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AIX117 - Professional Writing for Work


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Nic Velissaris
Trimester 2: Nic Velissaris
Trimester 3: Kristin Demetrious




Incompatible with:

ALW117, ALW217, EAD110

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online learning independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit focuses on developing flexible and transferable communication, writing and research skills for employability in a twenty-first century work environment. Students will explore ways of professionally representing themselves, organisations and community or social issues within the context of their own discipline-specific work requirements. They will use online techniques and tools and imaginative digital world workplace scenarios to prepare themselves for professional, organisational and online writing for specific purposes in workplace contexts.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate the creative use of resources, tools and technologies in developing a range of discipline-specific writing tasks

GLO1 Discipline knowledge and capabilities 


Apply relevant materials and research from a range of sources to a folio of workplace-oriented writing tasks

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Write and redraft clearly, concisely and creatively within a deadline to a specified readership

GLO2: Communication


Demonstrate working with others to solve a workplace-oriented task

GLO7: Teamwork


Evaluate your own and the work of others

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate use of technology for a range of purposes including working with others, communication and accessing sources of research

GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1 and 3:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Research report on social issue (discipline-specific)

1200 words 30% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Group and Individual) - Scenario-based working in teams evaluation and individual reflection 800 words 20% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Online Writing Folio 2000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIX117 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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