ENGL 2046 - Workplace Writing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 2046 Course Workplace Writing Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study Incompatible ENGL 2016 & ENGL 3016, ENGL 2104 & ENGL 3104, ENGL 1104, ENGL 2204 Restrictions Not suitable for students for whom English is a Second Language. These students are strongly advised to enrol in Professional English (ESL) I or II (ENGL 1104 / 2204) Course Description This is a course for students who wish to develop their skills in working with frequently used workplace documents and genres in both traditional and electronic formats. Course activities and assessments help students learn to create structurally effective, grammatically accurate and contextually appropriate documents. Target genres will include business letters, emails and job application packages. Additionally, the development of a professional persona in online environments may be covered. Coursework will emphasise the development of grammatical accuracy, effective writing from evidence, and reader-centred business writing. Students will also develop skills in creating effective public presentations (both/either in face-to-face classes or in online forums).
Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course:
1. Students will demonstrate skills in working with frequently used workplace documents and genres in both traditional and electronic formats (e.g. business letters, emails, contemporary paper-based job application packages and online job applications, presentations – both in person and online).
2. Students will be able to create structurally effective, grammatically accurate and contextually appropriate documents and communications. They will be able to demonstrate these skills working both independently and collaboratively.
3. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the effects and importance of reader-centred writing, including writing to meet a defined, instrumental purpose.
4. Students will demonstrate well-developed skills in writing an array of workplace documents and communications from from evidence.
5. Students will demonstrated skills in creating effective public presentations and/or mass communications (both/either in face-to-face classes or in online forums; both individually prepared and collaborative). Students will learn to consider “inclusiveness” in communication (meeting the needs of a variety of readers / auditors / spectators), and will demonstrate an awareness of inclusiveness in their work.
6. Students will demonstrate having acquired specific knowledge relevant to the construction of an effective, appropriate online professional persona.
7. Students will demonstrate having learned constructive approaches to working on co-authored documents, including effective approaches to editing others’ work.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
To be announced.
Recommended ResourcesWindschuttle Keith and Elizabeth Elliott.
Writing, Researching, Communicating. 3rd edition. (Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 1999). Available in the Barr Smith Library (Main library and Reserve)
Websites as detailed in course material on MyUni.
Online LearningRequired reading course-related material is available through MyUni.
The following documents will be available via MyUni: Lecture notes (to be accessed and read prior to coming to class), set grammar and writing-related exercises, assessment topics, announcements and email communications.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
Learning Activities SummaryProvisional. Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, online activities, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
Specific Course RequirementsWorkplace Writing is suitable for students who want to develop their business writing skills.
Students who want to develop academic writing skills should enrol in a different course: Academic English.
Workplace Writing is suitable for students whose first language is English or who are completely fluent in English.
Students who are still developing fluency in English should enrol in Professional English (business writing focus) or Academic English (academic writing focus).
Small Group Discovery ExperienceProvisional. The small group discovery experience may be developed through student-led seminar discussion, which may take place in both face-to-face and online settings. The course may include collaborative assessment tasks.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar participation and associated preparation Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5 Job advertisement research Formative and Summative 5% 1, 2, 5, 6 Formal letters and emails Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 5 Job application package Formative and Summative 25% 1-6 Plan for a professional online profile Formative and Summative 5% 2, 5, 6 Exam Summative 30% 1-6
Seminar participation and associated preparation (20%): students must attend and prepare for seminars
Job advertisement research (5%): students will research a job advertisement
Formal letters and emails (15%): students will submit formal letters and emails
Job application package (25%): students will submit a job application package which will include covering letter, CV and selection criteria
Plan for a professional online profile (5%): students will submit a plan on how they will put together an online profile
Exam (30%): this will be conducted at the end of the course and will cover all aspects studied
Information available on enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
In addition to other University policy and procedures, the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures will apply in this course.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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