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MODL5050M Writing for Professional Purposes

15 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Corinne Painter

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

MODL5013 Precis and Document Drafting

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is designed to cater for the document writing requirements of a variety of professions. Document types will typically include press releases, web content and business reports and the use of technology will be emphasised.


This module is designed to cater for the document writing requirements of a wide variety of professions. The various document types are categorised by their functions, for example 'writing for organisational management' and 'writing for the media'. A range of document types will be covered within each category and a theoretical background will also be provided.

Skills outcomes
By the end of this module students should:
- be familiar with a range of document types from a variety of professional contexts
- be able to analyse and evaluate professional documents produced by others
- produce professional documents of various types to a professional standard
- be able to work collaboratively using ICT to produce professional documents


The following areas will typically be covered:
- writing for organisational management
- writing for the media
- writing for the web
- writing for human resources
- writing for business

For each area a range of document types will be covered, such as press releases, web pages and business reports. The module will also include the use of technology as both a means of production and publication.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation for seminars (30)
Reading texts on reading list (48)
Preparation for class test (10)
Preparation of professional documents for portfolio (40)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be working on a portfolio of work throughout the module and will have the opportunity to discuss the issues related to each document type in class. Tutors will make regular progress checks on the portfolios.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioStudents to submit 2 portfolio pieces (each portfolio task will contain a choice between 2 different professional document types covered during the module)67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)67.00

The portfolio must contain one document type per section of the syllabus

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)33.00

A computer cluster will be required for this assessment as it is designed to assess the ICT side of the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/03/2022


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