Introduction to Writing - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (20%) , Folio - Three different portraits (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit explores representation in writing and how the dynamic relationship between Self and Other plays a central role in the writing process. The representation of the self and of others is central to a broad range of written genres and forms. Students of professional writing will find that the unit introduces them to a variety of genres and forms essential to the portfolio of a professional writer, and will discover how creative writing techniques can enrich their professional work.

This unit is NOT an introduction to the mechanics of writing (grammar, punctuation, expression, etc.), but an introduction to the writing profession, publishing and the genres and forms of creative and professional writing.

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

  1. identify and discuss the various roles and expectations of the writer in creative and professional writing contexts, with a particular focus on the ethics of representation
  2. analyse and discuss selected short written works in terms of audience, genre and language
  3. identify and employ a range of research sources used in creative and professional writing
  4. use clear and correct grammar, punctuation and sentence structure in producing new writing
  5. apply creative, critical and reflective thinking skills to the development of new written work and to the discussion of work-in-progress by peers.
  • Essay (20%)
  • Folio — Three different portraits (20%)
  • Participation — Peer engagement task (20%)
  • Project (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The role of the writer
2Self and other
3The ethics of representation
4Research methods 1 - the interview
5Research methods 2 - observation
6Research methods 3 - library and internet research
7Genre 1 - the personal essay
8Genre 2 - the short story
9Genre 3 - the feature article
10Bringing it all together to create your own work

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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