Details of the Professional Writing Programme

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    The term "Professional Writing" refers to those documents currently written by business personnel, scientists,
technologists, and documentation specialists. Among these forms are reports, proposals, journal articles,
newsletters, manuals, memoranda and letters. During the course of the program, students are encouraged to
explore the application of computer technology to the design of these documents. 

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I have completed (or am currently enrolled in) the following courses:

LIN200H Introduction to Language 
A general-interest course on language. The structure of language; the social and psychological aspects of
language; how language changes over time, with special reference to the history of English. Also origin of
language, writing systems, and language acquisition. [26L, 13T] 
Exclusion: LIN100Y 

PHL100Y Logic, Knowledge, and Reality 
An introduction to philosophy, emphasizing logic, theory of knowledge, and metaphysics. Elementary techniques
of modern symbolic logic and problems in inductive logic and probability. What can be known with certainty? 
What is reality? Are there limits to knowledge? [78L] 
Exclusion: PHL101Y,102Y, PHI103Y(G), 104Y(G),105Y(G)

PHL247H Rhetoric and Reasoning 
The area of informal logic-the logic of ordinary language, usually non-deductive. Criteria for the critical
assessment of arguments as strong or merely persuasive. Different types of argument and techniques of
refutation; their use and abuse. [39L] 
Exclusion: TRN200H

WRI203H Expressive Writing 
This course offers theory and practice in expressive prose, the most basic prose mode. Expressive writing
emphasizes the writer's self-expression. Writers learn to select styles and forms appropriate to their personal
meaning and purpose. The course covers writing and editing skills and communication techniques. Weekly
assignments demonstrate how expressive elements operate in various prose forms: personal narratives,
arguments, evaluations, interviews, reports. [26L, 13P] 

WRI205H Organizational Communication
This course offers students the theory, strategies, and practice of communication within organizations and with the
public. The course features frequent writing assignments. [26L, 13P] 

WRI305H Professional Writing and Computer Communications
The course examines theories and practices of communication, composition, language, rhetoric, and design to
guide students in analyzing and producing texts in electronic media. [26L]
Prerequisite: WRI203H/205H or permission of the instructor.

WRI310H Social and Professional Languages 
The course takes an analytical and critical perspective on English by approaching it through its social
users--ethnic groups, genders, and social classes--and its contextualized usages--the languages of Canadian
publishing, advertising, law, technical communications, academe and the electronic media. The course explores
the functions of these languages and the roles of such forces as dictionaries, social change, and the new
communications technologies in the evolution of these languages. [26L, 13P] 
Prerequisite: 9.0 FCE

WRI307H Science and Writing 
This interdisciplinary course is designed for science students and for humanities and social science students. The
course examines scientific writing, journalistic writing about science, and the rhetoric of science and technology.
Science students will explore issues in writing for other scientists and writing for audiences not trained in the
sciences. Humanities and social science students will examine the practice of researching and writing about
scientific issues such as health and the environment in humanistic and journalistic publications. A background in
sciences is not necessary. [26L, 13P]
Prerequisite: WRI203H/205H/P.I. 

WRI390H/391H Independent Studies 
A research/writing project chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty member. The student will produce
a substantial body of writing (30-60 pages) on a professional writing and communications issues. The project
supervisor will be chosen in consultation with the Program Coordinator. Open only to Professional Writing
students with a B+ average in at least three Professional Writing courses.
Prerequisite: 10.0 or more FCE and permission of Program Coordinator
NB: You can read my project, Hello World, A Practical introduction to Computer Programming in my online portfolio.


I have yet to complete the following courses:

CSC494H Computer Science Project
This half-course involves a significant project in any area of Computer Science. The project may be undertaken individually or in small groups. The course is offered by arrangement with a Computer Science faculty member.
Prerequisite: Three 300-level Computer Science half-courses, a CGPA of 3.00 (2.50 for students in a CSC program), and permission of the Undergraduate Coordinator