COM111 Professional Writing (8)


This subject introduces the basics of professional writing for the communication and creative industries. Through the application of theory and practice, students gain a solid understanding of genre, style and narrative form in professional and creative communication contexts. This will enable students to meet the expectations concerning writing of future employers.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM111
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Communication (with Specialisations)
Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media)
Bachelor of Communication (Commercial Radio)
Bachelor of  Media Communication
Bachelor of  Communication(Advertising)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations )/Bachelor of Business Studies
Bachelor of Sport Studies / Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (with Specialisations)
Bachelor of Stage and Screen (with Specialisations)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to write at a level that meets professional expectations with respect to grammar, spelling, sentence construction, accuracy and clarity.
  • Be able to write effectively across a range of genres.
  • Be able to write competently in a range of registers, from formal to informal.
  • Be able to identify what constitutes good writing in (and outside of) their professional fields.
  • Be able to apply good writing principles to their professional work.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • A framework for understanding how written language works in professional and creative contexts
  • Grammar, sentence construction, spelling and punctuation at a professional level
  • Genre, register and narrative in professional writing
  • Drafting and editing skills
  • Critical self-reflection pertaining to writing


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.