Writing for Marketing Communication

Subject MECM90024 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 hour lecture per week + 1 hour seminar per week, total 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Total 140 hours


Admission to the Marketing Communications program.

200pt students must have completed MECM90021 Foundations of marketing and communications and MKTG90004 and MECM40006 prior to taking this subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

Full-time students will take this alongside MKTG90029 Marketing & Media in a Global Context and MGMT90204 Leading for Strategic Advantage

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Relevant cognate studies enabling admission to the 150 point program OR completion of the first 50 points of the 200 point program.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Jennifer Beckett


Dr Jennifer Beckett, jennifer.beckett@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject will enable students to develop copywriting skills, including skills in persuasive writing, and the different generic requirements involved in writing for a range of media contexts and platforms. Case studies will be drawn from print, broadcast and online media and exercises will cover different practices including drafting client briefs, producing advertising copy, and developing strategic communications such as public relations releases.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the specific requirements for writing for a range of media platforms and communication contexts
  • develop skills in analysing and evaluating successful marketing-communication writing practices
  • deploy practical writing skills to address the simulation of real world situations and demands
  • Writing exercises demonstrating knowledge of genres and writing skills, 1,000 words due Week 5 (20%)
  • Participation in seminar discussion and activities, 500 word equivalent due during semester (10%)
  • Podcast script and production, 1,000 words equivalent due Week 9 (20%)
  • Essay based on practical scenario, drawing on relevant skills and knowledges to address problem 2,500 words due during examination period (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader or course textbook will be assigned.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • demonstrate high level writing and communication skills;
  • develop understanding and capacities of strategically applying skills in problem-solving situations;
  • better understand and appreciate the intimate relationship between analytical and practical skills.
Links to further information: http://culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 point Master of Marketing Communications
200 point Master of Marketing Communications

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