Subject details

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

  1. use relevant expertise in writing and presenting information publicly across multiple internet mediated platforms
  2. analyse the Internet's various contexts and cultures for, and channels of, communication that influence writing and publishing
  3. present arguments concerning the importance of credibility, authority and utility in creating and assessing internet writing
  4. research and critically analyse specific features of the Internet as a medium for effective writing and publishing.
  • Topics

    • Introduction: Writing and Technology
    • Informing and Framing your Writing
    • Language, Code and Expression
    • Re-wiring Hypertext: Writing for Web2.0
    • Authorship and Personal Interest Blogs
    • Orwell
    • Collaborative Writing
    • Comment Culture and The Attention Economy
    • Tweeting and Texting
    • Online Journalism
    • E-Literature, E-Fiction, E-Books
    • Publishing Online: The Open Access Movement
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print Materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Writing is a technology. Yet there is little discussion of writing on the web. From Facebook updates, to tweeting within 140 characters, blogging, comment culture, online journalism, and the truncation of language via texting, writing remains dominant in digitisation. This subject offers you a practically oriented, conceptually-based approach by which you can become more effective in written publishing on the internet. From understanding how writing can capture the re-structured reading that comes from scrolling down rather than turning a page, to the reinscription of structure and flow via hyperlinking, a cohesive approach to considering the written word in a digital framework will be considered. Not only will students be writing online but they will understand how writing has evolved via digital forms of publishing. Interwoven in these themes will be underlying information issues such as relevance, credibility, authority and utility.

This subject examines writing on the web in its many diverse forms. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the different modes of writing in an online environment as well as practical skills in exploring their own writing. They will think through the practice of writing, consider what it means for a culture, and examine how writing can be transformative. In particular, the unit explores the relationships between authorship and authority, hypertext and credibility, collaboration and consciousness, comment culture and bullying, news and entertainment, as well as considering short-form texting and emojis.

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  • Web content creation I (25%)
  • Web content creation II (35%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

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