English Course Descriptions: Spring 2009

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 communication. 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 M WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES AND THE PROFESSIONS, Barnes. TUTH 9:30-10:45

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 263 Q WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES AND THE PROFESSIONS, Frost. TUTH 11-12:15

TOPIC: Entrepreneurial Writing

In addition to traditional business writing such as correspondence, reports, and presentations, entrepreneurs must prepare business plans, marketing materials, instructions, procedures, and frequently, proposals and grants. This course will provide students with the theoretical background for analyzing these writing contexts, and experience in writing in these genres. Assignments will consist of individual and collaborative writing assignments and presentations.

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.

402 1U/1G DESCRIPTIVE ENGLISH GRAMMAR, Garner. MWF 1

same as ENGL 402

This course provides an introduction to the variety and structure of the English language. In this class we will study the structures of the English language—words, sentences, and meanings—in various social and historical contexts, discuss the basic concepts and terminology of English grammar and usage, and explore the applications of grammar in real-world use, including writing, education, and literature. Requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam, and a research paper, as well as a series of graded exercises and short writing assignments. Our textbook (Kolln and Funk’s Understanding English Grammar) will be supplemented with readings available through electronic reserve.

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