PROFESSIONAL WRITING

CRA1PWR

2015

Credit points: 15

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: 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: including fiction, poetry and scriptwriting.

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 the first-year core in the Creative and Professional Writing major in the ABA and the ABCA. 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. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in class.

Activities:
Peer editing exercises, offering constructive commentary of classmates' writing, reading students' own writing and our class discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Students are able to apply the concepts from the Writer's Toolbox, presented in the subject, to their own and others' work.

Activities:
Editing your own and others' writing, developing the assignments and working through technical issues that arise in students' own writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Students will articulate connections between their study of writing and issues of personal or social concern.

Activities:
Class discussions, provocations in the reading and through developing conceptual frameworks that can be used in many future situations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

04. Students will be able to search for and locate information. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their essay materials.

Activities:
Developing the assignments for this unit, completing the required online exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. Students will be able to write clear, well-organised and proof-read academic and creative pieces.

Activities:
Development of the writing portfolio containing students' creative work and responses to writing exercises. Development of the other assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks, and discuss the strengths and difficulties in their own and others' writing.

Activities:
Offering constructive commentary of fellow students' writing, and in class discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatherine Padmore

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

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

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatherine Padmore

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 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 01, 04, 06
One Assignment 1000 words (includes oral presentation worth 5%)25 01, 03, 04, 06
One Assignment 2000 words50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06