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Course Description:
Business Writing Essentials is designed to meet both the basic communication needs of students planning careers in business and the writing improvement needs of current working professionals.  This course is also an excellent introductory writing course for students who intend to pursue a certificate in professional or technical writing.  Based on the "plain language" philosophy of Rudolf Flesch and his followers, the course covers the purposes and styles of business writing and allows students plenty of focused writing exercises.

The class writing assignments will be structured around scenarios where students will apply both writing and critical thinking skills in the context of real business writing situations.  Students will write memos, letters, electronic messages, a collaborative report, and a short individual report.  They will also help plan and deliver a brief oral presentation. Work will be graded on a portfolio system, where revision will be rewarded.  Because much work will be done in class, attendance is mandatory.

As with all Business & Technical Writing courses, a significant amount of independent research is required to complete the course assignments.

Course Text:
Oliu, et al., Writing that Works, 10th ed.


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