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Academic Skills

Welcome to the Academic Skills Guide

This guide is designed as an information resource for all students, regardless of course or subject, with advice on the skills needed and available support to help you succeed in studying at ECU.

This guide covers areas of communication, critical thinking and literacy - all necessary skills that are transferrable into your career. There are links to a range of support services available to assist with your studies.

How to use this guide

Guide content is on the left hand panel as a list of tab headings. Click to select a tab heading to view information on that topic, or use the navigation points at the end of the page to move to the next or previous heading. Selecting an active link will take you directly to the resource - this can be a book available in the library catalogue or a link to a web page.

Academic Skills Centre

Do you want to improve your skills in academic writing, reading and note-taking, essay writing, referencing and more? The Academic Skills Centre has a range of free academic skills workshop delivered on campus and online. Check the program on the Academic Skills Centre community site and register your attendance:

For assistance with Academic Skills, contact the Academic Skills Centre:

Library Service Centre

Librarians are connected with each school at Edith Cowan University. For subject specific queries you can contact the library for expert help on sourcing, evaluating and using information resources. If you need to contact the library, please refer to the Contacts information at the end of this guide or email:

The First Year Experience

The first year of study at ECU presents many changes, challenges and questions. ECU has a whole-of-institution approach to you transition and engage into your first year of study.

The Curriculum is designed with introductory units in undergraduate and postgraduate courses to support academic preparedness for study and build a sense of belonging to the course. Assessment is designed to ensure that you receive timely feedback that assists you to achievement your learning outcomes.

Please visit the resources link to help you connect with the information or service that you need.

Employability and Core Skills for Work

Study at ECU integrates and connects learning with life experiences, and work. Throughout your study you will acquire skills in Course Learning Outcomes and employability skills developed from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Core Skills for Work Framework (2013). The skills covered by this framework are: Navigate the world of work, interact with others, get the work done, covering the skills in your course, employability skills in the curriculum.

Course Learning Outcomes

In specific units and assessment tasks throughout a course of study Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) will be clearly and explicitly mapped.  This is to ensure that students’ recognition of their learning and academic and professional development is supported throughout their course.  

Course Learning Outcomes address critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaborative learning, digital literacies, diverse perspectives, learner autonomy or knowledge.

ECU aims for students to graduate being able to articulate the knowledge, skills and achievements they have gained through their studies, and to have evidence to support this.

Throughout a course, units will specify which CLOs will be Introduced to the students, where the ideas or skills will be Consolidated, and where students will be given an opportunity to Demonstrate the CLO. Any professional standards by the professional body can also be included.


Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools.

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Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.