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Intermediate Technical Writing and Professional Writing   (ENG-306)   3.00 s.h.  
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Applied writing in areas of specialization. Intensive practice in professional writing modes, styles, research techniques and editing for specialized audiences and/or publications. 
Feature Writing   (JOU-213)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
All aspects of writing personality profiles and of writing critical reviews, columns and/or sports features.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the history of feature articles.
  • Ability to distinguish between news and feature article writing.
  • Practice in writing feature articles.

 
News Writing   (JOU-352)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
News Writing is an overview of journalistic techniques such as news gathering, interviewing, feature writing, editorial writing, and writing for print and broadcast. Students will gain understanding of the differences in methods of presenting these styles through a consideration of the ethical and legal implications.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an ability to write in a variety of journalistic styles, including news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, and writing for print and broadcast.
  • Write a basic news story for print and broadcast.
  • Demonstrate an ability to edit and revise your own or another's writing.
  • Generate a summary lead.
  • Generate effective interview questions and then integrate and attribute source material after conducting the interview.
  • Demonstrate an ability to write in the journalistic style, using concise language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical principles that guide responsible media coverage.

 
Critical Writing   (ENG-314)   3.00 s.h.  
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Writing of clear and persuasive criticism on a selected topic. This course focuses on methods of writing as an in-depth analytical investigative tool of inquiry. 
Writing for Media   (COM-110)   3.00 s.h.  
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Introduction to the principles, techniques, and style of writing materials for radio, TV, and other media. Commercial copy, promotional copy, news writing, PSA's, training and documentary programs are among the topics covered. 
Business Letter and Report Writing I   (ENG-216)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Basic writing skills used in day-to-day business writing including formal and informal types of writing such as e-mails, memoranda, business letters, job descriptions, acceptance letters, acknowledgment letters, and short reports. Addresses topics such as audience analysis and appropriate tone; as well as clarity of expression, organization, and strategies for prioritizing writing assignments.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Write emails, short reports, memoranda, job descriptions, and various types of letters including employment recommendation letters, acknowledgement and appreciation letters, letters of acceptance, customer order acknowledgements, letters requesting information as well as action letters granting claims and making adjustments by providing examples of each.
  • Demonstrate appropriate style and tone for the intended audience for each type of writing with a writing sample.
  • Demonstrate formal and informal writing illustrating appropriate tone and level of information for the situation and the audience with an example of each.
  • Create and format basic documents and letters used in business/office settings. Provide examples.
  • Illustrate a clear writing style for various types of letters and short reports with several examples.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills used in writing day-to-day business documents with an outline and the final written product.
  • Summarize how to prioritize writing tasks in an office setting.

 
Advanced Feature Writing   (JOU-311)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Advanced study of non-fiction article writing for newspapers and magazines, with emphasis on writing of articles for submission to editors and on determination of markets.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the reporting, writing and publication of feature articles for newspapers and magazines
  • Analyze the technique of respected non-fiction writers
  • Critique how to determine the appropriate publication venue

 
Freelance Writing   (COM-410)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Nonfiction writing for today's periodical. Students learn how to analyze market needs, develop ideas suitable for publication, prepare manuscripts and market what has been written.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate competency in identifying strategies for finding lucrative markets and identify reasons for choices
  • Discuss these strategies and how they impact your ability to create successful queues
  • Make a plan for manifesting your strategies and ability to build Freelance Writing portfolio
  • Discuss the process of generating ideas and topics
  • Articulate and illustrate your knowledge of writing rules
  • Provide evidence of clear writing
  • Discuss and provide evidence of your knowledge of rules of grammar, punctuation and usage
  • Articulate your understanding of the learning process as a freelance writer
  • Illustrate your understanding of modes of writing
  • Illustrate your understanding of general purpose, form and content in writing
  • Provide evidence of your knowledge of resources and tools
 
Business Letter and Report Writing II   (ENG-217)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Basic knowledge of analytical and persuasive writing skills used for well-researched business proposals and business reports, procedural writing employed for manuals and writing skills appropriate for documents of a sensitive nature such as evaluations and letters of termination. Develops organizational strategies to achieve the appropriate tone and clarity to deliver a final product that is a polished communication targeted to a specific audience.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate persuasive writing used in a business proposal with an example.
  • Demonstrate the tact and sensitivity needed for writing evaluations, letters of resignation, and letters of termination with examples.
  • Illustrate how to explain technical jargon in clear, plain English with an example of a jargon-filled document and a revised version.
  • Construct a well-researched report/proposal with a recommended action based on research.
  • Demonstrate a polished writing style in a final product, such as a business proposal or report, utilizing the MLA style and the appropriate tone for its intended audience.
  • Describe time management and decision-making skills used to prioritize and organize office writing tasks.
  • Illustrate writing used in business reports and manuals demonstrating a clear sense of subject, audience, and purpose with an example of a report or manual.
  • Illustrate writing that describes a process and/or procedures in a document such as a manual
  • All examples should be written by the student.

 
Public Relations Writing and Editing   (JOU-280)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of public relations writing, using a journalistic style, in the planning and preparation of such public relations materials as press releases, features, executive letters and memos, blogs, speeches, position papers, fact sheets, public service announcements, annual reports, Web site pages, video scripts, and other external and internal communications. Students will also be able to demonstrate how to best target and time messages to support public relations solutions.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Compare several different types of public relations writing with regard to writing style, length, format, and target audience.
  • Examine the variety of skills necessary for effective public relations writing.
  • Analyze the ways in which written communication in public relations has changed as the field has developed in the United States.
  • Assess the ways in which changes in technology have influenced the role of written communications in public relations.
  • Discuss the roles of timing and targeting messages in public relations practice.
  • Evaluate several examples of public relations writing that you have written for clarity, accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, and writing skill.
  • Construct a public relations problem with a solution that incorporates at least five forms of written public relations materials.

 
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