Online Workshops

Online Business Writing Learning System by Businesswriting.Biz

The WorkSmart program is pleased to announce access to a Online Business Writing Learning System. Learn the grammar, punctuation and sentence construction rules.

Course duration: 3 hours

To organise access to the online modules, please request via email to Tracey.Inglis@unisa.edu.au. If you have a suggestion for inclusion or improvement, or if you require further information, please contact Tracey Inglis, Coordinator: Organisational Development. 

This particular online offering is made up of the following modules which can be accessed 24 / 7 giving greater flexibility to developing and refining skills in:

Grammar

Learn about the most common grammatical errors and how to check for and correct them.
Estimated duration: 30 minutes

Lesson 1: Pronoun reference agreement (10 minutes)
  • Define pronoun reference agreement problem
  • Identify when pronoun reference agreement problems exist in text
  • Practise correcting faulty pronoun reference agreement problems
Lesson 2: Subject verb agreement (10 minutes)
  • Define subject verb agreement problem
  • Identify when subject verb agreement problems exist in text
  • Practise correcting faulty subject verb agreement problems
Lesson 3: Vague word and pronoun reference (10 minutes)
  • Define vague word and pronoun reference problem
  • Identify vague word and pronoun problems in text
  • Practise correcting vague word and pronoun reference problems

Punctuation and case

Learn how to edit sentences according to the rules for punctuating words and sentences. Also learn how to use case correctly and consistently.

Estimated duration: 1 hours 10 minutes

Lesson 1: Apostrophes (15 minutes)
  • Learn the rules for correct use of apostrophes
  • Identify and correct faulty apostrophe use
Lesson 2: Commas (20 minutes)
  • Learn the rules for correct use of commas
  • Identify and correct faulty comma use
Lesson 3: Common punctuation marks (15 minutes)
  • Learn the rules for correct use of full stops, semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes and slashes
  • Identify and correct faulty use of these punctuation marks in text
Lesson 4: Question and exclamation marks (10 minutes)
  • Learn the rules for correct use of question marks and exclamation marks
  • Identify and correct faulty use of these punctuation marks in text
Lesson 5: Case (10 minutes)

Learn the rules for correct use of case in common nouns, proper nouns and titles
Identify and correct faulty case usage

Sentences

Learn how to edit to ensure good sentence construction and how to check for correct use of the active voice. Practise editing your writing to ensure an overall consistent style.

Estimated duration: 45 minutes

Lesson 1: Sentence construction (35 minutes)
  • Learn what the read aloud test (RAT) is and how to use it effectively
  • Understand the importance of good sentence construction in business writing
  • Define the three elements of a complete sentence (or independent clause)
  • Learn the three basic sentence construction faults
  • Identify and repair the three sentence construction faults
Lesson 2: Active and passive voice (10 minutes)
  • Learn what active and passive voice means
  • Understand why the preference in business correspondence is the active voice
  • Learn the situations where it is more appropriate to use the passive voice
  • Learn to identify the active and passive voice
  • Practise identifying active and passive voice and their appropriate use

Word choices and spelling

Learn to use correct word choices in commonly abused, misused, confused and misspelled words. 

Estimated duration: 35 minutes

Lesson 1: Word choices (20 minutes)
  • Identify the commonly abused, misused and confused words when writing
  • Practise identifying and correcting faulty word choices and spelling mistakes
Lesson 2: Spelling (15 minutes)
  • Identify the most common spelling, typing and word use mistakes when writing
  • Identify and correct faulty spelling