About this unit
You can be a great communicator in person but when it comes to putting pen to paper, or the fingers to the keyboard, a bit of know-how goes a long way.
This online unit of study focuses on the structures of good writing across a wide range of genres, so that you have the frameworks you need to produce your best work.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Griffith University, this unit starts off with the unique communication features of writing and the ethics of putting work out for public consumption. Once you have these considerations in mind, you will be taken through the different forms and reasons for writing, including the features of specific genres.
While you get to know the writing landscape, you will also be learning practical lessons as you undertake writing tasks throughout the unit. This will provide you with experience in handling feedback, managing your time and conducting research and background reading.
You will get to focus on particular writing tasks along the way including works of short fiction, blurbs and advertisements, prequels and sequels, and dialogue. The unit also covers editing, blogging and how to get your writing published.
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Course pathwaysThis unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
- Certificate in Journalism, Griffith University
- Diploma of Public Relations, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
- Writing as communication
- Ethics and issues within the public arena
- Different types of writers
- Writing paths and genres
- Getting started
- Creating your own writing space and time
- Handling feedback
- The importance of reading and research
- Creative writing: genres and practice
- Short fiction
- Developing a short prequel/sequel narrative for a fictional character
- Scripting dialogue
- Professional writing
- Blurbs, flyers and adverts
- Writing reviews
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.