Business, Professional, and Academic Composition
Students in this course learn the theory and the practice of successful academic, business, and professional writing. They examine the similarities and differences involved in writing for business and academic purposes. Students also study and apply conventional methods of academic research and documentation involved in completing essays and reports.
Print-based and Web-based.
None required, but it is recommended that students have 73% on the combined English 12 and Government Exam (within the last five years), or Level 4 on the composition section of the LPI (within the last two years), or completion of ENGL 0601, or completion of ESAL 0570 and 0580 with a grade of C+ or better.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize and explain the features that make business and professional writing both similar to and different from academic writing;
- Recognize and correct common grammatical errors in writing and speech;
- Recognize and adjust writing that is inappropriate to academic, business, and professional situations in tone, style, audience match, visual organization, focus on purpose, and/or choice of channel;
- Create documents for academic and business situations requiring definition, description, comparison, cause/effect, process analysis, and division/classification modes of development;
- Design and create documents that meet or exceed the expectations of the relevant academic, business, and professional communities; and
- Research a topic through primary and secondary research techniques and sources.
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Visual Literacy and Document Design
Unit 3: Rhetorics (part 1)
Unit 4: Rhetorics (part 2)
Unit 5: Rhetorics (part 3)
Unit 6: Critical Thinking and Writing
Unit 7: Professional Correspondence
Unit 8: Exposition and Description
Unit 9: Cause/Effect, Division/Classification, and Process Writing
Unit 10: Secondary Research
Unit 11: Primary Research
Unit 12: Improving Formal Reports
Maximum Completion30 weeks (print-based and web-based), 16 weeks (online-paced).
Required Text and Materials
Gerson, Sharon J. and Steven M. Gerson. Technical Communication: Process and Product with MyWritingLab. 7th ed. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson, 2012.
Type: ISBN: 9781323030073 - CUSTOM PUBLICATION
Computer with Internet is required.
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. The primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment if you are taking the web version. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.
To achieve a passing grade, you must obtain 50% on the mandatory final project and 50% overall.
It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course.
Your final grade for the course is determined on the following basis:
|Grammar Quiz 1||5%|
|Grammar Quiz 2||5%|
|Grammar Quiz 3||5%|
|Unit Writing Tasks||25%|
|Final Research Project *||20%|