ENH1260 - Professional writing
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Baden Eunson
Students will revise or learn the basics of grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, research methods, document planning and design/layout techniques, and basic proofreading and copy and structural editing approaches. Plain English style, jargon and readability in documents will be studied. These fundamentals will be used to create letters, memos and emails, reports, online text and job application letters and resumes. The argument of the major report will be reinforced by an oral presentation. In the modern workplace, the generic, transferable or "soft" skills of communication are highly valued, and the ability to be able to write well is one of the most important of these skills.
Students successfully completing this unit will be able to:
- Identify basic grammar and punctuation faults in documents.
- Use a Plain English style in writing where appropriate.
- Better understand document planning and design techniques.
- Apply basic editing and proofreading techniques to their own writing.
- Demonstrate effective research skills.
- Create letters and memos for a variety of professional situations.
- Create effective emails.
- Prepare copy for online communications.
- Create effective short and long reports.
- Prepare effective job application letters and resumes.
- Deliver an oral presentation, based on the major report assignment.
Writing skills test: 20%
Short assignment (800 words): 15%
Employment communication assignment (1200 word assignment): 15%
Report (2000 words): 40%
Oral presentation: 10%
3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar) per week