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Professional Readiness IV: Writing Competencies and Portfolio

Course Code: PRFU 2490
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Print Futures
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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
  2. Work Experience Debriefing
    • Students will provide an oral report on their work-experience position (PRFU 2400) for classmates.
  3. 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.

course prerequisites

PRFU 2390 and PRFU 2400 or permission of 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.

assessments

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