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Sager 1RWS 290: Business Writing and RhetoricSan Diego State UniversityLecturer Jennifer SagerSpring 2020Syllabus, Student-Lecturer Contract, and Course CalendarMode of delivery: face-to-faceOn campus office: SH 112C Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m., and by appointment after 3:30 p.m.Online office: Zoom app for live conferences and live chats Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5-7 a.m., 12-2:30 p.m.Email: [email protected]Preferences: I prefer to be addressed as Lecturer Sager or Professor Sager.Course DescriptionRhetoric is the art of using language effectively and persuasively. Rhetoric also refers to the study, uses, and effects of written, spoken, and visual language. RWS 290 builds on the rhetoricalmodels that students discover and practice in earlier 100- and 200-level RWS courses, such as attention to audience, purpose, presentation, evidence, research and language. As an intermediatewriting course dedicated to business majors, RWS 290 offers you the opportunity to develop, compose and evaluate the forms of communication you will encounter in your professional lives (i.e., memos, proposals, presentations, reports). In other words, you will respond to academic tasks andpractice communication in a wider variety of genres that require research methods and communication styles specific to your discipline within business. As writing professionals, you will also be asked to reflect on the effectiveness of your own styles within rhetorical contexts. Our goal is to aid your success both as a student and as a working professional once you graduate.Course GoalsRWS 290 establishes intellectual frameworks and analytical tools that help students explore, construct and critique professional communication, in addition to featuring the basic rules and conventions governing business writing and presentations. RWS 290 will provide students with skills to:Craft effective business messages for specific audiences and purposesPlace professional communication within generic and cultural contextsDemonstrate the ability to link business communication to problem solving and decision makingAnalyze the ethical dilemmas associated with professional writingAssess business communication for quality of content and designCourse Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this course, students should be able to:
Sager 2Produce letters, reports, proposals and other business documents that are organized, communicate clearly, use appropriate technology and address the intended audiences, purposes and contextsCraft and deliver professional presentations using the appropriate technologyCollaborate in a dedicated team using effective interpersonal communication skillsUse a clear, concise and appropriate writing style to summarize issues and support decision making by othersCollect, evaluate, analyze, organize, interpret and present data in written and oral messagesEdit to eliminate errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar, in order to avoid misunderstanding and create professional communication

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