Technical Communication for the Professions – ENGL 103

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Technical communication refers to all communication done on the job, and this course has been designed for those individuals who seek an associate’s degree and wish to communicate effectively in their chosen professional field. The instructor will focus on on-the-job communication, including written documents such as résumés and cover letters to get job interviews.

Prerequisite 

ENGL 101

Rationale

Students who learn this material will be better prepared to communicate effectively and in a professional manner, using the accepted formats of professional communication. By enriching the students’ experience through a rigorous and innovative curriculum, this course will prepare students for success in the professions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Create grammatically correct written communication in proper format for a professional business setting.
    2. Summarize major concepts in a professional business setting.
    3. Determine correct formats for communicating technically in a profession.

Core Competency Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Produce well-structured, grammatically sound writing in various modes of discourse.
    2. Write with clarity.
    3. Recognize and use standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, and sentence structure.
    4. Apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision.
    5. Integrate sources accurately and effectively.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

    1. Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
    2. Communication and Information Literacy 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
    3. Communication and Information Literacy 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
    4. Communication and Information Literacy 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Responses and Evaluations (2 each)

The student is required to provide a response to the provided topic for each forum. Each response is to be 250–300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge, citing two authoritative sources and completing a reference list at the bottom of the posting in APA format. In addition to the response, the student is required to evaluate one other classmate’s response, citing two authoritative sources and completing a reference list at the bottom of the posting in APA format. Each evaluation must be 250–300 words. These assignments align with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1, 2, 3, 5

Professional E-Mail

The student will write a one-page professional e-mail in proper format that focuses on a persuasive message in accordance with the textbook. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1, 2, 3, 5

Business Letter

The student will write a one-page business (job application) letter in proper format that focuses on a persuasive message in accordance with the textbook. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1, 2, 3, 5

Résumé

The student will write a one-page résumé, including the experience with business correspondence, including professional e-mails, letters, a formal proposal, and a presentation outline with PowerPoint slides. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1, 2, 3, 5

Formal Proposal

The student will write a 10-page research-oriented formal proposal in current APA format that focuses on some substantive change in Liberty University OR offering a seminar on some topic of interest to you. The proposal must include at least two references. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Communication and Information Literacy 1, 2, 3, 5

Exams (2)

The student will complete two open-book/open-notes exams, each consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions. Each exam must be completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.