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EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
McGee, Nancy J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications

Semester

S2T 2007 DLC

Faculty

McGee, Nancy J.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. English, Composition
M.A., English Literature
B.S.. Secondary Education, English

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Online

Other Phone

(734) 461-1657

E-Mail

Nancy.McGee@pirate.park.edu

naency@comcast.net

Semester Dates

Jan. 15-March 11, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Communication Essentials. Bovee and Thill. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006.

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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: <a href='index.aspx?Class=EN105'>EN105</a>, <a href='index.aspx?Class=EN106'>EN106</a>, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that engaging the student's life outside of the course is the best way to make the material clear and memorable. The business communication course does this very well, as students can immediately use the information in their work and home life. The online format provides a great benefit in allowing me to be a facilitator rather than a lecturer. I can allow a question to wait for other student input, deliver a brief answer, provide links to other resources that will give helpful background, or ask questions that will lead the student to discover the answer. An onground class moves too fast for this type of reflective decision making. Partially because of this ability, I feel that students learn more deeply in the online format.

  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.
Class Assessment:
Students will write memos, reports, letters, journal entries,resumes and cover letters, and discussion board posting. In addition, the students will take a final essay exam.

Grading:
Memo 1: 50 points Memo 2: 100 points Bad news and persuasion letters: 150 points (75 points each) Proposal: 100 points Cover letter and resume: 50 points Long report: 200 points Journal: 50 points Discussion board participation: 100 points Final exam: 200 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students must request persmission at least one day before the deadline in order to submit work late without penalty. If the waiver of the due date is not given in writing, then the assignment will be penalized five points for each day it is late. (For example, turning in an assignment on Wednesday will result in a penalty of 15 points, as all assignments are due on Sundays.) No assignment will be accepted more than one week past its deadline. No work will be accepted after the last class date unless the student has arranged for an Incomplete.
 
I've requested that the response to the discussion question be posted by Wednesday each week, but there is no penalty if this is late.
 
The quizzes do not in any way affect your grade, so there are no set due dates for these.
 
I've requested that the journals be submitted by the end of the third, sixth, and eighth week, but there is no penalty for lateness on these.
 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All discussion postings must be courteous. You are encouraged to challenge ideas, but classroom etiquette is that you always respect the person.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Communication process and global nature of communication. Discussion board, journal.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings
Assignment: No assignment is due this week, but the first memo may be submitted early, if you choose
Week 2: Planning, audience analysis, and research. Discussion board, journal, memo #1.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings
Assignment: Memo #1 (P1) due by Sunday, April 1
Week 3: Brief business documents. Discussion board, journal, memo #2.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings; send journal entries in to my e-mail address by end of week
Assignment: Memo #2 (P2) due by Sunday, April 8
Week 4: Bad news and persuasive documents. Discussion board, journal, letters.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings
Assignment: Bad news and persuasive letters (P3) due by Sunday, April 15
Week 5: Report structure, visual aids, and job search materials. Discussion board postings, journal, proposal.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings
Assignment: Proposal (P4) due by Sunday, April 22
Week 6: Editing; employment interviews. Discussion board postings, journal, cover letter and resume.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings; send journal in to my e-mail address by end of week
Assignment: Cover letter and resume due by Sunday, April 29
Week 7: Revision in more depth; presentations. Discusson board postings, journal, long report.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings
Assignment: Report (P6) due by Sunday, May 6
Week 8: Information plan, career growth. Discussion board postings, journal, final exam.
Discussion: Post initial response by Wednesday if possible; at least three postings are needed by Sunday
Journal: Do five to seven postings; send journal in to my e-mail address by end of week
Assignment: Final exam due by Sunday, May 13

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
Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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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Last Updated:3/6/2007 5:12:19 PM