English Course Descriptions: Fall 2008

Business and Technical Writing Courses

BTW 250 PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS WRITING

This course teaches students to apply the principles of successful professional communication to business writing tasks. Students will also practice editing and supervising the writing of others. Assignments replicate typical business cases, scenarios, situations and cultures; they also deal with multiple audiences. They range in complexity, length, formatting demands, and the manipulating of genre. This course features an extended section on writing longer reports based on information collected, interpreted and compiled from several sources. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

BTW 261 TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION

This course teaches students to apply the principles of successful professional communication to a range of realistic cases in technical communications. It emphasizes flexible problem-solving skills and a clear style for communicating technical information to a range of readers. Students will also practice editing and supervising the writing of others. Assignments will include correspondence, instructions, proposals, and a technical report or similar project. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

BTW 263 WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES AND THE PROFESSIONS

Hechler

TOPIC: Science Journalism

In this course, students will learn how to interpret scientific studies and explain them to the general public. Students will write newspaper articles on medical, environmental, sociological, psychological, technological, and natural history topics. Students also will write and present scripts for one or two broadcast journalism assignments. Prerequisite: one college science course. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

BTW 263 WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES AND THE PROFESSIONS

Barnes

TOPIC: Information Design

This course explores the rhetorical and theoretical foundations for the roles that visual design elements play in business and technical communication. The visual language elements of typography, illustration, photography, video, and graphics (the visual display of quantitative data) will be studied along with the interplay of text and image in information design. This course fulfills the campus Advanced Composition requirement.

BTW 271 PERSUASIVE WRITING

This course teaches students to apply the principles of successful persuasive communication to the writing of advertising, marketing, and public relations documents. Students will analyze, design, and write a range of persuasive documents, including media releases, print advertising, direct mail, promotional materials, and recommendation reports. Students will also practice editing and supervising the writing of others.

BTW 290 INDEPENDENT STUDY

This independent study course is best suited to students who have already completed either 250, 271, or 272 and would like to do special work in a topic not covered in these courses. Before attempting to enroll, students should identify a topic for study and talk with the instructor with whom they wish to work. Students should consult the Director of B&TW if interested in an Independent Study.

BTW 402 DESCRIPTIVE ENGLISH GRAMMAR

Same as ENGL 402

This course is crosslisted with Engl 402. See Engl description.

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