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Syllabus and Schedule - FALL WRIT 340

Syllabus and Schedule - FALL WRIT 340 - WRIT 340 ADVANCED...

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WRIT 340 – ADVANCED WRITING FOR BUSINESS Syllabus and Schedule – Fall Semester 2009 – Section #66772 Monday & Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:50 p.m., HOH410 Professor: Dr. RS Hubbard Office: Center for Management Communication, Marshall School – ACC 403 Mailbox: Center for Management Communication, Marshall School – ACC 400 Telephone: 213-740-4233 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M & W: 2:00-3:30 & 5:00-6:00 p.m.; F: 10:00-12:00 a.m. by appointment only COURSE DESCRIPTION WRIT 340 – Advanced Writing for Business is designed to help you write effectively in a business environment, to improve your general ability to research and analyze complex ideas, to appreciate and develop the skill of effective argumentation, and to write clear, grammatically well-structured messages. The activities and assignments we will have are designed to increase your capacity to analyze audiences and tailor content and style to communicate effectively with those audiences. The topics we will cover range from word-, sentence-, and paragraph-level issues of correctness, conciseness, coherence, and clarity to more global considerations of argumentation and organization. Throughout the semester, we will emphasize developing systematic ways of distinguishing relevant from non-essential information and then appropriately communicating what is relevant to a variety of audiences. You will learn to regard effective business writing in terms of a series of strategic choices, including choosing from among tones and styles that are appropriate in different situations and with different audiences. You will also improve your editing, critical thinking and “lateral” thinking skills, so that you can produce and recognize effective writing, and help yourself and others become better writers in a business context. NON-BUSINESS MAJORS For non-business majors, WRIT 340 offers an opportunity for you to learn more about professional environments so that you will be better prepared for a career in your own major. However, because students taking this course need a good background knowledge about business and have to be familiar with business concepts and terminology, I encourage you to ask questions in class if something is not clear, and you should team up with a business major on all assignments to make sure that you are on the right track.
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Page 2 of 12 LEARNING OBJECTIVES This course focuses on improving your skills in gathering, analyzing, and organizing information, and in communicating that information in effective and persuasive business documents. By the end of this course, you should be able to: · Communicate effectively to different audiences; · Evaluate options and make effective choices about the tone, style, and form the communication should take; · Conduct research using a broad range of sources, synthesizing and judging the quality of collected information; · Prepare a variety of business documents (including memos, letters, emails, and reports) using appropriate headings, layout, and typography;
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