Writing and Research for Professional Contexts - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Think tank exercise (10%) , Group Project - Group observation/presentation (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,450.00
International 2,700.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

This unit is designed to introduce students to a range of writing and research tasks common to workplaces in both the public and private sectors. It covers the production of workplace documents, including speeches, briefing notes, website material, media releases and corporate communications, as well as a curriculum vitae and responses to selection criteria. It provides an introduction to research and writing as part of a team as well as an individual activity, and introduces students to policy analysis.

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

  1. interpret and apply concepts and techniques necessary to a range of workplace writing and research tasks
  2. develop and evaluate a body of work in readiness for the diverse needs of professional practice in the workplace
  3. apply independent and collaborative workplace-specific writing skills to the management and resolution of a range of policy and professional practice issues
  4. apply research and professional writing skills to evaluating and reporting on a public policy issue.
  • Analysis Task — Think tank exercise (10%)
  • Group Project — Group observation/presentation (20%)
  • Portfolio — Portfolio of work (45%)
  • Research Paper — Research report (25%)

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Writing for the workplace
2Using research effectively
3Writing for government and how Government works
4Targeting an audience
5Writing online material
6Speech writing
7Preparing a portfolio and CV
8Applying for positions
9Collaborative group work online
10*Note: Topics are sometimes altered in response to student feedback and to reflect changes and new information in the field.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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