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Professional and personal development


Our continuing education courses provide the community with opportunities for lifelong engagement with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Whether it is for personal or professional development we have a course to suit you.

Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations training

The Queensland Justices Association is conducting courses on Sippy Downs and Fraser Coast campuses. Handbooks and learning resources will be supplied to students who enrol and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Students need only to supply their own lunch, bring a note book and a pen.

Where: USC Noosa - campus map
Ground floor, Building N, Room NG.05
When: CDec course Saturday 19 August,  JP course Saturday 19 August and Saturday 26 August (essential to attend both days)
Time: 8.30am-5.30pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course (19 August) and $350 JP course (essential to attend both days)

For more information Tel: +61 7 3392 2455 or visit:

Where: USC Sippy Downs - campus map
Ground floor, Building E, Room EG.10 Tutorial Room
When: CDec course Saturday 16 September, JP course Saturday 16 September and Saturday 23 September. (essential to attend both days)
Time: 8.00am-5.00pm
Cost: A$270 CDec course (16 September) and $350 JP course (essential to attend both days)

For more information Tel: +61 7 3392 2455 or visit:

Grammar basics

Do you need a refresher on the principles of English grammar? Would you like to learn how to confidently punctuate a document? This lively course will help you to understand the appropriate use of English grammar and punctuation.

  • Sippy Downs: Various dates
  • Gympie: Various dates
How to Register

To register your interest in this course please email us.

Present like no-one's watching - taking the pain out of public speaking

Public speaking is one of the most feared of all human activities, which is why good speakers are so respected. They have conquered the fear and have dared to share their passion and vulnerability; they have experienced the liberation of being able to communicate.

Good communication is not innate - it can be taught. This course will explain how you can deal with these anxieties, teach you relaxation techniques to express the real you and show you how to create an authentic rapport with your audience.

An introduction to vocal dynamism will ensure your audience is continually engaged. This is a practical course conducted in a supportive environment. Individual feedback will be provided on the day.

How to Register

To register your interest in this course please email us.

Career bootcamps

If you are looking for a new job or promotion, returning to the workforce (either for family reasons or injury), a new Australian searching for work or considering making a career change, then this series of career boot camps will provide you with the tools and resources to help you reach your career goals.

Facilitator: Samantha Lyne, Career Development Practitioner and Director, My Job Application

Each attendee will receive a FREE copy of ‘The Career Book’ that Samantha has created for her business to facilitate the lifelong career planning process. As part of the workshop, Samantha will take 5 minutes to run through the book with a ‘how to use’ feature.

Topic 1: ‘How to write outstanding job applications’  

Writing job applications can be a confusing and time-consuming process. Would you like to have the skills to quickly and effectively apply for jobs? This workshop will cover the expectations of employers and what they look for in job applications, how to create a stand-out resume, a cover letter that is succinct, the art of addressing selection criteria, and developing a statement of claims.

Date: Saturday 15 July

For more information and to register online

Topic 2:  ‘Using technology in your job search’

Do you find it difficult to connect with employers in today's digital landscape? This workshop will cover how job seekers can get noticed in the world of online job applications. Learn the tricks and the strategies used by recruiters to enhance the success of your job search.

Date: Saturday 26 August

For more information and to register online

Topic 3:  ‘Developing your interview skills’
Do you find it difficult to communicate your true potential in interviews? Are you so nervous you lose track of the big picture? This workshop will prepare you to succeed in interviews through the development of strategies to answer difficult interview questions and to remain consistent throughout the entire recruitment process.

Date: Saturday 9 September

For more information and to register online

Topic 4:  ‘The future of work: planning your career.’
Career planning can be a difficult task in uncertain times. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and develop a career that embraces the future of work. Your current employment situation will be assessed, with the creation of goals aligned with your career ambition.

Date: Saturday 30 September

For more information and to register online

Creative writing

This course explores the fields of both fiction and non-fiction (memoir), and will help participants better understand a wide array of techniques used in creative writing. It will equip participants with the fundamental skills required to write effectively and with confidence. Throughout the course, participants will experiment with finding their own 'voice’ and developing their personal writing style. Writing techniques and topics such as plotting, structure, character development, language choice, dialogue, point of view, significant detail, setting, and theme will be investigated. Outcomes for this course include, developing insights into personal writing style and direction, gaining the skills required to produce engaging written work in a chosen writing genre, producing a sample of written work, and practising editing techniques for prospective publication. There will be in-class writing exercises each week, and short at-home readings to be completed.

Course outline:

Topic 1: Sourcing creative ideas, tapping our muse, developing a writing practice

Topic 2: Tackling memoir and writing from real life, what to write about when crafting memoir, key features of engaging/entertaining memoir

Topic 3: Investigating the short fiction form, what's the difference between short stories and flash fiction, key features of engaging/entertaining short fiction, investigating the story pyramid

Topic 4: Developing characters, round vs flat characters, methods of characterisation

Topic 5: Explore setting, roles/functions of setting, crafting a believable setting

Topic 6: Point of view and dialogue, types of point of view, purpose/s of dialogue, tips for writing great dialogue

Topic 7: Tackling theme, theme vs topic, techniques for developing theme (including symbolism), discuss Hemingway's Iceberg Theory (in relation to theme)

Topic 8: The importance of editing, types of editing, editing for publication

Facilitator: Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall is a writer and an experienced editor. She is Director of Field of Words, the writing organisation dedicated to helping writers grow. She also teaches high school students through USC’s Creative Writing Excellence Program. Eileen has had many pieces of non-fiction and short fiction published and is the author of a cross-over novella titled The Sherbrooke Brothers. She is presently working on her second novella and a collection of short stories. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts.

How to Register

To register your interest in this course please email us.

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