Business Editing

Course Number: OS 220
Transcript Title: Business Editing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 10, 2016
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

Activities may include: group discussions, reflections, quizzes, key terms and assignments, observations, portfolio work collection, final exam, and individual/group report assignment.

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.