Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • W - Writing

Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Designed to serve the overall academic program, this course like other sections of Writing Seminar I focuses on formal writing based on rhetorical principles of exposition. This course differs in that its focus is business writing—the writing students in the Hatchery Program and other sustainability-related courses need to communicate effectively as professionals. Like other sections of Writing Seminar I, the course concentrates on the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting. Assigned readings both illustrate how to use these rhetorical principles and develop students’ analytical skills. Students learn how to write clear, precise, and unambiguous business plans, cover letters, power point presentations, crowdfunding websites, and tweets. The practice-oriented approach gives students the opportunity to acquire skills they will need as professionals to communicate effectively and concisely to specific audiences. Through a research paper or case study, the course introduces students to library research and academic documentation. The course emphasizes peer review, revision, regular conferences, and class presentations. Evaluation is based on the quality of revised papers in the final portfolio and the student’s participation in class discussions and peer review sessions.  



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