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Successful academic communications

This course will help build your confidence in using academic English for university study.

Course overview

Through interactive lectures and self-study tasks, you will learn how to investigate your lecturers’ expectations and develop the critical reading and writing skills needed to have your voice heard.  

Planning, structuring and organising are key to communicating successfully in academic writing. It is equally important to be able to understand and use academic language appropriately for different audiences and purposes. This course is designed to help you develop these skills. 

Course content 

The course covers five key topics:

  • audience and purpose 

  • active reading skills 

  • academic language: structure and argument 

  • academic language: communicating your critical thinking 

  • collaboration and community 

What you will learn

After completing the course you will be able to: 

  • plan and structure your academic writing for a specific audience and purpose 

  • use academic language to communicate a well-developed argument in writing 

  • read academic texts actively and effectively 

  • use academic language to communicate your critical thinking  

  • collaborate actively and effectively with others in your academic learning community 

Access the course

The course will be available for 6 weeks with discussion boards from 30th August 2021 and will remain as a static resource after that. We encourage you to revisit the course materials throughout your studies and use them to support your academic development.

To enrol, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Learn virtual learning platform.
  2. Log in using your University Username (UUN) and password.
  3. Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4. Find the course in the Self-Enrol courses listed on the left of the screen.
  5. Click 'enrol'.
  6. Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.
  7. If you want to return to the course at a later date, it will appear in the 'My Courses' section on the 'My Learn' tab.