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Professional Readiness IV: Writing Competencies and Portfolio

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Print Futures
Course Code
PRFU 2490
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course is the last of four professional readiness courses intended to help students develop a career as a professional writer. Students will expand on their job-search and job-creation skills and produce a sophisticated job-search/business-development strategy. Working under the direction of the instructor, they will prepare a writing portfolio for presentation in the annual Portfolio Show.
Course Content
  1. Review of Professional Readiness
    Successful students will review:
  • writing market analysis
  • networks and networking
  • job-hunting/freelancing strategies
  • cover letters and resume-writing
  • professional writing and writing-related associations
  • basic business skills
  • Work Experience Debriefing
    • Students will provide an oral report on their work-experience position (PRFU 2400) for classmates.
  • Portfolio Preparation
    Successful students will:
    • explore current job options for work in various fields
    • finalize a personal job-search plan
    • produce various job packages for specific job opportunities
    • make job application(s)
    • practise interviewing skills
    • participate in simulated job interviews, using videotapes
    • finalize a personal business-development plan
    • examine different styles of portfolio construction (different content and different formats)
    • construct a generic portfolio
    • construct a job-specific portfolio
    • present the generic portfolio
    Methods Of Instruction

    The course will be delivered by lecture and seminar. In the seminar, students will be expected to share their findings, experiences, and writing. At least one individual interview with the instructor will be required.

    Means of Assessment

    Students will demonstrate their mastery of course material through assignments, involvement in group work, and participation in the Portfolio Show.

    Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.

    Evaluation will be based on this general format:

    Individual / group projects 30%
    Portfolio presentation 30%
    Statements of undertaking (i.e., contracts) 30%
    Professionalism (as defined) 10%
      100%

     

    Learning Outcomes

    PRFU 2490 is the last of four professional readiness courses intended to help students develop a career as a professional writer. It is an integrated, capstone course for the Print Futures Program. Students will review their previous professional readiness courses in the context of their work experience in PRFU 2400. They will expand on their job-search and job-creation skills and produce a sophisticated job-search/business-development strategy. Working under the direction of the instructor, they will prepare a writing portfolio that must be presented to the College and business community in the annual Portfolio Show.

    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    None

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    PRFU 2390 and PRFU 2400 or permission of coordinator

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CMNS 1140 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU COMM 4XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2005/05/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.