Week 1 Assignment Scenario:
You are an upper-level manager in a large metropolitan hotel. One of your assistant managers, Jeff Clarke, has left you a voicemail message requesting emergency leave for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Here’s what the message stated: I’m calling to request emergency leave again for this weekend. I know I’ve had three emergency leaves in the last two months, but my grandma isn’t feeling well again, and she really needs me to take care of her. I’ll be in later tonight for my shift. Can you let me know then? Thanks.
You know from previous requests for time off that Jeff’s grandmother is coping with a debilitating illness. Your other assistant manager, Nina Hernandez, has covered for Jeff three times in the last two months. She has been looking forward to having this weekend off, as she is going out of town to celebrate her grandson’s first birthday. You are already on the schedule this weekend, and if you allow Jeff’s emergency leave, you’ll be short-staffed. To make matters worse, there’s a professional conference this weekend for electrical engineers at a nearby convention center, and many of the attendees will be staying at your hotel. This is the first time the convention…
Audience Profile 3 Pages
Week 2 Assignment Chronological Resume
This week’s written assignment is about resume development and critique. Write a Chronological Resume using the format located in Figure 18.5 (page 534) in the text.
Week 3 Assignment Three-Step Writing Process:
This is an outline of the three-step writing process, which should apply to your analysis of a case study. Answer the case questions related to each step directly on this form. For the three-step process questions, you may use short phrases and sentences for your answers. Then add a page break, and write your response as directed in the case study and save the document as one file.
Analyze the Situation
What is your general purpose? The general purpose is to inform consumers that Carter’s, which is among the companies that switched to tagless labels, is aware of complaints related to skin irritation allegedly due to tagless labels. Thus, the company would like to alert customers of potential irritation on children with sensitive skin.
What is your specific purpose? The specific purposes include, to inform: (1) consumers that only specific items manufactured during fall of 2007 will be affected, (2) that of the…
Week 4 Group Project Informal Analytical Report 5 Pages-Single Space
Your team is to write a brief informal report (approx. 2 single-spaced pages, 500-750 words, plus references) on the background of the company you have chosen to solicit with your sales letter. Do NOT write solely about the background of your targeted company but also focus on why you think this company could benefit from Kelly Services. The report should be directed to people who write sales letters (typically marketing). When the team has completed the report, one person from each team is to submit the agreed upon informal report to the Dropbox. Additionally, each team member is to submit the team participation memo…..
As a billion dollar food and beverage company, PepsiCo Inc. boasts of huge product lines ranging from bottled drinks to chips to healthy snacks that provide suitable and pleasurable nourishment to consumers worldwide. With its commitment to provide healthy food options to consumers, PepsiCo also gives importance to sustainable growth through its Performance with Purpose program as it looks for ways to reduce environmental impact through energy and water consumption and packaging volume. With almost 200,000 employees at its helm, the company makes its presence felt in more than 200 countries as it embraces a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Kelly Services is global outsourcing firms that can help PepsiCo address possible workforce shortages or improve employee…
Week 5 Group Project Sales Letter with Visual Aid 3 Pages-Single Space
Using the information about the company you gathered during week four and the information about Kelly Services from the website and the case study, write a 1-2 page sales letter which includes a visual aid to a decision-maker at the company your team researched and convince him/her to use Kelly Services. The sales letter should focus on the features and benefits that Kelly can offer to your targeted company and should include a visual aid….
Kelly Services belongs in the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies and is a leader in providing workforce solutions. Similar to PepsiCo Inc., Kelly Services is geographically dispersed as we provide temporary staffing services to over 46 countries globally. We have more than 560,000 employees ready for deployment on temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire basis. We are not for…
Week 6 Formal Report 5 Pages-Single Space
In week 6, your assignment should include the following:
A table of contents using formal report formatting. (Note that page numbers are not necessary this week, as you will not have written the actual report yet. Page numbers should be added next week, though, when you complete the report.)
The table of contents should include first- and second-level headings, like the example on page 437 in chapter 15.
Include an introductory section featuring the following four parts (see page 439 in chapter 15 for an example.
Purpose, Scope, and Limitations
Sources and Methods
Identify at least six credible sources you will use in your proposal in the “Sources and Methods” section.
Use formal report formatting.
Be free of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
INTRODUCTION (Choosing Career)
Finding the perfect career option may take a lot of time considering the many possibilities and available opportunities these days. Whether the individual is leaving school, facing unemployment, or like many others who are looking for opportunities to shift careers, the best time to look for options is now. By learning how and…
The purpose of this report is to come up with at least two career options that are in demand today. Considering the world economy, including the trends and advances in technology and the healthcare industries, the report will focus on the job of technical writers and compare it with registered nurses career….
Week 8 Formal Report 13 Pages-Single Space Received 250/250 Points
In week 8, your assignment should contain the following:
Be formatted as a formal report, following the guidelines for formal reports in the text (including the guidelines for headings and subheadings found on pages 435-448);
Include appropriate prefatory, text, and supplemental parts (The formal report should contain appropriate prefatory, text, and supplemental parts, including the following: a cover and/or title page; a letter of transmittal; a table of contents; the four-part Introductory Section from week 6; appropriately labeled body sections; and appendices, such as the client interview and list of references. Your report does not need to contain all of these parts, but should contain most of them.);
Fully answer the question of what career would you recommend to an employee, client or professional contact. The word count for the intro, body, and conclusion should be 1250-1750 words);
Use at least six credible researched sources appropriately and effectively;
Include proper documentation using APA style (both in-text and end-of-text citations–please check your work using turnitin.com); and
Be free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
Note: Visual aids are entirely appropriate for this kind of report, but they are not required. If you decide to use visual aids, be certain to adhere to the standards we have studied previously in this course.
In these changing economic times, it is important to be able to identify the best career option for students or employees who intend to shift to another career. For this report, the technical writer job and registered nurse position were compared. Although they come from different industries, the path to becoming a technical writer and a registered nurse are almost…
ENGL 227 Discussions ALL 7 Week Posted by ALL Students 321 Pages
Week 1 Discussion 1 Process-Oriented Writing 25 Pages
What does it mean to use a “process-oriented approach” in writing? Why is this approach advantageous?
Week 1 Discussion 2 Formatting Business Messages 23 Pages
Consider successful business messages you’ve received, either as a professional or a customer. How did the formatting of those messages affect their level of success?
Week 2 Discussion 1 Positive and Neutral Messages 25 Pages
Most messages we write in the workplace fall into the category of positive or neutral communications. Examples include routine requests, informative or good news announcements, replies to inquiries, messages granting claims, letters of recommendation, and general goodwill messages. What are some strategies for writing these common types of messages successfully?
Week 2 Discussion 2 Electronic Communication 25 Pages
Your office is moving to a new location. Your colleague, David Burke, is not a strong writer, and he knows that you have recently taken a professional writing seminar. He approached you this morning and asked, “Can you read this draft? I know it’s a mess, but I’m swamped with the upcoming move. I want to e-mail it to everyone tomorrow. Can you let me know exactly what’s wrong with it and maybe rewrite it for me?
Week 3 Discussion 1 Negative Messages 25 Pages
Sometimes, people writing in a professional context must create negative messages, such as a letter of termination, a press release regarding a company error, a denial of a claim, or a poor performance review. When you write such a negative message, what are your objectives? What are some strategies you can use to write the negative message effectively?
Week 3 Discussion 2 Collaborative Writing 24 Pages
Identify some pros and cons involved with writing in teams. What are some strategies teams can use to successfully write together?
Week 4 Discussion 1 Diversity Issues in Professional Writing 22 Pages
Valuing diversity is commonly regarded as a virtue in today’s business world. Why is diversity an important value? What are some strategies we can use to reflect the value of diversity in our written work?
Week 4 Discussion 2 Report Writing 20 Pages
What are some different types of reports you are likely to write in your career? What are some strategies for creating well-written, effective reports?
Week 5 Discussion 1 Persuasive Messages 23 Pages
As you know by this point in our studies, the best way to approach writing any type of business message is to use a three-step process that includes planning, writing, and revising. Explain which strategies in each of these three steps we can apply when writing persuasive messages in particular.
Week 5 Discussion 2 Visual Aids 20 Pages
Using common software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, users can create a multitude of different types of graphs, including pie charts, line graphs, flow charts, and Gantt charts. Which factors weigh into the decision to choose a particular type of graph or chart? Once you choose a type, how can you ensure that it is clear, readable, and ethical?
Week 6 Discussion 1 Planning Formal Reports 22 Pages
One important part of planning a formal report is conducting research. What are some strategies business writers can use to conduct quality research? How else can we apply planning stage techniques and strategies to the planning of a formal report?
Week 6 Discussion 2 Formatting Formal Reports 21 Pages
Read the example report in Chapter 15 on pages 435-448, paying close attention to how the report is formatted and organized. (Note that this report shows both MLA and APA citations; in the reports you are writing, you will need to use APA citations.) How does the formatting and organization of a formal report differ from the formats we’ve practiced in other types of business writing?
Week 7 Discussion 1 Adapting Reports for an Audience 23 Pages
In Chapter 14, review the reports shown in Figures 14.2 to 14.3 on pages 410-412. Give specific examples of how each of these reports establishes a good relationship with the audience. Consider such components as taking the “you” attitude, emphasizing the positive, establishing credibility, being polite, using bias-free language, using visual aids, and projecting a good company image. How will you exhibit these qualities in your formal report assignment?
Week 7 Discussion 2 Review of Professional Writing Standards 21 Pages
Class, once again, read through our 11 course TCOs. Which objectives do you think will be most important in your future career? Do you have any remaining questions about any of our objectives? Let’s take this opportunity to review any concepts about which you may still have questions, as well as discuss how you will apply them to your professional writing as you advance in your career.