This unit will provide students with skills in planning and executing basic research tasks, critical thinking, academic paragraph writing, editing, proofreading, and formatting for consistent referencing.

Unit code: DP1930S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and format of academic writing.


Critique and evaluate a relevant text for correct academic formatting.


Apply the process and essential steps of academic research.


Show competence in using recognised referencing styles.


Present a clearly developed critical argument.

Unit sequence

This introductory unit will ensure students have the skills necessary for research and academic writing.


This unit employs a combination of: interactive lectures, seminar-style discussion of guided readings, writing projects, self and peer assessment and self-directed learning tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.

Baile, S. (2015). Academic Writing: A handbook for international students. London and New York: Routledge.

Craswell, G. (2004). Writing for Academic Success. Sage Publications.

Dovey, T. (2009). The literature review. ELSSA Centre, UTS.

Hamp-Lyons, L. & Heasley, B. (2006). Study Writing. Cambridge University Press.

Jordan, R.R. (1999). Academic Writing Course. London: Nelson/Longman.

Murray, N. (2012). Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.

Oshima, A. & Houge, A. (2005). Writing Academic English. New York: Addison-Wesley.

Rosenwasser, D. & Stephen, J. (2011). Writing Analytically. Wadsworth Publishing.

Royce, T. (2009). The structure of the literature review. ELSSA Centre, UTS.

Swales, J. & Feak, C. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Skills and Tasks. Michigan University Press.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online, (17th ed.). (2017). (


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study - Document Study 500 20.0
Intertextual Study - Intertextual Study 1000 20.0
Skeleton Argument - Essay Plan 500 10.0
Essay - Essay 1500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2022-03-24 18:40:51 +1100