English Course Descriptions: Spring 2011

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 Q WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES AND THE PROFESSIONS, Sahn. TUTH 12:30-1:45

TOPIC: Writing for Social Change

In this Advanced Composition course, you will develop your ability to produce thoughtful and effective advocacy writing, focusing on a social issue of your choice for the duration of the semester. You will explore the visual and written rhetoric of your issue as it appears in government agencies and nonprofit organizations, as well as in web-based grassroots organizing. You will perform and reflect upon different kinds of research that help us produce effective communication, and you will produce a range of texts, such as mission statements, interviews, written reports/research papers, posters, letters, brochures—that support the development of a thoughtful and effective piece of communication. Lastly, we will reflect upon what it means to be an advocate and try to think beyond established models of doing advocacy work.

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, D. Baron. MW 9:30-10:45

same as ENGL 402

This is a course in English linguistics. We will study the English language: how we use it; how it uses us. We will learn and practice techniques for describing English, both its words and sentences and larger elements of discourse in context. We will look at the social, historical, and political forces that shape language and its use. And we will suggest ways to use what we learn about language both in the classroom and in the professional world.

TEXT: Curzan, Anne, and Michael Adams, How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction. 2nd ed., New York: Pearson.

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