Previous Title: Writing for the Canadian Workplace: Introduction
Learn how to write informative and persuasive documents for the workplace that are clear, concise and professional.
Through a mix of individual assignments and group discussions, practise analyzing, planning, drafting and revising business and technical documents. Find out how to identify common pitfalls and weak points in business writing, and gain strategies to address and correct them.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- understand how to write for different audience groups, such as coworkers and clients
- learn practical business writing and communication strategies
- develop your style and professional writing skills
- write emails, memos, and letters
- learn to write for the web and other online sources
- understand the differences between effective and ineffective reports and proposals
- use persuasive appeals in business writing
You’ll also have a portfolio of your work that includes emails, memos and letters that showcases examples of effective writing.
Week 1: Understanding Workplace Communications
Week 2: Writing Effective Paragraphs, Emails, Memos and Letters
Week 3: Developing Your Writing Style and Avoiding Errors
Week 4: Writing for the Web and Social Media; Writing Concisely
Week 5: Understanding and Writing Complex Documents
Week 6: Editing and Finalizing Your Documents
You might also be interested in Writing Well for Business: Advanced Topics. Take on more complex documents and audience situations, and learn how to approach challenging communication tasks. (Please note Writing Well for Business is not a pre-requisite to this more advanced course).
This course is offered 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.