SFSU College of Business | BUS 714 - Elements of Business Writing

Fall 2021 | Sections: 01Z (11967) 2-4:45 pm & 02Z (11970) 6:30-9:15 pm Tuesdays

Office Hours: Zoom meetings by appointment: Wednesdays 12-2 pm

Email: gchrist@sfsu.edu 

Week 9

Unit 3 Introduction: Definition-based claims & the Toulmin model

Tuesday, October 19

SUBMIT:
  • Cover Letter FINAL (1 p min/max)  (iLearn)

READ & WATCH:

Toulmin Midterm Essay - Assignment Description

EA Chapter 7  pp 143-163 on Toulmin argumentation

EA Chapter 9 "Arguments of Definition" pp 197-223

Toulmin Argument  (YouTube)

STUDY:

The Toulmin Model - Reading A

The Toulmin Model - Reading B

Definition/Toulmin Argument - Sample practice 1​

Definition/Toulmin Argument - Sample practice 2

LESSON:

Structuring arguments of definition & the Toulmin model



Week 10

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Tuesday, October 26
READ:

NYT "Libel Law" opinion piece

NYT "Sex Education" opinion piece

STUDY:

Definition/Toulmin - Exercise Description

GMAT sample questions

EXERCISE:

Group work: Outlining a Toulmin argument

Week 11

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Tuesday, November 2
SUBMIT:
  • Logical Fallacies QUIZ  (iLearn)

  • Definition/Toulmin Exercise  (iLearn)

READ:

EA Chapter 5 "Fallacies of Argument"  pp 79-95

EA Chapter 6 "Rhetorical Analysis"  pp 97-130

Trump speech transcript  (web excerpt)

WATCH:

Analyzing Trump  (web)

10 Logical Fallacies  (YouTube)

Deduction & Induction  (YouTube)

STUDY:

15 Logical Fallacies  (web)

15 Common Logical Fallacies  (web)

Thinking Logically: Deduction & Induction  (web)

REVIEW:

Tips for writing timed essays

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly  (YouTube)

LESSON:

Logical fallacies practice & review

Week 12
  Online midterm exam - No In-class meeting this week  

Tuesday, November 9

SUBMIT:

  • Definition/Toulmin ESSAY (timed in course, 700 words min)  (iLearn)

Dates & Deadlines

First day of class: Aug 24

Labor Day recess: Sept 6

Add/Drop deadline: Sept 13

Veteran's Day recess: Nov 11

Thanksgiving recess: Nov 22-26

Withdraw deadline: Nov 15

Last day of class: Dec 7

Last day of term: Dec 17