Embedding academic literacy into your courses

The academic literacy topics selected by academic staff usually relate to the skills they wish their students to demonstrate either implicitly or explicitly in their courses.  These topics include:

  • time management
  • topic analysis
  • critical thinking
  • reading skills
  • reflective writing
  • paraphrasing and summarising
  • writing paragraphs
  • annotated bibliographies
  • literature reviews
  • essay and report writing
  • lab reports
  • sentence construction
  • developing academic writing style
  • referencing
  • group work
  • editing and proofreading

In 2015, LSAs embedded academic literacy into various courses:

Faculty Courses Workshop/Presentation topics
Education and Arts Introduction to Learning and Teaching  Being prepared for university; oral presentations; essay writing; essay workshop (peer review)
Critical Studies in Theatre Essay structure; annotated bibliography; referencing
Criminal Justice Research skills; writing an introduction; paragraphs
From Nuclear to Unclear: The Sociology of Families Critical thinking; argument development; academic writing style
Professional social work practice  Reading and writing critically; giving effective presentations; writing for university
Hollywood Cinema  Understanding referencing; descriptive versus critical writing; academic writing style;

Population Health I

Introduction to Moodle learning support resources;
Public and primary health care in midwifery Critical review writing
Appreciating Research and Scholarship  Topic analysis, preparing to find information, essay writing, paragraphing, academic writing, critical thinking, mind and argument mapping
Professional Development, IT and Ethics

Group work

Foundations of HOPE Introductions, annotated bibliographies, essay writing, discussions, conclusions and basic statistics.
Research methods and ethical practice (Honours) Literature reviews; paragraphs
Business Introduction to Human Resource Management and Fundamentals of Law  Referencing

Introduction to Management and Marketing Theory and Practice (Gipps)

Essay writing and answering the question
Science and Technology Engineering in Practice 1 Report writing for engineers
Scientific communication Study skills; lab report writing

If you would like to discuss how you can best support your students by incorporating academic skills into your courses, send us an email and a LSA will contact you.