Business Editing

Course Number: OS 220
Transcript Title: Business Editing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 20, 2019
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



WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Develops skills necessary for proofreading, editing, formatting, and writing memos, letters and email. Emphasis on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and word use. Recommended: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisites: CAS 216, CAS 121 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Proofread documents for correct grammar and word usage for the occasion and setting.
  2. Use correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and word usage when editing, transcribing, or writing business documents.
  3. Produce professional documents according to current business standards.
  4. Use reference resources for research, proofreading and editing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: open-ended assignments, journal reflections, self-assessment, professional plan, group projects, and assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • grammar and punctuation rules to business documents
  • Apply Use reference materials
  • Develop a business vocabulary
  • Use proofreader marks when editing
  • Produce mailable business documents

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.
  • Use electronic document editing techniques.