Course Description

Writing is at the heart of professional, personal and creative communication, and is, therefore, a critical skill in many realms. To write well, you must be familiar with audience, purpose, tone and style as well as the mechanics of writing. Learn the essential skills to be successful at getting your intended message across to a variety of audiences through study, practice, peer and instructor feedback, and assignments.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome:

Upon successful completion of the Writing Well course, you will be able to recognize how purpose, audience, tone and style are important elements of writing.  By being attentive to each element, you will be able to communicate more effectively. Your focus will be on practising writing skills, and improving grammar and punctuation skills, which will be applied in a final writing project.

Supporting Learning Outcome Statements

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the steps in the writing process
  • Identify audience and purpose and use that information to select an appropriate style and tone
  • Express ideas clearly using clear and well-constructed sentences and paragraphs
  • Recognize how style and tone are as important as the message in communicating
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Online Asynchronous
Sep 17, 2024 to Nov 12, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat fee non-credit $639.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Rules for Writers
Author: Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers 
Publisher: Macmillan Learning (MPS) – Bedford / St. Martins
Edition: 10th

Title: The Writer's Way (w/2016 MLA Update Card) 
Author: Jack Rawlins & Stephen Metzger
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Edition: 9
ISBN-10: 1337284955
ISBN-13: 978-1337284950

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Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students who are unfamiliar with online learning are recommended to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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