demonstrate fluency in the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and preparing final papers 

Tuesday, Aug. 26—In class lecture on Chapter 1.  Chapter notes given in outline format

Friday, Aug. 29 to Wednesday, Sept. 3 — Quiz over Ch.1 — open-book and open notebook.  This quiz will be timed and you will have 15 minutes to complete the quiz.  It is not for a grade but to acquaint students with the type of quiz to expect over every chapter.  Future quizzes will be similar with 10-15 minutes to work using books and notebooks and will be graded.  The first quiz will be available until Wednesday, September 3 at 11:59 PM.


Please read the writing process on pp. 52-58 for working on your first writing assignment (p. 43, Ex. 1).  We will use the writing process given in Ch. 2 beginning on p. 52 for planning and drafting, through p. 58. Between Tuesday (9-02) and Thursday (9-4) you may work on expanding your draft.  By Thursday you will work to “finish” and revise the rough draft.


By Tuesday, Sept. 9, you will use Editing Concepts (p.66) to do a final draft.  All three drafts will be considered in the grading process: 1) your 1st draft from 9-02, 2) your 2nd rough draft from 9-4, and 3) your final draft from 9-9.  This first writing assignment will count as part of your Daily Class Participation/Writing grade and is due Tuesday, September 9 at 11:59 PM.


On Tuesday, Sept. 9—additional thoughts and concepts from Ch. 2 will be presented in lecture format.


Tuesday, Sept. 16—Quiz on Ch. 2 timed and for a grade (open-book and open notebook).  Following the quiz students will work on a new writing assignment p. 79, Exer. 1, 2, and 3.  Tentative due date is Sept. 18.


Course description

An advanced course in professional writing, with specific emphasis on forms of writing that are common in the workplace.


ENG 105 or 107 or 108 or 130, and the successful completion of 48 credits of course work.



Course Objectives

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:


  • demonstrate fluency in the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and preparing final papers (FS Comp 1);
  • demonstrate increasing mastery of the varied elements of writing: thesis, stance, content, organization, sentences, diction, and technical matters (FS Comp 2);
  • analyze workplace situations to identify problems and factors relevant to understanding and managing the situations (FS Comp 2);
  • write clear, detailed, organized writing samples of varied lengths in a variety of professional formats: correspondence, résumés, training reviews, performance evaluations, and reports (FS Comp 3);
  • synthesize and critique material from a variety of print and electronic sources with an emphasis on workplace and professional publications (FS Comp 4 and 5);
  • cite sources properly (FS Comp 5);
  • discuss and write about critical issues related to the workplace (FS Comp 5 and 6).
  • exhibit critical thinking as readers and writers (FS Comp 6);
  • prepare written materials that provide compelling arguments and recommendations to real-world situations in the workplace (FS Comp 7);


As a Junior Composition course within the Foundational Studies Program, this course connects many of its goals to the general learning objectives (FSLO) of the Foundational Studies Program.  By the conclusion of your Foundational Studies Program at ISU, students will be able to:

  • Locate, critically read, and evaluate information to solve problems.
  • Critically evaluate the ideas of others.
  • Apply knowledge and skills within and across the fundamental ways of knowing (natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, and history).
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of human expression through literature and fine and performing arts.
  • Demonstrate the skills for effective citizenship and stewardship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures within and across societies.
  • Demonstrate the skills to place their current and local experience in a global, cultural, and historical context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of decisions and actions.
  • Apply principles of physical and emotional health to wellness.
  • Express themselves effectively, professionally, and persuasively both orally and in writing.


Required Textbooks

Kolin, P. (2012). Successful writing at work. (10th ed.).  Boston, MA:  Wadsworth.




Students will be evaluated on these items:

Daily Class Participation/Writing                                 10%

Quizzes                                                                           5%

Training Recommendation Report                   15%

Short Descriptive paper                                               10%

Journal Article Critique                                                10%

Résumé with accompanying materials             10%

Workplace Policy/Procedural Manual              20%

Final Exam                                                      20%


**All assignments must be typed (double-spaced), completed according to 6th edition APA format, and submitted in class on the due date.  Late assignments will receive full credit only when legitimate reasons warrant the lateness.  Such arrangements must be made in advance with the instructor.



Grading Scale

100                  A+
94-99               A
93                    A-
90-92               B+
84-89               B
83                    B-
80-82               C+
74-79               C
73                    C-

70-72               D+

64-69               D

63                    D+

62 & below      F


Attendance and Punctuality

Your attendance and active participation are essential elements of this class.  For on-campus students, participation will be evaluated on the times students volunteer information in class and regular class attendance.  For online learners, much of the learning will come from shared ideas in Threaded Discussions, Chat, and Emails. Active participation is necessary to build a learning community. Student participation in Threaded Discussions, Emails and in Chat will be graded as follows:

  • Student initiates thoughtful discussion.
  • Student provides valuable feedback to the seminar.
  • Student gives timely input into the seminar.
  • Student shows concern for quality of all products and deliverables presented in the seminar.
  • Student adds value to the overall learning community



“The Sycamore Standard”

Indiana State University

Students at Indiana State University are expected to accept certain personal responsibilities that constitute the “standard” for behavior in a community of scholars.


As a student at Indiana State University:

I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will commit my energies to the pursuit of truth, learning, and scholarship; I will foster an environment conducive to the personal and academic accomplishment of all students; I will avoid activities that promote bigotry or intolerance; I will choose associations and define my relationships with others based on respect for individual rights and human dignity; I will conduct my life as a student in a manner that brings honor to me and to the University Community; I will discourage actions or behaviors by others that are contrary to these standards.

Adopted by the Indiana State University Student Government Association April 17, 2002


American With Disabilities Act Statement

“Indiana State University seeks to provide effective services and accommodation for qualified individuals with documented disabilities. If you need an accommodation because of a documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Support Services at the beginning of the semester. Contact the Director of Student Support Services. The telephone number is 237-2301 and the office is located in Gillum Hall, Room 202A. The Director will ensure that you receive all the additional help that Indiana State offers.


If you will require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify your instructor immediately. Look for evacuation procedures posted in your classrooms.”


Laptop Usage

Laptop Required for Course: Regular Usage: For the purposes of this course, it will be assumed that you are in compliance with the mandatory laptop policy of the University. You will be expected to bring your laptop and be ready to use it for every class period. Usage of the laptop must conform to the provisions of this course as laid out in this syllabus as well as the Code of Student Conduct.

Laptop Required for Course: Irregular Usage: For the purposes of this course it will be assumed that you are in compliance with the mandatory laptop policy of the University. You will be expected to bring your laptop and be ready to use it for those class periods noted (below/above). Usage of the laptop must conform to the provisions of this course as laid out in this syllabus as well as the Code of Student Conduct.


Laptop Not Required for Course: Usage Permitted: While there will be no assignments or examinations for which the laptop will be used, your use of a laptop is generally permitted as long as such usage remains within the bounds of the Code of Student Conduct and it conforms to the provisions of its use as laid out in this syllabus. There may be occasions where laptop usage is forbidden and if that occurs, failure to comply with this direction will be viewed as a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Laptop Usage Forbidden: While the University has chosen to require laptops of its students, the University also recognizes and respects the right of faculty to conduct their classes as they deem appropriate. In this course, no laptop may be used in class. Failure to comply with this direction is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.


Academic Freedom

“Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject.”


The preceding comes from the American Association of University Professors statement on academic freedom. Though the entire statement speaks to many issues, it is this portion on the conduct of the course that is most relevant. For the purpose of Foundational Studies courses this means that faculty have the right to conduct their class in a fashion they deem appropriate as long as the material presented meets the learning objectives laid out by the entire faculty:




Course Calendar

Week 1                        Overview of Course

Syllabus Distribution

Introduction to Professional Writing

Week 2                        Getting Started:  Writing and Your Career

Writing for the Global Marketplace

Characteristics of Job-Related Writing

Ethical Writing in the Workplace

Week 3                        The Writing Process at Work

What Writing is and is not

Collaborative Writing at Work

Setting up a Writing Group

Models for Collaboration

Week 4                        A Writer’s Guide to Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

Week 5                        Writing Routine Correspondence for the Organization






Week 6                        Writing Letters

Letter Formats

Parts of a Letter

Appearance of Your Letter

Types of Letters

Formulating Your Message

International Correspondence

Week 7                        Career Communications

Job Searches

Resume and Letter of Application

Steps to Follow to Get Hired

Accepting or Declining a Job Offer

Week 8                        Doing Research on the Job

The Differences Between School and Workplace Research

The Research Process

Note Taking

Documenting Sources

Week 9                        Summarizing Information at Work

Contents of a Business Report

Types of Summaries


News Releases

Week 10          Designing Clear Visuals

The Purpose of Visuals

Types of Visuals and Their Purposes

Choosing Effective Visuals

Tables and Figures

Week 11          Designing Successful Documents and Websites

Organizing Information Visually

Characteristics of Effective Design

Week 12          Writing Instructions and Procedures

Why Instructions are Important

The Variety of Instructions

Assessing and Meeting Your Audience’s Needs

Using Visuals Effectively

The Process of Writing Instructions

Writing Procedures for Policies and Regulations

Week 13          Writing Winning Proposals

Characteristics of Proposals

Types of Proposals

Week 14          Writing Effective Short Reports

Types of Short Reports

Protecting Yourself Legally

Week 15          Writing Long Reports

Parts of a Long Report

Week 16          Final Exam



Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus, course content, course materials, and course delivery techniques without prior notice.


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