Efficient Writing

Course CodeAWR102
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Write clear, concise text everyone can understand

 All writing should be clearly understood by the reader.

Whether you are dashing off a quick email to your workmates or preparing a complex business report, your writing needs to be clear, concise, and correctly spelt and structured. During this course you will learn the fundamentals of correct and efficient writing.

It has been designed for

  • people who wish to brush up on their writing skills
  • those wanting to obtain basic skills which they should have but did not develop properly while at school.
  • anybody wanting to develop confidence and ability to write better at work, at home, or practically anywhere

This course will support your learn to:

  • write clearly and efficiently
  • communicate thoughts in the minimum number of words, and without any ambiguity

If this sounds like skills you need to develop then enrol now and see your writing increase in efficiency and effectiveness!

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Scope of writing -where is writing used
    • What is effective writing
    • Good writing is direct
    • Good writing is objective
    • Variety is good in writing
    • Understanding human communication
    • The communication process
    • Types of communication (verbal, non verbal, etc)
    • Communication channels
    • Communicating efficiently
    • Writing for a purpose
    • Understand your reader
    • Content
  2. Basic Writing Skills
    • Parts of speech
    • Types of nouns -proper, common, collective
    • Plurals
    • Possessive nouns and pronouns
    • Types of verbs: regular, irregular etc.
    • Adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions
    • Common grammatical errors: comma splices, fragmented sentences, dangling modifiers, etc
    • Sentence construction
    • Types of sentence: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, etc
    • Sentence structure
    • Constructing sentences
    • Combining sentences
    • Expanding basic sentences
    • Adding modifying words, phrases or clauses.
    • Linking words or phrases
  3. Clear Wording
    • Introduction
    • Common causes of confusion: homophones, malopropropisms, etc
    • Ambiguity
    • Making meanings clear: Illustrative context, glossing, etc
    • Informative language
    • Persuasive language
    • Imaginative language
    • Other types of language: colloquial, formal, informal, etc
    • Simplicity
    • Building a paragraph
    • General guidelines for effective writing
  4. Concise Wording
    • Conciseness
    • Circumlocution
    • Condensing your writing
    • Common problems contributing to lack of conciseness
    • Active and passive voice
    • Condensing text: how to Precis
  5. Punctuation and Accuracy
    • Punctuation purpose
    • Semi colon, colon, dash, comma
    • Spelling
    • American or English spelling?
  6. Planning what you write
    • Business formats
    • Business letters
    • Planning what you write
    • Writing a media release
    • Writing an answer or an essay
    • Academic writing, verbs, quotations
    • Unpack the question
    • Research
    • Referencing


  • Define the nature and scope of writing.
  • Discuss the way written sentences and paragraphs are properly structured.
  • Develop an increased capacity to write clearly.
  • Develop improved conciseness in writing.
  • Develop improved punctuation skills.
  • Apply basic writing skills more efficiently in a range of situations.

LEARN TO UNDERSTAND SENTENCES – the starting point of writing

A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete idea. It can be as short as “Hello!” or quite long, as this sentence is.  

Most sentences are made up of the following elements:

  • Words or groups of words that identify things, places, people or ideas;
  • Words or groups of words that tell us more about these things, place, people or ideas;
  • Words or groups of words that identify actions, acts of being or feeling;
  • Words of groups of words that tell us more about action.

These basic elements may be combined or joined into good sentences by using linking words or phrases. Their function is to connect parts of a sentence.

To summarise, the building blocks of a sentence are:

  • parts that identify or name things, states, actions or ideas;
  • parts that modify (tell more about) them;
  • parts that connect or link other parts.

To write correct sentences in English, we must organise these elements in certain ways. If a sentence is not correctly structured, it might be misunderstood or it simply may appear clumsy and amateurish to the reader. Therefore, correct sentence structure is very important.


There are lots of reasons why you should sign up to do this course with us, including:

  • The course is detailed to ensure that you have the level of knowledge required to apply the practices in your own work, whether that's at work, or in a personal setting
  • Within each lesson you have the opportunity to apply your learning to activities which enables you to practice different concepts and expand your own research in areas of interest
  • Knowledge of these key areas will enable you to stand out from other applicants when it comes to applying for jobs, it will also give you greater confidence
  • Having the knowledge of writing efficiently will enable you to work in many different sectors and business types, giving you flexibility now and in the future
  • Our subject specialist tutors will be there to support you throughout your course, they are only too happy to share their industry knowledge and experience with you
  • When studying with us you set your own deadlines, meaning you study at your own pace enabling it to fit around other commitments


You can enrol on the course now, but if you have any questions about the content of the course or studying with ACS, then please get in touch with us today - use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE to get in touch with our expert tutors. They will be pleased to help you!


Meet some Of our academics

John Mason

John Mason is one of Australia's most prolific writers. He saw his first work published when at secondary school, where he worked on the school magazine. In 1973 he was writing a weekly column for his local newspaper and by 1975 he was a regular contributor to Australia's national magazine "Your Garden". John was engaged by Victoria's Dept of Youth, Sport and Recreation to write a book on Fun and Fitness Trails in 1978. In 1981 he saw two more books published (one in America, another in Australia), and commenced writing regularly for the Self Sufficiency Magazine, Grass Roots. John is a long term member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Garden Media Guild (UK) and the Horticultural Media Association (Australia). He has written or contributed to over 100 books, many published by international publishers and published more than 2,000 articles across a range of genres (Gardening, Education, Business, Farming, Fitness). In addition, John has contributed to and overseen the development of more than 600 distance education courses which encompass around 20 million words. He has been an avid photographer for 40 years, building a collection of over 100,000 images, which are used to illustrate his work. His marine animal photos are even used by Legoland in England, on their Atlantis ride! Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.

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