SSS078 Essay Writing 2 - Structure (2)

Essay Writing 2 - Structure aims to provide students with the key skills required to write essays successfully at university. The subject content covers the broad academic category of structure, with a focus on writing an essay introduction, body, and conclusion. There is an emphasis on practice activities and short online tests to check for understanding of the concepts presented.This subject is the second in a series on the writing of essays at university level. 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: SSS078. 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

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed SSS077 Essay Writing 1: Style. Students may progress beyond this subject to SSS079 Essay Writing 3: Putting it into Practice.

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 plan and structure a text that presents and supports a point of view based on research;
  • be able to write an introduction to an academic essay;
  • be able to write a coherent body paragraph that includes a topic sentence, elaboration and evidence;
  • be able to integrate sources into a body paragraph;
  • be able to write a concluding paragraph;
  • 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 structuring and writing essays
  • Writing essay introductions
  • Writing essay body/paragraphs
  • Paraphrasing
  • Writing essay conclusions
  • The function and purpose of referencing

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS078 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 %
Assessment item 1 - quiz
Assessment item 2 - quiz

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.