Course Title: Refine writing skills
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2017
Course Code: COMM7305
Course Title: Refine writing skills
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Course Contact: Program Administration
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: Yannick Thoraval
Nominal Hours: 120
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.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course has no pre-requisites or co-requisites
In this course you will draft, write and edit many different kinds of workplace documents.You will learn to inform and to persuade, taking into account the purpose and context of the writing.Through research and experimentation with writing techniques in a range of media, you will gain the skills and knowledge required to write for both the ear and the eye.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VU20277 Refine writing skills
1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media
1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing is evaluated in terms of the capability of techniques already used by writer.
1.2 New techniques are selected for specific effects and introduced into writing.
1.3 Relevant approaches by other writers are researched, adapted and used with due consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements
1.4 Feedback is sought from fellow practitioners or informed others as to the effectiveness of particular experiments
2. Develop and refine a concept for a piece of work
2.1 A concept for the projected work is developed based on the purpose of the work and its intended audience.
2.2 Writing techniques suitable for the concept are evaluated against feedback from experimentation
2.3 A concept is documented.
2.4 Feedback is sought from appropriate others and concept is refined where necessary
3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work
3.1 Resource requirements necessary for the development of a piece of extended work are clarified
3.2 Constraints that may impact on the development of work are evaluated
3.3 Concept is amended or renegotiated in terms of available resources where necessary.
4. Plan the writing
Writing tasks are planned to reflect the concept, constraints and available resources of the project
Writing tasks are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of deadlines
All resources required to deliver the product are organised
A timeline for the completion of the product is agreed with commissioning agents or editors if necessary
5. Complete writing
Writing is completed using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
The potential for changes in the use of techniques is evaluated and responded to where necessary
The concept is refined where necessary based on the writer’s on-going experiences with the production of writing
Writing meets professional levels of execution including attention to grammar, vocabulary, style, presentation and time frame
On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
Details of Learning Activities
In class activities may include:
- Guest lecture
- Class presentations
- Group discussions
- Teacher directed group activities/projects
- Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- Workshopping of student projects
- Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
Out of class activities may include:
- Online research
- Independent project based work
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
Your teacher will supply all readings and class materials in class.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate proficiency in a range of writing styles.
Assessment tasks in this course include the development and refinement of a range of writing pieces which address the current standards used in the workplace. All assessment should meet a professional level of completion.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following three pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria.
Assessment One: Due Sunday 26 February 2017
As an individual, you will write a 1000 word critique of a piece of professional communication where you evaluate the overall effectiveness of a piece of communication.
Assessment Two (graded): Due Tuesday 11 April 2017
As an individual, you will write and deliver a short (750–1000 word, 5-7 minute) persuasive speech.
You will use the speech to persuasively argue for or against a divisive contemporary social or political issue of your choosing.
Assessment Three (graded): Due Sunday 28 May 2017
As an individual, you will write 5 separate documents, collectively presented as a portfolio of diverse writing styles. The individual documents in your portfolio will be:
- a summary (x2 long and short)
- an email
- a business letter
- a set of instructions
- a report.
Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available on Blackboard under the 'Assessments' tab.
Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students
How to submit work
You must submit assessments electronically through Turnintin on Blackboard. You will be asked to attest your work is your own.
Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. We strongly advise that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.
We request that you speak to your teacher if regular attendance becomes difficult.
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Monitoring academic progress is helps us to assist you in achieving your learning potential.
Adjustments to assessment (incl. applying for a time extension)
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.
Academic integrity and plagiarism
Academic integrity is about the honest presentation of work that is your own. RMIT University has a clear policy on plagiarism (see web page for more detail).
Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.
Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.
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