Practical Writing

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Communications
Course Code
CMNS 1115
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
25
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter
Campus
Coquitlam
New Westminster
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course helps to prepare students for the complex writing tasks required in the workplace. Students learn rhetorical and genre theory and practise reader-based strategies for writing clear and concise workplace documents. This involves learning to differentiate between the different aims or purposes of workplace writing, analyzing and practising the conventions for achieving these purposes, and creating readable documents in a variety of written genres. Students also learn and practise the basic research skills of identifying, summarizing, and citing appropriate sources.
Course Content

Foundational Theory in Rhetoric and Genre

  • rhetorical situation and scenario
  • audience
  • purposes
  • exigence
  • genre
  • the three persuasive appeals
  • persuasive arrangements (direct and indirect)

Communication Skills

  • tone and diction appropriate to specific writing situation
  • connectedness and coherence at paragraph- and text-level
  • organizational strategies
  • clarity and conciseness
  • headings and layout
  • format
  • procedures for conducting primary and secondary research, and communicating the results of such research.

Writing Tasks 

  • Business Letters
  • Memoranda  e.g. proposal, progress
  • Summary
  • Major Report (1500 - 2500 words requiring research and analysis)
  • Job Package.
Methods Of Instruction

This course will emphasize learning through doing.  Working individually and in groups, students will be involved in the discussion, analysis and interpretation of various workplace-writing activities and case studies.  Under the instructor's guidance, students will integrate the results of primary or secondary research with correct language principles in a wide variety of workplace writing -- summaries, memoranda, letters and reports.  Other methods include lectures, group discussions and possibly field trips.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on this general outline:

Research Report 20-25%
Job Package 10-20%
Other writing tasks geared to improving workplace writing efficacy(at least 4 evaluations) 60%
  100%
Learning Outcomes

The students will become aware of the need for, and learn to appreciate the value of clear, concise, courteous prose as an indispensable communications tool in business.

Special Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the students will be able to

  1. articulate the key concepts of foundational theory in rhetoric and genre: rhetorical situation and scenario, audience, motivation, exigence, genre, the three persuasive appeals, persuasive arrangements (direct and indirect)
  2. apply these concepts in analysis of workplace documents and in the production of their own workplace documents.
  3. use the correct language fundamentals in all written assignments
  4. use precise word choice in all written assignments
  5. interpret and summarize relevant business readings
  6. prepare memoranda consistent with professional standards and practice
  7. write effective business correspondence in a variety of relevant situations consistent with professional writing standards and practice
  8. prepare written reports using language conventions consistent with professional writing standards
  9. demonstrate report-writing style and format consistent with professional writing standards and practice
  10. perform primary or secondary research and analyze it for relevant date
  11. prepare a correctly written report using primary and secondary source materials relevant to the student’s major program
  12. demonstrate an understanding of correct format and bibliographical methods in appropriate written assignments
  13. work effectively with other students in group projects
  14. accept, provide and learn from courteous and objective criticism.
Textbook Materials

Texts such as the following:

  • Successful Writing at Work, (Kolin)
  • Business Communications: Strategies and Skills, (Huseman, et al)
  • Technical Writing: A Reader-Centered Approach, (Anderson)

Requisites

Prerequisites

Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
• a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
• Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
       • if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
       • if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
       • if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
OR
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) ASM BADM 110 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) ASM CM 1100 (3) 2006/01/01 to 2010/08/31
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BUS 130 (3) 2013/01/01 to 2019/12/31
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO ENGL 170 (3) 2020/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) DOUG CMNS 1115 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1218 (3) = CAPU CMNS 220 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CMNS 220 (3) 2018/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CMNS 1XX (3); DOUG CMNS 1115 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1218 (3) = CAPU CMNS 220 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2017/12/31
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR COMC 102 (3) 2013/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CMNS 1140 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CMNS 1118 (3) or LANG CMNS 2228 (3) 2007/09/01 to 2015/12/31
Langara College (LANG) LANG CMNS 1118 (3) 2016/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG CMNS 2228 (3) 2006/09/01 to 2007/08/31
Okanagan College (OC) OC CMNS 112 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PUB 210 (3), W 2013/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PUB 210 (3) 2012/09/01 to 2013/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1810 (3) 2010/09/01 to 2015/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 181 (3) 2007/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1XX (3); TRU ENGL 1XXX (3), May not take TRU ENGL 107 or TRU ENGL 301 for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of CMNS courses to be accepted on any degree program., OL 2004/09/01 to 2007/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 1291 (3), OL 2014/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1071 (3), OL 2011/01/01 to 2013/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 107 (3), OL 2007/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 1290 (3) 2015/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MCOM 1XX (3), If TWU MCOM 351 is taken, no credit will be given for CMNS 1115. 2019/05/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU COMM 1XX (3), May not take TWU COMM 310 for credit. 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2009/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL 1st (3) 2005/05/01 to 2009/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 1st (3) 2009/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ENGL 1st (3), Precludes credit for UBCV ENGL 301. 2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CMNS 125 (3), Credit granted for only one of DOUG CMNS 1110, DOUG CMNS 1111, or DOUG CMNS 1115. 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ENGL 225 (1.5) 2007/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ENGL 225 (1.5), Max. 3 units of CMNS courses accepted on any degree prog. 2004/09/01 to 2007/08/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGL 204 (3) 2014/01/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGL 225 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2013/12/31

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36569
Schechter
Samuel
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
24
0
82
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36663
Haye
Tanya
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
91
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36664
Sangha
Katherine
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
92
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36665
Sangha
Katherine
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
92
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36666
Sangha
Katherine
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
91
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36667
Schechter
Samuel
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
83
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36668
Schechter
Samuel
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
82
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36669
Schechter
Samuel
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
83
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36670
Haye
Tanya
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
91
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36671
Howley
Ashton
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
71
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36672
Howley
Ashton
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
72
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36673
Sangha
Katherine
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

Additional seats and a waitlist will be added to this section at approximately 10:00 am on Thursday, July 02, 2020.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
92
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36878
Sestan
Janice
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
92
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36879
Sestan
Janice
Waitlist
Online
This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
25
25
0
90
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
0:0