Course Objectives for Professional Writing

  • Identify and explain workplace writing forms, methods, and issues
  • Identify and explain the roles professional writers play in the workplace
  • Analyze rhetorical situations
  • Design usable, clear, persuasive, accessible documents to meet workplace needs
  • Work effectively in teams
  • Adapt their writing skills to meet the demands of ongoing changes in workplace culture, including new technologies and communication protocols
  • Analyze the audience or users of the written communication, including knowledge, experience, and work environment; consider needs of global audiences and people with disabilities
  • Conduct research appropriate to workplace problem solving, such as literature review, evaluation of online resources, interview, and site inspection
  • Interpret research findings with understanding of ethical and human implications
  • Select and apply appropriate ways of ordering information for specific effects, including hierarchical, chronological, and spatial arrangements
  • Use conventions of various workplace genres, such as proposals, instructions, correspondence, reports, and slide decks, with understanding of how the genre conventions can be used as heuristics and as principles of arrangement
  • Design visual representations of quantitative information to enhance accurate interpretation
  • Manage writing projects by planning and completing tasks according to a schedule
  • Collaborate with classmates in planning, researching, writing, revising, and presenting information
  • Write accurately and clearly
  • Apply principles of effective visual design for print and electronic presentation
  • Present technical information orally
  • Analyze the rhetorical situation and design documents according to audience needs, experience, background, and context, including the needs of global audiences and people with disabilities
  • Write accurately, clearly, and concisely
  • Understand the conventions of various workplace genres, such as proposals, correspondence, reports, and slide decks.
  • Apply principles of effective visual design for print and electronic presentation
  • Conduct research appropriate to workplace problem solving, such as case studies, surveys, interviews, and benchmark comparisons
  • Interpret research findings with understanding of ethical and human implications
  • Present evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.
  • Design visual representations of quantitative information to enhance accurate interpretation.
  • Manage writing projects by planning and completing tasks according to a schedule.
  • Collaborate with classmates in planning, researching, writing, revising, and presenting information
  • Explain editing and its role in document development and publication
  • Perform different levels of editing, from copyediting to comprehensive editing, and use judgment to determine what level is appropriate in each instance
  • Mark documents -print and digital- using established symbols and conventions
  • Create and use style sheets for documents, and consult disciplinary and comprehensive style guides
  • Edit accurately for grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling, and consistency (basic copyediting)
  • Edit for content, style, organization, and visual design using sound principles and best practices (comprehensive editing)
  • Edit illustrations for appropriateness of form, labeling, and text parallels
  • Use digital tools for editing, including styles, queries, and tools for collaboration
  • Collaborate with writers and other members of a document development team
  • Edit with respect for the ethical and legal constraints on electronic and print publication.
  • Recognize, analyze, and compose a variety of technical communication genres
  • Understand and apply the principles of good technical documentation
  • Apply audience analysis techniques to contextualized, rhetorical situations encountered by technical communicators
  • Understand the purpose of structured authoring environments and how they contribute to a technical communication workflow
  • Use structured authoring approaches and languages in the creation of task- and user-focused documentation
  • Understand and apply key technical writing and design principles to create usable and effective documentation.
  • Demonstrate that they have met the goals of the program as English majors in the Professional Writing option by selecting and presenting evidence from the work they have produced as English majors
  • Make meaningful connections among learning experiences within and outside the major over the course of their undergraduate years
  • Reflect on the nature and significance of their education as a whole
  • Visually display and present their work effectively in an ePortfolio
  • Identify the career or graduate/professional school options best suited to their interests, goals, and credentials
  • Present their credentials persuasively to employers or graduate schools