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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Effective business writing, including memos, emails, reports, etc.
Academic report 10%
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This course is for ALL students preparing for careers in business. This particular course is offered by
the School of Hotel and Tourism and our aim is to help all business students develop strong writing
and speaking skills. The emphasis in Expository Business Writing is on creating clear, concise and
correct messages for audiences who are generally receptive, but busy. No matter what your career
path is, learning these skills is essential to your professional development and advancement. In fact,
The Wall Street Journal regularly prints articles on the fact that the #1 skill employers are looking for
is communication skills.
Assignments focus on documents students are most likely to use in the workplace soon after
graduation (e.g. letters, memoranda, and short oral and written reports). The course emphasizes a
direct pattern of organization with the main point (or thesis) towards the beginning as the most
suitable structure for the vast majority of business messages. Students are taught to use clear, concise,
correct, and unambiguous language and to avoid unnecessary jargon and inflated vocabulary.
Written Assignment 1
15% Learn to apply standard memo format,
language standards, and message organization.
Written Assignment 2
Complaint Letter Response
20% Distinguish between direct and indirect
approaches to writing sensitive messages.
Written Assignment 3
25% Learn to work in a group as well as compile a
formal report that requires research.
Group Report Oral Presentation
10% Learn to capture audience attention and
structure an effective presentation.
Mid-term Test 20% Apply principles and concepts both learned in
class and from the readings.
Class Participation 10% Include attendance, active particip
Written Assignment 1 15%
Written Assignment 2 20%
Written Assignment 3 25%
Oral Presentation 10%
Mid-term Test 20%
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