BWC85 Basic Grammar Essentials and BWC95 Business Writing Essentials

Regular tuition $225.00

Taking BWC85 Basic Grammar Essentials and BWC95 Business Writing Essentials together is the ideal combination of courses containing the essentials of business grammar and the essentials of business writing for busy people. If you want more in-depth training in both grammar and business writers, enroll in the combination of BWC210 Business Writing Skills and BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial, with a discounted tuition of $595. Read about the discounted tuition at this link.

Course Time
You will go through the courses at your own pace, so you could complete them within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the courses so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period. 

BWC95 Business Writing Essentials

The Business Writing Essentials course contains the essential training provided in BWC210 Business Writing Skills, but without practice activities and some lessons. The course teaches the best practices business people must know to be able to write clear, effective, professional business documents, including e-mail, memos, letters, and reports. It teaches a structured approach to writing that makes writing easier and guides readers through the content. Graduates report that they receive high praise for their writing, and other employees begin to copy their style.

The instructor evaluates three writing examinations. As with all other Business Writing Center courses, you have unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions during the course. The instructor evaluates the competency examinations and coaches you through learning skills.

Course Content

Letter and Memo Formats
  1. Use a standard letter format.
  2. Use a standard memo format.
Prepare Your Notes
  1. Prepare notes for your email, memo, letter, or report.
  2. Organize the document
  3. Organize the notes.
Introduce the content
  1. For emails and memos, always write a clear, meaningful subject line.
  2. For letters, use a "Subject" or "Re" line if your company customarily uses it.
  3. Write a clear, complete introduction.
  4. For e‑mails, letters, and memos, write a cordial beginning or buffer.
  5. State the contents of the document.
Present Explanations in Blocks
  1. Write the explanations in blocks.
  2. Keep explanations of a subject together in one block.
  3. Check each block for focus.
  4. Check each block for completeness.
  5. Open each block with a statement of the contents.
  6. Use headings to open blocks.
  7. Practice writing the thesis, generalizations, and headings.
Competency Examination 1
  1. Create lists.
  2. Open list blocks.
  3. Mark the list items clearly.
  4. Keep list items in a single list.
  5. Keep list items in the same format.
  6. Use information blueprinting to be explicit.
Write Clear, Complete Explanations
  1. Use keywords consistently.
  2. Use full phrases to define words clearly.
Competency Examination 2
    Write Clear Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words
    1. Use paragraphs to organize information.
    2. Write concisely.
    3. Combine sentences to show relationships. Separate sentences to make them clearer.
    4. Write clear, simple, straightforward sentences.
    5. Write strong, direct sentences.
    Use words the reader will understand.
    1. Prepare a Polished, Correct Final Draft
    2. Use your spell checker and grammar checker.
    1. Format the e‑mail to be readable.
    Competency Examination 3


    BWC85 Basic Grammar EssentialsThe BWC85 Basic Grammar Essentials course contains an overview of all of the areas of English usage important to business writers. The course begins with a pre-test to show you how much you know about business grammar at the start of the course. It ends with a post-test to show you how much you have learned. Students normally start with pre-test scores of 30% to 50% and end the course with post-test scores of 85% to 95%.

    Each lesson also has a pre-test and post-test to show you that you have learned the skills. The tests are scored immediately so you can see how you did. Your instructor receives a copy of the test to look over and see whether you need any coaching.

    For an in-depth grammar survey course with readings from a grammar textbook, pre- and post-tests, and instructor contact, enroll in BWC100 Basic Grammar for Business. For a tutorial in which you work with an instructor who identifies the errors you're making in your writing, teaches you the skills to eliminate the errors, and coaches you through learning the skills, consider BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial.

    Course Content

    Course Pre-test

    Lesson 1: Proofreading Principles
    Lesson 2: Using Active Voice

    Practice Diagnostic TestLesson 3: Omissions, Additions, Typos
    Lesson 4: Number Accuracy
    Lesson 5: Transposition Errors
    Session 1 Optional Practice
    Session 1 Diagnostic Test
    Lesson 6: Abbreviations
    Lesson 7: Word Division
    Lesson 8: Number Expression
    Lesson 9: Capitalization
    Session 2 Diagnostic TestLesson 10: Commas
    Lesson 11: Other Punctuation
    Lesson 12: Special Punctuation
    Lesson 13: Spelling
    Lesson 14: Confusing Words
    Session 3 Diagnostic TestLesson 15: Subject/Verb Agreement
    Lesson 16: Pronoun Agreement
    Lesson 17: Using Defined Terms Consistently
    Lesson 18: Citing Sources
    Session 4 Diagnostic Test


    Course Post-test