Grammar and Punctuation


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. You will identify and fix common problems in writing, and learn techniques that will help you avoid these problems in the future. Topics covered include when 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

Ideal for

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.

Important Information

Please note that completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

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On completing this course you will be able to write in concise English, using correct grammar and punctuation.



Materials supplied

Course workbook.

Materials to bring

Paper, Pens and Pencils


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

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.
Anthony Holden is a writer, an editor and a teacher. He has worked in the magazine publishing industry for many years as an editor and managing editor, and teaches in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing program.


  • Material was delivered really well. Marie was excellent and made the two days really interesting. I learnt a lot over the two days. Laura

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Available course dates

Saturday 21 October 2017

  • Code S345043
  • Start date 21.10.17
  • End date 28.10.17
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $650.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 21.10.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 28.10.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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