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OLET1666: Writing with LaTeX

Intensive July, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

LaTeX is a professional typesetting system that can be used to create documents ranging from simple letters and reports to publication ready theses and books. By doing this unit you will learn the skills for typesetting documents using LaTeX, including basic formatting, cross-referencing, references, and figures tables. After completing this unit you will be able to produce quality LaTeX documents, for use in assignments, papers and reports.

Unit details and rules

Unit code OLET1666
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 2
Assumed knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge apart from basic computer skills. Familiarity with referencing conventions and basic programming would be advantageous but is not required.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Andrew Mathas,
Lecturer(s) Andrew Mathas,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Written assignment
Written LaTeX assignment that showcases the use of LaTeX
35% Week 04 10 or more pages in speciality
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Creative assessment / demonstration Online learning module
Best 4 online LaTeX coding modules @ 12.5% each
50% Week 05 2-5 hours each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Peer Review by others
Anonymous peer review mark on assignment from two students (5% each)
10% Week 05 Variable
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Peer review
Mark for quality of peer review on other students’ assignments
5% Week 05 Variable
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5

Assessment summary

  • Online learning modules:
    Students need to complete four of the online LaTeX learning modules in Ed, which are guided tutorials that require the students to complete LaTeX typesetting and programming tasks.  At 12.5% each, marks from the best four learning modules contrubuyte 50% towards the final assessment for the unit.
  • Written assignment: 
    Stduents are required to submit an assignment that showcases their use of LaTeX and what they have learned in the unit. The assignment is worth 35%
  • Peer review:
    Students need to give feedback and mark the assignments of two other students in the unit. Each peer mark contributes a further 5% towards the assignment mark for the student
  • Mark for peer review:
    Students are assessed on the quality of their peer review for other students. This contrbutes 5% to the final assessment.

Assessment criteria

Progress through the learning modules is automatically graded against normative criteria. Rubrics for the assignment and for peer review will be be given for the students.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:


Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Learning modules: Students need to complete four of the online LaTeX learning modules. These modules require the students to complete LaTeX programming tasks, which are assessed against normative criteria. Students are required to complete the two compulsory learning modules on "LaTeX fundamentals" and "Writing LaTeX documents" and at least two additional modules, depending on their interests and expertise. The best four modules contribute 50% to the final assessment for the unit (12.5% each). Independent study (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Ongoing Assignment: Students are required to write and submit an assignment that showcases the LaTeX skills that they have learned in the unit. The assignment should display a wide range of LaTeX typesetting skills and expertise. Independent study (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Progressive Peer review: students need to mark and give feedback on two assignments written by their peers. By analysing the work of their peers students will be exposed to new approaches to using LaTeX and will learn new skills. Students will also benefit from feedback from their peers. Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the structure of a LaTeX document.
  • LO2. Write, construct and compile a LaTeX document.
  • LO3. Format a LaTeX document, including titles, sections, lists, table of contents and cross-referencing.
  • LO4. Construct and design complex document elements.
  • LO5. Create a visually attractive document that includes and utilises an array of LaTeX features.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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