ENC 3254: Professional Communication
Professional communication is the practice of conveying technical information to
multiple audiences who may have very different goals and varying technical needs for
that information. In this class you not only learn how to research, organize, and present
technical information, but also how to write effectively, work in collaboration with other
professionals, and use various technologies to support your communication efforts.
This course is designed to help students master a variety of communication strategies
and genres of writing relevant specific professional disciplines. We will focus primarily
on the composition and design of larger documents such as proposals, instructions, and
formal reports using collaborative writing; however, we will also compose and design
smaller documents such as memos, letters, resumes, and informal reports--as well as
construct formal presentations.
We will practice analyzing writing situations in the technical workplace; then we will use
the strategies for audience-analysis, organization, style, and page layout to develop
documents that address those rhetorical situations. The objective of this class is to help
you learn how to write, revise, and edit technical documents for the
professional community you will join.
, 12th ed. Boston: Longman (2011)
The assignments below include two group projects. For the group projects, a portion of
the written work must be completed by each student; students will be graded
individually on their portions of the project, and the group will earn a separate grade for
Introductory E-mail Message
Using a standard e-mail format and an effective professional style, you will send a
message to the class listserv introducing yourself, your career goals, your areas of
specialization, and your writing experiences. Include your schedule, indicating times
available outside of class for group project work.
Job Application Packet
(Cover Letter, Resume, Follow-Up Letter)
In this multi-part assignment you will first identify an internship or job you hope to have.
Next, you will research the field and construct a profile for the ideal candidate for this