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Professional Development: Writing for Results

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Brian W. Simpson
Brian Simpson



What’s the essential skill you need to advance your career? Writing. For better or worse—hopefully better—you’ll spend much of your career communicating to colleagues, bosses and others via the written word. If you can improve your writing, you'll be more successful in conveying your thoughts and persuading colleagues and leaders in your organization to act on your ideas. No matter whether you currently approach writing with confidence or abject dread, this course will systematically improve your writing skills.

Introduces a systematic approach to writing— from planning and organization to revision and completion; emphasizes the importance of defining the message, the audience and purpose; examines the basic elements of good writing; focuses on clarity, concision and style; explores the use of storytelling to maximize impact; and emphasizes best practices in various forms of writing, including emails, memos, reports, proposals and op-eds.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write confidently and effectively in a variety of professional forms
  2. Prepare for and organize any writing task
  3. Employ storytelling to strengthen writing
  4. Integrate strategic revision into the writing process
  5. Eliminate wordiness in writing
  6. Apply standard grammar and style conventions while writing
  7. Evaluate the effectiveness of others’ writing
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Paper(s)
  • 15% Quizzes
  • 15% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to OPAL students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required