Grammar and Punctuation


12 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

19 November


Do you need to refresh or improve your grammar? Would you like to use punctuation marks with confidence?  This two-day intensive course revises the eight parts of speech, the structure of sentences and the standard punctuation marks.

Identify and fix common problems in writing, and learn techniques that will help you avoid these problems in the future. Learn to capitalise, when to use 'which' or 'that' and the differences between the colon and semi-colon.

Course content

  • Influences on grammar: idiom, register, style and usage
  • The parts of speech and parts of a sentence
  • Common grammatical problems
  • Standard punctuation marks and how to use them
  • How to punctuate lists and shortened forms
  • Features of modern Australian style, including capitals, italics and numbers
  • Clear writing principle
  • Timetable

    How to enrol

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    No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

    Materials supplied

    All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

    Materials to bring

    Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    This course is designed for people who need to write polished documents in the workplace. Rather than just a refresher of grammar skills as learned (or not) in school, this course explores the use of grammar and punctuation and its current practical application within Australian business and culture. It is particularly useful for writers and editors who need to be sure of the rules before deciding to bend, break or keep them.

    Additional notes

    Marie Alafaci has publications in biography, environmental science and speculative fiction; taught Professional Writing Editing at TAFE; worked for the Australian Society of Authors; reviewed books; written features and run a manuscript assessment service. She has been a business writing trainer, and written and edited scores of corporate documents.

    Susan Keogh, DE, is an award-winning editor with more than two decades of experience. She has trained publishing and corporate staff in writing and communication skills in Australia and Singapore, currently lectures in RMIT’s Master of Communications and is starting her own publishing company.


    On completing this course students will be able to write in concise English, using correct grammar and punctuation. Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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