Foundation Skills

Programme Overview

The aim of this course is to equip participants with academic reading and writing skills, which is a minimum requirement for any academic course taken. It offers participants an opportunity to acquire the academic literacy skills needed in order to successfully pursue tertiary studies. The mastery of these skills will serve as a guide to all modules within the MDP.


Programme Objective

By the end of the programme, participants should be able to:

  • Structure a reading effort and read with comprehension.
  • Structure the writing of an assignment or report appropriately.
  • Appropriately apply punctuation and referencing of sources.

Programme Content

  • How to read an academic text to facilitate retention of information 
  • Structure the reading of academic material 
  • Use the SQ3R reading strategy to access academic texts
  • Identify the target audience and purpose for writing
  • Planning of the writing process
  • Formulation of a thesis statement
  • Write a paragraph, an introduction and conclusion
  • Organising the body of an academic essay
  • Appropriate punctuation; and
  • Referencing styles and punctuation

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Your Lecturer for this online programme:

Arlys van Wyk

Professor Arlys van Wyk is Head of the Unit for Academic Literacy in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

She has been working in the field of academic literacy and student access for the past 19 years. Her research focuses on academic literacy development and the language needs of English second-language students.

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Data sheet

Language Available
1 month
Presentation Type
Programme Type
Category B
Contact Days
5 - 7 learning hours per week, anytime, anywhere
Grade 12 Qualification
Training Options
Distance Learning – Online
Minimum Learners Required
One (1) on Distance Learning - Online
Who should attend
Foundation Skills is intended for any individual who intends to pursue an academic qualification.
NQF Level
1 Credit
Foundation Skills is credit bearing towards the MDP (Management Development Programme)


Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills Program

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