Overview

In this unit, students will learn how to read, write and research a wide range of writing styles typical to those met in the course of their work and/or life. Students will gain insight into different forms of professional writing, have access to professionals speaking about their particular form of professional writing, develop understanding of the relationship between professional writing style and target audience, and obtain skills in writing for different professional purposes.

Requisites

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Study Period 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
18-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
18-June-2024
Study Period 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
18-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
18-June-2024
Study Period 3
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-August-2024
24-November-2024
Last self-enrolment date
08-September-2024
Census date
16-September-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
11-October-2024
Results released date
17-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate a range of review-based and popular writing styles and forms appropriate to the field of creative, professional and industry-based writing
  • Demonstrate practical skills in researching for and composing styles appropriate to their chosen writing project
  • Conceptualise, methodologise, collate data, contextualise, and produce a writing project demonstrating an understanding of target audience and industry or professional publication requirements

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Online Discussion ThreadsIndividual 40% 1,2,3 
Written AssignmentIndividual 60% 1,2,3 

Content

  • ​The structure of writing across a range of genres encompassing: style, tone, register
  • Film e.g. reviews, outlines, scripts
  • Art e.g. reviews, stories, histories, styles
  • Sculpture e.g. reviews, personal responses, styles, histories
  • Architecture e.g. styles, cultural influences, reading the street as text
  • Creative writing e.g. genres, inspirations, styles, audiences, ideal readers
  • Business writing e.g. reports, letters, applications
  • Music e.g. styles, responses
  • Academic journals e.g. purpose, academic discourse, referencing for scholarly conversations
  • Advertisements e.g. purpose, critical evaluation, pithy writing
  • Utilising social media and multimedia opportunities
  • Graduate Attribute: Communication Skills - Communicating using different media
  • Graduate Attribute: Teamwork Skills - Collaboration and negotiation
  • Graduate Attribute: Digital Literacies  - Information literacy
  • Graduate Attribute: Digital Literacies  - Technical literacy
     

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.