Professional Writing In the Workplace

Course aims

Professional writing in the workplace reflects rhetorical constraints associated with three professions—engineering, administration, and technical writing. Engineering writing responds to professional values of scientific objectivity and professional judgment as well as to corporate interests. Administrative writing reflects decisionmaking authority and promotes institutional identity. Technical writing accommodates audience needs through complying with professional readability standards.

Target group

Doctoral students, young researchers


B1/B1+ (level of English)

Course content
Students learn and practice the mindset and skill set associated with professional writing to communicate and interpret technical data so that their administrative managers could act appropriately. The module teaches students to think in ways that cross disciplinary lines and to demonstrate accomplishment in multiple genres of writing, rhetoric and technical communication.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:
  • differenciate between technical communication and general communication;
  • identify differences between engineering, administration, and technical writing;
  • better understand how professional writing is framed and interpreted in organizational settings;
  • communicate and interpret technical data intended for administrative managers.

  • Elena Bazanova, PhD, associate professor

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

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