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WRIT2000 – Writing & Editing for the Professions

Lecturer Dr Josephine Robertson
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites WRIT1005;Prerequisite requirement waived only for second or third year Bachelor of Communication students.
Contact Hours 1L1.5T
Semester(s) Taught Semester 2
Course Units 2
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Rating

Total average

49.8/100

Learning Materials ( 50 )
Learning Activities ( 35 )
Blackboard Management ( 72.5 )
Course Content ( 32.5 )
Course Structure ( 45 )
Contact Availability ( 53 )
Course Difficulty ( 60 )

Reviews (2)

Anonymous
   
WRIT2000 – Writing & Editing for the Professions 38.6

This was an extremely poorly run and managed course. The three hour seminars contained very little actual information or guidance on the content, as our coordinator insisted that a 'transformative learning process' was more beneficial than actually assisting students. In this way, the textbook was the most useful resource, but still left a lot to be desired.

My tutor, while a lovely person, was seriously uninformed about course requirements to the extent that she believed the assessment we were doing was the same as the one undertaken the previous year, when in fact it had completely changed. The course coordinator was very unreceptive to questions or feedback, and did not respond to several of my emails about assessment criteria. Additionally, when providing marked versions of the editing tests, my group found that her method was inconsistent as she would often overlook mistakes in one section and yet mark them in another. There was no objective guideline or rubric for the editing tests, which gave us the impression that our own editing tests would simply be marked according to the whim of the individual marker.

Finally, for our major assessment we were asked to publish our work on the digital platform 'AusArts', which is still in it's beta stage. However, for the assessment submission we were required to download our work as a PDF and upload it to TurnItIn. This made using a difficult site like AusArts seem pointless, particularly as the PDF conversion altered the final format of our work.

Unfortunately for Communications students this is a mandatory course. I can only hope that they take the feedback from this year and seriously improve the structure and delivery of WRIT2000.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2016

Your program/major

Communications/Arts

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Opportunities to improve your writing
Negatives
  • Unclear Assessment and Exam expectations
  • Uninformed Tutors
  • Poor Structure and Delivery
Posted on October 29, 2016 2:22 pm
Anonymous
   
WRIT2000 – Writing & Editing for the Professions 61.0

As a communication student, I hadn't taken the pre-reqs for the course, and I am thankful. From what I gathered the content was very similar to WRIT1005. In fact, the content was similar to high school English. We spent a lot of time looking at things like grammar, syntax, and punctuation.

The lectures follow the textbook. If I could do it over, I wouldn't bother doing the readings. The textbook was also outdated and included gems such as "some workplaces may ask you to use a computer rather than hand write correspondence".

The tutorials are well organised. They prepare you well for the in test exam. There are plenty of resources and support if you need it. Personally, I didn't enjoy the course and I didn't get much out of it, but if you are looking for a course in basic English skills - this is for you.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2013

Your program/major

Communication / Journalism

Positives
  • Supportive academics
  • Easy to follow structure
Negatives
  • Outdated textbook
  • Simplistic content
Posted on March 5, 2014 6:47 pm

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