Professional Writing: Preparing for the Networked Workplace


This course focuses on the changing nature of professional communication and will ask students write in emerging professional spaces. We'll also spend time constructing online professional profiles and networks through a professional website/portfolio and social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn. Over the course of the semester, students will be expected construct a professional web presence and actively participate in professional social media venue of their choice.


  • Business Communication (Harvard Business Essentials) (ISBN: 159139113X)
  • Business Grammar, Style & Usage (ISBN: 158762026X)


Through class meetings and out-of-class preparation, you should expect to do
the following:

  • Understand the process of communication from the position of “receiver” and “sender” in a variety of business and professional contexts.
  • Apply specific reasoned, practical, and ethical communication principles to composing and delivering typical business and professional messages.
  • Practice business communication skills in both independent and collaborative situations.


At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate audience/purpose/situation as they apply to business writing contexts.
  • Produce clear, concise, effective audience and purpose-specific business rhetoric.
  • Plan and participate in a collaborative project.
  • Incorporate process (research, invention, writing, revision, and editing) into writing tasks.
  • Analyze multiple writings from business professions.
  • Adapt tone and style for appropriate rhetorical business professions.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research relevant to topic and incorporate appropriate documentation style.
  • Incorporate analytical/technical data in the form of appropriate illustrations (charts, graphs, spreadsheets, etc.).
  • Give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Use technology to design accurate and visually appealing PowerPoint slides that will maximize the effectiveness of written and oral reports.
  • Develop strategies to facilitate communication across ethnic and/or business cultures.


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