Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Media, Film and Journalism
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Piscioneri


In the modern workplace, the ability to communicate well, both in speaking and writing, is highly valued. In this unit we will focus on developing effective communication, particularly in written form, in professional contexts. We will study and produce types of writing and documents that are essential for you to secure professional employment, as well as to thrive in the kind of professional employment you can expect to find as a graduate.
The unit is based in practical exercises to develop your abilities as a writer and also an editor of professional standard texts, but also designed to further your conceptual understanding of key issues in professional communication: audience, context, and language. We will also study principles of 'information gathering' and research for professional contexts, and put these into practice through activities and assignments


Students successfully completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify and use appropriate English in written and oral contexts;
  2. Plan and design effective documents and presentations;
  3. Understand and apply essential features of English usage (grammar and structure) in writing and editing documents, and preparing and delivering oral presentations;
  4. Communicate your academic and other abilities through effective job application letters and resumes;
  5. Identify expectations of communication based on understanding of different professional audiences and contexts and apply these in documents and presentations;
  6. Understand and apply basic principles of information gathering and research (such as short online surveys) in professional contexts through practical assignments.


Within semester assessment: 80%
Exam: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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