SRJC Course Outlines

12/13/2019 10:19:06 PMBOT 154.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2018

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 154.1Title:  WRITING STRATEGIES  
Full Title:  Writing Strategies
Last Reviewed:4/28/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled8.75
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total.50 Contact Total8.75
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  17.50Total Student Learning Hours: 26.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BOT 87.24

Catalog Description:
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Course for office professionals to develop memo and letter writing skills. Topics include audience analysis, formatting, editing, proofreading techniques, and strategies for writing.  

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Course for office professionals to develop memo and letter writing skills. Topics include audience analysis, formatting, editing, proofreading techniques, and strategies for writing.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.   Develop memo and letter writing skills.
2.   Analyze audience for appropriate communication.
3.   Adapt various techniques and strategies when writing.
 

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Use audience assessment techniques
2.  Apply techniques for effective communication with others in a business environment
3.  Critique and revise memos for increased effectiveness
4.  Utilize various language techniques
5.  Write a memo that delivers bad news
6.  Write several types of business correspondence including memos, emails, and formal business letters
7.  Apply appropriate comments when providing peer review of written work

Topics and Scope
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1.  Audience assessment techniques
   a.  Identifying audience of memo
   b.  Identifying how to appeal to audience
2.  Proofreading and editing problematic communications
   a.  Identifying and correcting grammatical errors
   b.  Identifying and correcting spelling errors
   c.  Improving sentence structure
   d.  Assessing and improving tone
3.  Rewriting communications for increased effectiveness
   a.  Identifying goal of memo or letter
   b.  Improving clarity of goal for audience
   c.  Improving tone to appeal to audience
4.  Language techniques
   a.  Identifying uses for concrete language
   b.  Identifying uses for ambiguous language
   c.  Identifying and avoiding jargon, cliches, redundancies, slang
5.  Bad news communications
   a.  Identifying problem to be addressed
   b.  Identifying needs of audience
   c.  Using techniques to deliver bad news effectively
6.  Persuasive communications
   a.  Identifying the goal of the memo
   b.  Identifying goals of the audience
   c.  Using techniques to address audience persuasively
7.  Effective communication when sending and receiving emails
8.  Effective communication when sending formal business letters

Assignments:
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1.  Reading approximately ten pages per week from textbook
2.  Writing assignments using email as well as posting assignments online
3.  Weekly email communications within class
4.  From two to four quizzes or tests
5.  Discussion in class face-to-face or online including peer review ofwork
6.  In-class cooperative development of written communications

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 60%
Written homework, Email communications
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 35%
Attendance in class; participation in class activities.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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How 13:  A Handbook for Office Professionals (Clark & Clark), 13th Edition, published in 2014 by Cengage Learning

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