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.
Foundational Theory in Rhetoric and Genre
- rhetorical situation and scenario
- the three persuasive appeals
- persuasive arrangements (direct and indirect)
- tone and diction appropriate to specific writing situation
- connectedness and coherence at paragraph- and text-level
- organizational strategies
- clarity and conciseness
- headings and layout
- procedures for conducting primary and secondary research, and communicating the results of such research.
- Business Letters
- Memoranda e.g. proposal, progress
- Major Report (1500 - 2500 words requiring research and analysis)
- Job Package.
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
- 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)
- apply these concepts in analysis of workplace documents and in the production of their own workplace documents.
- use the correct language fundamentals in all written assignments
- use precise word choice in all written assignments
- interpret and summarize relevant business readings
- prepare memoranda consistent with professional standards and practice
- write effective business correspondence in a variety of relevant situations consistent with professional writing standards and practice
- prepare written reports using language conventions consistent with professional writing standards
- demonstrate report-writing style and format consistent with professional writing standards and practice
- perform primary or secondary research and analyze it for relevant date
- prepare a correctly written report using primary and secondary source materials relevant to the student’s major program
- demonstrate an understanding of correct format and bibliographical methods in appropriate written assignments
- work effectively with other students in group projects
- accept, provide and learn from courteous and objective criticism.
Evaluation will be based on this general outline:
|Other writing tasks geared to improving workplace writing efficacy(at least 4 evaluations)||60%|
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)
- The minimum required score on the Douglas College English Assessment, written within the last four years, OR
- a final grade of "B" or higher in English 12, Literature 12 or English 12 First Peoples, OR
- proof of enrolment in a college-level writing or literature course, defined as a course that transfers to Douglas College as an English, Communications or Creative Writing course, OR
- a grade of C- in EASL 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both EASL 0465 and 0475, OR
- a grade of C- or better in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455, OR
- a Language Proficiency Index (LPI) score of 5 on both Essay Level and English Usage and a score of 10 on the Reading Comprehension section, OR
- an IELTS score of 7 with a minimum score on all parts of 6.5 within the last two years, OR
- a TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of 92 with a minimum of 22 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing within the last two years