109EC (Writing for Business)
Instructor: Robert Krut
Office: South Hall 1517
Office Hours: T/Th 7-8 am, and by appointment
All materials will be via email and the web—please be prepared to print out numerous
handouts for class.
I have found this to be a more affordable means of distributing
class materials than a traditional reader.
Other Required Materials:
email account*; Pen and paper for each class;
* Email is
to the course, as I will frequently send out messages, and your business plan group will need to
maintain your email account (check it everyday).
Writing 109EC is specifically designed for students who are taking
Economics or Business Economics classes, intending to pursue a career in business, or planning
to go to graduate business school. Any student planning to be active in a profession, to start a
business, or to work in some administrative or managerial capacity, will benefit.
We will focus
on appropriate strategies, style and format used in various types of professional business writing
(notably, business proposals, reports, resumes, memos, and letters). Important aspects of written
communication such as audience, visual effect, appropriate word choice, effective sentence
structure, professional format, planning and revising will be stressed.
Respect, Trust, Honesty:
All of us in this class are equal—please know that you enter this class
with my respect and trust.
These are essential qualities to any writing class.
As such, please
exhibit these qualities in your interactions with classmates, and me.
I firmly believe that nothing
can be accomplished in a classroom where all class members (including the teacher) do not
respect and trust one another.
Your grade will be based on three criteria.
See the chart below:
Major Assignments (except
Professionalism in Practice/Participation and Attendance
You will have a variety of assignments (including the Business Plan) in