Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ENG5044

 
TITLE Writing for the Media 1: Skills and Tasks

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT English

 
DESCRIPTION This part of the study-unit will focus on introducing the following cultural and theoretical concepts, both in theory and in practice:

- Descriptive narrative: In this part of the unit, students will learn more about the narratological elements of character, plot and setting and will practice developing them in writing pieces of their own.
- Working on tone and style, students will discuss the importance of mood and atmosphere in writing, taking travel writing and reportage as case studies.
- In order to convey story effectively, students will practice using various discursive skills including analogy, rhetorical devices of argumentation and tone and will take opinion pieces as a case study.
- The language of the professional review will be analysed through discussion of film and book reviews in both international and local media.
- Feature pieces require particular attention to audience expectations and the skills required to write successful features will be discussed using sports writing as a case study.
- The language of PR and Advertising will be analysed and put into practice throughout the course.

Study-unit Aims

This study-unit aims to:
- Complement the unit on English and Publishing by building on practical writing skills that can be implemented according to the concepts discussed in the said module.
- Emphasize the importance of excellent writing skills and the benefits of knowing how to write for multiple contexts and audiences.
- Give students the theoretical knowledge to support the creation of successful writing pieces, thus adding to their competitive advantage in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the skills needed to write effectively for various media.
- Review texts of different genres.
- Understand the implications of professional writing.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write in different discourses and genres.
- Execute many parts of the writing process including drafting, editing and designing.
- Contextualise their writing according to market and audience.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Beard Adrian, The Language of Sport (Oxford: Routledge, 1998)
- Tanner Stephen, Blair Molly and Richardson Nick, Feature Writing: Telling the Story (Melbourne: OUP, 2009)

Since many of the suggested texts are not as yet available in the Library, a reading pack will be provided.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM1 No 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Mario Aquilina

 
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