Language, Writing and Editing
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Identify a range of grammatical categories and their effectiveness in different types of text.
Critique alternative linguistic styles and modes of communication
Assess manuscripts for readability, and justify measures for their enhancement
Define the needs of particular audiences and make appropriate language choices for them
Admission to Master of Creative Writing
No special requirements
This unit focuses on language, including variation in grammar, usage and punctuation, and linguistic approaches to writing style, discourse development and readability. It examines the features of different text types, spoken and written, as well as those evolving on the internet. It discusses communicative approaches to writing, including plain English for mediating complex content, and promotional writing for advertising purposes. It includes modules on editing Aboriginal English, and on academic writing and editing, especially theses and journal articles.
- Exercise on promotional writing/scholarly editing (40%%)
- Online discussion on nominalisation (20%%)
- Online discussion on electronic communication (20%%)
- Exercise on punctuation (20%%)