Course Title: English Critical Thinking & Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: English Critical Thinking & Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3069

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of English Academic Literacies and Research Skills (OTED 2137).

Course Description

This course develops the ability of students to communicate in English and perform research in their Foundation Program and future studies. Students will increase their English skills in academic contexts and learn strategies to succeed in higher education. Themes will include business networks, virtual reality, digital business and research skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. CLO1 Use strategies to understand and respond to listening and reading texts in formal and informal academic genres.
  2. CLO2 Organise and present coherent ideas, arguments, opinions and reflections in speaking and writing.
  3. CLO3 Collaborate with peers to share ideas and carry out tasks.
  4. CLO4 Develop an understanding of academic conventions and use and attribute others’ ideas appropriately in your own work.
  5. CLO5 Acquire a range of language structures and vocabulary related to your current and future study.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Employ academic English and communication skills appropriately in a range of academic contexts.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity and capability in study skills for an Australian university environment.
  3. Apply approaches to critical and analytical thinking and problem solving.
  4. Use a range of technologies to enhance the course learning outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

During this course, you will:

  • participate in individual, pair, group and class activities, including assessed pair and group activities
  • engage in tasks that involve problem-solving and team cooperation
  • develop language and academic skills that you will relate to other courses you are studying now or will study in the future 
  • engage in independent learning, online and in class
  • conduct research and present research findings in oral and written forms.
  • develop explicit study skills and reflective strategies that will help you to become a more effective learner
  • give oral presentations, speak in tutorial discussions, write essays, use academic referencing in writing and speaking

Overview of Learning Resources

You will receive a Student Book to be used in class and, through the Canvas LMS, you will have access to online lessons, audio recordings and transcripts, links to additional resources and access to RMIT study support and library resources. There you will also find the teaching schedule and assessment requirements.

Overview of Assessment

  • Task 1 Language use test and quizzes 6% CLO1 CLO5
  • Task 2 Article response paragraph 9% CLO2 CLO4
  • Task 3 Oral presentation 15% CLO2 CLO3 CLO4 CLO5
  • Task 4 Tutorials 15% CLO1 CLO3 CLO4
  • Task 5 Reading test and Critical response essay 35% CLO1 CLO2 CLO4
  • Task 6 Listening comprehension test 20% CLO1 CLO5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.