WRA 491 sec 730 & 731: Fundamentals of Professional Writing

The course is designed to support the learning of the basics of work-place communication by practicing core communicative acts required to function effectively as a professional in various work situations. The course focuses on three core rhetorical skills used across diverse businesses and organizations such as writing to build relationships (examining how people get along with one another, interact, do business, and, over time, build trust); writing to report (this helps make ideas visible, establish shared contexts, and make arguments of fact, value, and policy); and writing to propose (this involves pitching ideas and winning support for new projects). Upon completing the course, students will learn that being a good professional means providing great leadership through communicating clearly and persuasively, giving constructive feedback, building a toolkit for a digital world, and understanding that effective professional communication begins with critical thinking and writing.