Course Title: Produce Writings - Non-Fiction

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4171

Course Title: Produce Writings - Non-Fiction

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 105.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

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Course Description

This course aims to give you the skills and confidence to embark upon a career as a freelance print journalist, and to prepare for a career as a non-fiction writer. It will help you to cultivate a professional approach and a critical awareness of appropriate language, style, and word length for a range of publications and audiences by:

- analysing a range of journalistic and other non-fiction material from various publications
- writing and workshopping in class
- researching and writing ‘publishable’ articles/chapters for assessment
- discussing contemporary issues in the media and publishing
- emphasising the importance of grammatical, well-constructed sentences and paragraphs
- developing competence and confidence in planning, drafting, re-drafting, editing and pitching articles and non-fiction work                         

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The competency Produce Writings –Non-fiction VBP552 is delivered and assessed in conjunction with  the following competencies:
CUVCOR03A: Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
CUVCOR11A: Source information on history and theory and apply to own work
CUSRAD01A: collect and organise information

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Non-Fiction


1. Analyse the purpose of the writing task 

2. Investigate the scope of the writing task

3. Plan the writing task

4. Create the writing task

5. Realise the writing task

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to plan, draft, edit and pitch a variety of non-fiction for a range of publications.

Overview of Assessment

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