Professional Writing (94-702)

Communication in written form is an essential element of management. Employers value talent with an aptitude for the effective exchange of information and ideas. Accordingly, this course focuses on teaching transferable writing skills pertaining to content, organization, format, clarity, and tone. The course challenges students to convey critical thinking as they anticipate the perspectives of stakeholders in professional situations, consider feasibility, evaluate options, and provide recommendations.

Class meetings entail readings, discussions, and editing sessions on the following topics: business correspondence, press releases, Web content, consulting reports, executive summaries and proposals. Coursework emphasizes precise, concise, persuasive writing based on authoritative sources. Overall, students are expected to demonstrate an interest in professional development beyond simply completing the assignments. Writing resources and sample documents are provided.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to:

  1. Provide you with a model for strategic thinking, 
  2. Increase your appreciation of audiences, 
  3. Improve your writing and expression of ideas, 
  4. Increase your vocabulary, and 
  5. Reduce your fear of writing while increasing your ability to achieve your objectives

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