ENG 302: Business Writing

Course Description and Objectives

English 302, Business Writing, is an advanced, interdisciplinary writing course designed to improve the workplace writing competence of W. P. Carey School of Business professional and pre-professional students. The course focuses on the practice and study of selected types of discourse employed in professional business situations and helps prepare students for different kinds of writing they will encounter in their professional lives. Much of the course is conducted in a workshop format. Prerequisites for the course are English 101 and 102 or English 105, and pre-business or business major standing.

Course Goals

Throughout this course, students will:

  • Transition from academic to professional/business writing
  • Significantly improve their ability to write effective business/professional communication
  • Critically investigate and incorporate a variety of research sources
  • Recognize and avoid plagiarism
  • Demonstrate mastery of standard grammar and writing mechanics
  • Utilize various strategies and organizational techniques in the writing process
  • Develop collaborative group communication and writing skills
  • Exhibit visual presentation skills

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, all students should be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate audience/purpose/situation as they apply to business writing contexts
  • Produce clear, concise, effective audience and purpose specific business rhetoric
  • Incorporate process (research, invention, writing, revision, and editing) into all writing tasks and create document fluency through multiple drafts
  • Adapt tone and style for appropriate rhetorical business purposes
  • Conduct primary and secondary research relevant to topic; integrate appropriate sources using APA style
  • Incorporate analytical /technical data in the form of charts, graphs, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism among peers Actively plan and participate in a collaborative project
  • Use current technology to design accurate and visually appealing PowerPoint slides that will maximize the effectiveness of written and oral reports
  • Develop strategies to facilitate communication across ethnic and/or business cultures

Relevant Documents (PDF format):


Business Correspondence Project

Short Informal Report Project

Short Proposal Project

Collaborative Long Formal Proposal Project