Skip to main content

ATS1297: Academic writing

Faculty of Arts

Academic writing

Check the Handbook for the latest unit information.


This unit introduces students to academic writing and the attitudes, values and practices of academic culture. The unit will help students to write effective essays at a tertiary level. There is a particular focus on how academic writing presents clear reasoning with evidence to support a position, and how the academic essay differs from other types of non-fiction writing, such as the opinion piece. Students will learn key principles of grammar and academic style conventions, as well as how to use sources correctly (finding, referencing, quoting, and paraphrasing) and avoid problems of plagiarism. Students will also learn how to plan, research, edit, and proofread essays to a high standard .


1 - Analytical exercise - 25% 2 - Analytical exercise - 25% 3 - Online test - 10% 4 - Essay - 40%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.