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 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 individual 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 1U/1G DESCRIPTIVE ENGLISH GRAMMAR, Prior. MW 2-3:15
same as BTW 402
This course introduces descriptive approaches to analyzing English language and language practices. We will consider traditional and modern systems for describing English grammar, relationships between talk and text, the nature of registers and dialects, interaction of visual and linguistic dimensions of texts, approaches to grammar instruction, and language practices in everyday environments. Course requirements include reading; inquiry-oriented projects that will be either written up or presented orally; informal writing in-class or at home; two analysis papers; two tests; and a final reflection essay.
TEXTS: Kersti Börjars and Kate Burridge, Introducing English Grammar (Routledge, 2nd Edition, 2010), Deborah Tannen, Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2007); and readings on e-reserve or online.
ENGL 199 WRITING TO GET THAT JOB. Online, 2nd 8 week sections
Through conceptual development and context-sensitive lessons/assignments, students will:  develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program and  apply those skills to create a polished set of recruiter-ready texts relevant to their career plans and a career-relevant, currently-advertised job/internship/program.
Attending regularly-scheduled, online class meetings is expected of all students because: learning how to successfully apply writing concepts is a skill, and such skills are acquired through ‘enactive’ experiences.