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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENG 301 - Rhetoric for Professional Writers

Study and practice in rhetorically effective workplace writing. Includes rhetorical theory, ethics, organizational contexts, and the study and practice of professional writing genres.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Students will identify and apply the rhetorical conventions of a variety of professional genres, including professional/business letters, memos, proposals, and emails.


Individual writing assignments representing a variety of professional genres.

Students will be able to identify a variety of perspectives related to workplace writing. These perspectives include rhetorical, social, ethical, technological, and professional aspects of texts, documents, and other workplace writing contexts.


Quizzes and/or exams.

Writing assignments that ask students to consider extra-textual (i.e., external to the text or document) aspects of workplace writing.

Students will develop skills to deploy rhetoric in professional contexts that involve persuasion and knowledge-making. They practice applying these skills to “real world” problems.


Writing projects that involve rhetorical argument or arguing towards building organizational knowledge or determining appropriate courses of action in the workplace (fore example, technical reports, assessments or proposals).

Students will develop and demonstrate research strategies appropriate to workplace writing.


Major research-supported writing projects that provide opportunities to study and assess the complexities of writing within organizations.

Students will demonstrate presentation skills appropriate to workplace contexts.


One writing assignment involving visual rhetoric and professional presentations to be delivered orally to the class, either in person or online.

Students will define and analyze examples of professional writing according to the theoretical foundations of the discipline.


Major and minor writing assignments and/or in-class activities.

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical foundations of rhetoric and professional writing.


Quizzes, exams, writing projects.

Students will demonstrate their ability to adjust style and voice for rhetorical effectiveness in professional writing genres.


Major writing assignments covering a variety of genres, audiences, and contexts.

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