Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from B 320 to BUS 301. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Outcomes

In this course, you will learn to do the following:

  1. Understand how to craft writing to fit the needs of various audiences.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to the writing process.
  3. Gain fundamental skills in composition, editing, and rhetoric.
  4. Demonstrate coherent, clear, and cogent business writing in a variety of genres.
  5. Produce quality writing and explain what makes it effective.

Course Description

Advanced Writing in Professional Contexts introduces you to the fundamentals of rhetorical principles and writing practices using a number of typical business situations. During the course, you will produce effective business letters, memos, reports, and employment packages. This will prepare you for the demands of careers that require significant time reading, drafting, and revising written communication.


  • FDENG 101
  • 22 credits completed

Required Materials

  • Access to a computer with an internet connection and appropriate technical setup.
    • Test your setup by following the instructions in the Technical Setup section of the Orientation to Online Learning page found in Week 01 of the course.
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software.
    • If you do not already have access to this software, you may download it for free from the BYU-I University Store.

Required Accounts

  • You will be required to have a LinkedIn account and create content for that account. LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network.
  • You will be required to create a NoRedInk account for your weekly grammar quiz.
  • Instructions for creating both accounts are located within the course.

Course Structure

  • Navigate each weekly module from the top down.
    • Pay attention to due dates and schedule your study time throughout the week accordingly.
  • Each week contains the following:
    • NoRedInk includes a lesson, optional practice, and a required graded quiz. NoRedInk is set up by your instructor, who will provide you with a password for his or her NoRedInk classroom. Your quiz grades in NoRedInk will be imported into I-Learn by your instructor at the end of the semester.
    • Study materials
      • Contain slide presentations, readings, videos, and optional resources that introduce the week.
    • Weekly writing assignments
      • These assignments, along with the peer-review assignments, are designed to teach you basic and foundational writing skills for the business world.
    • Portfolio Assignments
      • These assignments, along with the peer-review assignments, will help you understand and complete your personal business portfolio.
    • Quizzes
      • Each week you will complete a NoRedInk unit.

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

As in all BYU-Idaho courses, the framework of this course is founded on the BYUI Learning Model. It utilizes the following elements: Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder and Prove. Those elements will be implemented in the following ways:


This occurs individually as you study resources and prepare drafts of written assignments.

Teach One Another

Interacting with others to discuss course content provides an opportunity to deepen your understanding of writing principles. In each week of the course, you will teach one another by reviewing your peers' writing. As you conscientiously provide and receive feedback, your writing skills will also improve.

Ponder and Prove

You will demonstrate writing proficiency in the course in the following ways:

  • Grammar quizzes
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • Weekly portfolio writing assignments

Course Expectations

The following are recommendations for success in this class:

  • The BYU-Idaho standard for the student workload in courses is 3–4 hours per week per credit hour. Thus, you should plan to spend at least nine hours per week on this course.
    • You may need to spend more, depending upon your own learning style and skill set.
  • Read all material on every course page.
  • Plan your time so that you work consistently throughout each week.
  • One of the advantages of taking a professional writing course is that the world around you is your laboratory. As you learn concepts in the course, you should apply them to course assignments, in other courses in the College of Business and Communication, and in all of your professional communication with faculty and potential employers.
  • This course also builds on itself; that is, you will be required to use previous principles and concepts in successive assignments and applications.
  • Be aware that this course uses Turnitin on most writing assignments to check your work for originality. By submitting course assignments you are implying the following:
    • You are using your own work and not plagiarizing the work of others.
    • After submitting your work, you will review the Turnitin score to ensure that any match is justified and that your assignment represents your own work.
    • If you are not comfortable with the Turnitin results, edit and resubmit your work before the due date. (Use the Help menu to obtain assistance, if needed.)

Grading Policies

You will be graded on a linear scale (not curved). An "A" requires dedication and mastery of subject matter. Just completing the minimum expectations does not denote "A" effort. You will need to take the time to study, apply, and understand these topics (such that you could teach a section of this course on your own) in order to get an "A."

Grading Scale

This course will use the following standard BYU-Idaho grading scale:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100% – 93%
A- 92% – 90%
B+ 89% – 87%
B 86% – 83%
B- 82% – 80%
C+ 79% – 77%
C 76% – 73%
C- 72% – 70%
D+ 69% – 67%
D 66% – 63%
D- 62% – 60%
F 59% – 00%

Grade Breakdown

Gradebook Item Percentage
Grammar Quizzes (NoRedInk) about 15%
Portfolio Writing Assignments about 47%
Weekly Writing Assignments about 20%
Peer Review Assignments about 18%

Late Work Policy

Late work will not be accepted. Visit the course Calendar and notice the due date patterns for this course.


Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. You can arrange to receive help from the BYU-Idaho Writing Center tutors using a variety of means: email, chat, and live conferencing. Receiving one-on-one feedback and guidance about your writing will significantly improve your ability. Tutors can help you with specific questions about a paper or a frequent problem or issue you may be encountering in your writing.

Teacher's Assistant (TA)

This course has a TA. The TA's primary responsibility will be grading the weekly writing assignments and participation in the Peer Review. You can expect to receive communication and feedback from the course TA on a regular basis. It is possible that the course instructors might give the TA additional responsibilities.  

Academic Honesty

Our mission at BYU-Idaho is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ. As such, all students (both online and campus) and employees of the university are expected to be honest in all things. "We believe in being honest." (Article of Faith 1:13)

As part of the CES Honor Code, you are expected to complete your own work for each course so your instructor can verify your knowledge and skills as he or she grades your work. Violations of the Academic Honesty policy include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Posting or sharing your course work (projects, assignments, etc.) to any other online website, through electronic communication, or any other means.
  • Obtaining another person's work and submitting all or part of it as if it was your own work.
  • Posting or sharing course materials, including but not limited to, quiz and exam questions and/or answers, or any other materials from the course.
  • Obtaining quiz and exam questions and/or answers from any other website, person, or means.

If you choose to participate in any of the above actions or other actions which violate the Academic Honesty policy, the University has the right to change your course grade to an F now or at any time in the future (and/or take other action as outlined in the policy such as suspension or expulsion from the University). This means that even if your dishonesty is not discovered until after you complete your certificate or degree, the University still has the right to change your grade and revoke your certificate or degree.

If you violate copyright laws, you may also be prosecuted for your illegal actions.

The consequences of academic dishonesty are not worth the risk and the reward for honesty is worth far more than any grade. "All who know their hearts are honest are accepted of me" (Doctrine and Covenants 97:8). Thank you for your honesty and protection of academic integrity for you and your fellow students as you complete this and future courses.

University Policies

Read the University Policies documents (found in the Course Student Resources module), which include Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, and Complaints and Grievances.

Honor Code

Following the CES Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Your commitment to live the Honor Code will contribute to the whole BYU-Idaho community. Your actions should be respectful and should foster an environment where all can feel the Spirit.

BYU-Idaho's Dress and Grooming standards apply to all students, including those taking classes online. By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, "consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." For more detailed information, see the CES Honor Code webpage.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The BYU-Idaho catalog addresses the needs for services for students with physical and academics disabilities. If you have any specific needs that relate to this policy, please discuss them with your instructor through email.

Academic Honesty

BYU-Idaho students should seek to be completely honest in all their dealings. Please review the Honor Code Agreement in the course that talks about academic integrity. Students must complete their own work and be evaluated for that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct. (BYU-Idaho Student Catalog, pg. 45, BYUI Honor Code)

The instructor will be responsible to investigate any incident of academic dishonesty or misconduct, determine the circumstances, and take appropriate action. Both intentional and unintentional plagiarism are reported to the Honor Office.

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