Course Abstract Details

ENGL-209, Written Comm. for Business

Credits: 3

Course Description

ENGL-209, Written Communications for Business, engages students in the practice of communicating effectively in the business world and in other professional settings. Emphasis is given to analyzing the communication demands of a variety of professional situations and responding in suitable formats, ranging from written documents (email messages, business letters, memoranda, researched reports, and formal proposals) to professional presentations delivered to an audience. Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES   ENGL-209, Written Communication for Business, is designed to introduce students to the process of identifying and solving communication problems in professional settings. The emphasis of this course is on developing the skills needed to write concise, informative, analytical, and persuasive documents for a variety of audiences in the professional world. By the end of the semester, you will be able to: 

1. Analyze the rhetorical situation (subject, audience, and purpose) of various business documents; (GE1) 

2. Select appropriate formats for communicating in the professional world; (GE1: GE2) 

3. Plan, organize, and produce effective electronic documents, business letters and memoranda, reports, proposals, and presentations; (GE1; GE2) 

4. Communicate information and ideas precisely and concisely (in standard, edited English); (GE1;E5) 

5. Identify information needs and conduct appropriate research meet those needs; (GE4; E3) 

6. Use APA or MLA style, and understand the ethics of documenting sources; (GE7; E3) 

7. Use graphics and other visual information to enhance presentations and written documents; (GE2) 

8. Give a professional presentation to an audience. (GE1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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