Course Title: English for Academic Purposes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: English for Academic Purposes

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Bloss Robertson & Baia Tsakouridou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4059 & 9925 4495

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus - Building 51 Level 02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your language, academic literacy and study skills. It builds on and strengthens your current linguistic skills and helps you to apply them in a range of different academic contexts. You will be taught effective language development strategies in order to develop confidence and achieve success in your studies. The course concentrates on capability development in communication ­ reading, writing, speaking and listening. It also addresses capability in information processing through the study of a variety of texts. The course has been designed to be undertaken in the first or second year of your studies but may be taken in other years. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your skills to:

  1. Use English appropriately and effectively in order to facilitate communication 
  2. Present information with fluency, accuracy and with appropriate pronunciation, intonation and stress 
  3. Analyse the conventions of different forms of academic writing and effectively use written English across a variety of academic genres 
  4. Critically read academic texts and synthesise information into a coherent position, using a recommended citation index, if necessary

Overview of Learning Activities

You will address language and learning issues that impact on your area of study. This will be based on a needs analysis completed by you during class in conjunction with areas identified by program lecturers. You will receive, and produce for yourself, on-going feedback on your skills development. You will apply your language and learning strategies through participation in a range of activities, using key language sub-skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. These learning activities are aligned with the language and learning strategies needed to enhance your participation in your study program. As such, a range of learning experiences are planned for this course including: input from the lecturer; student presentations; group discussions; role-plays; consideration of case studies; and internet research. You are encouraged to assess your individual needs and to set your own priorities and goals for the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course.

The assessment tasks are designed to provide you with continuous feedback, so that you will have a clear idea of your own progress. Tasks are intended to promote reflection, both on your learning in the course and on using the four key skills of language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in a range of contexts.

There are four assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Written Assignment (20%) – LO1, LO3, LO4
Oral Presentation (20%) – LO1, LO2
Written Assignment (40%) – LO1, LO3, LO4
Class Test (20%) - LO1, LO3, LO4