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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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; and
  • Be able to apply good writing principles to their professional work.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM111 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short writing
Portfolio and critical reflection
Online participation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.