ENGL 3405 - Professional and Technical Writing


This course will introduce students to basic ethical and rhetorical concepts that govern a multitude of professional and technical situations. Highlighting the importance of the writing process, this course will concentrate on the fundamentals within professional writing communities in order to train students in effective and persuasive communication. Students will gain intensive practice in composing powerful audience-driven documents such as letters, memos, and job application materials, as well as instructions and formal reports. Covering a wide range of business principles- from gathering data through primary and secondary research to the planning and organizing of workplace genre sets- this provides practical advice regarding the professional standards that students will encounter in their future careers. Moreover, students will learn to craft effective presentations supported with appropriate documentary and visual aids as they collaborate on technical research and reporting projects with peers.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Develop the rhetorical acumen and composing skills needed to prepare a variety of documents required in common business and technical writing contexts.
  2. Learn teamwork and collaborative authorship skills.
  3. Develop real-world problem-solving techniques.
  4. Understand and practice the scrupulous attention to detail necessary in a business and technical writing environment.
  5. Become aware of techniques for adapting their writing to the demands of a highly audience-driven, context-sensitive field.
  6. Develop techniques for making effective business presentations to individuals and groups.
  7. Understand and appreciate internationally and culturally diverse styles of business communication.
  • Module 1: Foundation & Audience
  • Module 2: Business Writing Style
  • Module 3: Routine Correspondence
  • Module 4: Business Ethics, Writing Collaboratively & Memo Writing
  • Module 5: Proposals & Presentations
  • Module 6: Research & Design for Business Writing
  • Module 7: RЬЉsumЬЉs & Job Application Materials
  • Module 8: Report Writing & Style

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership


  • ENGL 1102

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