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Subject details

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

  1. identify and analyse a range of professional texts taking into account writing techniques and styles for various purposes
  2. apply techniques of persuasion and rhetoric in writing and oral communication
  3. create rhetorically effective documents for specific audiences and purposes
  4. apply highly developed writing and editing skills.
    • Professional writers and their trade
    • Rhetoric: Origins and Techniques
    • Purpose, Content and Audience
    • Using Argument and Evidence for Persuasion
    • Writing and Delivering persuasive speeches
    • Importance of Research and Attribution
    • Persuasion and Social Media
    • Satire and the hidden message
    • Cultural Literacy and Understandings
    • The Future of Professional Writing
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Wikis

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject introduces you to the role of the professional writer in the field of public discourse. It offers critical and ethical perspectives on rhetoric and persuasion, and introduces you to the structuring of arguments, and the framing and communication of issues on behalf of government, industry, non-government organisations and individuals.

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  • Presentation (30%)
  • Report (40%)
  • Essay (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

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