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EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
McGee, Nancy J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications

Semester

S2T 2006 DLD

Faculty

McGee, Nancy

Title

Adjunct instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D., English-Composition
MA, English Literature
BS, Secondary Education, English

Other Phone

734-461-1657

E-Mail

Nancy.McGee@pirate.park.edu

naency@comcast.net

Semester Dates

March 20 - May 12, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

pass the WCT

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Bovee, Courtland, and John Thill. Business Communication Essentials. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
This course is the third course in the required writing sequence at Park University.  It emphasizes professional writing skills and expectations in various disciplines while developing further basic writing skills.  Specific departmental courses may be deemed equivalent and will be used to satisfy this course.  This course will emphasize knowing and preparing various kinds of communications in business and related fields: business letters, reports, proposals, surveys, field studies, visual aids, group presentations, and public lectures.  Pre-requisites: EN105, EN106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that online learning goes well beyond the convenience factor for students. Online learning allows students to learn in better depth than they often do in onground classes because there are up to twenty five "teachers in the room" in addition to me. The group discussion boards call for ideas and insights from everyone, with ample time to think about each person's contributions. In addition, each student is an equal in the classroom; no one can monopolize the conversation, no one fails to join in because of shyness. This makes my role truly one of facilitating, as I watch the interaction and steer topics when needed but don't provide all the ideas. I take my role as assessor of the writing very seriously, as I want to be a tougher critic of student writing than they will encounter in the workplace or in civic life, so they will feel confident in their preparation for these roles.

Class Assessment:
General. You will be able to track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. You will know in advance the standards, points, and percentage for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for

Completing weekly reading assignments.


Completing Weekly Discussion Questions and an Online Journal and submitting the journal to the instructor on dates specified by the instructor.
 
Completing six substantial writing assignments, referred to as Papers.
 
Completing a Final Examination.

Grading:
Paper #1 (Memo)  50
5%
Week 2

Paper #2 (Memo w/research)   100
10%
Week 3

Paper #3 (Letters)  150
15%
Week 4

Paper #4 (Proposal)  100
10%
Week 5

Paper #5 (Resume)  50
5%
Week 6

Paper #6 (Report)  200
20%
Week 7

Journal/Notebook  50
5%
Week 7

Class Participation   100
10%
Continually

Final Examination  200
20%
Week 8

Total  1000
100%
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions of work/missing assignments: Late submissions of assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis, though as in the workplace, it is essential that documents be delivered on time, in final form. Assignments that are submitted after the deadline will be penalized five points, unless arrangements for a late submission have been made in advance of the due date. No assignments will be accepted more than one week past the deadline.  Assignments that are still missing at the end of the term will receive no credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The assignments are described one or more weeks before they are due, in order to give you plenty of time to review, revise, and in general do your best job on them. There is no writing assignment due in the first week, in case you don't yet have your textbook.
Please post your initial discussion question response by Wednesday, if possible, to give everyone a chance to respond and thus get a good discussion going. Participation on each week's discussion board will run from Monday until the following Sunday.

The journal is done at your convenience, but please try to post at least three times a week. The journal will be assessed in week eight and must be completed by Thursday of that week (May 4).

Other than the discussion question response and journal, all assignments are due by Sunday midnight (Eastern time) each week, starting in week two.

Here are the specific due dates this session:

Memo #1 (P1): Sunday, March 26

Memo #2 (P2): Sunday, April 2

Letters (P3): Sunday, April 9

Proposal (P4): Sunday, April 16

Cover letter and resume (P5): Sunday, April 23

Report (P6): Sunday, April 30

Journal: Thursday, May 4

Final exam: Sunday, May 7

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
Plagiarism involves the use of quotation without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Welcome! I'm looking forward to meeting you this session.


I have been working in colleges and universities for twenty-three years, as both an instructor and administrator. I'm currently a full-time faculty member at a large community college located in the Detroit, Michigan, area, where I primarily teach composition courses. Prior to this, I worked as an academic dean and as the administrator in charge of student academic services, such as the library, nontraditional programs, and registrar's office, and I have taught composition, business writing, literature, and communication courses of various types. I started teaching online courses about five years ago, and I very much enjoy the interactions that develop. I feel as though I get to know students even better online than I can in the classroom.


I have a B.S. in secondary education, English; an M.A. in English literature; and a Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in composition. My dissertation focused on professional and technical education, so it was directed exactly toward this type of course.


Nancy McGee


Nancy.McGee@pirate.park.edu


phone and fax: (734) 461-1657

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