Goodman Courses and Programs that Include Business Writing Best Practices

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Goodman Courses and Programs that Include Business Writing Best Practices


MGMT 1P93 – Principles of Business 
This course is designed not only to teach business fundamentals, but to provide students with a solid foundation in written communication. In addition, this course focuses on developing oral communication, time management, and decision-making skills that are important to academic and career success.

In the written communication part of the course, Dr. Herb MacKenzie, Professor Michael Robertson and Professor Jacqueline Glenney focus on:

  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronouns
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences
  • Parallelism
  • Punctuation (including Commas, Semi-Colons, Colons, Quotation Marks)
  • Punctuation (including Hyphens, Dashes, and Apostrophes)
  • Active Voice, Wordiness, and Colloquialisms
  • Abbreviations, Numbers, and Capitalization

Two examples of MGMT 1P93 learning points have to do with punctuation. In the example below, what does the sentence say without a missing comma?

Example One: The 15-member marching band, a drum major carrying the flag and 20 cheerleaders were all part of the parade.

Note: Without a comma after the word “flag”, Example One says that the drum major carries both the flag and the 20 cheerleaders. This is an example of the power of the comma!

In the example below, punctuation marks can give this sentence several different meanings.

Example Two: Woman without her man is nothing.

Note: This sentence is confusing the way it is written. Without punctuation marks, it could mean very different things to the reader. For example, does it mean that “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” OR does it mean “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.” Same words but different meanings. To use a real Canadian expression, punctuation marks make all the difference, eh!

The study of parts of speech, with similar examples, is an integral part of the Principles of Business course. Enhanced benefit can be derived from coupling the written communications part of MGMT 1P93 with a business writing workshop offered by Academic-Zone Learning Services.

MGMT 4P96 - Business and Society
and MGMT 4P90 - Business Strategy

Dr. Maxim Voronov presents his “Handy Guide to Writing” in both his Business and Society (MGMT 4P96) and Business Strategy (MGMT 4P90) courses. This Guide focuses on:

  • The Value of Proofreading
  • The Power of Less-is-More Writing
  • The Need to Recognize that Writing Is Not Speaking
  • How to Make a Point and Prove It
  • The Power of Short Sentences
  • The Need to Use Canadian English in Canada
  • The Best Way to Make It All Fit Together

This guide has particular value in today’s world of social networks. Lectures include discussions about the proper use of colloquial expressions, contractions, and emerging terminologies. It also focuses on how to best use computer spell checkers and how to identify content redundancies.
The “Handy Guide to Writing” provides complementarity with the written communications element of Principles of Business described above. Further benefit can also be derived from coupling this course with a business writing workshop offered by Academic-Zone Learning Services.

Graduate Business English Program

For students entering the graduate international programs (MBA (ISP)/IMAcc) the Goodman School of Business, in conjunction with Brock’s ESL Services offers a non-credit Business English program concentrating on real world examples from the North American Business environment. The program consists of four courses that emphasize business vocabulary, practice with business related materials and academic note taking skills, and business written and oral communications.

The English program takes place for four weeks in August of each year and students must achieve satisfactory standing in each course in order to begin their studies in the graduate programs. Courses include:

Professional Masters Preparation Certificate Program (PMPCP)
This two-semester program is designed to prepare international students for study in a North American Graduate School. Students gain valuable cultural and language information to help them improve their English language skills and gain confidence in academic and business situations in a Canadian context.

Courses include:

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