This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
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Academic and professional development is a suite of elective undergraduate units (for credit) which offer strategies for successful learning, communication and professional life. Professional people need to be powerful and effective communicators and thinkers. They need the ability to formulate and demonstrate clear, well-organised ideas in writing, speaking and all modes of presentation. Critical thinking underpins all these activities and is highly valued by employers.
Through the cultivation of academic techniques of writing and research, critical thinking and use of language as well as career planning and development, these academic and professional development units advance the student's intellectual development within and beyond the university. The units are offered by the Arts Academic Language and Learning Unit (AALLU) (http://arts.monash.edu.au/aallu/) and associated staff from other departments and units. They are available as electives for all students, international and domestic, across all faculties, majors and disciplines. Students should check with their faculty or course administrator to find out if these electives can be added to their program.