Professional Writing Placement is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Curtin University. The unit’s key aim is to allow you to employ and develop your writing skills within a professional environment. Through completing a range of writing and associated projects, you will gain the confidence and skill to embark on a career as a professional writer.
To begin with, you will be introduced to your chosen workplace and begin your placement. Throughout the experience, you will be tasked with critical reflection as well as peer communication. Finally, you will self-evaluate your placement experience, and be assessed by your academic and workplace supervisors.
Ultimately, Professional Writing Placement prepares you for what to expect from, and how to effectively perform the kind of tasks you will undertake as a commercial writer. This will not simply involve producing prose, but also the wider research obligations that professional writing roles typically demand.
In order to enrol, you must have successfully completed the following unit:
Writing and Research for Professional Contexts
Areas of study
In this Professional Writing Placement unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to the workplace
Peer communication, reflection and support
Evaluation of workplace experiences
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing), Curtin University
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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Although many people have professional qualifications in writing, academia is often not enough – you need to have professional experience. Embarking on a placement such as this will provide you with the practical knowledge to stand out to employers, as well as the confidence to know what will be expected of you in a workplace setting. Moreover, in an interview scenario, you will be able to list examples where you have succeeded as a professional writer, helping to show you have the required experience for the role.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Professional Writing Placement 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 may be 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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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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