Academic Communication Development

The Academic Communication Development team helps students in the Faculty of Business and Law to develop their academic communication, research and study skills.

The ACD team
Meet the team; Dr Miriam Sullivan, Dr Mahnaz Hall, Dr Sarah Veitch and Dr Ben Sacks


We run numerous workshops throughout the year on topics including Chicago 17th referencing and Paraphrasing. You can view and register for all available workshops via UniHub.

Individual Consultations

Business and Law students can book individual consultations with one of our team members to discuss their assignments. We can help with:

  • Understanding the assignment task
  • Academic writing
  • Finding sources for assignments
  • Referencing sources in assignments
  • Critical reading and notetaking
  • Paraphrasing
  • Structuring and writing assignments
  • Types of assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Understanding Turnitin reports
  • Addressing any issues with plagiarism.

You can book an appointment through UniHub. Under the ‘Appointments’ section, choose ‘Assignment Lounge’.

Appointments are available either online or face-to-face at Bentley.

You can also email us directly if there are no appointments that match your availability.


The Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA) is an evaluation of your academic writing skills. We use it to provide you with feedback and support early in your degree. The PELA is compulsory for all students at Curtin, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and Higher Degree by Research.

SUCCESS (for undergraduate students)

The SUCCESS program helps you gather, understand, write and present information at university.

You may be required to complete SUCCESS as part of your study in Communication, Culture and Indigenous Perspectives in Business (MGMT1002). SUCCESS is available fully online, as well as face-to-face on some campuses.

Advanced SUCCESS (for postgraduate students)

Advanced SUCCESS provides language and academic writing support to ensure that all postgraduate students are equipped to succeed in their courses. The program is available fully online through Blackboard, or face-to-face at Bentley.

At postgraduate level, it is expected that you are proactive regarding improving your academic skills. You can self-enrol into Advanced SUCCESS through Blackboard, under the Organisations section.

Higher Degree by Research Students

We offer a number of services for Faculty of Business and Law research students (Masters by Research and PhD):

  • Writing feedback and support (including reading, referencing and use of sources)
  • Oral communication feedback and support
  • You are welcome to contact us to discuss your work

Research students can also contact the Faculty Librarians for support with information search strategies, AGLC and EndNote workshops, and individual consultations.

For Staff

Our team has extensive tertiary teaching and research experience, which we use to help students to succeed in their studies and prepare for the workforce. We offer a number of services for Faculty of Business and Law staff including:

  • Conduct workshops or guest lectures on academic skills
  • Embed communication and academic skills in your unit
  • Support with assessment and curriculum design
  • Referrals for one-on-one consultations for students (including undergraduate, postgraduate and HDR students)