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EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
Decker, Amy B.


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

U1T 2007 DLE

Faculty

Decker, Amy B.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. English, 2002
B.A. English, 1999

Daytime Phone

540-207-4131

E-Mail

Amy.Decker@park.edu

edsonbaby@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

June 4, 2007 ~ July 29, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Communication Essentials, by Courtland Bovee and John Thill (**THIRD EDITION**), Prentice Hall 

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Course Description:
This course is the third course in the required writing sequence at Park University. 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. 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. PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on shared experiences, lectures, readings, and collaborative discussions.  The facilitator will engage each learner in progressively challenging activities to encourage intellectual growth and exploration.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss and apply techniques of project management - through the development of an Information Plan and other activities - necessary for effective business writing tasks.
  2. State and explain the requirements for communicating effectively and ethically in a globally-oriented, technological economy.
  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. 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.
  8. 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:
  • A. General. You will be able to track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. You will know in advance the standards, points, and percentage for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for:

    • Completing weekly reading assignments.

    • Completing Weekly Discussion Questions and an Online Journal and submitting the journal to the instructor on dates specified by the instructor. 
       
    • Completing six substantial writing assignments, referred to as Papers. 
       
    • Completing a Final Examination. 

    Course Grading Scale – See next section.

    Proctored final examination - An examination will be taken 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. 

  • Other Information on proctored exams:

    • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
    • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online 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. 
    • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 
    • Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored 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%

Week 7

Class Participation  

100

10%

Continually

Final Examination 

200

20%

Week 8

Total 

1000

100%

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • Late submissions of work/missing assignments: Late submissions of assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis, though as in the workplace, it is essential that documents be delivered on time, in final form. There is a one-grade- per- day lateness policy for all papers in this course. Individual situations may influence the grade penalty range, but not the penalty itself. For example, if you turn in an assignment 7 days late, it will receive an "F", but whether you receive a "O'"or a "59" may reflect individual circumstances. Be resourceful and responsible about turning work in on time!

     

  • THERE IS NO POSTING LATE TO DISCUSSION THREADS, regardless of type of absence (excused or unexcused).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The material posted in the online classroom in uneditable and enduring. Be sure that your contributions are of appropriate tone and decorum.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



 

 

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:
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
Excused absences may include only those absences which are documented and discussed with the instructor prior to or immediately after the absence and typically involve rare circumstances in which the student is physically unable to access a computer due to job assignment to a remote location, is physically incapacitated by documented injury or illness, and/or is in a location that is experiencing severe and prolonged power outages.

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:5/18/2007 7:53:07 AM