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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM430 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Essay question & main claim
Topic sentences

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.