1. Genres and Their Social Contexts
2. Readers and Texts
3. Writer and Text
4. Techniques and Analysis
In lectures, the instructor will introduce theory and demonstrate analytical techniques. In seminars, students will practise analysis of sample texts and of their own writing. In their research outside the classroom, students will gather data on readers’ comprehension by conducting and recording think-aloud readings and text-based interviews with readers. In their written assignments, students will provide analyses using the theories and techniques introduced in lecture, and they will compose in the genres they have analyzed.
Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.
Evaluation will be based on this general format:
|Genre analyses (3)||40%|
|Report of reader interview (think-alouds)||20%|
|Genre sample and analysis||20%|
|Professionalism/participation (as defined above)||10%|
Students who successfully complete this course will
Texts may include a resource such as Joan Cutting’s Pragmatics and Discourse: A Resource Book for Students.
Texts may also include a rhetorical grammar reference such as a current edition of Joseph M. Williams’s Style.
Coursepack of required readings
Acceptance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication
or a minimum of 45 credit hours including a university-transfer course in English, Communications, or Creative Writing with a grade of B or higher
or permission of the Professional Communication program coordinator
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.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CMNS 3XX (3)||2014/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CMNS 3XXX (3)||2014/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC ENGL 3XX (3)||2014/09/01 to -|