Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code JRNL250
Subject Name Professional Writing 1
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites JRNL101, JRNL102 plus 24CP at 100 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence JOUR205
Assessment Essay 30% Professional Task; Media Release and/ or Corporate Briefing 30% Portfolio Speeches 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
This subject focuses on writing in an organisational context and explores the varied roles of written communication in public and private sector organisations. The subject will begin with the question of audience and the different communication strategies needed for internal and external communication. Topics and class exercises covered will include: informational writing such as FAQs and short form and long form reports and policy documents; promotional writing such as press releases and brochures and instructional writing such as how-to guides and manuals.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. understand the role of written communication in an organisation
2. produce short and long form reports, memos and policy briefs
3. write informational packages such as FAQs and Fact Sheets
4. produce promotional material and press releases
5. write profiles and news stories for an organizational context

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
This subject builds on the basic writing skills developed in the introductory writing for media subjects (JOUR101 and 201) and introduces students to forms of business and promotional writing. While this subject focuses on the writer in a professional context, the next subject in the sequence (JOUR305) focuses on the role of the editor.

Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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