LANG 0053 Communication Skills for Health Science 2 (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900678

Coordinator Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Description This unit is designed to improve the English language skills of Health Science and Nursing students through dynamic and engaging teaching methodology. The unit further develops foundational skills students possess and introduces critical analysis. The use of authentic genres and writing techniques common in Academic writing in the fields of Health Science and Nursing lead to the improvement of critical literacy skills related to spoken and written genres which are typical in the Health Science and Nursing professions.

School Health Sciences

Discipline English Language

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Pre-requisite(s) LANG 0051

Equivalent Subjects LANG 0032 English for Tertiary Study 2 (WSTC Prep)
LANG 0002 Academic English 2 (WSTC)
LANG 0033 English for Tertiary Study 2 (WSTC) LANG 0039 Introduction to Academic Communication 2 (WSTC Prep) LANG 0040 Introduction to Academic Communication 2 (WSTC) LANG 0003 Academic English (WSTC Prep)
LANG 0005 Academic English (WSTC)
COMM 1027 Principles of Professional Communication (WSTC)
LANG 0050 Essential Literacy for Construction professionals II (WSTC Prep)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at The College in the programs 9018 University Foundation Studies Standard ? 2 Term, 9019 University Foundation Studies Standard ? 2 Term, 9020 University Foundation Studies Extended ? 3 Term.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to critically read, summarise, analyse, synthesise and make meaning from academic and industry-related texts in Health Science and Nursing
  2. Use sophisticated aspects of Academic Writing, including different genres of Academic English
  3. Identify and critique a theoretical framework in Health Science and Nursing
  4. Cite arguments and evidence using the conventions of academic research
  5. Produce a well-structured, logical, coherent and cohesive response to writing tasks using appropriate academic language structures
  6. Demonstrate an ability to communicate orally in formal context, including appropriate selection of material, clear organisation and effective presentation.
  7. Work effectively in a small group learning environment

Subject Content

1. Academic and professional communication in the fields of Health Science and Nursing
2. Academic writing skills: developing and applying features of academic and professional language
3. Academic reading skills: identifying, highlighting and applying key ideas, arguments and evidence
4. Academic writing skills: utilising various research techniques
5. Academic Integrity: the importance and application of referencing, citation and paraphrasing
6. Academic writing skills: summarising, paraphrasing, synthesising
7. Academic writing skills: the report writing process including the achievement of coherence and cohesion
8. Critical thinking for academic and professional work within the Health Science and Nursing fields
9. Oral Presentation skills: language and presentation techniques for presentations


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer 300 words 20 N Individual
Part A: Research report introduction including literature review 400 words 20 N Individual
Part B: Research Report 1200 words 35 N Both (Individual & Group)
Viva Voce Scripted and voiced over power point 4-5 minutes plus 500 words script 25 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Term 2

Nirimba Education Precinct


Subject Contact Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

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