More information about CASP

The Communications and Academic Skills programme (CASP) will be spread over two semesters, starting from the second semester of Year 1 and continuing into the first semester of Year 2. All students will be grouped according to their discipline and specific course. The four discipline categories are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences, and
  • Social Sciences. 

CASP complements your main course of study. The two study-units are integrated into each undergraduate course as ‘extra study-units’ and your participation is recorded in your academic record. Performance in these units will not affect the overall performance (average) in your course.

CSP1000 Communication and Academic Skills 1: Core Skills

In the first instance, a core skills study-unit introduces writing and presenting as situated within academic contexts. While it aims to immerse you in the experience of inquiry-based writing strategies, it also encourages you to engage in the iterative process of writing and presenting research. Serving as a basis to the second-year unit which is situated in the discipline specific to your chosen course, the unit offers you the opportunity to hone and develop academically sensitive communication skills while preparing you to incorporate research and critique in your delivery of well-informed and persuasive presentations.


CSP2001/2/3/4 Communication and Academic Skills 2: (Reference to the discipline)

The study-unit which follows builds on the core unit by becoming specific to your needs in the course which belongs to one of four overarching disciplines. Your communication – whether written or non-written – must be attentive to the contexts and communities in which you plan to work. As a result, you will learn how to evaluate specific audiences and contexts to make informed choices about the structure of how to present academic content. Such contexts are dynamic, interactive situations and you are encouraged to identify your communicative goals and decide how you ought to pursue them. Your writing and presenting abilities will start to diversify along disciplinary lines. You will be given the opportunity to shape your perceptions of what is accurate and appropriate as governed by your discipline.

CASP Structure

Year 1 – Semester 2 

Year 2 – Semester 1