Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is a critical friend?
    • Critical friendship in the writing industry, in business, and in academic practice
    • The essential elements of writing, including plot, character, setting etc
    • Models of genres and forms of writing and how these work with the idea of critical friendship
    • Critical and cultural theories and using these to enrich writing
    • Developing peer feedback and self-editing skills
  • Study resources
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

After successfully completing this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically apply the conventions, methodologies, and techniques needed for professionally critiquing pieces of writing
  2. Demonstrate practical skills in evaluating and diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses in their writing and writing practice and in the work and practice of others, and be able to hypothesise solutions to these weaknesses
  3. Plan, research, and produce a report/document that reflects upon and evaluates the challenges and strengths of a piece of writing.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignments — 60%-70% (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online Discussion — 30%-40% (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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:

  • SWI-LPW500

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject focuses on the acquisition of a specific set of skills that writers need before their writing is ready for publication. It achieves this by introducing students to the essential elements of the writing craft, such as plot, setting, character etc. This subject also gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply the skills of critiquing and editing in a collaborative online environment. It explores how 'critical friends' can enrich others' writing ability and further their own insights into the processes of writing.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

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