Course Title: Refine writing skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher Yannick Thoraval

Teacher Contact Phone 9925 4908

Teacher Contact Emailyannick.thoraval@rmit.edu.au

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


 

Course Description

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

Element:

2. Develop and refine a concept for a piece of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A concept for the project 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
 

Element:

1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

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
 

Element:

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

Performance Criteria:

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
 

Element:

4. Plan the writing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Writing tasks are planned to reflect the concept, constraints and available resources of the project
4.2 Writing tasks are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of deadlines
4.3 All resources required to deliver the product are organised
4.4 A timeline for the completion of the product is agreed with commissioning agents or editors if necessary
 

Element:

5. Complete writing

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Writing is completed using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
5.2 The potential for changes in the use of techniques is evaluated and responded to where necessary
5.3 The concept is refined where necessary based on the writer’s on-going experiences with the production of writing
5.4 Writing meets professional levels of execution including attention to grammar, vocabulary, style, presentation and time frame.
 


Learning Outcomes


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:

  • Lectures
  • 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


Teaching Schedule

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.

WeekContent Class -
Tuesday
Content Class –
Thursday 
Asessment Due
1 No class - Orientation

Introduction
- Expectations
- Why write better?
- Foundations of communication

Introduction to Assessment 1 Short critique

 
2COMMUNICATION PROCESS Communication model
- Variables in communication model
- Barriers to effective communication
COMMUNICATION PROCESS
Communication model
- Non verbal communication
- Workplace dynamics
 
 
3COMMUNICATION
Theory and purpose
- Writing for the ear or eye
- Choosing a medium
- Targetting readership
 
INFORMATION
- Page layout
- Font
- White space
- Headings, numbers, bullets
- Tables, charts, diagram
 
 
4THE WRITING PROCESS
- Your strengths
- Planning
- Drafting
- Audience
- Stages of the writing process
- Readability statistics
 

THE WRITING PROCESS
- Evaluating
- Feedback
- Redrafting
- Editing
- Revision
- Proofreading

Introduction to Assessment 2 Speech

Assessment 1: Written
Critique(Oral presentations due weeks 4-9)

 
5WRITING WITH IMPACT
- Rules for clear writing
- Grammar basics
- Using plain language
- Writing Process
 
WRITING WITH IMPACT
- Pitfalls: tautology, word choices
- Passive/active voice
- Punctuation
 
 
6BUSINESS WRITING: PRESENTATIONS/
SPEECHES
- Structure
- Techniques
- Delivery
- Writing for the ear
 
BUSINESS WRITING: PRESENTATIONS
/SPEECHES
- Logos
- Ethos
- Pathos
- Speechwriting techniques
- Speech proposal due
Assessment 2: Speech proposal due
7BUSINESS WRITING: DIFFICULT MESSAGES
- Purpose
- Strategy
- Tone
BUSINESS WRITING: PERSUASIVE MESSAGES
- Purpose
- Structure
 
 
8BUSINESS WRITING: PERSUASIVE WRITING
- Types of persuasive writing
- Key parts of an argument
- Developing an argument
- Providing critical feedback
 
BUSINESS WRITING: PERSUASIVE WRITING
- Building consensus
- Brainstorming techniques
- Speech critical feedback due

-Introduction to Assessment 3 Writing portfolio

Assessment 2: Speech draft plan due
 Mid-semester breakFriday 3 to Friday 10 April (inclusive) 
9

BUSINESS WRITING: MEMOS
- Purpose
- Structure
- Tone
 

BUSINESS WRITING: EMAILS
- Purpose
- Structure
- Language
- Tone
 
10WORKSHOPPING:
- Speeches
- Presentations
WORKSHOPPING:
- Speeches
- Presentations
Assessment 2: Written speeches due and oral presentations delivered
11BUSINESS WRITING: PERSUASIVE WRITING
- Resumes
- Persuasive writing in practice
BUSINESS WRITING: SUMMARIES
- Agenda
- Minutes
 
12BUSINESS WRITING: SUMMARIES
- Precis

BUSINESS WRITING: CASE STUDIES
-  Language
-  Structure

 
13BUSINESS WRITING:
REPORTS
- Purpose
- Audience
- Structure
BUSINESS WRITING:
REPORTS
 
 
14BUSINESS WRITING:
- Policy writing
- Proposals

BUSINESS WRITING:
MEDIA RELEASE 
- Purpose
- Layout

 
15Review and revisionReview and revisionAssessment 3: Writing
Folio due


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Your teacher will provide any prescribed reading in the form of class notes.


References

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT (Course Blackboard) site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.


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.

 


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment (refer to Blackboard for assessment criteria). 

  • Assessment 1: Critique of a communications document. Due: Week 4, 5 March
  • Assessment 2: Persuasive speech incorporating three stages of development. Due: Proposal - Week 6, 19 March; Draft plan - beginning Week 8, 31 March; Written speech and delivery - beginning Week 10, 14 April.
  • Assessment 3: Folio of four workplace documents. Due: Week 15,  28 May 

Once you have demonstrated competency in Assessment 2 and 3, these tasks will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric). Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

 The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.  Please refer to the course Blackboard site or discuss with your teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special Consideration for Late Submission (web link)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism(web link)
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.

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