This course will focus on the skills needed to write in a professional context. Assignments will introduce students to the forms, methods, standards, and issues central to professional writing. Emphasis in this writing course will be on the writing process, collaboration, research methods, technology, and document design. Students will learn how to shape their writing to suit a range of readers, purposes, and professional contexts. They will learn effective strategies to analyze writing situations and apply those strategies to a semester-long proposal project. This project proposal will complement students’ Action Research Project. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Use basic rhetorical principles of information and persuasion as writing strategies.
- Apply roles of audience and purpose as writing guidelines.
- Identify the various genres of professional writing.
- Use design features to make documents more accessible and effective.
- Choose appropriate editing practices, including grammar and sentence structure, as part of the writing process.
- Summarize the implementation of an actionable project.
- Identify and apply the rules of standard written English that govern grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph structure.
- Develop effective professional reports for a specific purpose and designated audience.
- Design a research plan appropriate to the project.
- Use clear, effective writing styles for a variety of audiences.
- Evaluate and apply the ethical issues of information technology, such as intellectual property and copyright.
Course Activities and Grading
Project Proposal Portfolio
Discussion Board Participation
Reading Response Essays
Recorded Public Exhibition
- Surma, Anne (2005). Public and Professional Writing: Ethics, Imagination and Rhetoric. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. ISBN-10: 1-4039-1582-2 or ISBN-13: 978-1-4039-1582-5
- Terk, Natasha (2010). Professional Writing Skills. 3rd ed. Write It Well Publishers. ISBN-10: 0-9824471-1-6 or ISBN-13: 978-0-9824471-1-6
- Guidelines for Effective Professional and Academic Writing
- Guide to Crafting the Professional’s Resume
- How to Write Clear, Concise, and Direct Sentences
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Introduction to Professional Writing
Developing A Writing Plan
Revising and Editing
Self-Evaluations and Documenting Exhibitions
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.