CSU Long Beach
Angela Aleiss, Ph.D.
: MW 3:15-4:45 p.m.
There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
--Justice Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court
For most of us, the first draft is a long way from your final document.
this class, we’ll use the professional, real-world terms of document, letter, and memo
rather than “paper.”)
The only way to improve your documents is to learn to rewrite,
revise, and rewrite.
There is no simple formula.
Regardless of how you spend your professional life, writing and speaking well will be
vital to your success. Many of today’s companies say that good communication skills are
essential for promotion and advancement.
What’s more, the Graduate Management
Admission Test (GMAT) for entry into MBA programs requires two
essays, and the
uniform CPA Examination of the IACPA includes case study simulations with a writing
skills exercise! (For some good advice about the GMATs and entrance requirements into
MBA programs, visit www.mba.com)
The basic goals in this course are to:
Contribute to the solutions of business problems through collecting, evaluating,
organizing, analyzing, and presenting information using proper style and form;
Conduct research using a broad range of sources, synthesizing and judging the quality
of collected information;
Collaborate productively in a team environment to produce written documents and
deliver oral presentations;
Plan, prepare, and present a variety of oral and written messages required in a typical
Achieve competency in language usage essentials incorporating effective business
communication requirements for correctness, conciseness, and clarity.
Please Note: A recent University requirement for CBA is that students cannot register for
400-numbered courses unless they have taken IS 301.