Analytical Writing

If you want to be introduced to effective business writing and be provided with the skills to write professional business documents you are invited to participate in theAnalytical Writing 4-month long coursethat will be taught inthe Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) of the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE). The course will be taught by Steven Donatelle.

With guided practice, participants explore the process of planning, composing, editing, and finalizing written business communications for a variety of audiences. They will be exposed to relevant analytical contexts and genres, including executive summaries,critique, research writing (including evaluating sources). The participants will learn to understand and use principles of how information is structured and adapted for different audiences, purposes, and genres. To achieve this, they will also concentrate on developing skills of drafting and revision, so that ideas are expressed effectively via appropriate sentence structures, grammar, and style/tone.
After successfully finishing the course participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Learning outcomes
The objectives of the course will be achieved by requiring the following learning outcomes for participants:
• Effectively engage in the process of writing individually.
• Analyze and replicate various writing genres for different audiences.
• Identify and evaluate evidence from electronic and print resources.
• Incorporate evidence in papers following accepted academic and professional standards.
• Read, listen to and critically respond to a number of sources within professional areas of participants’ interest.
• Analyze their writing and overtime progress, and develop a plan for further improvement.
• Utilize English to communicate messages effectively.
• Design and give effective oral presentations.

Target audience
Participants are not expected to be intimately familiar with analytical writing; however, it is recommended that they have English language skills.

Teaching methods
The course will consist of lectures, group activities,readings, writing assignments, quizzes, and presentations. Participants will be provided with the following textbook “English for academic study: Extended writing & research skills,” by McCormack, J. &Slaght, J, 2005. Other readings and material will also be made available. Besides lectures, an office hour is scheduled each week to reinforce the material presented in class and to help participants with homework assignments problems.

Mr. Donatelle did his Master of Arts in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.Currently, he teaches Analytical Writing and Technical Writingin the undergraduate business program at Agribusiness Teaching Center (for details see LinkedIn profile).

Course duration
The course will start on September 4th and last until December 24th.

Language of instruction
The language of instruction will be English.

Course participation fee
The course fee is AMD 100,000 which must be paid the first week of September. While similar hands-on courses are quite expensive, ICARE partly covers the associated expenses for the participants, thus staying true to its charitable, social, scientific, and educational commitments.

Registration procedure and deadline
If interested, please send your CV at
Registration deadline is August 30th, 19:00.
Due to limited seating only shortlisted applicants will be notified for participation.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Melkonyan at
International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE).
Address: 74 Teryan Street, 0009 Yerevan, (37410) 58-79-57, (37410) 56-96-70.

Main topics to be covered
• The Writing Process
– Pre-Writing
– Writing
– Revising
– Editing
– Publishing
• Focusing on Audience
• Gathering Information/ Note Taking
• Organizing/Outlining
• Proper Citations
• Making a Case/ Argumentation
• Preparing a Presentation
• Honesty and Reliability (Due Diligence)
• Writing an Article Critique
• Writing Article Summaries
• Writing Executive Summaries
• Writing a Research Project
• Writing a Partial Business Plan
• Making a Resume/ CV

The International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Foundation is a non-governmental and non-commercial organization established in Yerevan, Armenia in 2005 by Texas A&M University. ICARE is an umbrella institution for the Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC), the Agribusiness Research Center (ARC), and the EVN Wine Academy.ICARE has produced a number of research studies for its partners: the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. These economic- and marketing-based research projects have been used to assess the region’s agribusiness climate as well as identify new opportunities for investment and development.

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