Professional Writing



Minor, Sub-Major


Through the Professional Writing sub-major students will engage with a wide range of industry sourced, corporate, governmental and academic texts, learning to critically analyse written and visual content and subsequently, create their own successful communications. Through theoretical engagement and practical application, students will gain an understanding of the requirements of effective text construction and publication which reflects changing technologies, industry ethics, and issues of copyright. As they progress from introductory to advanced levels of learning, students will work through the planning, drafting, and designing stages of text production to understand all aspects of communicating effectively within the wider professional context.



Assumed Knowledge



Course Area and cat no. Units Level References
MINOR Rule(s): 2
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5 1
Media Contexts COMM 1059 4.5 1
Production for News and Social Media COMM 1063 4.5 1
Computer Graphics and Imaging for Design GRAP 1018 4.5 2
UO Digital Graphics and Imaging GRAP 1027 4.5 1
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5 2
Professional Writing COMM 3037 4.5 2
SUB-MAJOR Rule(s): 1
Four of the courses listed in the Minor plus the following:
Advanced Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 3058 4.5 3
Advanced Professional Writing COMM 3057 4.5 3


  1. A sub-major in Professional Writing consisting of six courses (27 units), two at Level 1 (Introductory), two at Level 2 (Intermediate) and two at Level 3 (Advanced).
  2. A minor in Professional Writing consists of four courses (18 units), two of which must be at Level 1 (Introductory) and two at Level 2 (Intermediate).
  3. Professional Writing is not available as a sub-major to students studying in the Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing or the Bachelor of Communication and Media program.