Most of us spend time writing at work – from proposals to internal business reports through to a constant flow of emails. But do your communications get your point across? And how can you ensure your writing is clear and compelling? Easy. Business writing is a skill that can be learned and improved – you simply need the right tools and techniques!
The Certificate of Business Writingis an online program that will teach you how to identify your purpose and audience, write clearly and concisely, and edit and proofread your business documents.
In this professional development course, you will discover how to create well-constructed sentences; use punctuation marks correctly; and leverage the correct use of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
You will also learn about the common mistakes in grammar and spelling, learn how to use the appropriate tone of voice, and (particularly for those in the IT sector), improve your technical writing skills.
On completion of this course, you will be able to confidently construct a range of communications simply, clearly and correctly, which will give both your credentials and your reputation a valuable boost!
Unit 1 - Audience and purpose in business writing
Audience and purpose
Analysing the targeted readers
Appropriate types of written messages
Writing effective informative messages
Effective responsive writing
Key elements of persuasive writing
Convey the appropriate tones
Communicating a business message in writing
Knowing your audience and purpose
3 common purposes – inform respond and persuade
Unit 2 - Clarity and conciseness in business writing
Writing to be read
Techniques for writing clearly and concisely
Making clear word choices
Using short and familiar words
Using appropriate connotations and language
Transitional words and phrases
Effective use of precise verbs and active voice
Organising written text for greater reader understanding
Increase reader understanding
Unit 3 - Creating well-constructed sentences
Syntax (grammatical term)
Fundamentals for better writing
Building strong sentences
Parts of a sentence
Phrases and clauses
Correct subject-verb agreement
Pronouns and antecedents
Ways to fix sentence fragments
Fixing comma splices and run-on sentences
Misplaced or dangling modifiers
Using sentence elements correctly
Building grammatically correct sentences
Unit 4 - Editing and proofreading business documents
Editing and proofreading effectively
Techniques for editing and proofreading
Accuracy and completeness
Editing the structure of written documents
Handling lack of clarity or conciseness
Appropriate use of tone
Recognising word usage and punctuation when proofreading
Identifying grammar, spelling, and style consistency mistakes
Unit 5 - Improving your technical writing skills
Effective technical writing skills
Avoiding common pitfalls
Structuring business writing more effectively
Common writer errors
Planning a piece of writing
Writing training material
Writing reference materials
Producing technical documents
Unit 6 - Troublesome words and phrases: common usage mistakes in writing
Avoiding common usage errors
Correct use of words from similar sounding word pairs
Using words with similar but not identical meanings
Correct usage of commonly misused verbs
Commonly misused terms
Using appropriate prepositions
Correct way to use words
Combinations of verbs and prepositions
Unit 7 - Using punctuation marks
Crucial aspects of better writing
Punctuating your writing
Correctly applied rules for end punctuation
Using commas correctly
Using semicolons and colons correctly
Correct use of apostrophes in given examples
Using quotation marks appropriately
Rules for using parentheses and brackets
Use punctuation marks correctly
Unit 8 - Using the parts of speech
Fundamental elements for better writing
Identifying parts of speech in sentences
Correct use of nouns in sentences
Correct use of perfect and progressive tenses
Using modal verbs
Distinguishing between active and passive voice
Correct use of adjectives and adverbs
How to use parts of speech
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to ensure your competency is industry relevant. You will not be benchmarked against other students.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
In this course, you will be assessed via multiple-choice questions to determine your mastery of details and specific knowledge gained during your studies to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
Benefits of Multiple-Choice Assessments
Appropriate for assessing students’ mastery of details and specific knowledge.
Can be used to assess both simple knowledge and complex concepts.
Questions can be answered quickly to accurately assess a students’ mastery of many topics relatively quickly.
Assessment can be quickly and reliably scored to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
As the answers are visible, multiple-choice questions offer the opportunity for the continuation of the learning process, offering educational value.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 30 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.