Indiana University Northwest

Course Description


Linda Oldenburg
Department of English

Phone: 219-671-1004

Online Course Offered:
Fall,Spring, Summer Semester

ENG-W231 Professional Writing Skills

Course Description  

ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)  P: ENG-W 131 or equivalent

This course is designed to develop research and writing skills requisite for most academic and professional activities. Emphasis on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing reviews, critical bibliographies, research and technical reports, proposals, and papers. Junior or senior standing recommended. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

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Course Goals and Objectives  

Key instructional objectives for this online course include:

•  The purpose of this course is to prepare you for the writing assignments you will encounter in the business community.

•  Much of this writing will involve close observation, critical reading and analysis; improving your writing skills will also require working on your critical thinking.

•  You will learn to use writing as means to discover, develop, test, and refine ideas, and techniques for expressing and organizing those ideas effectively and clearly.

•  You will develop skills to effectively complete an adjustment letter, complaint letter, email, external proposal, internal memorandum, internal proposal, and a resume/cover letter/thank you response.

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Course Activities  

Key course activities that you will complete in this online course to prepare yourself to support your students’ reading and studying your content material include:

Assignments                                                                              Points

Resume/Cover Letter/Thank You Correspondence         100 points

Proposal: Internal                                                     150 points

Proposal: External Sales                                             200 points

Proposal: Grant                                                         200 points

Online Portfolio                                                            50 points

Oncourse/Syllabus Quiz                                                 25 points

Library Group Activity                                                     50 points

Minor Writing Assignments       6@ 15 points                    90 points

Discussion Questions              6@ 10 points                     60 points

First Drafts                             3@ 10 points                     30 points

Peer Reviews                          3 @15 points                     45 points


For a complete list of Activities/Assignments for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.

Course Syllabus  


ENG W231: Professional Writing Skills

Online Course Syllabus

Time: Online

Place: Online

Instructor: Linda Oldenburg


Phone: (219) 671-1004