Course Title: Writing Non-Fiction - Research and Readership

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Writing Non-Fiction - Research and Readership

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you are introduced to different forms of non-fiction writing, including essays, reviews, biography and memoir. You explore the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction and learn the skills and techniques necessary to write in a variety of styles. Through developing your own non-fiction writing, you learn about concept development, researching content, understanding your readership and identifying markets for your work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • develop a concept suitable for a work of non-fiction
  • employ appropriate research methods
  • analyse and explain a variety of non-fiction genres and styles
  • write non-fiction works that illustrate a variety of genres and styles
  • define the readership for your non-fiction work and identify a market.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

  • acquire knowledge of writing and editing techniques; principles and practice of communication and writing for different audiences; emerging digital media and trends and developments in the publishing industry
  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and nonfiction, edit professionally, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects
  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are: 

  • lectures, which provide the framework for developing your skills in non-fiction writing
  • class exercises and activities designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of appropriate techniques with feedback from peers and teacher
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available through myRMIT and you are provided with selected written and visual material in class. You can also access a range of resources through the library, e-reserve, various archives and the web.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment will include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual projects.