Introduction to Writing

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

This unit takes a look at the role of the writer and their responsibility as a conduit for stories. By studying this unit you will learn about the importance of language, genre and audience be able to apply these lessons across all your professional communications.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Curtin University, the unit does not focus on the grammatical and technical aspects of writing but instead introduces students to the creativity behind the writing process and what it is like to write across various genres.

With studies on the personal essay, the short story and the feature article, you are taken through the differences inherent in these writing formats and will learn to execute each mode to its greatest potential. The unit also addresses research methods including the interview, observations and library and internet research.

Students should also note that this unit contains adult themes. If you are under 16, you will need to complete a parental consent form, prior to enrolling in this unit.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Areas of study

In this Introduction to Writing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Writer in contemporary culture
  • Self and other
  • The ethics of representation
  • Research methods 1 – the interview
  • Research methods 2 – observation
  • Research methods 3 – library and internet research
  • Genre 1 – the personal essay
  • Genre 2 – the short story
  • Genre 3 – the feature article
  • Bringing it all together to create your own work

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

By understanding how to source stories through research and how to develop them through different genres, you will be prepared to write on a range of topics for different audiences.

This unit will introduce you to:

  • Grammar, punctuation and sentence structure
  • Critical reflection and creative thinking skills
  • Research techniques so you can source new stories
  • Genre, audience and language
  • Workshopping your written work and ideas with others

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Writing from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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