ELE 3907 Structured Writing for Effective Communication

ELE 3907 Structured Writing for Effective Communication

Course code: 
ELE 3907
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Yanique Fletcher
Course name in Norwegian: 
Structured Writing for Effective Communication
Product category: 
Bachelor - Programme Electives
2025 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Communication is central to business operations. Organizations are created, operated, and managed by actors who negotiate their role in the world through communicative processes that aim to achieve mutual understanding. Skillful communication is recognized as being a critical success factor in business operations. Regularly appearing as the top three qualities that major employers look for in business school graduates are “written communication,” alongside “critical thinking” and “verbal communication” skills.

In 2020, 306.4 billion emails were delivered daily, and by 2025, it will be 376.4 billion emails. Business communication in the 21st century is transnational and multicultural and is conducted largely via email. How masterful are you in your writing skills? How competent are you in concise, effective written communication within a professional, multidimensional multinational environment? Do you find yourself sending five emails when one properly written email would have sufficed?  How do you best use social media in today’s business environment? Business writing has many different needs, starting with initiating job applications and requests for references and continuing with industry-appropriate correspondence and communication on the job. In this class, we will craft skillfully written communication with customers, business associates, and prospective clients across spaces in given industries within the proper format, language, and pragmatics (word choice and meaning). 

This course will help you to develop the writing skills required in modern global business. Through the analysis of realistic business models, students will work on techniques for writing effective emails, letters, memos, proposals, and reports and working with social media. Students will develop their writing through language skills, working on specific grammar, punctuation, style, and usage needs. Focus will be given to structure, genre, formality, and specific language required for each genre presented and studied.

Course literature will focus on current research of the pragmatic and sociolinguistic backgrounds to the writing by reflecting on the audience and audience perception, how different cultures, genders, and backgrounds may interpret the same writing in different ways, and how to present yourself through your writing to communicate within this complex social backdrop. Within this context, we will also consider the role of English as a lingua franca and what that may mean for your writing.

You will develop your writing through the prism of each weekly genre (e.g., email, report, letters) and sociolinguistic focus (i.e., how genders communicate, how the communication styles are perceived by others, communicating across cultures) to become more sensitive to the sociolinguistic landscape underpinning your writing. Students will work with one-way communication (e.g., reports, memos, proposals) and dialogic writing (e.g., emails, letters, social media) and blending these concepts within genres.

This practical learn-as-you-do course is designed to develop students writing structure, grammar, punctuation, and mastery of pragmatics and meaning through intensive writing, individual feedback, and editing. 

Attendance is vital for successful learning outcomes and completion of the portfolio assessment.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

This course seeks to prepare students for competent, efficient, and effective professional communication in the business world.

During the course, students shall:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge and awareness of audience, structure, and organization. 
  • Acquire advanced knowledge and awareness of English grammar and punctuation.
  • Develop awareness and command of different genres, i.e., persuasive writing, intercultural considerations, and dialogic writing.
  • Work with tools and resources to support writing. 
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing course students shall be able to:

  • Edit own writing
  • Write more accurately, clearly, and concisely
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in writing
  • Manage the principles of English grammar and usage
  • Structure writing appropriately
  • Work within different registers and genres
  • Reflect on and write to the needs of the audience
General Competence

Students shall be able to function effectively in daily work situations and demonstrate a mastery of writing: English grammar, punctuation, writing organization, persuasive writing, intercultural considerations, and dialogic writing.

Course content
  • Weekly written assignments
  • Weekly in-class writing tasks
  • Peer feedback and Self-assessment
  • Learning through the writing process: write, edit, revise
  • Written communication analysis
  • Technology’s role in writing
  • Writing for appropriate situations and media
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving in writing
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Writing styles and genres
  • Considerations in writing – culture, medium, and purpose
  • Professional writing errors and blunders
  • Maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of written communication
  • Metacognition communication
  • Small group activities
Teaching and learning activities

This course will be conducted with 22 lectures in plenary sessions, including weekly writing assignments and revisions.

Students must participate in lectures and complete all writing assignments. This practical course uses the writing process of writing and discussion, which requires class participation and writing of both drafts and revisions.

Class participation requirements

Classes are designed to be interactive - small group activities, student-led discussions, writing, and peer feedback. Attendance and participation in class is expected. Students will develop their portfolios throughout the semester in an intense writing and feedback process:

  • Weekly writing tasks and revisions with peer and teacher-led formative assessment
  • In-class writing tasks
  • Written reflection blog
Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Software and hardware tools: The tools used are Microsoft Word, Laptop/tablet (not phone), and Its Learning.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participants should have a good command of written English.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Portfolio Assessment PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
1 Semester(s)
The final portfolio submission will include new original writing pieces and specific writing samples documenting the writing journey - starting from original drafts to versions with peer and professor feedback - culminating in the final revisions.

Details will be provided in class.

Re-sits will have to follow the current semester's course content and thus follow the current semester's course schedule.
Exam code: 
ELE 39071
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Portfolio assessment
Total weight: 
Student workload
39 Hour(s)
Participation in lectures (3-hour class)
28 Hour(s)
Workshops (2-hour class)
Prepare for teaching
115 Hour(s)
Preparatory reading and work for lectures and workshops
Student's own work with learning resources
165 Hour(s)
Draft writing and revision
30 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
23 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.