After a full semester of learning about professional writing skills, it was time to put them to the test. The professional report covered every course objective. I have listed them below:
- analyze and produce writing genres according to the rhetorical situation of workplace contexts
- create professional documents that use plain English principles (to targeted audience)
- conduct research to create content for a variety of professional documents (memos, letters, reports, etc.
- create professional documents that use design principles
- practice oral communication skills to present content effectively (enhanced with multimedia tools)
- participate productively in collaborative projects
I collaborated with two fellow students from ENGL 470 on a project aimed at making a college website more accessible to students. We created a professional report and transformed it into a PowerPoint presentation, which we presented to the ENGL 470 class. Our presentation included various design principles, such as formatting skills, images, logos, headers, bullet points, and graphs to make the content engaging and easy to follow. To conduct research, we evaluated various higher education websites for their accessibility. Additionally, we applied techniques such as AIDA and persuasive grammar, which we had learned in class, to accomplish our second objective. The completion of this document required a rhetorical situation, which we created by presenting ourselves as KAS consulting firm, hired to evaluate Long.