Dr. Mike Downing
Kutztown University of PA
Writing for the Workplace Office: 164 Lytle Hall Phone: 610-683-4349 (please use email)
Spring 2009 Email: email@example.com
Dr. Downing’s Schedule for Spring Term 2009: ENG 538 301: Major 20th Century American Dramatists WRI 207 020: Writing for the Workplace WRI 207 030: Writing for the Workplace WRI 220 010: Technical Writing
Spring Term 2009 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 11:00 am Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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T 6:00 pm to 8:50 pm LY 212 MWF 11:00 am to 11:50 am Old Main 130 MWF 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm Old Main 130 MWF 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm Old Main 130
WRI 207: Writing for the Workplace
I. Course Description: This course covers the forms and practices of written business communication. Email, letters, memoranda, proposals, resumes, and reports will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on audience, tone, visual components, close editing, and other effective aspects of document design. Models will be followed closely. Prerequisite: College Composition. 3 c.h., 3 s.h.
II. Required Materials (Bring all materials to every class):
BOOK Author: George J. Searles Title: Workplace Communications: The Basics, (any edition). ISBN-10: 0-321-33068-4
FLASH DRIVE A Flash Drive (available at the KU Bookstore, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Circuit City, Target, etc).
DAILY PLANNER AND WRITING TOOLS (A day planner and two pens that write.)
A NOTE ON SAVING DATA: MAKE MULTIPLE BACKUPS: SAVE TO THE NETWORK, SAVE TO A FLASH DRIVE, AND/OR EMAIL A COPY OF YOUR WORK TO YOURSELF. A MAJOR PART OF THIS COURSE IS LEARNING HOW TO SAVE AND RETRIEVE DATA FROM A COMPUTER. DO NOT BRING A BROKEN FLOPPY DISK TO ME AT THE END OF THE TERM AND TELL ME THAT ALL OF YOUR WORK IS ON THAT DISK AND THAT THE COMPUTER CANNOT READ IT. IF THIS HAPPENS, YOU WILL NOT HAVE MASTERED A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THIS COURSE. BURN THIS INTO YOUR BRAIN: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP.
III. Course Rationale: As notable businessman Charles E. Wilson, former president of General Motors, has said, "No physical activity goes on in our modern age without a piece of paper to guide it." Therefore, a formal writing course covering proposals, reports, emails, memos, letters, and research/analysis is critical to the success of today’s college student.