Course Title: Write episode of a television series

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6160 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Title: Write episode of a television series

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 70

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.

Important Information:

Not applicable


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2020,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Penny Johnson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit explores the skills and knowledge required to write an episode of an existing television series or serial. Television script writing is highly collaborative and requires writers to be able to work effectively with story editors, script editors and script producers. The ability to work to deadlines, meet the production requirements of a particular show and develop story material creatively and efficiently in a pressured environment are some of the essential skills required by successful screenwriters, and you'll practise those across the semester.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. You are advised to complete OART5005C Critique cultural works, which focuses on television content, before doing this unit.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSWCOR602 Write episode of a television series


1. Develop story in a team

2. Develop scene breakdowns

3. Develop scripts

4. Finalise scripts for television episode

Learning Outcomes

On completing this unit, you will have developed the craft skills required to collaboratively plot, develop and write storylines, scene breakdowns and early script drafts of a television series or serial.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester. 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 your writing tasks.