EML102 Written Communication (8)

This subject introduces students to reading, writing, and academic inquiry at the tertiary level; and specifically prepares them for studying in the online education mode. Students will complete a number of specific tasks designed to develop their research and writing to assist them on their academic journey. Students will also be introduced to online communication practices.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply basic rules of grammar and punctuation;
  • be able to recognise and use plain English;
  • be able to describe the purpose of referencing sources of information;
  • be able to cite references according to the required conventions or style manual;
  • be able to identify relevant information in written material;
  • be able to recognise the range of the language, the features and the structures of different texts;
  • be able to integrate paraphrased and quoted sources in paragraph structure;
  • be able to identify key argument strategies and logical problems in own writing;
  • be able to plan an essay, develop a draft, evaluate and redraft, proofread and complete an essay;
  • be able to identify peer-reviewed literature and evaluate the academic quality of broader reference materials;
  • be able to explain the purpose of academic scholarship and applied research, using the Boyer Model of Scholarship; and
  • be able to establish an online presence with their writing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assignments and written communication
  • Academic style and language
  • Using plain english
  • Grammar and punctuation basics
  • Research and library skills
  • Evaluating information
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Topic analysis and essay planning
  • Essay and paragraph structure
  • Using sources, citation and referencing
  • Proofing and presentation
  • Logic, argument and discussion
  • The Boyer model of scholarship
  • Writing for online communication

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML102 in Session 3 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 %
Library, research and referencing quiz
Eportfolio: the boyer model
Analytical essay

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.