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This week's lecture

1. Introduction: Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences; Business Letters

2. Writing Well

4. English Grammar:
    Part 1: Common Problems
    Part 2: Sentences, Modifiers & Appositives
    Part 3: Punctuation & Spelling
    Part 4: Irregular Verbs & Other Problems

5. Audiences

6. Technical Definitions & Descriptions

7. Technical Explanations & Instructions

8. Writing Styles

9. The Job Search: Letter, Résumé & Personal Statement

10. Science Communication

11. Brainstorming

12. Persuasive Writing

13. Research ReportsProposals

14. Annotated BibliographiesAPA Style

15. Writing for the Web & Social Media

16. Message Design
      Part 1: Design Principles
      Part 2: Typography
      Part 3: Color & Illustration

17. Law & Ethics

Review for Exam

Resources for grammar and professional writing

  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, http://www.grammarbook.com/
  • The Brief Penguin Handbook with Exercises 4th ed., Lester Faigley, 2012.
  • Cambridge Grammar of English, Cambridge University Press: 2007.
  • GrammarBook.com, http://www.grammarbook.com.
  • Harbrace College Handbook, 12th ed., John C. Hodges, ed., 1995.
  • Harbrace College Handbook, 13th ed., with 1998 MLA Style Manual Updates, John C. Hodges, et al., 1998.
  • The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th ed., Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gray, Wadsworth, 2012.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), with MLA and APA guides: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/.