EN306B Prof Wrtng in the Disciplines: Business Communications

for U1T 2006

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EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications


U1T 2006 DLB


McGee, Nancy J.


Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D., English (Composition)
M.A., English Literaature
B.S., Secondary Education, English

Office Location


Office Hours

No set hours; postings checked daily

Daytime Phone

(734) 461-1657




Semester Dates

June 5-July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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

  1. ┬ĚState and explain the requirements for communicating effectively and ethically in a globally-oriented, technological economy.
  2. Discuss and apply techniques of project management - through the development of an Information Plan and other activities - necessary for effective business writing tasks.
  3. Apply techniques of traditional and online research necessary for effective business writing.
  4. Apply techniques of analysis and decision-making necessary for effective organizing of written business documents.
  5. Apply techniques necessary for efficient drafting of business documents.
  6. Apply techniques necessary for revising to achieve a clear, vivid and readable style.
  7. Apply techniques necessary for proofing for correctness of business documents.
  8. Develop (plan, conduct research for, organize, draft, revise, and proof) business memos, letters, proposals, reports, and resumes which meet the criteria stated in an Assessment Checklist used for evaluating writing.
  9. Given a workplace scenario and a writing task/assessment checklist, coach a colleague or subordinate in effective techniques to complete a writing task.
Class Assessment:
Weekly participation
Weekly journal entries
Memo #1
Memo #2
Bad news and Persuasive letters
Cover letter and Resume
Final exam

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 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
I 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.

  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

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.


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