Course Title: Professional Writing 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 030948

Course Title: Professional Writing 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Daley/ Ron Bell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2824

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.2.12

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Professional Writing is a core course in the Professional Communication program designed to encompass the various techniques of print media writing and editing.

It is a pre-requisite for COMM 2148: General News Reporting.

Lectures will cover content, style, and tone of the various types of print media writing.

Tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to produce their own writing pieces.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to:

  • develop skills in a variety of writing styles within journalism 
  • explore news and current affairs, and understand which types of events attract media interest
  • enable a sound grasp of contemporary English usage and the vocabulary of media writing
  • develop editing skills

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will put theory into practice with classroom writing tasks and discussion of media practices.

The central concepts and techniques of the course will be imparted through lectures which focus on the different styles of writing as well as news awareness. Guest lecturers will share their experiences and insights from within the profession enabling an overview of standards and requirements.

Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is expected of students in order to develop proficiency in the areas covered.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be required to purchase a Course Dossier of readings from the RMIT Bookshop.

Overview of Assessment

Students will have several opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in writing for the media through five areas of assessment.