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TCID 261 Business Writing

This course focuses on effective, persuasive communication within and between business organizations, from the perspective of employees and of managers. Students learn to critically analyze communication strategies, organizational cultures and common business texts, such as memos, reports and case studies; they learn to select quality data from primary and secondary sources; and they write and edit letters, memos, reports and studies in situations that simulate the complexities of small companies and global corporations.


Special information

Note: Formerly known as WRIT 261. Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for TCID courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites. Contact CWA Advising at 651.999.5965 for information.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 4, 2021 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Able to analyze and evaluate audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Be able to create visuals such as tables, graphs, bar charts, and pie charts.
  • Conceptualize, write, revise, and edit effective business documents, including memos, emails, letters, resumes, cover letters, research reports, designed documents, instructions, proposals, short reports, and the long report.
  • Have experience making an oral presentation with accompanying presentation and software slides.
  • Know how to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Recognize the ethical implications of business communication.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Business Writing Shackelford, Luke Books for TCID-261-50 Spring 2024 Course details for TCID-261-50 Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Business Writing Sadler, Victoria Books for TCID-261-50 Summer 2024 Course details for TCID-261-50 Summer 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Business Writing Sadler, Victoria Books for TCID-261-50 Fall 2024 Course details for TCID-261-50 Fall 2024