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Writers at Work Certificate Program (Online)

Course Details

Free Limited Offer - See below.

Did you know that your professional image is impacted by your writing skills? The better your writing skills are, the better your image is and the better your chances for advancement. There is no doubt that effective writing in the workplace is an essential skill. Research shows that employers value workers who think creatively and communicate effectively.

The Writers at Work Certificate Program consists of four 10 hour courses that will allow busy professionals a flexible path toward learning valuable writing techniques. Although this course addresses the use of proper grammar and vocabulary, it is also designed to teach you the writing process with the goal of writing clear, concise and complete documents.

To find out more about this program, visit the FAQs page.

Required Book(s)

The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-by-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly ISBN-13: 978-0062730480

Continuing Education Hours

  • 40 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 CEUs
  • Outcomes

    Effective business writing can set you apart from other employees, get you noticed by your superiors, and improve your chances of advancement. You’ll gain these skills:

    • Gain knowledge and understanding of parts of sentences and speech, ensuring sentence completeness and conquering common problems with subjects, verbs, and pronouns. The ability to identify and correctly use various kinds of punctuation.
    • The student will understand the ability to revise ineffective writing and to generate clear and concise writing.
    • Learn the ability to identify and revise unfocused and awkward writing and revise into clear and easy to understand text.
    • Understands the principles that are used to design documents that are visibly appealing.

    Course Descriptions

    Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part I

    Course Description

    This is the first of four review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar and sentence structure. Part I of the review covers the most basic "nuts and bolts" of good writing: understanding parts of sentences and speech, ensuring sentence completeness and conquering common problems with subjects, verbs, and pronouns. Readings and exercises will help reinforce their understanding of the concepts. The course is self-study, but an instructor will be available for tutoring.

    Outcomes

    • The student will demonstrate the ability to identify and correctly use various parts of parts of speech.
    • The student will demonstrate an understanding of sentence completeness and an ability to recognize and revise fragments and run-on sentences.
    • The student will demonstrate an ability to recognize and to correct common problems with subject - verb agreement and errors in using pronouns.
    • The student will demonstrate an understanding of how to correct dangling and misplaced modifiers.

    Assessment:

    Students will be assessed through self-test exercises and a mastery test taken at end of the class.

    Course Outline:

    To view the part one outline of Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals, please click here.


    Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part II: Punctuation

    Course Description

    Part II of the review covers punctuation, providing students with practical understanding of punctuation without forcing them to memorize countless rules. Weekly units teach the use of commas, semicolons, apostrophes, colons, quotation marks and parentheses. In this self-study course, tutorials and exercises help students ensure that they understand the concepts and can recognize and revise punctuation errors in their own writing.

    Outcomes

    • The student will demonstrate an ability to recognize various kinds of punctuations.
    • The student will demonstrate an ability to use commas correctly and to recognize and revise comma errors.
    • The student will demonstrate an ability to correctly use semicolons and colons.
    • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the use of dash, hyphens, apostrophes, parentheses, and quotation marks.

    Assessment:

    Self-test exercises that allow students to practice what they`ve learned. There is a mastery test at the end.

    Outline:

    To view the part two outline of Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part II: Punctuation, please click here.


    Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing

    Course Description

    Part III of the review will help the student understand the writing process with the goal of writing clear, concise and complete documents. Tutoring, readings, textbook and exercises help students ensure that they understand the concepts and can revise their own writing to be more clear, concise and grammatically correct.

    Outcomes

    • The student will understand the writing process.
    • The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize and correct common sentence errors that cloud the meaning and cause confusion.
    • The student will understand the ability to revise ineffective writing and to generate clear and concise writing

    Assessment:

    Writing exercises allow students to practice what they learn in each lesson.

    Outline:

    To view the part three outline of Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing, please click here.


    Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part IV: Achieving a Professional Style

    Course Description

    Part IV of the review will help the student develop an emphatic and readable style and to design visually appealing documents. Exercises and instructor feedback will help students ensure that they understand the concepts and can revise their own writing to emphasize important points, flow logically, and appeal to the eye. Topics include managing sentence emphasis, creating parallel structures in sentences and paragraphs, maintaining flow and focus in sentences and paragraphs, and designing documents.

    Outcomes

    • The student will understand basic paragraph structure.
    • The student will understand the concept of parallelism as it applies to sentence structure.
    • The student will become aware of the different types of paragraph organization (compare/contrast, cause and effect, etc.)
    • The student will learn different techniques that can be used to make a document’s design more effective for a reader
    • The student will learn basic proofreading techniques.

    Assessment:

    Exercises/writing assignments that allow students to practice what they learn and receive instructor feedback

    Outline:

    To view the part four outline of Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part IV: Achieving a Professional Style, please click here.

    Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer ends June 30, 2014)

    Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication.

    Writing for a Global Market

    With the industrial, technical, and commercial market becoming more and more global, it is imperative that writers understand the importance of writing for a worldwide market. Writers cannot write for a single language community anymore but must be aware of, and consider how to prepare and write for multiple languages to reach diverse populations, cultures, and communities. This course will focus on how to apply best practices for:

  • Globalization - the broad range of processes necessary to prepare and launch products and company activities internationally.
  • Internationalization - developing content that is easily localized; doesn’t include local/regional references.
  • Localization - the process of adapting a product or service to a particular language and culture.
  • In addition, writers must also be aware of the industry’s standards to help manage this activity, including an understanding of:

  • Machine translation (MT)
  • Translation memory (TM)
  • Translation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Content management systems (CMS)
  • For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

    Upon enrollment, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website

    Free Online Course - Limited Time Offer (Offer Begins March 10, 2014 and ends July 31, 2014)

    Free Course with enrollment of Mastery Level Technical Writing Certificate or Certificate in Professional Technical Communication.

    Fundamentals in Structured Writing for Technical Documentation

    The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments. Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper output, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

    The course is designed to further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. It also introduces you to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems. Basic knowledge of writing standards, output options, and content management systems is helpful.

    For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 4 weeks. There are 4 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.

    Upon enrollment in any of the other Technical Writing Courses listed, you will be sent a link to the course learning management website.

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