Writing Studies

A minor in Writing Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including
(i)12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii)12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level core units

1000 level units of study

WRIT1001 Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 4x500wd Written assignments (40%), 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The persuasive power of the English language emerges from its richness and variation. This unit introduces students to rhetorical theory as a resource for the creative construction of meaning. Students will learn to discover topics, arrange ideas, and analyse the delivery of arguments across a variety of contexts. We examine print, visual media, political debates and engage in virtual exchanges with universities around the world.
WRIT1002 Writing and Rhetoric: Argumentation

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 1x1hr online lecture/week, 1x1hr online readings and activities/week, 1x1hr online tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd annotated bibliography (20%),1x1000wd literature review (20%), 1x500wd critical analysis video (10%), 1x500wd critical analysis report (10%), 1x1500wd argumentative essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This is a fully online unit of study. It focuses on advanced rhetorical reasoning and the theory, construction, and delivery of sound arguments, which are critical to success in the university and the workplace. Designed to improve writing and critical thinking abilities, the unit teaches students to craft persuasive, ethical, and engaging arguments. It will focus on the production and reception of arguments across a range of genres, including digital environments. Online tutorials feature collaborative writing and editing exercises on global, participatory writing platforms.

2000 level units of study

WRIT2000 Contemporary Rhetoric

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior Credit Points Assessment: 1x1125wd Analysis (25%), 1x1125wd Comparison (25%), 1x1125wd Essay (25%), 1x1125wd Reflection (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to contemporary theories and practices of rhetoric, examining the work of Kenneth Burke and Chaïm Perelman, among others. It will trace the development of contemporary rhetoric from the classical era, comparing these approaches through examples of social, political, and popular rhetoric across a range of genres. Students will develop a better understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and writing and how to apply rhetorical principles to the analysis, interpretation and production of a range of texts.
WRIT2002 Arguments that Change the World

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture in flipped classroom mode/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points Assessment: 1x1500wd close reading task (35%), 1x10min group poster presentation (20%), 1x500wd individual reflection (10%), 1x1500wd analytical report (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What do great poets, preachers and politicians have in common? Using case studies of enduring persuasive texts from the pulpit to the courtroom to the concert hall, this unit introduces students to rhetorical hermeneutics as a method of interpretation. The unit extends their ability to interrogate and think critically about various text types and their affective qualities. It cultivates intensive and effective research and reporting practices, through which students develop discipline-based inquiry questions to effectively discover, invent, produce, and deliver their own arguments.

3000 level units of study

Units available from 2019.

Table S selective units of study

WRIT1000 Introduction to Academic Writing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x900wd sentence task (20%), 1x900wd research task (20%), 1x900wd paragraph task (20%), 1x900wd review task (20%), 1x900wd revision/reflection task (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit teaches the fundamentals of academic writing. Frequent, short writing assignments are designed to help students engage with the writing process at the sentence and paragraph levels and and to make appropriate style, grammar, punctuation, and syntax choices. Students will learn how to research a topic, document sources in keeping with academic honesty principles, and edit and revise their own writing, as well as the writing of others. This UoS is appropriate for both native and non-native English speakers and offers a solid foundation for academic writing in any discipline.
WRIT3000 Workplace Communications

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 24 senior credit points Assessment: 1x1000wd recorded group conference calls (20%), 1x1000wd written speech (20%), 1x4000wd e-portfolio (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Effective communication in the modern workplace involves more than the production or reproduction of formulaic documents. To be persuasive, communication must be tailored to address the needs of differing audiences while sustaining a coherent and credible corporate narrative. This unit teaches the concepts of rhetorical awareness and user-centered design to enable you to craft a range of audience-focused, persuasive speeches, documents and visual texts for an increasingly technologized workplace.

Open Learning Environment units of study

OLET2127 Writing with Wikipedia

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive August,Intensive March Classes: 1x1hr online lecture/week for 4 weeks, 1x2hr online seminar/week for 4 weeks Mode of delivery: Online
Using Wikipedia as a writing platform, you will learn to write for a global readership that constitutes a large proportion of the world's population. Your digital and critical literacies will improve as you proofread and copy edit, and evaluate the quality and reliability of information and sources.
OLET2119 Professionalism in the Workplace

Credit points: 2 Session: Intensive April,Intensive September Classes: 1x1hr/week online lectures for 4 weeks, 1x1hr/week flipped lecture for 4 weeks, 1x1hr/week live tutorial for 4 weeks Mode of delivery: Online
This OLE teaches research-based, practical strategies for improving the persuasiveness of key self-promotion documents, and successful interview strategies. You will learn to write credible online profiles for professional networking sites such as Linked-in, and effective applications for scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities.
OLES2129 Writing for the Digital World

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr flipped lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 250wd Quiz: Editing and Referencing (10%), 1x 250wd Quiz: Creative Commons (10%), 2x 1000wd equivalent Editing Exercises (40%), 1x 2000wd equivalent Article Creation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will produce knowledge for Wikipedia audiences around the globe. You will write across networks, negotiate various discourse communities, and contribute to and draw from creative commons resources while increasing the number of diverse voices that contribute to networked knowledge.