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Swayam Central

Effective Writing

By Prof. Binod Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Writing, one of the four language skills continues to have its importance in all times. A good number of people despite having good spoken skills at times fail to prove their mettle when it comes to writing. Since writing represents a writer even in his absence and doesn’t have scope for clarification, one has to master this art well. The present course on writing aims at familiarizing learners with the nuances of effective writing which can help them know the subtle art of writing, enabling them to write with clarity, precision and at the same time with the subtlety to express their ideas on different occasions with the notions of appropriateness and accuracy. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG to Ph.D
PRE- REQUISITES : 12th pass and above 
SUPPORT INDUSTRY : Can be useful to all major companies, such as L&T, BHEL, NBCC, NTPC, WIPRO, INFOSYS, besides educational institutes.

Learners enrolled: 4218

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 21 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Topics :
    Introduction to  Effective Writing 
    Effective Writing as an Art
    Principles of Effective Writing
    Types and Stages of Effective Writing
    Notions of Correctness  and Appropriateness, Part I
    Notions of Correctness  and Appropriateness, Part II
    Essay Writing
    Types of Essays
    Essentials of Academic Writing, Part I
    Essentials of Academic Writing, Part II
    Business Writing and its Functions
    Mechanics of Business Writing
    Business Letters and Memos
    Format of Business Letters and Memos
    Types of Business Letter 
    Sales, Complaint and Adjustment Letters
    Report Writing
    Strategies and Structure of Reports
    Style of Report Writing
    Creative Writing

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    1.Turk, Christopher and John Kirkman. Effective Writing. London and New York: Chapman & Hall. Indian Reprint 2003
    2.Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century . Penguin Books, Reprint edition ,2015
    3.Seely, John. Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking. OUP 2nd edition, 2005
    4.Goins, Jeff. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Tribe Press
    5.Brohaugh, William. Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power.
    6.Janzer. Anne. The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear. Cuesta Park Consulting, 2016
    7.King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner, 2010 

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Binod Mishra

    IIT Roorkee
    Binod Mishra, a faculty in the Department of HSS, IIT Roorkee has an experience of teaching English at various levels. He has to his credit 20 books and more than hundred articles in different reputed journals and books. His MOOC course on Soft Skills has been received well by learners. He has delivered a good number of invited talks in various conferences and symposiums. Besides being a teacher and researcher, Dr. Mishra is also the Vice Chairman of Association for English Teachers of India, the largest body of English teachers. Prior to this, he had also been the two times Editor-in Chief of Indian Journal of English Studies, one of the oldest journals of English language and literature.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 29th March 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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