EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
F2T 2006 DLF
Mills, Maryellen T.
Professor of English/Adjunct
MA, English, George Mason UniversityMAEd, Counseling, East Carolina University
2030 Green Valley Road, Cibolo, Texas
Mornings or evenings, Thursday through Saturday or by appointment or phone
210-566-8085 (San Antonio)
Fall 2 2006
Textbook: Business Communication Essentials Author: Courtland Bovee and John Thill, Second Edition ISBN: 0-13167981 3
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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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.
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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
Grading: 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%
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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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