The Academic Literacy Course aims to guide students through the range of writing and reading tasks that are required of them in an academic context. The course encourages students to become purposeful and active in their reading and writing and engaged, independent thinkers and learners. The course covers a range of content, vital in all academic situations, including: supporting arguments and acknowledging sources, academic style and register, identifying key themes and ideas, using bibliographies and extending research. Students are encouraged to use their own academic material as a basis for the course. These skills are essential in independent learning practices, such as at university or in the workplace.