Previous Title: Writing for the Canadian Workplace: Advanced Topics
Take on more complex communication scenarios in this advanced course. Working with your instructor and in peer groups, gain strategies to write purposeful and effective emails, letters, reports, proposals and other complex documents.
Learn how to analyze challenging employer and client communication tasks, and discover different approaches to addressing business, technical and non-technical audiences.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- analyze writing contexts, target specific audiences and use strategies to produce clear, purposeful business and technical writing
- follow a structured approach to planning, drafting and revising your documents
- project a strong professional image for yourself (and your organization)
- read to analyze, synthesize and apply information
- learn to write for social media, emails, memos, letters, reports and proposals
- convey complex information—both negative and positive—clearly
Please note: You should have experience writing a variety of business communications before taking this course. You may wish to complete Writing Well for Business first, but it’s not a prerequisite.
Week 1: Understanding the Communication Process
Week 2: Applying Advanced Writing Techniques
Week 3: Writing Effective Emails, Memos and Letters
Week 4: Analyzing Complex Information; Writing Proposal and Reports
Week 5: Writing Persuasively
Week 6: Editing and Finalizing Your Documents; Providing Feedback
The format of this course is 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our professional writing courses are 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.