FAS1102 - Public Writing and Communication


As a first-year module, FAS1102 develops the writing and oral communication skills that FASS undergraduates require to engage with the public effectively. This module complements the academic writing module FAS1101 by focusing on students’ development of the rhetorical knowledge, composing practices, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to communicate effectively across different genres, contexts and audiences. As the conventions for public writing are different from those of academic writing, this module provides students with the opportunity to apply the appropriate tone, style, and organization expected for common genres of public communication, giving students the ability to adjust their writing according to the relevant audience.

This module is taught over 1 semester with 1 two-hour tutorial per week.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze and produce public writing genres and presentations across multiple media platforms based on rhetorically informed approaches and theories.
  • Apply writing strategies for composing in various rhetorical situations.
  • Apply speech communication and active listening skills necessary for successful public speaking.
  • Thoughtfully, succinctly and clearly document their personal communication development.
  • Find and use public data as evidence suitable to public audiences.


FAS1102 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.


Students who are required to read ES1000 Foundation Academic English and/or ES1103 English for Academic Purposes must pass those modules before they are allowed to read this module.


  1. Non-FASS students
  2. Students who have read and passed ES2002, CS2101, IS2101, GEK1901/GET1006, ES2660, ES2007D, ES1541/SP1541, ENV1202 and ES1601.

Modular Credits