WRIT402-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Professional Writing

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course will develop students' capacity to produce professional writing according to a range of practices, within a variety of contexts and genres, and in response to the needs and expectations of diverse audience groups.

The first part of the course will be concerned with establishing core literacies common across many of these genres, including effective structure and signalling of purpose, appropriate register, and techniques for inclusion of support. Subsequent sessions will then examine the contexts and specific exemplary texts of a range of professional writing genres, including context-specific report-writing, policy writing, the construction of effective process narrative, collaborative writing, and new media writing practices.  Students will then have the opportunity to apply what they learn from analysis of these genres to the production of their own assessed writing, including self-analysis of their choice of techniques and form, and the alignment of aims to specific writing effects.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course you will be able to
  • identify, analyse, and write according to the main genres of professional writing;
  • identify your audience and utilise the writing techniques and styles appropriate to that audience;
  • deploy a wide range of editorial strategies, at an advanced level, in the revision and improvement of professional texts of various kinds;
  • undertake research relevant to your writing tasks;
  • provide advanced editorial advice for other writers;
  • understand and articulate the implications of being a writer in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially in regard to te ao me te reo Māori and the Pasifika philosophy of teu le va.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Entry is subject to approval of the Head of Department. RP: A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Recommended Preparation

A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 427 Technology Workshop 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 240 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

Karen Saunders


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Professional correspondence exercise 20%
Document design project 20%
Formal report or funding application 30%
Collaborative project 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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