C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

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Plan: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate that you are competent in 13 units of competency. For learning and assessment purposes these units of competency fall under the following subject areas. These can be completed in one year of full-time study. Part-time study is also available.

Subject Area

Includes units of competency

1. Professional Writing1. Refine writing skills
2. Writing online content2. Write content for web pages
3. Grammar and punctuation/
Editing and proofreading
3. Refine editing skills
4. Copywriting4. Write non-fiction
5. Narrative techniques for effective business writing5. Write extended stories
6. Targeting your audience - writing for a range of media6. Write content for a range of media
7. Writing and responding to a brief7. Interpret and respond to a design brief
8. Using industry software to design and create professional documents and online content8. Produce complex DTP documents AND Produce and prepare photo images
9. Major project9. Conduct research AND Manage projects
10. Writing funding proposals and tenders10. Develop and apply arts industry knowledge
11. Working as a freelancer11. Provide services on a freelance basis

Learning activities include lectures, seminars, demonstrations, discussion, presentations, guest speakers, group project work and practical exercises , and online activities and discussion forums. Content is delivered in a variety of forms including weekly face-to-face classroom seminars, full-day and weekend workshops, laboratory and online sessions. Some classes are held in the evening to allow you the chance to attend if you are working during the weekday. Some courses are offered mainly through online learning, to allow greater flexibility.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and includes:

  • completion of written workplace documents embodying knowledge and skills required to work at a professional standard.
  • oral presentations allowing you to demonstrate your skills in writing for the ear and your ability to communicate effectively to your peers. They equip you for independent learning and professional interactions within the industry.
  • practical demonstrations of competency -  for example, through the creation of a desktop published project.
  • group project work - this familiarises you with the integrated techniques and procedures used in the industry and allows you to demonstrate knowledge and skills in project development; project management; professional communication, collaboration and teamwork, and problem-solving.
  • self-assessment and reflection: this allows you to reflect on your progress, achievements and experiences within the course, and articulate your insights in a form such as a statement or report.

You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion and peer review and assessment. Most writing projects have an 'industry-ready' focus, designed to produce marketable work at a high standard. Industry speakers regularly attend classes and in some cases will advise on assessment of projects.

In this program, assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks and the form of assessment will be identified in your course guides. Your course guides will also indicate whether grading is applied to an assessment task after competency is established. To access these, please go to the Program Structure section of this Program Guide, select which course you would like to look at and then select which term you would like to view. You will receive further, more detailed information about your assessments from the assessment briefs, which are published on black board.

If you have already developed competency through prior experience, (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency.

The WIL nominated course for this program is:

  • COMM7306 Write non-fiction

This course you will write non-fiction copy for different audiences in a range of contexts, including popular media. You will learn about the process of copywriting from generating concepts through to planning and refining your writing. 

If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of 13 units

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C5314 Courses

C5314 Units - Select ALL Thirteen (13) Courses. Note: Course 048287-ICAWEB420A is included for historical enrolments and is no longer delivered.

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Manage projects (BSBPMG510A)60BUSM6223CCity Campus
Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge (CUFIND201A)20EMPL5645CCity Campus
Provide services on a freelance basis (CUFIND401A)30PERF5075CCity Campus
Write extended stories (CUFWRT402A)40COMM5911CCity Campus
Write non-fiction (VU20276)50COMM7306City Campus
Refine writing skills (VU20277)120COMM7305City Campus
Refine editing skills (VU20278)120COMM7307City Campus
Conduct research (CUFRES401A)30COMM5916CCity Campus
Write content for a range of media (CUFWRT301A)40COMM7310CCity Campus
Interpret and respond to a design brief (BSBDES402A)20BUSM5879CCity Campus
Produce complex desktop published documents (BSBITU404A)50COSC6084CCity Campus
Produce and prepare photo images (CUFDIG303A)20VART5969CCity Campus
Write content for web pages (ICAWEB420A)30ISYS7571CCity Campus
COSC6137CCity Campus

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