WRT 2080: Introduction to Professional Writing
Oakland University, Winter 2018
CRN: 13839
TR 8:00–9:47 a.m.
Wilson Hall 400A


Jim Nugent




378 O'Dowd Hall


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. Working Writers Project
  2. Instructions Project
  3. Research Report Assignment
  4. Portfolio


I will give numeric grades (0.0, 1.0–4.0) for all graded assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Working Writers Project


Rhetorical Analysis Project


Instructions Project


Research Report Assignment




Other Assignments, Activities, and Reflections


Social Practices—This grade will reflect:

  • your contributions to class discussions, peer review activities, online activities, and group projects;
  • your commitment to submitting timely and complete work;
  • your ethos as a respectful citizen of the classroom and as a thoughtful rhetor in class-related communication; and
  • your capacity for successful collaboration with others.

Needless to say, if you are not in class, you are not doing many of these things, so this grade will also be a partial reflection of your attendance.

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: