Workplace Communications The Basics Plus MyWritingLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 1/11/2016
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Practical tools for communicating at work

After teaching a course to college students pursuing trade careers, George Searles realized his students needed a book focused on practical applications rather than theory—and that explored workplace communication in a user-friendly tone. Workplace Communications: The Basics takes a down-to-earth approach to writing and communicating on the job, teaching the essentials in an accessible style appropriate for any student or course. The clear, concise nature of the book meets the needs of not only its originally intended audience, but the needs of students taking technical communication at a wide range of institutions for any major as well. The Seventh Edition retains and enhances the text’s pedagogical aids, rich examples, and practical exercises, preparing students to communicate successfully in any workplace environment.


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MyWritingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them better absorb course material and understand difficult concepts. In addition to the full eText, activities directly from the text are available within MyWritingLab. These include the written assignments, readings from the text, review exercises and more.


0134271904 / 9780134271903  Workplace Communications: The Basics Plus MyWritingLab with Pearson eText – Access Card Package, 7/e

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  • 0133944131 / 9780133944136  MyWritingLab with Pearson eText – Access Card
  • 013394414X / 9780133944143  Inside Star Sticker
  • 0134120698 / 9780134120690  Workplace Communications: The Basics


Author Biography

George J. Searles is a Professor of Arts & Humanities at Mohawk Valley Community College, specializing in journalism, business/technical writing, contemporary poetry, and Latin. He has also taught at Green Haven State Prison, Binghamton University (where he earned his Ph.D.), New York Institute of Technology, St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing, Utica College of Syracuse University, and SUNY College of Technology, and on the graduate level for New School University. 

Currently he is an adjunct instructor of creative writing at Pratt Institute’s upstate campus at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica. He has served on the governing boards of both the Modern Language Association and the North East Modern Language Association, presenting scholarly papers at the annual conventions of those and other such professional organizations. In addition, he has served as a communications consultant to many corporate clients and social services agencies, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. 

Along with numerous articles, reviews, and poems in a broad range of popular and academic periodicals, he has published three volumes of literary criticism from university presses and five editions of Workplace Communications: The Basics, a Pearson textbook used on over 200 campuses here and abroad. The recipient of two SUNY Chancellor’s medals for excellence, he was named the Carnegie Foundation’s “New York State Professor of the Year” in 2002, and the New York State United Teachers’ “Higher Education Member of the Year” in 2003. 


Table of Contents

1. The Keys to Successful Communication: Purpose, Audience, and Tone

2. Workplace Correspondence: Memos, E-mail, Text Messages, and Business Letters

3. Effective Visuals: Tables, Graphs, Charts, and Illustrations

4. Short Reports: Page Design, Formats, and Types

5. Summaries

6. Fliers, Brochures, Newsletters, and Web Sites

7. Instructions and Procedure Descriptions

8. Job Application Process: On-Line Search, Letter, Résumé, Interview, and Follow-Up

9. Oral Presentations: Preparation and Delivery

10. Proposals

11. Long Reports: Format, Collaboration, and Documentation

Appendix A: Ten Strategies to Improve Your Style

Appendix B: Review of Mechanics: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar 

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