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ENGL228 Writing for the Professions

An advanced course in writing, with an emphasis upon report writing and the practical skills needed in the workplace.

Writing is an increasingly important part of the daily work of people in professional positions across a wide range of disciplines, industries and occupations. ENGL 228 will introduce you to the various communication styles and genres of writing in a professional environment, such as proposals, reports and presentations, to prepare you for the types of communication and writing tasks you can expect to encounter in the workforce.

Paper title Writing for the Professions
Paper code ENGL228
Subject English
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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36 100-level points from Arts and Music or Science Schedule C
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof Shef Rogers
Dr Michael Cop

Paper Structure
There are FIVE components to this paper:
  • Memos
  • Letters
  • Proposals
  • Presentations
  • Reports
Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial each week, for 13 weeks.

Marsen, Sky. Professional Writing, fourth edition (Palgrave).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will know:

  • How to use grammar and sentence structure effectively
  • How to write a memo
  • How to write a letter
  • How to write a proposal
  • How to present a proposal orally
  • How to write a report

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 30-34, 36-40
A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40
A3 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
A4 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 30-34, 36-40
A5 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40
A6 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
A7 Thursday 13:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40