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Workplace Writing and Communications*

Certificate

30 credit hours

The Certificate of Mastery in Workplace Writing and Communications offers a focus on effective writing, communication, critical thinking, and reading skills for the workplace. The course concentration is designed to provide skills to increase marketability in the workplace, both in the United States and internationally. Students successfully completing the Certificate earn credentials showing proof of mastery in English workplace communication skills with an emphasis on written and verbal communication skills specific to the workplace. Students earning the Certificate of Mastery in Workplace Writing and Communications will have earned 30 hours toward a Diversified Studies Associate’s degree.

*Certificate pending OSRHE approval

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I OR Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1103 Multicultural English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1133 Critical and Efficient Reading 3 Major  
    COM 2213 Intro to Public Speaking OR Major  
    COM 1123 Interpersonal Communications 3 Major  
    CS 1103 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    BUS 2033 Business Communication OR  Major  
    ENGL 2143 Introduction to Grant Proposal Development 3 Major  
    ENGL 1203 Business English 3 Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II OR  Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1123 Multicutural English Composition II 3 Gen Ed  
    PHIL 1123 Critical Thinking 3 Major  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    ENGL 1233 Technical Writing for the Workplace 3 Major  
    PSY 1113 Introduction to Psychology OR Support  
    SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3 Gen Ed  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (18 credit hours) BUS 2033 or ENGL 2143; ENGL 1203; ENGL 1233; COM 2213 or COM 1123; PHIL 1123; ENGL 1133

    General Education Courses: (12 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103; ENGL 1213 or ENGL 1123; CS 1103; PSY 1113 or SOC 1113

    Life Skills Courses: None

    Support Courses: None

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This is a certficate of mastery. 

  • Course Descriptions

    Business

    BUS 2033 - Business Communication
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or by evaluation. Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3CREDITS

    Business Communication is a survey course of communication skills needed in the business environment. Course content includes business writing such as e-mail, memos, letters, reports, employment communication, and other types of digital media; delivering oral presentations; and developing interpersonal soft skills. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized. Development of these skills is integrated with the use of technology. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    Communications

    COM 1123 - Interpersonal Communications
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will be able to identify why certain things happen as they do when two or more individuals come together to communicate for a specific purpose. The student must attest to his or her ability to understand the principles of interpersonal communication with emphasis on dyads, small groups, analysis of communication models and nonverbal communication, applying understanding to the major types of interpersonal communication problems in the work environment and in daily human relations.

    COM 2213 - Intro to Public Speaking
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score
    3CREDITS

    Given the principles of effective listening and speaking, the student will assimilate those skills into his or her physical and psychological worlds. After being exposed to public, business and professional speaking, the student will apply the principles of invention, organization, style, and delivery through practical exercises and will use the principles of rhetorical criticism in discussing speeches delivered in class.

    Computer Science

    CS 1103 - Introduction to Computers and Applications
    Prerequisites: Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This hands-on course affords students a basic understanding of computers and their application. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to use a computer operating system, an office suite, productivity tools, as well as the Internet at an introductory level. Advanced Standing is available. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    English

    ENGL 1103 - Multicultural English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    Multicultural English Composition I for multicultural and international students who speak a second language.

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1123 - Multicutural English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore or evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques thay learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well-reasoned, well- structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    ENGL 1133 - Critical and Efficient Reading
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This course is designed to enhance practical and critical reading skills. Topics include vocabulary enrichment, reading flexibility and efficiency, rate, metacognitive strategies, and advanced comprehension skills, including analysis and evaluation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension and respond effectively to material across disciplines.

    ENGL 1203 - Business English
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113
    3CREDITS

    The student will be able to correctly apply rules of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraph development used in business communications and be able to differentiate between these rules and those for literary compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    ENGL 1233 - Technical Writing for the Workplace
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103; MATH 0203 College Prep Math II or adequate Math Placement Test Score
    3CREDITS

    This course will expose students to technical communication and will allow students to practice professional methods of writing in the workplace. In addition to constructing technical documents appropriate for use in professional and job-related environments, students will learn about rhetorical methods for presenting technical information in ethical and formal prose designed for clear and effective communication with employers and colleagues. This course will equip the student with written and oral communication skills necessary for sharing information and discussing content in professional settings; developing an awareness of technical genres; utilizing technological platforms for constructing documents; using visuals and graphics professionally; writing professional correspondence; constructing reports; designing project proposals, and composing instructions..

    ENGL 2143 - Introduction to Grant Proposal Development
    Prerequisites: MATH 0203 College Prep Math II or adequate Math Placement Test Score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This course prepares students in the fundamentals of writing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt institutions or for other purposes. Students will examine effective grants, as well as explore and demonstrate understanding of all essential aspects of grant writing including the proposal narrative and budget. Students will also practice developing grants that answer private, state and federal Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

    Philosophy

    PHIL 1123 - Critical Thinking
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113
    3CREDITS

    Critical Thinking provides opportunities for students to practice skills in both intellectual and personal development. Throughout the course, students will examine cognitive development, sound inductive argument development, biases and fallacies in decision formation, and problem solving skills. Students will apply these aspects of thought formation and critical thinking skills to writing development, goal setting, social analysis, and problem solving. This course satisfies three credit hours of the General Education humanities requirement for all Associates in Arts, Science, and Diversified Studies degrees.

    Psychology

    PSY 1113 - Introduction to Psychology
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A survey of the major areas of study in psychology such as motivation, learning, physiology, personality, social psychology, abnormal behavior, perception, memory, cognition/thought, and treatment.

    Sociology

    SOC 1113 - Introduction to Sociology
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will identify the sociological dimensions of human behavior by analyzing the concepts of society, culture, socialization, institutions, social stratification and social change.

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