WRTG 3040 Writing on Business and Society: Topics in Writing

Instructor Contact:

Marlene Miyamoto, MBA, MA

Email: marlene.miyamoto@colorado.edu

About the Course:

Through selected reading and writing assignments, students will begin to think about their career objectives and examine ethical and social issues in the context of business decision-making processes. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course emphasizes effective communication with professional and non-technical audiences. (May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.).

Course Prerequisites: Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).

This course is designed to:

  • Hone your rhetorical analysis, critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills
  • Identify your own communication strengths and challenges and learn to address them independently
  • Gain rhetorical tools to accelerate your ability to produce communications using genres in settings beyond this class
  • Apply your disciplinary expertise to issues in corporate and public policy
  • Shape communication to the audiences, purposes, and issues found within a professional context
  • Practice working constructively within a community of communicators

Because the course is conducted as workshop, it is important that you treat this online class in the same way that you would a face-to-face class and do the assignments every week.  The quality of your learning and the learning of your peers is dependent on your timely submissions. You will be graded on your participation in the workshops and discussion posts, as well as on your drafts and final submissions


By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Exhibit a thorough understanding of audience, purpose, genre, and context that is responsive to the situation.
  • Create and develop ideas within the context of the situation and the assigned task(s).
  • Apply formal and informal conventions of writing, including organization, content, presentation, formatting, and stylistic choices, for a particular context
  • Critically read, evaluate, apply, and synthesize evidence and/or sources in support of a claim.
  • Follow an appropriate documentation system.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with conventions, including spellings, grammar, mechanics, and word choice appropriate to the writing task.

Required Texts:

None.  You will be provided with either .pdfs or links to all required reading material in Canvas.

Grading (out of 1,000 points):

Discussion Posts and Workshops 300
Professional Development Report and Job Application Materials 300
Semester Project on Corporate Social Responsibility 400

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