Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Curtin University Professional Writing and Publishing course prepares students for writing careers in the private, public and creative sectors through the study and practice of a range of different writing forms, including feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, travel writing, history, humour, writing for the internet, promotional writing, creative non-fiction and media releases.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  2. integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  3. access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  4. effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purposes
  5. use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills
  6. use and reflect on disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop autonomous learning, and apply these insights to writing in a range of different professional contexts
  7. acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on professional writing and publishing
  8. recognise and value the diversity of cultural knowledge and practices, taking care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  9. work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative, creative and ethical professional writing that is appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts.

Graduates will have opportunities in research, writing, editing and publishing in government and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations and the magazine and book industries.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful study through OUA – either:

*   Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
*   Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies English language competency requirement) OR
*   Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English competency is required.

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

PWP323 Professional Writing Placement is available to some students. It is an optional core unit (ie. you can complete this or PWP320). This unit is not suitable for students in full-time paid work or who are unavailable during office hours for other reasons. In order to enrol in this unit, students need to meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the PWP311 prerequisite unit
  • Be enrolled in the BA Humanities (PWP)
  • Be resident in Australia
  • Find a suitable work placement, which is approved by email by the unit coordinator.

We recommend that only students with a course weighted average of 65% or more do the Placement unit.

Students are required to find their own (unpaid) work placement and cannot do the placement at a workplace in which they have done volunteer or paid work already. Placements run for 14 days or 105 hours over the SP3 period. The placement must involve the student in completing research, writing or editing tasks in a workplace where there is supervision and direction from a nominated staff member with expertise in writing, editing or a related field. The workplace can be public sector, community sector or private sector but sole trader businesses are not recommended. Once a work placement is found, the student, workplace supervisor and unit coordinator will all sign a contract specifying the work to be undertaken. Students will also participate in online discussions and write a final report on the placement (assessed items).

Further information and support for this unit is provided during the PWP311 unit in SP1. CRL is not available for this unit.

If you haven't studied at university level before, we recommend you start with OUA Pathways (please see Option 1 below). OUA Pathways is ideal for students who want a structured start to their studies and, as a bonus, you can also study three preparatory units for free. Learn more about OUA Pathways

If you have studied at university level before, please follow Option 2.

If you're already enrolled in this course, please continue with your Level 1 units, followed by the Level 2 and Level 3 Major units.

Option 1

  • Step 1 - Complete the four required units from the Humanities Pathway table below, and you can also enrol in the optional preparatory units for free
  • Step 2 - Complete Level 1 core units PWP110 and PWP121
  • Step 3 - Complete the Level 2 core units
  • Step 4 - Complete the Level 3 core units
    • Select either PWP321 or PWP322
    • Select either PWP320 or PWP323

Option 2

  • Step 1 - Complete the Level 1 core units
  • Step 2 - Complete the Level 2 core units
  • Step 3 - Complete the Level 3 core units
    • Select either PWP321 or PWP322
    • Select either PWP320 or PWP323

To qualify for the award of BA (Professional Writing and Publishing) students must complete a total of 24 units:

  • 4 Core Humanities units (these can be the core Humanities noted or can be the Humanities Pathway units)
  • 10 Professional Writing major units
  • 10 Electives

Majors

Students complete 10 units in the Professional Writing and Publishing major: 8 compulsory units plus 2 optional units from the lists below.

Electives

Students may select their electives from any OUA unit provided any prerequisites have been completed.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX137 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Engaging Media
MED104 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian and Global Societies
SOCX175 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Art and Creativity
VSW100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Living Culture
MECX120 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Writing
PWP1101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion
PWP1211 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Writing the Zeitgeist
PWP210 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Writing, Editing and Publishing
PWP211 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Tricks of Truth and Authenticity
PWP220 Curtin - SP2 - -
Writing Magazine Features
PWP221 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
PWP310 Curtin SP1 - - -
Writing and Research for Professional Contexts
PWP311 Curtin SP1 - - -

1 Students should complete PWP110 Introduction to Writing and PWP121 Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion before commencing any Level 2 units.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing Humour
PWP321 Curtin - SP2 - -
Advanced Editing and Publishing
PWP322 Curtin - - SP3 -
Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing the Past
PWP320 Curtin - SP2 - -
Professional Writing Placement
PWP323 Curtin - - SP3 -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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If you wish to complete a degree course at Curtin you should register your intention after meeting minimum Curtin entry requirements. This can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/non-school-leavers/how-to-get-in/entrance-requirements.cfm. To register your intention you need to complete a 'Registration of Intent to Complete a Degree at Curtin University' form (http://elearn.curtin.edu.au/oua/study/registration_graduation.cfm) and submit it to Distance and Open Learning Services at Curtin.

Please Note: Not applicable to CSP students.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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Unit loan
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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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Open Universities Australia
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