LANG 0054 Professional Communication Skills for Policing and Justice (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Description The ability to communicate efficiently and effectively is crucial in all aspects of professional life. This unit is designed to improve the English proficiency of Policing and Criminal and Community Justice students to enable them to achieve academic success. The unit assists students to comprehend professional texts, identify key ideas and evidence, and identify and apply certain rhetorical moves which are common in academic and professional communication in the fields of Policing and Justice. It also aims to help students to improve grammatical skills that relate to academic writing, summarise information, and understand why, when and how to cite information.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects LANG 0030 - English for Tertiary Study 1 (WSTC Prep) LANG 0036 - Introduction to Academic Communication 1 (WSTC Prep) LANG 0006 - Academic English 1 (WSTC) LANG 0001 - Academic Communication 1 (WSTC Prep) LANG 0037 - Introduction to Academic Communication 1 (WSTC) LANG 0019 - Communication Skills for Construction Management (WSTC Prep)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 7154 - Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice Extended and 7168 - Diploma in Social Science (Policing) Extended, at Western Sydney Unitversity, The College.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate reading and listening strategies to comprehend academic and professional texts common in the fields of Policing and Justice
  2. Identify and summarise the relevant and specific features of texts
  3. Cite evidence using conventions of academic writing
  4. Demonstrate an ability to write academically and professionally using a variety of genres and their features
  5. Demonstrate an ability to self-assess and reflect on own learning

Subject Content

1. Understanding academic and professional communication in the fields of Policing and Justice
2. Listening in an academic context: active listening and note-taking skills
3. Academic reading skills: understanding meaning from context
4. Academic reading skills: identifying and highlighting key ideas, arguments and evidence
5. Academic writing skills: identify and apply foundational features of academic and professional language
6. Academic writing skills: summarising and paraphrasing,
7. Academic writing skills: grammar, sentence and paragraph structure
8. Academic writing skills: achieving coherence and cohesion
9. Academic integrity skills: citation and paraphrasing skills
10. Developing self-assessment and reflection skills

Assessment

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
Logbook 500 words: approximately 100 words per entry with 5 submissions 25 N Individual
Portfolio Task 1 - 100 words Task 2 - 150 words Task 3 - 150 words Task 4 - 300 words 40 (10% each) N Individual
Report Part 1 - 600 words Part 2 - 200 words 35 (Part 1 - 20% Part 2 - 15%) N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Gabriela Jakubowicz Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

View timetable Opens in new window