Course Title: Provide services on a freelance basis

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5314 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Title: Provide services on a freelance basis

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

 In this course you develop the skills and knowledge required to operate as a freelance writer and editor. You learn how to plan strategically, to promote yourself and your business, to negotiate terms of employment and to manage the financial and business aspects of freelance work.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 There are no pre-requistes or co-requisites for this course. 

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis


1 Promote yourself to potential employers

2. Negotiate work arrangements

3 Manage financial and business aspects of freelance work

4. Undertake strategic planning

Learning Outcomes

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

  • market yourself to potential clients
  • negotiate work contracts
  • develop and maintain effective records and financial documentation
  • plan strategically in a way that takes into account the need for adequate cash flow

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course is ongoing. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to writing tasks.