SSS077 Essay Writing 1 - Style (2)

Essay Writing 1 - Style aims to provide students with the key skills required to write essays successfully at university. The subject content covers the broad academic category of style with a focus on complexity and formality, referencing, punctuation and grammar. There is an emphasis on practice activities and short online tests to check for understanding of the concepts presented.This subject is the foundation subject for the writing of essays at university level. It is recommended that students progress beyond this subject to Essay Writing 2: Structure and then Essay Writing 3: Putting it into Practice. Each subject provides a building block in preparation for the writing of essays at university level.


Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS077. 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


Division of Student Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the features of academic writing;
  • be able to use the conventions of academic writing to produce texts;
  • be able to write a variety of simple, compound and complex sentences;
  • be able to write formal and complex structures, where appropriate;
  • be able to identify some basic grammatical terms and understand their relevance to formal academic writing;
  • be able to use punctuation to organise meaning in a text and be able to edit a text to ensure that correct punctuation is used;
  • be able to identify the purpose of referencing at university;
  • be able to apply the principles of referencing correctly to produce correct in-text references and an end-of-text reference list; and
  • be able to find resources or services that support further development in academic writing skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the subject and writing essays ( 2hrs)
  • Grammar (2 hrs)
  • Formality in academic writing (2 hrs)
  • Complexity in academic writing (2 hrs)
  • Punctuation (2 hrs)
  • APA style referencing (2 hrs) including paraphrasing, use of direct quotes, in-text referencing and end-of-text reference lists

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS077 in Term 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 %
Quiz 1 - grammar and formality
Quiz 2 - complexity, punctuation & referencing

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.