WRT 2080: Introduction to Professional Writing
Oakland University, Winter 2021
CRN: 12753


Dr. Jim Nugent, PhD




Course Description

WRT 2080 is an introduction to the field of professional writing. It examines the theories, practices, technologies and ethics of professional writing in the workplace. Grounded in rhetorical theory, this course prepares students to write effectively in a variety of contexts, examines the professional identity of professional writers, and prepares students to consider the social and ethical responsibilities of professional writing in practice. 4 hours.

Prerequisite: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

Course Goals

Students in WRT 2080 will:

Required Texts

Readings will be provided.

Course Policies

Major Assignments

There will be four major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar. You must complete all of these assignments to receive a passing grade. The assignments are as follows:

  1. Rhetorical Analysis Project
  2. Health Communication Project
  3. Research Report Assignment
  4. Professional Portfolio


I will give letter grades (A–F) for all major assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Rhetorical Analysis Project


Health Communication Project


Research Report Assignment


Professional Portfolio


Other Assignments, Activities, and Reflections

ADA Notice

Students with documented disabilities should inform the professor of required accommodations during the first week of classes. Please contact Oakland University’s Disability Support Services office for assistance: