EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
U1T 2006 DLB
McGee, Nancy J.
Ph.D., English (Composition)M.A., English LiteraatureB.S., Secondary Education, English
No set hours; postings checked daily
June 5-July 30, 2006
Textbook: Bovee, Courtland, and John Thill. Business Communication Essentials. 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005.
Course Description: 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. 3:0:3. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours.
Educational Philosophy: Learning to write well is more than a means of getting good grades: it can mean the difference in the life that the student and his or her family will have, given the importance of good communication skills in the workplace and as a means of protecting oneself as a consumer. I thus approach the teaching of writing as a key component for every student's preparation. Students will vary in the initial skills that they bring to the courses, but everyone can always improve in his or her communication. Because I believe that credibility in of vital importance in getting ideas accepted, I hold student writing to high standards of correctness and organization, since these are the elements that employers and others will use to judge the writer. I enjoy the way that online classes provide an opportunity for all students to become instructors, as they share their experiences and perceptions, and I think this aspect adds a richness and immediacy to the learning.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Memo 1: 50 pts. (5%)
Memo 2: 100 pts. (10%)
Letters: 150 pts. (15%)
Proposal: 100 pts. (10%)
Cover letter and Resume: 50 pts. (5%)
Report: 200 pts. (20%)
Final exam: 200 pts. (20%)
Journal: 50 pts. (5%)
Participation: 100 pts. (10%)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Writing assignnments that are submitted late will be penalized five points unless arrangements have been made with the instructor in advance of the due date.
Participation on the discussion boards cannot be carried over from one week to the next, so there are no late adjustments.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Postings must be respectful in tone. Students who feel that they have been attacked on the discussion board should simply ask what the intent of the posting was rather than flaming in response, since it is easy to misread the tone and intent of online communication.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week one, June 5-11. Topics: Introduction to business communication. No assignment due other than journal and particpation.
Week two, June 12-18. Topics: Introduction to writing process and researching; consideration of barriers to effective communication. Journal and participation continually; Memo #1 due June 18.
Week three, June 19-25. Topics: Routine and good-will messages. Journal and participation continually; Memo #2 due June 25.
Week four, June 26-July 2. Topics: Bad news and persuasive messages. Journal and participation continually; Letters due July 2.
Week five, July 3-July 9. Topics: Planning process, visual aids, and job application documents. Journal and participation continually; Proposal due July 9.
Week six, July 10-16. Topics: Continuation of job application documents and job interview guidelines; formal vs. informal reports and editorial standards. Journal and participation continually; Cover letter and Resume due July 16.
Week seven, July 17-July 23. Topics: Revising; Oral presentations. Journal and participation continually; Report due July 23.
Week eight, July 24-July 30. Topics: Document production; focus on career growth in current workplace environment. Journal and participation continually; Final exam and Journal due July 30.
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
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 85-87I will at random submit writing assignments to a plagiarism-detection service. Papers that have undocumented copying and pasting or other significant plagiarism will receive no credit, with no opportunity to make up the assignment.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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. 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:The above syllabus is for EN306B:Business Communication.
Last Updated:5/21/2006 10:14:23 AM