Writing for Information Systems Management
Description: This seven-week course maximizes your writing skills by challenging you to assess specific professional communication situations, develop workable strategies, and implement those strategies to write clearly, confidently, and convincingly. We work to develop your skills using activities and assignments that replicate the writing challenges you are likely to face in the corporate world. The course also familiarizes you with the rhetorical tools that inform the habits of highly-skilled workplace writers, and provides a collegial, dynamic, and immersive environment in which to practice using them. In line with the Heinz College Master of Information Systems (MISM) program mission to blend technical and leadership skills that will equip you to transform organizations through technology, this course will refine your ability to communicate efficiently and persuasively in writing. Topics include: implementing effective writing strategies for job applications, writing with impact on LinkedIn and social media, developing persuasive writing strategies for busy corporate executive readers, using strategic organizational patterns and concise word choices, creating descriptive headings and visually appealing document layouts. Assignments focus on your ability to communicate a compelling professional narrative to potential employers, and your ability to effectively manage and articulate a complex business decision-making process. This course assumes proficiency in English, and is not designed to provide instruction in basic elements of grammar and usage. You are responsible for utilizing Canvas resources, on-line tools, and on-campus communication services to achieve professional standards of proficiency in grammar, mechanics, and style in all assignments for this course.
Learning Outcomes: - Differentiate the format and style of professional writing from personal and academic writing - Determine the purpose and scope of the message - Distinguish between essential versus non-essential information - Target writing to particular readers, rather than preparing generic material - Demonstrate writing as a tool to build and maintain professional relationships - Communicate complex, data-heavy topics accurately using specific, plain language - Maintain a logical structure through calculated organizational methods - Format headings, lists, data, citations, and visuals with a focus on precision and consistency - Create efficiently phrased, actionable communications for use in a workplace - Edit documents thoroughly prior to distribution