BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-204 - Business Writing - 3.00 Credits

ENGL-204 - Business Writing - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will prepare students to communicate in both oral and written discourses across a variety of organizational contexts. Through a series of practical exercises and theoretical discussions, students will learn to assess the communicational requirements of an organizational context, to select the type of discourse most appropriate to that context, and to respond to the context in a perspicuous, concrete, organized, and persuasive style of speaking or writing. In simulated experiences, students will write various forms of business letters, memos, reports, project proposals, cover letters, and résumés.
Part of the:
  • NVIT - Vancouver Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 110, or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a command of grammatical and syntactical structures as well as control over punctuation;

  • assess the institutional context of a given piece of communication and to determine the explicit purpose of that communication, i.e., to inform or persuade;

  • determine the interpretative needs of the audience and to translate those needs into the most appropriate idiom, content, level of detail of information, and tone of voice;

  • demonstrate a mastery over a range of business genres: cover letters, résumés, memos, organizational reports, proposals, etc;

  • understand the role of “audience” in the revision of business documents; and

  • exercise discrimination in deciding what organizational cues or visual aids--topic headings or graphs--to use in a piece of business communication.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Guffey, Mary Ellen and Brendan Nagle. Essentials of Business Communication. Fourth Canadian Edition. Canada: Thomson, 2003.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Subject to Education Council/Board approval.