EN306B Prof Wrtng in the Disciplines: Business Communications

for F2T 2006

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EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications


F2T 2006 DLF


Mills, Maryellen T.


Professor of English/Adjunct


MA, English,  George Mason University
MAEd, Counseling, East Carolina University

Office Location

2030 Green Valley Road, Cibolo, Texas

Office Hours

Mornings or evenings, Thursday through Saturday or by appointment or phone

Daytime Phone

210-632-5799 (Austin)

Other Phone

210-566-8085 (San Antonio)




Semester Dates

Fall 2 2006

Class Days


Class Time



EN106, WCT

Credit Hours


Business Communication Essentials Author: Courtland Bovee and John Thill, Second Edition ISBN: 0-13167981 3

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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:
Language is the medium through which all human knowledge is processed, and proficiency in using language for communication and critical inquiry is the basis of successful living and learning.  Toward that end, I teach to challenge students not to simply fulfill course requirements, but to develop systems and processes for  thinking and growing language skills that will continue to educate them long after course grades are posted.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. State 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:

General grade policy:  The course Gradebook delineates the points and percentages for each assignment throught the semester.  The grading scale is as follows: • A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = 0-59%. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you finish this course as a more effective and confident writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for completing: .   weekly reading assignments .   weekly discussion questions .   an online journal, which I will check two times during the semester on dates I will specify.   .   weekly learning activities as assigned. Most of these earn credit on a completion basis.   .   six substantial writing assignments, referred to as Papers. .   a final examination

Assignment Points % of Grade Week Due 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% Weeks 3 & 7 Class Participation (Discussion, Activities, and general interaction)            100     10%     Continually Final Examination 200 20% Week 8 Total                 1000 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions of work/missing assignments:  As in the workplace, it is essential that documents be delivered on time, in final form. Due dates for all assignments will be posted on the assignment instructions and repeated in the weekly assignment summaries.  You are expected to meet those deadlines. Late submissions of assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Papers submitted after the due date are subject to a grade penalty, and go to the bottom of the grading priority pile. Assignments which are still missing at the end of the term will receive a grade of 0.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Proctored final examination: You must take an exam in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the instructor.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be your responsibility to make arrangements by the beginning of the 6th week of the term for a proctor who is approved by the instructor.   Remember:  If you live within one hour of a Park site, University policy dictates that you must take your exam at that site.   Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.  

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 .


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