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Student Handbook
BADM 200W~Analysis of Business Issues
A Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Course

The George Washington University
School of Business
Fall, 2010

Warren Sharp, PhD
Visiting Professor, School of Business
Table of Contents
Format of the Course3
Learning Objectives4
Methods of Communication4
Critical Thinking5
Revision and Feedback (Peer Review)5
Research and Analysis6
Career Management Strategy6
Business Terminology7

Three Papers7
Paper 18
Paper 28
Paper 38
Ten Responses9
Business Letters9
Corporate Social Responsibility9
Issues, Reasons and Conclusions10
Resumes and Cover Letter10
Financial Analysis11
Current Events12

Grammar and Punctuation12
Tips on Writing12
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity15
Guidelines (Prompts)15


In 2002, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The George Washington University, Dr. Donald Lehman, determined that writing by students should be an area on which to place strategic excellence. Freshmen were required to take the obligatory first-year courses (UW20~University Writing), but the administration realized that writing is a process, not a product. As one faculty member put it, “Writing is not an inoculation.” Writing skills are not something a student acquires in one semester. Writing is not easy. Expressing a series of coherent thoughts on a written page (or computer screen) is challenging. Nevertheless, the ability to do so is important for long-term professional success. Therefore the administration decided that students would benefit from additional writing courses as they settled into their majors ─ i.e. writing in their discipline.

According to The College Board, “Writing is a ‘threshold skill’ for both employment and promotion, particularly for salaried employees.” The publication goes on to state, “Eighty percent or more of the companies in the service and finance, insurance, and real estate (FIRE) sectors, the corporations with the greatest employment-growth potential, assess writing during hiring.”

Consequently the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) program was developed ― a comprehensive curriculum which spans the various schools. There are WID classes in the Schools of Engineering, Psychology, History, Interior Design, and yes, The School of Business Administration. Regardless of the school, the WID charter calls for focus on four goals.

1. Writing throughout the term. WID courses are not writing courses, they are writing intensive courses.
2. Writing for different purposes and audiences.
3. Revision, Rewriting, and Peer Review. Writing is an iterative process. One way to become a better student is to become a teacher. Peer review provides that experience.
4. Develop the conventions of writing in your discipline.

The purpose of this handbook is to elaborate on these and other goals and requirements of BADM 2003W, Analysis of Business Issues, a WID course for sophomores in the GWU School of Business.

Format of the Course
Beginning with the fall semester of 2010, BADM 2003W will be a required course for all sophomores in the School of Business. With a sophomore class of almost 400 students, there will be two sections each term with a maximum of 105 students each. One section will meet as a full-class on Mondays with seven writing labs of fifteen students each on Wednesdays. The other section will follow an opposite format: full-class on Wednesdays, writing labs on Mondays. The full-class will be a lecture conducted by the section’s Professor who will be from the School of Business. Writing labs are managed by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who are typically English majors working on masters or doctorate degrees in the...
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