This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to write nonfiction material in a range of forms and to use basic editing and proofreading skills to refine work.  It applies to individuals who draw on a range of information sources and writing techniques to produce nonfiction materials in variety of forms and delivery media.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate with relevant stakeholders to confirm the purpose and requirements; - plan and acquire the necessary resources to write the nonfiction material; - develop timelines for completion of the nonfiction according to contractual and regulatory requirements; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure and perspective voice, point of view appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the nonfiction material; - identify and use at least two methods for collecting and tracking feedback on draft material from relevant people; - comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements; - edit and proofread draft material and discuss modifications with relevant people, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - forms and text types of nonfiction material; - different purposes and audiences for nonfiction material; - techniques and styles used to develop various forms of nonfiction writing; - types of media used to publish nonfiction material, and describe the particular characteristics of each; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - regulatory, copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing works, and; - basic operations of word-processing software used to produce, edit and track changes in written material.

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