ENG1006 - English Communications II

Year of Study:1
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1005 English Communications I
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module is designed as a complement to ENG 1005 English Communications I, focusing on argumentation in written and spoken English and on the development of research skills, including secondary library and internet based research, and primary observational research. By choosing and developing their own research topics, students will learn to construct appropriate thesis statements and to plan and organise their research, in the library and on the internet, to address their thesis statements and to develop their arguments. Students will learn how to conduct certain kinds of primary research, such as interviews, surveys and observational research and how to describe and present their findings in an organised way as part of an argument in structured academic essays and oral presentations. Using secondary library and internet-based sources, students develop their understanding of their topic and learn to present and cite information in published sources in appropriately formatted academic essays, and in appropriately structured presentations. Throughout the module, students will continue to develop their skills in process writing, including drafting, editing and revision, as well as their critical thinking and analytical skills. Students will be encouraged to see academic writing as a problem solving activity that involves: the identification of a problem or issue; appropriate research related to the problem or issue; addressing the problem or issue from a clear perspective through organised and structured written or oral argumentation with supporting evidence; and presenting the issue, the argumentation with supporting evidence and conclusion effectively to an audience.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to design, organise and implement academic research, and to present this research in appropriately formatted written papers and oral presentations.

  2. Demonstrate a capacity to think critically and in some detail on the subjects and topics they study in a wider cultural and intellectual context;

  3. Demonstrate an ability to construct an argument and to incorporate ideas and information from a range of sources in their written work at a university level;

  4. Demonstrate appropriate oral skills to contribute to group work, and to deploy such skills by giving effective and scholarly presentations.

  5. Use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.