Dr. Dusenberry: M/W 1:30-2:45 & T/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm

Dr. Terry: M/W 3:00pm-4:15pm & T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

Business and Technical Writing

Business and Technical Communication work together under the umbrella of Professional Communication. From this class, you should discover how to help people make good decisions and solve problems through clear, thoughtful, and ethical communication. By exploring workplace genres and technical and business discourses, you will develop strategies for performing critical analysis of visual and verbal texts, as well as producing multimodal projects. As a professional communicator, your purpose is to quickly and clearly connect specific people with content they need to accomplish their goals. This course will develop your problem-solving and critical thinking skills to help you better inform, persuade, and intervene in your various communities. Together we will discuss, draft, revise, and transform communication artifacts to fit the needs of their audiences, a necessary skill in any workplace. You can expect to write job application materials, record video demonstrations, write letters, and create plans or reports. By the course’s end, you will be able to approach any unfamiliar communication tasks using the strategies for strong communication you have developed.

Required book: Markel, Mike. Practical Strategies for Technical Communication. Second Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015.