1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGL1001, ENGL1012, ENGL1013 has been successfully completed
Course context
COMS1001 is a core topic in selected undergraduate courses for students commencing from 2013, and is recommended as an elective in other courses where elective choices are available. In some courses where COMS1001 is listed as a core topic, an alternative topic, which meets the course rule, may be able to be substituted for COMS1001.


How to apply for COMS1001 to be replaced with another topic
for further details.
Assignment(s); Examination(s) (% weighting = 40%).
Topic description
This topic helps students to develop their oral, written, critical reasoning and teamwork skills for use in study and the workplace. It will develop their general and academic communication skills within the specific context of their course of study. The subjects covered include English grammar, syntax and idiom; summary writing; critical response; persuasive techniques; reporting direct speech, paraphrasing, referencing and essay writing; technical writing; report writing and document preparation; and writing for different audiences.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • develop the skills and understanding necessary for effective oral and written communication in academic and professional settings

  • introduce students to the diversity of communication styles for different audiences

  • emphasise the use of plain, concise, accurate English in writing documents for academic and professional fields

  • revise English usage, grammar, syntax, punctuation, composition and editing

  • examine and produce typical academic and professional texts from a variety of sources

  • address how to critically assess and write persuasive and logical arguments for a variety of audiences
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • write persuasively for a range of audiences

  • analyse argument and provide a critical response orally and in writing

  • understand and respond to expectations of an academic and professional environment

  • edit their own and others written work

  • identify and correct grammatical errors

  • identify and discuss ethical issues

  • work effectively as a member of a team