COMA 109 or Prose Styles is a three-unit course where you'll learn how to analyze and practice different styles employed in prose works. This skill will help you write copy in your media production, public relations and advertising, and corporate or business communication courses. While the focus is on prose styles, you will also look into rhetoric and communication. Discussion and exercises will revolve around the role of persuasion in various contexts.
Make sure you've taken and passed the Introduction to Communication Theories course before registering for Prose Styles. The class will meet twice a week (an hour and a half per session) over a 16-week period. While classified as a lecture class, you'll be doing group and individual exercises (following the recommended learner-centered approach).
By the end of the semester, you're expected to be quite adept in analyzing and practicing the styles employed in various communicative formats. Specifically, you'd be able to:
To help you meet these expectations, you may refer to the following references below:
You'll be referring to these books and other source materials as you tackle the following topics [you may download a copy of the course syllabi at the bottom of this post]:
To answer these questions, you'll be assigned readings prior to class discussions. You'll also accomplish classroom exercises (individual or group), undergo peer writing exercises, and submit a final writing project (composed of your revised output from peer writing exercises). Your final grade will be computed from the sum of percentages earned from the following:
Aside from your academic requirements, you're also expected to attend not less than 80% of class sessions. You may refer to the Student Handbook regarding policies (and corresponding penalties for violations) on attendance and other academic concerns.
Points will be deducted from written requirements submitted late. Works that are found to be plagiarized will be returned for revision (only one revision allowed). Revised works will be considered as late submissions.
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Here's a copy of our course outline:
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