EN306B Prof Wrtng in the Disciplines: Business Communications

for F1T 2006

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EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications


F1T 2006 DLB


Grey, Rochelle


Adjunct Faculty


BA Mary Washington College
Med. James Madison University
Certificate in Administration, University of Virginia

Office Location

857 Spring Valley Dr. Fredericksburg. Va. 22405

Office Hours


Daytime Phone





Web Page


Semester Dates

Aug 21 - Oct 23

Class Days


Class Time



En 105, 106, Writing Compentency Test and 60 credit hours.

Credit Hours


Business Communication Essentials.2nd ed. Ed.Bovee, and Thill. New Jersey.  Prentice-Hall. 2006.  ISBN  0131472453

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Course Description:
This course is the third course in the required writing sequence at Park University. 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. 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. PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of intereactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion dialogues, internet web sites, writings and the final exam.  The facilitator will engage each learned in discussion, the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions as well as writings, comments and group work.

It is my intent to encourage students to anticipate using these applications in a business setting, to encourage and foster professional thinking and activity through business communications.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. This class does have CORE learning outcomes but there is no place above in which to place them.
Class Assessment:
Writing applications appropriate to business, discussions, papers and the final.

final - 20 points.  Proposal and Project each worth 20 points. 4 other written business applications worth 20, discussion, journals worth 20 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students will submit material by Sunday midnight or by any other deadline printed in course assignments.

If submitted after the assignment deadline written material may be lowered a grade depending upon student reason for late submission.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will take part in all discussions with respect and concern for each other's work.

Students will submit work on time and will enter discussion threads as assigned and with respect for each other's work.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week l: Learn and discuss requirements for good business communication: Written communication and avoidance of Plagiarism, communication problems within organizations, and discussion and determination of kinds of communications in business settings. Readings, online discussion, Self-introductions, Self-assessment quiz, Memo #1 assigned and Journal assigned.

Week 2:Perform and learn to assess effective communication. Conduct and use researched information in business communications. Organizing and outlining information. REadings, self-assessment, online discussion, lecture/virtual tour, self-check and Journal entry. Memo #2 assigned.

Week 3: Write business communications through letters, email. Process and priorities of clear writing is emphasized. An audience analysis is provided then students write a profile analysis of the audience and conduct a poll of the class. Discussion online, journal entry and use of Purdue Writing lab. Letters assigned for next week. Paper 6 assigned for week 6 to include research. self-assessment.

Week 4: Learn about critical Analysis of Information in planning and writing projects. Discuss and write bad-news documents and persuasive documents in letter form.Learn to write about business problems and to recognize and deal with writing barriers in business. Online discussion, bad-news letters. Journal entry.

Week 5: Learn aspects of business writing including format, length, informational, analytical reports and business proposals. Choose the right visual aids, perform composition, choose degree of formality and develop perspective in writing. ONline discussion focusing on resumes. Resume assigned. Journal entry, self-check quiz.

Week 6: Examine and learn to write employment documents including cover letters and resumes, as well as interviews. Editorial standards and writing checklists required. ONline discussion of critical thinking skills. Description of how to revise and proof final paper. self-check quiz.

Week 7: Learn revision of reports and collaboration. Strategies for writing longer documents, assessments, project reports and presentations. Online presentation skills dicussed. Paper from week 3 is due. Exam review with instructor.

Week 8: Discuss techniques to plan for changes to information and for producing and disseminating information. Learn methods for producing forms of information. Stresses need for effective writing skills. Examines opportunities for high-tech, global, diverse workplace. Take final exam.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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:

Students are offered additional resources above and expected to include information from those web sites in their written papers and online discussions.

Projects assigned, polls of class given by students, Journals and online discussions presented.



Core Learning Outcomes 306b


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