COMM 2032 Professional Writing and Editing

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101929

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Description Professional communicators require advanced writing and editing skills. This subject explores the nature of writing and preparation of texts for use across different media platforms and in various contexts. In particular, the subject develops skills in editing and re-purposing of writing, and further develops understanding of key writing tools such as voice, emphasis, tone, grammar and punctuation and Plain English for professional purposes. Through in-class workshops and time-restricted editing tasks, students will demonstrate a range of professional writing skills from corporate communications to advanced editing. Through in class presentations, discussions and short written tasks, students will demonstrate an applied understanding of conceptual and theoretical issues related to writing and editing for diverse audiences and applied to a range of current issues.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline English Language

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 0221 - Convergence and New Media COMM 2012 - Convergence and New Media COMM 2025 - New Media Contexts COMM 2026 - New Media Contexts (UWSC)

Restrictions

Successful completion of 80 credit points at Level 1.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Apply theories of writing
  2. Re-purpose information for a variety of media platforms
  3. Identify and remediate instances of faulty writing
  4. Use voice, coherence, emphasis, concision and Plain English appropriately
  5. Use basic English grammar and punctuation effectively
  6. Edit texts for length, audience, medium and purpose
  7. Use professional layout, design and visuals/charts to enhance readability and professional presentation.

Subject Content

  • The Topics include theoretical Background on The processing and function of language for rhetorical purposes, The nature of audience and The Importance of layout and Visual composition to reading and interpreting text.
  • It will also include the functions of professional written communications, editing a range of key professional writing texts by applying plain English style principles and stylistic devices such as voice, emphasis, tone, grammar and punctuation.
  • The principles are then applied through A variety of in-class and other writing tasks designed to demonstrate An advanced Understanding of professional writing styles.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 5-7 minutes 20 N Group/Individual
Report Part 1 1000 words (10%); Part 2 1500 words (20%) 30 N Group/Individual
Portfolio 1800 words 30 N Individual
Quiz 15 minutes (per Quiz), 15 minutes (per practical) 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)

Online

Online

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Vietnam Session 3 (2023)

Vietnam

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Sydney City Campus - Term 3 (2023)

Sydney City

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Vietnam Session 1 (2024)

Vietnam

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Vietnam Session 2 (2024)

Vietnam

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Spring (2024)

Online

Online

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

On-site

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Vietnam Session 3 (2024)

Vietnam

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Sydney City Campus - Term 3 (2024)

Sydney City

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