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The course presents the logical development of various types of documents currently used in business. The course emphasizes the basic writing tasks common to most business applications.
PREREQUISITE: Six hours of composition.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Evaluating different types of readers and determining how their needs relate to written communication.
- Developing effective pre-writing skills, including identifying the purpose of the document, brainstorming for information, and designing a workable outline.
- Using headings, subheadings, white space, and bulleted and enumerated lists to make a document easier to read.
- Constructing tables and figures to be included in business documents.
- Developing graphics to be included in manuals and electronic presentations.
- Editing documents for content, organization, consistency, grammar and syntax.
- Writing job application materials, including the reverse chronological, functional, targeted, and electronic resumes, and the letter of application.
- Writing specific types of business letters, including letters of application, inquiry, complaint, credit, sales, and good will.
- Writing procedures for business purposes, in hard copy and electronically.
- Writing an informal report in memorandum format.
- Compiling a portfolio of documents which indicate the qualities of professional writing.
- Editing and submitting assignments based on the instructional criteria and attention to detail.
- Writing procedures for analyzing a process.
- Analyzing the ethical responsibilities involved in technical communication.
- Editing for appropriate style, including attention to word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.
- Locating, evaluating, and incorporating pertinent information.
- Recognizing, analyzing, and accommodating diverse audiences.