PROFESSIONAL WRITING

CRA1PWR

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

Learning to write well brings benefits within and beyond university. This interdisciplinary unit offers you the opportunity to strengthen your professional, creative and academic writing skills. We develop a conceptual framework for analysing the writing of others and editing your own work effectively, as well as improving your skills in the generation of ideas, elements of style and identification with the audience. These areas of writing will be explored through modules with theoretical and practical components:

-- Academic writing, including essay writing, essay structure, avoiding plagiarism, editing and proof-reading.
-- Non-fiction writing across a number of genres, particularly writing for popular media, reviews of the arts and writing for the web.
-- Creative writing, which can include fiction, poetry and scriptwriting.

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions- now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCatherine Padmore

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HUS1PWR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is a first-year core in the Creative and Professional Writing major in the ABA and the Writing major in the ABCA and ABCAB. It is also offered as an elective in other majors.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCourse readings available through Reading Lists @ La TrobePrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply the concepts from the Writer's Toolbox, presented in the subject, to your own and others' work.

Activities:
Modelled in readings, explored in lectures and tutorials, and developed in written assignments.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Articulate connections between your study of writing and issues of personal or social concern.

Activities:
Modelled in readings, explored in lectures and tutorials, and developed in written assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Demonstrate independent thinking in your essay materials.

Activities:
Modelled in readings, explored in lectures and tutorials, and developed in written assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Write clear, well-organised and proof-read academic and creative pieces.

Activities:
Modelled in readings, explored in lectures and tutorials, and developed in written assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

05. Work co-operatively on various tasks to discuss the strengths and difficulties in your own and others' writing.

Activities:
Developed through written assignments and in peer-feedback activities in tutorials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

06. Develop a writing portfolio demonstrating different genres and styles.

Activities:
Modelled in readings, explored in lectures and tutorials, and developed in written assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatherine Padmore

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Students are given online prompts for text analyses and writing exercises, and the results of these are brought to the next tutorial."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One assignment 1000 words (includes oral presentation worth 5%)25 02, 03, 04, 05
One assignment 1000 words (includes oral presentation worth 5%)25 01, 03, 04, 05
One assignment 2000 words50 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatherine Padmore

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Students are given online prompts for text analyses and writing exercises, and the results of these are brought to the next tutorial."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One assignment 1000 words (includes oral presentation worth 5%)25 02, 03, 04, 05
One assignment 1000 words (includes oral presentation worth 5%)25 01, 03, 04, 05
One assignment 2000 words50 04, 05, 06