Designed specifically for students learning English as an additional language, this course introduces effective communication strategies used in the North American business environment.
Create clear, convincing and memorable business communications targeted at diverse audiences. Practise writing persuasively, clearly and concisely, and learn communications etiquette important to your success and effectiveness in the workplace.
Apply the writing strategies you learn in class in weekly take-home assignments. While in class, you’re encouraged to share your homework, contribute to class discussions and participate in group work.
Week 1: The Business Case for Writing Well
Week 2: Convincing a Business Audience
Week 3: Key Skills: Conciseness and Avoiding Ambiguity
Week 4: Business Email Etiquette
Week 5: Writing a Pitch/Proposal
Week 6: Summarizing Key Points
Week 7: Writing a Short Bio
Week 8: Course Conclusion
This course can be applied to the UBC Award of Achievement in Business English for International Professionals or it can be taken as a stand-alone course.
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our Business Writing Essentials course is purpose-built for online learning using UBC instructional design resources and tools.
Online courses are hosted on the intuitive learning management platform Canvas. Every week, your instructor releases a new module or lesson. Each lesson might include materials such as class notes, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You may also be asked to post on discussion boards and submit assignments.
Your instructor is there to provide you feedback on your work, and guide online forum discussions. Some may hold virtual office hours. You can also communicate with your instructor through Canvas.
Expect to spend two to three hours per week on your course – you do get out what you put in! You can log in anytime day or night. Some courses, however, might include exercises and assignments with deadlines. Materials will be available for two weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.
We will send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your first class.