EN 306 Professional Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications
F2T 2007 DLE
Decker, Amy B.
Senior Adjunct Faculty
M.A. English, 2002B.A. English, 1999
540-288-4685 ( this is a Vonage #; I'm on Okinawa time, approx. 13+ EST)
Oct 22- Dec 16 2007
PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the Writing Competency Test, and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3
Textbook: Business Communication Essentials, by Courtland Bovee and John Thill (**THIRD EDITION**), Prentice Hall
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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.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Course: EN 306B: Business Communication
Assignment: Analytic Business Report; Weight: 20%
FINAL PAPER ASSIGNMENT: Short Report with Research from Both Online and Traditional Sources
For Paper #6, write an analytic report focused on a topic appropriate for a business or organizational setting. The report will incorporate sources from your online and other research, and will be more fully developed than your previous assignments.
You should follow the process below –which covers most of the objectives for this course –in writing your report. Use the Writing Review Checklist for this class to ensure you cover all of the areas evaluated for this assignment.
· Analyze your audience and purpose, using the audience analysis checklist and techniques we have discussed.
· Compile your research findings, including bibliographies, journals, and notes.
· Compose an information plan and/or an outline during the process of organizing your report.
· Draft a working version of the report, and have a classmate give you a critique of it, using the Writing Review Checklist.
· Revise and proof your report, based on that feedback.
The report should contain the following format features: cover/title page, letter of transmittal, table of contents, table of figures and tables (optional), informative abstract, body with these sectional headings: Introduction, Analysis of Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations and subheadings, glossary, appendixes and attachments as appropriate, and bibliography. Length: 5-7 double-spaced pages; the report may be longer, if you have appropriate information.
My intent is to show you how you can quickly and easily conduct research, organize, draft, and submit an excellent report without excessive stress and unnecessary work using the online environment and your own extensive workplace experience.
I recommend you use resources from search engines like Altavista, multi-search engines like Dogpile, full-text sources like The Electric Library and libraries like The Library of Congress, in addition to many of the other items in our References area for this course.
Let me be a bit more specific. Here's the process I want you to follow:
So as not to waste time in picking a topic, I want you to either:
1. Expand your Memo #2; if you choose to do this, it must be a significant expansion, not just a rehash of Memo #2. It should refer to the original memo (Memo #2), and build on your original recommendation. It must of course use the headings I require or
2. Cover a problem and recommended solution in your workplace (for example, you can expand Memo #1 or the recommendation letter of Assignment #3 by adding more research findings - again, I am expecting the same kind of expansion as with Memo #2);
These two approaches have worked very well in the past; if you'd like to take another approach, just let me know! What I do not want is an academic paper, such as an essay, or a psychology, education, or computer science paper.
Get a topic with 4-5 current references (listed any way you like) to me. I recommend that most of your references come from online sources: I do not intend for this class to require you to drive to the library. The outline will not be graded.
Use Chapters 10 and 11 to guide you in the process. Reminder: The internal sections you must have are the Introduction, Analysis of Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations. See pp. 330-346 in our text for components of a formal report, and Figure 11.11 for a sample report.
I do not expect you to provide appendices, but I do expect a bibliography and footnotes/endnotes, or parenthetical documentation for your individual facts. See page 345 for a "Works Cited" format, and especially Appendix B in our text, "Documentation of Report Sources;" There are other resources available online (especially through our Webliography area) for the MLA, APA, Chicago and other standard formats. Feel free to provide graphs or other visuals; be creative!
I will help you with footnoting and bibliography documentation or any other area of this assignment. All you need to do is ask. For individual request for guidance or assistance, it's usually best to send me an e-mail message, but I'm always pleased to talk via phone, also.
Your topic should have a business or organizational focus. If you have any problem picking a topic, expand your Memo #2; note, however, that I will expect a significant expansion, using the headings I require. If you have any problems finding information online, get in touch with me immediately, and I'll help!
NOTE: You may not submit a paper you have written for another class or for a workplace requirement. Without specific permission from me, this is the same thing as plagiarism. However, you may certainly quote from or otherwise use as references previous papers you've written for other classes or workplace requirements.
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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:
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Last Updated:9/28/2007 9:46:24 PM