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ENH1260 - Professional Writing

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Baden Eunson


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Students will learn the basics of grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, research methods, document planning and design/layout techniques, and basic proofreading and copy and structural editing approaches. These fundamentals will be used to create letters, memos and emails, reports, online text and job application letters and resumes. This subject is designed to develop writing skills appropriate to work situations. In the modern workplace, the generic, transferable or "soft" skills of communication are highly valued, and the ability to be able to write well is one of the most important of these skills.


After completing this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify basic grammar and punctuation faults in documents.
  2. Use a Plain English style in writing where appropriate.
  3. Better understand document planning and design techniques.
  4. Apply basic editing and proofreading techniques to their own writing.
  5. Demonstrate effective research skills.
  6. Create letters and memos for a variety of professional situations.
  7. Create effective emails.
  8. Prepare copy for online communications.
  9. Create effective short and long reports.
  10. Prepare effective job application letters and resumes.


Writing skills test: 25%
Short assignment: 25%
Report: 40%
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar) per week