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Academic writing and referencing

Length: 1    Cost: $725 + GST    Version: Writing Skills

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About this Course

Writing for the academic context requires a specific skillset. That can be terrifying! But rest assured: the key to good academic writing is simply understanding academic conventions. And it's not rocket science. With the mystery removed, writing essays and assignments becomes something very achievable and much less hit and miss.


  • Anyone undergoing tertiary studies
  • Anyone wanting to publish research
  • Anyone wanting to make submissions to present at academic conference


None, but please feel free to provide samples of your academic writing or bring your own documents to work on (if any)

At Course Completion

Upon completion of this course the attendee will be able to complete compelling essays and assignments allowing the reader to fully understand the writers context and content.

In other words, you'll learn and practice

  • why is academic writing different
  • the academic voice
  • quoting and paraphrasing
  • APA referencing
  • the academic paragraph
  • essay structure
  • how to interpret assignment questions

Course Outline

Why is academic writing different

  • the history of academia
  • the persistence of tradition
  • conventions
  • requirements of the context
  • academic discourse

The academic voice

  • 1st and 3rd person
  • active and passive voice
  • contractions
  • avoiding emotive language
  • the importance of authority

Quoting and paraphrasing

  • what is a quote and when to quote
  • what is a paraphrase and when to paraphrase
  • how to blend source material
  • the dreaded plagiarism

APA referencing

  • giving credit where it's due
  • the language of referencing
  • in-text referencing
  • the reference list

How to interpret assignment questions

  • analyse the question
  • identify the outcomes
  • plan the essay

Essay structure

  • a never fail formula for great essays
  • how the ancient Greeks set the templates

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