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The student will:
- examine and summarize applicable theories, including, among others, those provided by Kinneavy, Flower and Hayes, Bitzer, MacKinnon, and Selzer
- analyze the distinctions between various genres and modes of discourse: persuasive, informational expressive, instructional
- analyze the specific characteristics of genres and rhetorical situations
- produce written samples of specific genres
Context, Audience and Purpose
The student will study the rhetorical situations of non-academic texts, and:
- establish the characteristic identity of potential readers for particular purposes and exigencies; establish the social/cultural context of the reader; clarify the expectations to the reader
- clarify the textual and subtextual requirements of particular genres and rhetorical situations; identify the focus of the text: writer-based versus reader-based; direct versus indirect; purposeful versus reflective
- analyze the typical reader's response:
- acquisition and retention of information
- need for visual aids
- relationship of style and organization to reader efficiency
- importance of diction
Workplace Writing Conventions
The student will:
- examine genre and social context
- examine specific writing situations
Developmental & Coherence Strategies
The student will:
- use standard developmental strategies, including definition, sequence, description, comparison, contrast, analysis, and example
- analyze effectiveness of text in relation to sentence and discourse level coherence (readability): a series of exercises to be completed from Vande Kopple’s Clear and Coherent Prose
- study and practice summary strategies
This course will utilize a combination of classroom activities (collaborative work on exercises and assignments, revising and editing workshops) and lecture/seminar. Under the instructor’s guidance, students will learn to integrate discourse theory into actual writing practice and will produce typical workplace writing tasks for particular purposes and audiences.
Evaluation will be as follows:
|Definition by Comparison/Contrast||20%|
|Instructions (Genre Analysis)||20%|
|Instructions Sample and Analysis||15%|
Students will be introduced to composing and rhetorical theory and will apply relevant theoretical concepts to the production of typical workplace writing tasks: developing material in relation to context, purpose, and audience; and utilizing organizational and coherence strategies to ensure readability.
Textbooks and materials to be Purchased by students:
Vande Kopple, William. Clear and Coherent Prose. Scott, Foresman and Company, 1989.
Readings in the Rhetoric of Professional Writing (Course Ware Reading Package)
Acceptance into program or permission of coordinator.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU CMNS 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)||FDU EPS 1101 (3)||2007/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CMNS 1140 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CMNS 1118 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC ENG 160 (3)||2007/09/01 to 2007/12/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU ENGL 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ENGL 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ENGL 1XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU COMM 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit||2005/05/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||DOUG CMNS 1118 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1216 (3) & DOUG CMNS 1218 (3) = UBCV ARTS 1st (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC ENGL 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CMNS 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ENGL 1XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|