The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in most, if not all, organizations. Well-written emails and documents can help you earn respect among your peers. And poorly written emails and documents can detract from success at all levels. The ideas, techniques, and checklists in this introductory-level course apply to all forms of business writing: memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites. This course will also teach how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon, and the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting.
What You Will You Learn:
• Recognize the difference between ineffective and effective writing
• List and define the four major factors of effective writing (clarity, tone, organization, and delivery)
• Recognize the role of the audience in effective communication and the importance of understanding an audience's needs
• Employ formal and informal outlining techniques
• List and recognize techniques for overcoming writer's block
• Revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon
• Write more effective emails and recognize the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting
• Employ checklists for organizing, writing, and revising
This course is designed for anyone seeking to improve their business writing for email communication and the development of written documents, and gain recognition from their peers and employers for outstanding written communication skills.
No prerequisites required.
Dr. Randall Monty
Dr. Randall W. Monty obtained a BA in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University, an MA in English from the University of Texas – Pan American, and a PhD in English Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas at El Paso. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, & Literacy Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His research interests include critical discourse studies, writing center studies, professional and technical writing, and border studies.
Dr. Sarah Warren-Riley
Dr. Sarah Warren-Riley obtained a BA in English from Michigan State University, an MA in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her research interests include public rhetoric’s, digital rhetoric’s, and technical and professional writing.
Edinburg Course Information
Location: *(review "notes" section below for further details)
Lecture: Edinburg CESS Building
Dr. Randall Monty & Dr. Sarah Warren-Riley
* This course includes self-paced online content and instructor led in-class sessions. Online content will be available 24 hours prior to the first in-class session.
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