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Most popular course: BWC421 Business Report Writing Skills (See the description below)
Teaching the best practices for business report writing
PhD business college instructor
Extensive feedback and coaching
Clear, easily understood lessons
Four reports for writing examinations
Twelve writing activities
Dozens of interactive exercises
The instructor is Robert Hogan, Ph.D. Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies. He has been been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County College, and Illinois State University College of Business. He was manager of communications in a telephone billing company and owner of a company writing documents on contract for government agencies and corporations.
More about Dr. Hogan…Coaching, Tutoring, and Training from Dr. Robert Hogan
Robert Hogan, PhD, is an accomplished business-writing trainer with over 40 years’ experience training business writers in companies, government agencies, and universities. He has been a professor of business report writing and communications at Illinois State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County Community College. He is a specialist in writing training with articles about writing training in English Education, College Composition and Communication, Research in the Teaching of English, and various conference proceedings. He has written two books training business writers: Explicit Business Writing: Best Practices for the Twenty-first Century, and Business Writing Skills for Forensic Laboratory Managers. Dr. Hogan is the director of the Business Writing Center.
Dr. Hogan’s PhD is in training and supervision, with a focus on training in writing. He is the author of most of the training materials in the 45 courses offered by the Business Writing Center. As a result, he selects the training from the courses that will be most beneficial for you. As you learn with Dr. Hogan, you can expect the following:
Conscientious attention to your unique goals and needs
Personal attention from Dr. Hogan by email or phone anytime you want it
Clear, simple explanations of writing skills
Training for any language, grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and word usage issues
Effective training approaches that Dr. Hogan originates for your unique needs based on his 40 years of teaching
A willingness to listen to your goals, needs, and desire to learn specific skills
You will be able to contact Dr. Hogan by email or phone at any time to ask questions about your business writing needs.
Courses Dr. Hogan Teaches
BWC130 Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial BWC520 Coaching through Writing Actual Documents BWC510 Individualized Business Writing TrainingBWC 625 Customized Business Writing Skills Course BWC225 Explicit Business Writing with Additional Training BWC140 Writing Coaching for Executive Nonnative Speakers of English BWC600 Writing Coaching for Managers and Executives Syllabus
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See the syllabusSyllabus: BWC421 Business Writing Skills
The Business Report Writing course teaches the skills required to write clear, explicit business reports. It focuses on the structure critical to all reports, providing the basic knowledge any report writer can use for all types of business reports.
The course teaches all the best practices that result in clear, professional business reports, from deciding what should go into the report to preparing the final draft. The course includes five writing samples your instructor will evaluate, comment on, and use to coach you through skills you need to learn.
The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.
Course ContentPlan the Report1. Set goals.
2. Know your readers.
3. Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.Submit Report 1 for Evaluation and CoachingPrepare Your Notes4. Learn how to overcome writer’s block.
5. Prepare notes for your report.Organize the Writing6. Have an organizational pattern in mind.
7. Use special organizational patterns for some messages.Introduce the Content8. Write a clear, complete report introduction.
9. State the contents of the report.
10. State conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.Present Explanations in Blocks11. Write the explanations in blocks.
12. Keep explanations of a subject together in one block.
13. Check each block for focus.
14. Check each block for completeness.
15. Open each block with a statement of the contents.
16. Use headings to open blocks.
17. Bold field or data names to identify them as blocks.Submit Report 2 for Evaluation and CoachingPresent Lists Clearly18. Create lists.
19. Open list blocks.
20. Mark the list items clearly.
21. Keep list items in a single list.
22. Keep list items in the same format.
23. Present information in tables when possible.
24. Consider information blueprinting to be explicit.Submit Report 3 for Evaluation and CoachingWrite Clear, Complete Explanations25. Write to build conclusions in the reader’s mind.
26. For reports, write clear, complete, relevant explanations.
27. Use key words consistently.
28. Fully explain each new concept word or phrase.
29. Use full phrases to define words clearly.Write Conclusions that Have Impact30. Write a conclusion that achieves your goals.Submit Report 4 for Evaluation and CoachingWrite Clear, Effective Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words31. Use paragraphs to organize information.
32. Write concisely.
33. Combine sentences to show relationships. Separate sentences to make them clearer.
34. Write clear, simple, straightforward sentences.
35. Write strong, direct sentences.
36. Write clearly and simply for non-technical readers.
37. Use words the reader will understand.Prepare a Polished, Correct Final Draft38. Use your spell checker and grammar checker.
39. Proofread.Companies Trained and TestimonialsSee a sample of 1,000 of the most recent companies and agenciesSee testimonials
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