In this unit students will be introduced to skills and knowledge necessary to construct written arguments. With an understanding of the principles of academic integrity, students will develop research, notetaking, paraphrasing, synthesis and referencing skills. Students will improve their critical thinking skills through reading, writing and discussion. Students will explore how language, modality and tone influence academic writing. Students will analyse complex texts which model the scholarly characteristics, academic conventions and discourse used across a range of academic disciplines.
The unit will step through the processes of research, reading, and notetaking whilst refining writing skills. Students will engage with the VU online learning management systems and library resources and databases.