Cost: $100

This 0.5 credit hour course emphasizes how to successfully compose a professional résumé and cover letter. Using open educational learning materials, students will learn how to write concise and professional business documents that are directly applicable to the field of business. Students will also learn about the proper composition of these documents, discuss them with their peers, and ultimately produce a résumé and cover letter of their own.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the core functions of an effective resume and cover letter.
  • Identify persuasive and effective elements of resumes and cover letters.
  • Analyze and correct resumes and cover letters for conciseness, grammar, punctuation, and successful content.
  • Search local and national job listings that are suited towards individual’s professional and academic goals.
  • Develop an applicable and effectual resume with an engaging cover letter.

Credit Hours

Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Torie Wynn

Torie Wynn has worked in higher education for three years, first as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (online and face-to-face) and then as the Senior Instructional Designer and English Instructor at Wichita State University. She holds a BA and MA in English Language and Literature from Wichita State University.