This course builds on the writing skills acquired in ENG107: College Writing. COM40 improves student writing skills at an advanced level to meet the expectations for professional communication in the health professions.The course establishes communication competency in three categories: writing and oral presentation for professional purposes; researching and writing for academic purposes applying elements of APA documentation; and reading, reflection, discussion, and writing about controversial topics through critical analysis. Students develop research, documentation, and evaluation skills using electronic databases. They employ both print and electronic media for writing and presenting research including the refinement of MS Word and PowerPoint skills. Self-directed assessment and peer review strategies are implemented. An analytical approach to reading, discussion, presentation, and writing for style and content emphasizes the use of logic, ethics, and audience awareness applied to the development of professional formats appropriate for the health science field.