Professional Communication Strategies in Environmental Science and Policy

Summer 2014
Course Number: 
ENVS 655 990
Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm




Secondary Program: 
Master of Environmental Studies
Secondary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Description: 

Writing effectively for a variety of audiences is a required skill for professional master’s students, both inside the classroom and in the workplace.  This online seminar introduces writing and communication strategies and skills for all graduate professional students,with special attention to the environmental and geoscience fields. . Students will learn academic writing principles and professional practices that will enable them to respond to a variety of workplace scenarios as well as influence and inspire others through effective written communication strategies. Through frequent writing assignments, hands-on exercises during class sessions, and writing on blogs and in group projects, students will learn how to write concise prose, summarize and evaluate  documents and scenarios effectively, develop technical skills in writing clear instructions, write persuasive project recommendations individually and in a group, and employ effective rhetorical strategies for academic, professional, and general audiences. The class will focus on strategies for effective critical thinking and writing, as well as how to write persuasively for multiple audiences, ranging from the general public to scientists and engineers. There will be special attention to analysis of genres and audiences, and effective writing and revision strategies. Most importantly, you will be able to use the skills developed in this class throughout your academic and professional careers.  

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