AMU3859 - Writing portfolio - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Andrew Hock Soon Ng


Associate Professor Andrew Hock Soon Ng

Not offered in 2019


First year Writing minor sequence


The primary objective of the unit is to help students compile a collection of

their writing samples across genres to serve as a portfolio for job seeking

purposes upon graduation. Students will bring to bear the breadth of their

learning in their first and second year units to engage in a series of creative

and non-creative writing exercises. Emphasis for this unit will be more on

the latter, and will focus especially on genres frequently associated with the

workplace such as writing reviews, writing a short argumentative piece on a

given topic, writing speeches, writing advertising materials, lifestyle writing,

and so forth. One of the assignments is tagged to the Commonwealth Young

Writerfs Prize, and students have the option to do a creative writing

assignment to be submitted as an entry if he/she wishes. The unit will also

feature various guest speakers including professionals involved in the

publishing industry, and well known writers and journalists, to expose

students in this unit to the complexities of publishing onefs work successfully.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be:

  1. aware of the fundamental elements in various genres of writing commonly associated with the work place, including writing a review, an

    argumentative piece, a speech, a publicity material, etc;

  2. knowledgeable about the local publishing industry and the pros and cons of being a professional writer;

  3. equipped with a portfolio accommodating a sample of their writings across genres that they can use when applying for jobs upon graduation;

  4. alert to writing fundamentals and editing issues through consistent peer-reviewing, and providing feedback to, each other with regards to their composition exercises.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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