Course Title: Perform writing and editing tasks

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4405 Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Title: Perform writing and editing tasks

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.

Important Information:


Course Contact: John Reeves

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4895

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Are you keen to improve your line editing skills and produce publication-ready text? In this course you will learn the conventions of grammar, punctuation and spelling related to Australian English, and the art and technique of building robust sentences and paragraphs. You will learn how to edit for voice, tone and tense, and for clear, concise prose, especially for plain language. As a writer, you will apply these skills when revising your own work. As an editor, you will work with editing tools to copyedit and proofread text for publication, both electronically and in hard copy.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAWRT404 Perform writing and editing tasks


1. Apply clear and appropriate language and style to writing and editing tasks

2. Apply the appropriate voice, tone and tense

3. Apply appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation

4. Perform editing and proofreading tasks to meet requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and application of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style in set tasks
  • write and revise your own work according to standard conventions
  • edit and proofread text according to a style guide guide and to plain language style
  • use handwritten and digital methods to undertake editing and proofreading tasks.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment