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English for Written Communications

Course Title
Code
Status
Level
Credit Value
Pre-Requisite
Course
Assessment &
Marking
Percentage:
Instructor

English for Written Communication


University Compulsory
Bachelor
3 credits
None
30%
70%

Assignment
Final Exam

This course are to train students in:


Rationale for the

1. recognising the importance of effective communication in daily life.

inclusion of the

2. writing for informational and practical purposes.

course

3. adjusting content and style in writing to suit a given purpose,

Semester Offered

audience and situation.


Second
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. write a letter, a memo, a resume, a report and a reseach paper with a

Learning Outcomes

certain degree of confidence


2. write a good research proposal.
3. write a good research paper.
Skills and how they are developed and assessed, Project and practical

Transferable Skills

experience and Internship reative thinking skills

Writing skills
Interpersonal skills
Teaching-learning Teaching-learning : Blended mode of learning- self managed learning + faceand assessment

to-face tutorial+ online learning

strategy
Mapping of the

Asessment strategy : Formative and summative assessment involved


This subject introduces learners to effective strategies in reading and writing

course to the

in English so that they may improve their communicative competence and be

programme

better prepared for the demands of tertiary-level academic coursework and

learning outcomes
Mode of delivery

personal communication.
Lecture, Tutorial, Workshop,Seminar etc

Course Structure

Topic

Learning
Hours

INTRODUCTION TO WRITTEN
COMMUNICATION : SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES
1.1 Introduction to communication
1.2 Problems in communication
TOPIC 1

1.3 The Communicators Behaviour


1.4 Written Communication

1.5 Helping other people to communicate with you


1.6 Communication with people at all organisational levels
1.7 Communicating with groups
1.8 When written communication is most important.
LETTER WRITING
2.1 The Basics of Letter Writing
TOPIC 2

2.2 The Formal Letter

2.3 Letter writing activities


2.4 Formal Replies and Follow-ups
MODELS OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION : THE
ELEMENTS OF GOOD COMMUNICATION
MODELS
TOPIC 3

Clauder E. Shannons Model


Roman Jacobsons Model

A model based on Ulric Neissers work


A model based on Michael Polanyis work
Some ideas about communication
REPORT WRITING
4.1 The process of preparing a report
4.2 The report style
TOPIC 4

4.3 The writing style

4.4 Report introduction


4.5 Authors checklist
TOPIC 5

4.6 Format
THE LANGUAGE OF BUSINESS WRITING

5.1 The Language of Business Writing


5.2 The Format of Business Letters
5.3 Business Letters
SHORT FORMS OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
TOPIC 6

6.1 E-mails

6.2 Memorandum and executive summaries.


PERSUASIVE WRITING
7.1 Types of Persuasive Writing
TOPIC 7

7.2 Persuasive strategies


7.3 The reasoning process

7.4 Direct and indirect patterns of organisation


7.5 Voice and credibility
WRITING AND PRESENTING PROPOSALS
8.1 Definitions of terms: proposals and feasibility studies
8.2 Writing a proposal
TOPIC 8

8.3 Proposal writing to fit the needs of organisation or


clients

8.4 Informal and formal proposals


8.5 Funding of proposals
TOPIC 9

8.6 Feasibility studies and reports


THE FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING A RESEARCH
PAPER
9.1 Researching for a paper
9.2 What is a research paper
9.3 Choosing a topic
9.4 Research and analysis
9.5 Research sources
9.6 Looking for a paper
9.7 Looking for materials
9.8 The craft of note-taking
9.9 Writing a research paper
9.10 Looking at different sets of research papers

9.11 Writing your research paper in four steps


9.12 Referencing and editing
WRITING COLLABORATIVELY
10.1 Stages in collaborative writing
10.2 Team communication
10.3 Team building
10.4 Analysis of task
TOPIC 10

10.5 Management of time/writing/documents


10.6 Managing collaborative writing projects

10.7 Practice in writing step-by-step instructions


10.8 Conflict management
10.9 Collaborative writing practice
10.10 Preparing manuals and other forms of team writing
10.11 Style and format of writing
10.12 Writing as a group
TOTAL
This course is designed to match the following programme
Mapping of the
course to the

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aims(s):

programme aims

To help students prepare for diverse and interesting


career opportunities in any industries as well as for
educational advancement

Mapping of the
course to the
programme

This course is designed to match the following programme


outcomes:

studies.

learning outcomes

References

Advance their professional career and educational

Main

Hacker, D. (2003) A Writers Reference. 5th.Edition.

Boston/New York: Bedford/St.Martins


Pearsall T.E. and A.H. Cunningham. How to Write for
the World OG Work. 6th edition. New York: Holt,

Addition

Rinehart and Wincton, 2000.


Adelstein,M.E. Pival, P.J. (1984). The Writing

Commitment. 3rd Edition. San Diego: Harcourt Brace


Jovanovich Publishers

Jewinski,E. & Jewinski, J. (1990). How to Write an


Executive Summary. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press

Kennedy,M.L. and Haley, M.Smith (2002). Reading


and Writing in the Academic Community with 2001 APA
Guidelines. 2nd. Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Millward, C. And Jane Flick (1998). Handbook For


Writers. 3rd Edition. Toronto: Harcourt Brace and
company

Pfeiffer, W. (1994). Technical Writing: A Practical


Approach. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Inc.