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CWR1001 Writing Good Prose

Semester 1, 2018 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Writing Good Prose
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Nike Sulway

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

This course focuses on how to write effective and engaging prose. You will be supported through the process of developing a deep understanding of how sentences, paragraphs and narratives are constructed in English. You will develop a clear understanding of the relationship between the purpose of text and its structure.
The course is included in the Creative and Professional Writing major, but can be taken as an elective by any student who wishes to improve their written expression.
This course equips you with a range of skills that are highly valued in the workplace, including critical thinking, and the ability to write clear, effective and engaging prose.
This course contributes to your development of the Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes, and USQ Graduate Capabilities.

Synopsis

Writing effective prose is an essential skill for all students, as well as for professionals across a wide range of fields. This course provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of expression in written language. This unit is available in the first semester of your first year to ensure that you have the necessary writing skills to complete a range of writing tasks, including typical assessment tasks such as essays, at a high standard.

Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. apply written communications skills in creative and professional writing contexts
  2. demonstrate a solid understanding of the mechanics of good sentences, paragraphs and narratives
  3. interpret and analyse a range of texts
  4. demonstrate critical, creative and analytical thinking, as well as effective problem-solving
  5. synthesise information to form an effective argument
  6. evaluate the quality of your own and others' writing.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Writing good sentences 25.00
2. Writing good paragraphs 25.00
3. Writing good narratives 25.00
4. Editorial skills development. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/?year=2018&sem=01&subject1=CWR1001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
BEAUTIFUL SENTENCES 100 25 16 Apr 2018
ELEGANT PARAGRAPHS 100 25 14 May 2018
A GRAND NARRATIVE 100 25 11 Jun 2018
EDITING PORTFOLIO 100 25 11 Jun 2018 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. You will be asked to complete a series of peer editing tasks during semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.