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Lecture Notes | 9/22

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Lecture Notes | 9/22 100W


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Introductory lecture on how to do well in the class, writing rules, and the Paramedic Method
Management writing and communication
Dr. Beehler
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by zuhreenuh on Monday September 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 100W at University of California Riverside taught by Dr. Beehler in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Management writing and communication in Business at University of California Riverside.


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Date Created: 09/26/16
BUS 100W | Lecture Notes | Thursday, September 22, 2016 How to do well in the class: Attend lecture, discussions, & Lectures: Follow the textbook writing seminars (4 per quarter) closely Discussions: More intimate environment to go over seminars and The Economist Seminars: Writing techniques Take notes Review notes regularly Review previous lecture notes before coming to class Submit assignments on time Avoid penalties for late work: Essays: 5% per academic day Quizzes: No make-ups Other work: 5% per academic day Take advantage of office hours Office: OLMH 2331 Hours: T/R 7:30 am – 8:00 am, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, or by appointment Study for the midterm Thursday, November 10th (50 points, multiple choice, true/false, based on lecture and texts) Read all assignments and Read assigned chapters before class syllabus Problems can occur in a number of ways:  Too little or too much communication  Problems w/ communication among coworkers  Verbal communication is not as permanent as written communication RULE: Simple and direct is best, without being abrupt.  People are busy  Less time to read  Explain info as quickly as possible RULE: Beware of "to be" verbs and use them sparingly.  Is, am, are, was, were, will be  Convey as much ACTION as possible w/ word and diction  EXAMPLE: He is in the state of demonstrating interest in the material.  “He engages the concept.” RULE: Beware of prepositions.  Of, by, near, around, in, over, toward  Preposition - A word that creates a relationship in time, distance, or space.  EXAMPLE: He is in the state of demonstrating interest in the material. RULE: Beware of replicating words, especially prepositions. BUS 100W | Lecture Notes | Thursday, September 22, 2016  From previous example: "in the state" and "in the material" The Paramedic Method (PM) 1. Circle prepositions and [strongly] consider their removal. 1. Circle "to be" forms and consider action verbs. 1. Ask "whom is kicking whom"—find subject (doing action) and object (receiving action), then clarify them. 1 Remember typical word order of an English sentence: subject, verb, object. 1 Start fast and only include what is necessary. Why do we write?  To reinforce confidence  Problem: Wordiness  To work out our ideas  Problem: Partial thoughts, ideas not fully developed  As a function of ego  Problem: Existential issue, wordiness  As a form of denial or to obscure action  Problem: Reliance on jargon, dense prose, wordiness  To show off prowess—we have something to prove  Problem: bizarre phrasing Example: The intellectual appreciation of the difficulty was not up to the reality.  “We did not know.”


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