Course Title: Professional English

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional English

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2014


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Only students whose first language is not English may take this course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

Professional English is aimed at refining and developing international students’ ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of professional settings. The course is specifically designed to complement some the core courses in Global and International studies that form part of the B.A. International Studies program and the Global English courses that form the core of the B.A. English Language Studies program. However, the course is flexible enough to accommodate students studying in different fields across the university.
Students will learn how to deliver an oral presentation, research and cite information, read and critically analyse texts, apply for a job, write a resume, analyse a report and reflect on their learning via an e-journal/Blog.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the conclusion of the course students will have:

  • the ability to communicate on global and international issues in professional settings
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate texts
  • the ability to conduct independent research on global issues using a variety of sources
  • the ability to use standard written English across a variety of genres and to use an recommended citation system appropriately
  • the ability to reflect upon the learning process in order to improve their learning strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences is planned for this course including career’s work shops, student presentations, group discussions, academic and writing tasks and Internet research. There is also an e-journal/Blog in which students must keep up to date reflections of their progress towards the goals they have set themselves for this course. The online component of the course also provides course information and additional resources.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with a handbook that contains activities and readings for the course. RMIT library and other university libraries contain the general references and serials on the course guide. The online component will contain some supplementary resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.


There are 4 assessment tasks which relate to the capability statements and learning outcomes:
1. Oral presentation 20%
2. Online Journal (Blog) 25%
3. Short written report on a workplace issue 25%
4. Class test 30%