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EN 306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
Washington, Kelly


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 DLI

Faculty

Washington, Kelly

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MLA (History of Ideas), Johns Hopkins University, 1995
BFA (General Fine Art), Maryland Institute College of Art, 1990

Office Location

Chat Room

Office Hours

Wednesdays from 8:00-9:30 pm CST

Daytime Phone

011-81-3117-62-6521

E-Mail

Kelly.Washington@park.edu

meezer64@msn.com

Semester Dates

06/04/2007 to 07/29/2007

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Communication Essentials, by Courtland Bovee and John Thill (3rd Edition - With Software), Prentice Hall (ISBN: 0-199536-7)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
A good writing handbook is helpful, but not required.  The one I keep in my desk is the Pocket Style Manual by Diane Hacker.

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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, public lectures.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's role in all of this is to act as a guide or a mentor, helping students build the skills they will need for effective communication within the business setting.

  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:

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.

Grading:

Assignment

Points

% of Grade

Week Due

P1 (Memo)

50

5%

Week 2

P2 (Memo w/research)

100

10%

Week 3

P3 (Letters)

150

15%

Week 4

P4 (Proposal)

100

10%

Week 5

P5 (Resume)

50

5%

Week 6

P6 (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.  In order for late assignments to be considered, you MUST contact me prior to missing the deadline; consider it a professional courtesy.  Assignments which are still missing at the end of the term will receive no credit.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Project due dates:

Project

Points

Due Date

P1 (Memo)

50

4/1

P2 (Memo w/Research)

100

4/8

P3 (Letters)

150

4/15

P4 (Proposal)

100

4/22

P5 (Resume)

50

4/29

P6 (Report)

200

5/6

Journal

50

5/6

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
Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.
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.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

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:5/25/2007 8:09:45 AM