Elective units

APW coordinates and teaches a number of elective units designed to develop students’ academic and professional capacities in language, writing and independent learning. These units are include first year level units, as well as second and third year units (all 6 points) and are open to any student who can take an Arts elective.  Please contact enrolments and admissions in Arts or your home faculty to find out more about eligibility and enrolment. 

To read the handbook entry for each unit, with full details of unit objectives, campus, teaching mode, and assessment click on the title below.

Detailed unit descriptions

Summer semester (January 2014)

ATS1340 – English for academic purposes

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to develop existing skills in the following areas: reading, writing, discussion, note-taking, locating sources, referencing, exam revision, writing critiques, and familiarity with key concepts in the humanities and social sciences. This unit makes these skills its focus and these skills are taught around and through a generalist, foundational or cross disciplinary content with reference to broad conceptual frameworks relevant to Arts units. This unit may be of benefit to: International students, students who have completed VCE ESL, mature-age students and students who wish to focus on the acquisition of academic language and study skills

Semester 1, 2014

ATS1297 Academic writing

A practical and intellectually challenging introduction to writing and study in the university, with a focus on developing students’ ability to write effectively, and think critically, whatever their discipline, course or degree.  This unit is recommended for any commencing first-year students at Monash.

ATS2490 – Advanced Professional Writing

This unit aims to develop students’ professional communication capabilities, to assist students to apply knowledge and skills from an academic context to workplaces, and for students who have undertaken ATS1298, to refine the language and communication abilities learned in the first year unit.
The unit will focus on the production of extended documents in genres used in workplaces, particularly tenders, submissions, proposals, grant applications, instruction manuals, position papers, project reports and accompanying documentation. It is aimed at developing students’ workplace communication, professional English and research abilities within and beyond the academic world.

ATS2743 Build your career: planning and strategies for employability *(Caulfield)

This unit equips students with the capacity to manage their careers lifelong. It contextualises this understanding in the history, sociology, economics and future of work. Work legislation and the role of unions also provide a setting for exploration of career concepts and theories and their application to the individual. Students will develop a career plan based on an awareness of their skills and aspirations and an understanding of approaches to job search , career decision making and managing change.  The unit will be delivered through a mix of lectures and tutorials, and will draw upon students recent or concurrent experience of work.

 

Semester 2, 2014
ATS1298 – Professional writing

In the modern workplace, the ability to communicate well, both in speaking and writing, is highly valued. In this unit we will focus on developing effective communication, particularly in written form, in professional contexts. We will study and produce types of writing and documents that are essential for you to secure professional employment, as well as to thrive in the kind of professional employment you can expect to find as a graduate.

The unit is based in practical exercises to develop your abilities as a writer and also an editor of professional standard texts, but also designed to further your conceptual understanding of key issues in professional communication: audience, context, and language. We will also study principles of ‘information gathering’ and research for professional contexts, and put these into practice through activities and assignments.

ATS2743 Build your career: planning and strategies for employability *(Clayton)

This unit equips students with the capacity to manage their careers lifelong. It contextualises this understanding in the history, sociology, economics and future of work. Work legislation and the role of unions also provide a setting for exploration of career concepts and theories and their application to the individual. Students will develop a career plan based on an awareness of their skills and aspirations and an understanding of approaches to job search , career decision making and managing change.  The unit will be delivered through a mix of lectures and tutorials, and will draw upon students recent or concurrent experience of work.