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Fundamentals of Professional Writing

Course Code: PRFU 1100
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Print Futures
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides a broad overview of the context and practices of professional writing. Students will focus on descriptive grammar and writing practice. They will develop an awareness of the professional and ethical responsibilities required for this field. They will also interview and write a profile of a professional writer.

Course Content

  1. Analyzing Professional Writing
    Successful students will:
    • analyze selected genres for their textual and situational features
    • develop and use the vocabulary of descriptive grammar
    • apply that vocabulary to the analysis of sentence types and clauses, phrases, and parts of speech
    • review the relationship between grammar and punctuation
    • demonstrate their understanding of descriptive grammar, punctuation, and style in their own written work
  2. Contexts for Professional Writing
    Successful students will:
    • examine concepts of language as a political, social, and cultural activity
    • examine the functional importance of recurring patterns within selected genres
    • assess the appropriateness of language choices
    • understand how technological change affects writers
  3. Producing Professional Writing
    Successful students will:
    • examine models of the writing process and enhance their own process
    • interview a professional writer regarding his or her writing process and the influence of workplace culture
    • write a profile based on the interview

Methods of Instruction

Classes will be a combination of lecture, seminar, and workshop. Students will be required to submit drafts of assignments for peer feedback and discussion.

Means of Assessment

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:

Grammar exercises 20%
Writing exercises 10%
Genre samples (2) 25%
Interview-based profile 20%
Final exam 15%
Professionalism (as defined) 10%

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to recognize and describe grammatical concepts; write intensively to develop skill, style, and facility; and become aware of the professional and ethical responsibilities of professional writers.

course prerequisites

Acceptance into program or permission of  the coordinator

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.