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Professional Writing and Editing (EGL232)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description In this unit students reflect on a range of professional writing approaches, exploring written language as a 'living grammar', and refining their capacity as critical and focused writers and readers of their own and others' work. They will have the opportunity to write in a range of genres and styles. They will learn systematic approaches to the practices of editing and proofing of fiction and non-fiction texts, and develop techniques for refining academic, creative, workplace and other writing.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit you will have developed the following:
1. an awareness of the respective roles and responsibilities of the writer and the
editor in preparing texts for circulation in the public domain
2. an understanding of the conventions, meanings and effects of elements of
grammar, syntax and punctuation in a range of English-medium texts
3. the skills for writing and evaluating a range of texts and genres produced in
specific contexts for particular purposes and readers
4. an understanding of the principles and practices of structural editing,
copyediting and proofreading to ensure the clarity, integrity, and coherence of
a range of texts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; tutorials: 1.5 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is via interactive lectures and workshops. A conceptual and theoretical framework sets up the context in which students learn about and practise their writing and editing skills. Students will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the opportunities, challenges and demands of writing and editing in professional settings.

Assessment Students will be assessed on the basis of their active engagement in lectures and workshops and/or via online discussion. They will also be assessed on their writing and editing skills, through developing their own texts and refining the texts of others.
Informal feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis, in class or online. Detailed written feedback and text mark-up will be provided on all written work produced during the semester.
Assignment 1 in-class test: language use and grammar 15%; Assignment 2 (1000 words): Professional writing exercise 20%; Assignment 3 Editing task 35% Tutorial participation 15%; Writing and editing portfolio 15%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Previously 2014: 'Professional Writing'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA) [New in 2014]
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Anne Surma
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2151
e: A.Surma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.066A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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