Business Editing Skills

Course Number: OS 220
Transcript Title: Business Editing Skills
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into CAS 216 or instructor permission


Placement into WR 121, keyboard by touch

Course Description

Develops skills necessary for editing, transcribing, and writing memos, letters and email. Emphasis: punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and word use. Recommended: Placement into WR 121, keyboard by touch. Prerequisites: Placement into CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Use correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and word usage when editing, transcribing, or writing business documents.
  2. Think critically to produce mailable documents.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course. Assessment tasks may include:

  • Objective tests
  • Performance tests at the computer
  • Homework assignments
  • Other assessment methods may also be used

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Apply grammar and punctuation rules to business documents
  • Use reference materials
  • Develop a business vocabulary
  • Use proofreader marks when editing
  • Produce mailable business documents
  • Must include at least one of the following:
    • Document transcription using a transcribing machine and tapes
    • Document composition at the computer keyboard
    • Document transcription from live dictation

Competencies, Skills

  • Apply proofreading techniques when creating, editing, or transcribing business documents.
  • Consult a reference manual and dictionary to find answers to language usage questions.
  • Analyze personal language usage errors.
  • Demonstrate proper operating techniques when using a transcription machine to transcribe business documents (optional).