English 394 satisfies the Professional Writing requirement for undergraduates. The course gives students both a theoretical background in rhetoric and a practical understanding of the common genres they will employ in professional settings. Students learn to write with clarity, style and correctness, having practiced the tools of revising and editing.
Assignments parallel the writing demands that students will face in a business environment where workers produce texts both individually and collaboratively, incorporating visual rhetoric and technology. Core assignments include business correspondence (e-mails, letters and memos), a major course project (for example, a promotional package, a proposal, a business plan, a publicity campaign), collaborative projects (for example, a research report, an evaluative report, or a policy analysis), and an oral presentation. Other assignments may include instructions, press releases, brochures, and speeches.
English 101 or equivalent and a minimum of 60 credits.
How students are assessed:
Students complete five to six major writing assignments encompassing approximately 6500 words, in addition to in-class exercises, readings, peer review workshops, group work, and oral presentations. Each major assignment is evaluated according to a set of criteria provided with the assignments sheets. Students are responsible for the information provided on the course syllabus, as well as on ELMS or other class websites, and for any material provided in a course packet or on handouts distributed in class. Readings may come from an assigned textbook and from other relevant, timely sources. Students are responsible for the readings, which form the basis of class discussion; students may also be required to write responses to reading assignments.