SSS085 Essential Communication Skills (2)

Being able to communicate effectively with a range of people using a variety of modes of communication is important for success in university study and in life. This subject is designed to introduce the communication skills that are essential at a tertiary level. In this subject students will learn how to engage with study materials that are presented in a range of different formats, and will learn how to work with and communicate with staff and with peers using a range of different forms of communication. In addition, students will learn principles for developing responses and demonstrating knowledge using different modes of communication as required by assessment tasks and learning activities.


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: SSS085. 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 nature of communication at university level;
  • be able to develop and use strategies for active listening;
  • be able to read a range of study materials for meaning;
  • be able to use written communication for university purposes;
  • be able to engage in verbal communication for relationship building and study purposes; and
  • be able to communicate using multimodal forms of communication.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of communication at university
  • Developing skills in active listening
  • Developing skills in reading for meaning
  • Developing skills in writing for university
  • Developing skills in speaking and presenting
  • Developing skills in multimodal communication

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS085 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.