Official Description

4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Concepts and principles of effective written communication: audience, purpose, organization, and style. Emphasis on business documents commonly produced by professionals (e.g., project and business plans, reports, status updates, proposals, analyses). Pre-writing and re-writing processes, including self-editing to enhance clarity, conciseness, and coherence. Audio-recorded instructor feedback.


Supplementary Information

10 weeks: 30 hours of in-class instruction; 15 hours of assignments (45 hours).

Topics Covered

  • The writing process: planning, composing, and revising
  • Analyzing your audience
  • Choosing channels and structuring documents for maximum impact
  • Writing in teams
  • Controlling and clarifying your message: grammar, mechanics, self-editing

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to enable you to:

  • Write effective business documents tailored to specific purposes, audiences, and contexts
  • Prepare a variety of business documents (such as proposals, business plans, and reports) using appropriate headings, layout, and format
  • Write business messages that meet readers' informational needs
  • Build goodwill by using direct and indirect written communication strategies
  • Communicate strategically in a variety of business situations
  • Provide rational support for your claims or arguments
  • Collaborate with others to write and edit documents
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation, and mechanics

Section(s) offered

Section Title
Professional Writing in Business
Language of Delivery
6:00PM to 9:00PM
May 25, 2020 to Jul 27, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Downtown, Montreal
Delivery Format(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $1,014.80
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 30, 2020 to Jun 01, 2020
Transfer Request Deadline
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 30, 2020 to Jul 27, 2020
Section Notes

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy for Professional Writing in Business (YCCM 208):

  • If you cancel your registration prior to the start date of the course, you will receive a full refund of the course fee.
  • If you cancel your registration prior to the start of the second class, the course fee will be refunded minus a $20.00 cancellation fee.
  • If you withdraw from the course at any time after the start of the second class, no refund will be issued, and a grade of "W" will appear on your McGill Record of Study.
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