students will complete a number of specific tasks and develop a variety of writing and research skills to assist them on their academic journey.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML102
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 sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • know how to plan an essay, develop a draft, evaluate and redraft, proofread and complete an essay;
  • understand and be able to apply basic rules of grammar and punctuation;
  • be able to recognise and use plain English;
  • be aware of ways to locate reference material;
  • possess an understanding of the purpose of referencing sources of information;
  • know how to cite references appropriately;
  • be able to identify relevant information in written material;
  • know some strategies for reading reference materials effectively;
  • be aware of the range of the language, the features and the structures of different texts;
  • be able to adjust both written and oral language forms to different contexts;
  • be able to effectively integrate paraphrased and quoted sources in paragraph structure;
  • be able to identify key argument strategies and logical problems in own writing;
  • value skill in the craft of writing at the tertiary level.
  • be able to identify peer-reviewed literature and critically evaluate broader reference materials; and


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assignments and Written Communication
  • Written and Spoken English
  • Academic English and Australian Usage
  • Writing Your First Essay
  • Research and Library Skills
  • Referencing and Citations
  • Presentation Basics
  • Understanding the Purpose of the Assignment
  • Topic Analysis
  • Finding and Recording Information
  • Reading and Note-taking with a Purpose
  • Evaluating Information
  • Argument and discussion
  • Structure
  • Style and language use
  • Using Plain English
  • Grammar Basics
  • Punctuation Basics


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.