Plain English for Professional Purposes

Course code 72280

The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and in plain English is an essential skill for all professionals.  This course will teach you how to effectively apply the principles of plain English to documents in your profession. On successful completion of this course, you will be able to critically evaluate your writing and the writing of others and produce clear, accurate and reader-centred documents that conform to the principles of plain English.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 3 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

This course replaces 72280 Writing for Specific Purposes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to

  • apply principles of plain English writing to professional writing
  • develop effective writing principles and guidelines appropriate to your own profession
  • critically evaluate a range of documents within your profession
  • write high-quality documents for your profession.


This course is 100% internally assessed


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.