ESL173 Academic Literacy (8)

The Academic Literacy subject aims to introduce students to the key skills required to read, research and write successfully at university. Research skills will be taught to connect students with quality, credible sources of information. Students will adopt a critical approach to reading and learn to think critically about multiple sources of information. Students will learn to take notes, to integrate sources of information and paraphrase effectively and communicate their understandings through practising the complexity and formality of academic writing style with a focus on purpose, audience and referencing. Students will be supported to develop a sense of ownership over their learning through reflective engagement with feedback. They will have the opportunity to strengthen fundamental grammar and punctuation skills by engaging with assessment tools using self-assessment strategies and through contextualised teaching and learning activities leading to a variety of written tasks.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESL173. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply critical thinking to reading and research;
  • be able to demonstrate academic writing and referencing skills;
  • be able to identify and respond to feedback about academic literacy and learning;
  • be able to communicate concepts, ideas and arguments clearly for an intended audience; and
  • be able to develop research skills and strategies for university study.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to academic literacy
  • Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary
  • Critical thinking- a key skill to develop
  • Using sources and in-text referencing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Logic and argument
  • Essay planning and basic essay structure
  • Essay introductions and conclusions
  • The reference list
  • Planning your essay
  • Researching sources to develop and support your argument
  • Essay writing
  • Writing simply and clearly
  • Throughout the subject students will be exposed to services and support available at CSU to facilitate successful university study

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ESL173 in Session 2 2021. 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 %
Academic skills assessment (bksb) and reflection
Reading, understanding and paragraph writing
Essay on a current issue

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.