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EN 306B Prof Writing in the Disciplines:Business Communications
Wilcox, Karen Marie


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

EN 306 Prof Writing in the Disciplines:Business Communications

Semester

S1Z 2013 ML

Faculty

Wilcox, Karen Marie

Title

Adjunct English Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MA in English from Montana State University-Bozeman
BA in English from Montana State University-Bozeman

Daytime Phone

406-899-5860 (cell)

Other Phone

406-452-0587 (home)

E-Mail

karen.wilcox@park.edu

karen.wilcox@msugf.edu

Semester Dates

14 January 2012 - 10 March 2012

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Locker, K.O., and Kienzler, D. S. (2010) Selected materials from Business and Administrative

                        Communication for EN306B Business Communications—Park University. 9th ed. New

                        York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-749431-5 or ISBN-10: 0-07-749431-8

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Course Description:
EN306B Professional Writing in the Disciplines-Business Communications: 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. The course will have three sections. B. Business Communications: 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. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, passing the Writing Competency Test and 60 credit hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
 

Learning to write clearly, to communicate effectively, and to think critically enables students to identify and clarify their own beliefs, thoughts, and reactions, leading to personal and professional success and empowerment. Teaching techniques will revolve around lecture, group discussion, group exercises, and individual demonstration/ performance exercises.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and explain techniques and standards for effective and efficient written communication with audiences in today's high-tech, globally-oriented, and diverse business and government environment.
  2. Develop business documents applying systematic processes for the steps of planning; designing; researching; organizing; drafting; revising; and proofing.
  3. Integrate research findings into business documents, using effective techniques for evaluating, verifying, and documenting information.


Core Assessment:

Analytic (Problem-Solution) Business Report.  The core assessment requires a business report focused on a topic appropriate for a business or organizational setting. The report will incorporate sources from online and other research using standard business document design elements and documentation formats. The report be more fully developed than previous assignments.  The report must provide research findings, conclusions, and recommendations sufficient for decision making in a business or organizational setting.  

Weight: No less than 20% of the final course grade.
 

Learning Rubric

Competency

Exceeds Expectation (3)

Meets Expectation (2)

Does Not Meet Expectation (1)

No Evidence (0)

Intent/Purpose: clear? (Synthesis)  
Outcomes 1, 2
 

The document’s intent and purpose are both explicitly and clearly stated. 

Intent or purpose not explicitly stated, but understandable to the target audience. 

Intent and purpose not stated and not clear. 

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Audience: targeted? (Analysis)  Outcomes 1,2
 

Audience’s needs and expectations are fully addressed. 

Audience’s needs or expectations are partly addressed. 

Audience’s needs and expectations not addressed. 

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Focused on a single controlling idea? (Synthesis)  
Outcomes 1,2
 

A sharply-focused controlling idea is clearly stated at the beginning. The writer keeps the reader focused on the controlling idea throughout the document.  

Controlling idea is stated at the beginning; focus on the controlling idea may not be clear throughout the document, but is re-stated in the conclusion.  

Controlling idea not stated; reader does not know where the writer is headed.  

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Scope is clearly delineated? (Analysis)  
Outcomes 1,2
 

Scope is clearly stated. 

Reader must infer the of the scope covered by the document. 

Scope is vague or not stated. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Perspective is appropriate?  
(Synthesis)

Outcomes 1,2
 

Writer’s perspective is clear, and accommodates the audience’s perspective. Document evidences understanding of cultural and organizational diversity. 

Writer’s perspective clearly implied; may not (or may only partially) address the reader’s perspective. 

Writer’s perspective is vague or does not take into account the audience’s needs and expectations. 

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Controlling Idea: sufficiently developed?

(Synthesis) 
Outcomes
 1,2,3

Controlling idea fully developed with external documented evidence, concrete examples and illustrations, and both inductive and deductive analysis/explanation.  

Controlling idea developed with concrete examples as evidence and inductive or deductive analysis/explanation 

Controlling idea not fully developed. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Analysis: are facts and opinions explained?

(Synthesis)  
Outcomes

 1, 2, 3
 

All opinions and facts are explained or confirmed to meet the reader’s needs and expectations.  

Essential opinions or facts supporting the controlling idea are explained or confirmed. May have some minor lapses. 

Opinions and facts are not explained or confirmed.  

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Evidence: detailed and convincing?

(Synthesis)  
Outcomes

1, 2, 3
 

Evidence is convincing, clearly documented and verifiable. Writer has clearly evaluated sources.   

 Evidence is limited but generally convincing. May be somewhat outdated or lacking in depth.

Writer does not provide evidence to support assertions. Document is not credible.

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Critical Thinking  
(Synthesis) Outcomes
1, 2, 3 

Consistently applies effective critical thinking techniques. Considers other perspectives, including cultural, professional, and personal. Considers both pro and con. Applies deductive and inductive logic, as appropriate. 

Considers pros and cons to the degree that the document is credible.  

Document is one-sided and contains logical flaws and fallacies. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Main Supporting Parts: clearly defined and simple?  
(Synthesis)

Outcomes

1,2,3
 

All main supporting points stated early, and in appropriate sequence.

Main points are partially or incompletely stated, or may be inferred by the reader. 

Main supporting points are not stated, and the reader cannot tell what is to follow after the introduction.

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Introduction

(Synthesis)  
Outcomes
 1,2,3

Sets stage, fully gives reader sense of purpose, and what is to follow; states controlling idea and major parts, Provides transition to body. Addresses needs and expectations of the target audience. States intended goal and objectives of the document. Transitions effectively to the next section of the report.

States purpose or controlling idea clearly, but not major parts. Partially addresses the goals and objectives of the document. Partially addresses the needs and expectations of the target audience.

Does state the purpose or address the needs and expectations of the target audience. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Transitions

 (Synthesis) 
Outcomes
 2

Transitions provide continuity and emphasis, and move the reader smoothly towards the document’s conclusion.

Transitions are present at critical places, such as between paragraphs. 

No 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Conclusion  
(Synthesis) Outcomes
 1,2,3

Memorable conclusion. Returns to controlling idea, reviews ideas, provides closure to enable effective decision making. 

Summarizes the document and re-states the controlling idea. 

Ends abruptly or ambiguously.  

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Document Design

(Application)

Outcome

2

Text design uses correct fonts, headers, white space, and other elements to 

Uses basic design elements that are conventional to a business report.

Document design causes reader fatigue.

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Paragraphs  
(Synthesis)

Outcomes
 2

Suitably brief and focused. Clear topic sentences. Unified and coherent. Fully developed with a balance of facts and explanation. 

Each paragraph generally covers a separate topic.

Paragraphs lack consistent structure.

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Sentences

(Synthesis)  
Outcomes
2

Varied, and of a suitable style for the audience; not excessively long or short. Coordinated. Complex when appropriate. Appropriately short to fit the needs of a busy workplace reader. No fragments, fused sentences, or comma splices.

Generally coordinated. Minimal fragments, fused sentences, or comma splices.

Uncoordinated; coherence problems. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Readability and Economy of Style

(Synthesis))

 

 

Style is easily understandable in a single rapid reading. Minimizes passive voice, smothered verbs, and bureaucratic and academic language.

Style is understandable to a busy workplace reader, with a minimum of stylistic distractions.

Style is difficult to read

Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Tone  
Outcomes
 2

Suitable for audience; not ambiguous. Uses personal pronouns as appropriate.

Appropriate for setting.  May occasionally come across as impersonal or bureaucratic.  

Ambiguous, inappropriate, or offensive tone for situation and audience. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Vocabulary  
Outcomes
 1,2

Concise and appropriate for the needs and expectations of the target audience. No jargon or language to impress rather than express.  Complex terms are defined. Abbreviations and acronyms are spelled out the first time they are used. Fluent yet not pretentious. 

Generally understandable – reader may need to consult references.

Inappropriate, confusing. Usage is nonstandard.

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

Grammar and Mechanics  
Outcomes

1,2
 

No distracting errors in grammar, mechanics, usage, punctuation, or spelling. 

Only occasional errors; not distracting. 

Errors distract the reader and erode writer’s credibility. 

 Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

 

Class Assessment:
 

  • 7 Reader/Writer Response Journals (accounting for homework and class participation) + participation points for the in-class work each session
  • Audience Analysis Memo
  • Business Memo with Documented Research
  • Business Letter Investigating and Reporting Cultural Considerations for Doing Business Internationally
  • 5-10 Minute PowerPoint with Audio and Visuals
  • Research Paper Proposal
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Positive Message & Negative Message
  • Research Report
  • Final Test

Grading:
 

The final course grades will be calculated according to the percentage of the final grade allotted to each assignment; each assignment will be graded by dividing the number of points received by the student by the total number of points possible for the assignment (100). A grading curve will NOT be used.

Percentage of Final Grade for Assignments:

  • 105 points: 7 Reader/Writer Response Journals (accounting for homework and class participation) + points per week for in-class exercises (if one misses class, the work can be made up)
  • 50 points: Audience Analysis Memo
  • 100 points: Business Memo with Documented Research
  • 100 points: Business Letter Investigating and Reporting Cultural Considerations for Doing Business Internationally
  • 50 points: 5-10 Minute PowerPoint with Audio and Visuals
  • 100 points: Research Paper Proposal
  • 100 points: Resume and Cover Letter
  • 200 points: Research Report
  • 50 points: Final Test

Grading Standards:

90% - 100% = A

80% - 89% = B

70% - 79% = C

60% - 69% = D

59% - and below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Assignments will be handed in on the assigned date unless a prior agreement has been made with the instructor. All materials must be handed in on or before the last day of the term. No exceptions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Session 1: 14 January 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 1, “Succeeding in Business Communication”

 

In-Class Activities: Introduction to class; explaining how the online classroom at http://parkonline.org will work: the left-hand menu, announcements, dropbox, and doc sharing, etc.; discussing the syllabus and assignments for the term; exploration of readings; discussing the first weekly assignment—Audience Analysis Memo (rough draft due next Monday), and journal entry (due on Wednesday of this week).

 

Assignments: Audience Analysis Memo--#2.19, 1½ - 2 pages, single spaced (due Week 2)—You will need to consult the chapter describing how to write a memo to get the right format: Appendix A.

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Session 2: 16 January 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 2, “Adapting Your Message to Your Audience”

In-Class Activities: 1) Sharing Journal Entry 1 in class. Journal entries will need to go in the Dropbox by Wednesday night for grading; 2) Discussing the Web sites of the week, how to avoid plagiarism; completing in-class exercises from the reading.

Assignments: Journal Entry 1 (due this week, based on any of the readings; see the sample in the left-hand menu or Doc Sharing.)

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Session 3:  21 January 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 5, “Communicating Across Cultures”

In-Class Activities: Discussion of the readings and in-class activities (5.2, 5.9); rough draft workshop for the audience analysis memo; analysis of the Web sites of the week.

Assignments Due: Rough draft of Audience Analysis Memo (required, peer review, with final draft due by Wednesday in the Dropbox).

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Session 4: 23 January 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 6, “Working and Writing in Teams”

In-Class Activities: Discussing the Business Letter with Documented Research: Investigating and Reporting Cultural Considerations for Doing Business Internationally. (Each student will choose a country to work with for the duration of the term.); discussing readings and completing in-class activities (6.2), and sharing journal entries in class.  

Assignments Due: Journal Entry 2 due plus Audience Analysis Memo, both to the dropbox.

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Session 5: 28 January 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 7, “Planning, Composing, and Revising”

In-Class Activities: Discussion of readings for the day + in-class exercises (7.2, 7.5-7.7, 7. 11 and 7.12); evaluation of the weeks’ Web sites; rough draft workshop for the Business Letter with Documented Research: Investigating and Reporting Cultural Considerations for Doing Business Internationally.

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Session 6: 30 January 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 8, “Designing Documents”

 

In-Class Activities: Discussing the reading, plus in-class activities (8.2, 8.3, 8.4—switching groups for each activity); sharing Journal Entry 3 in class and discussion of readings; discussing next week’s assignment—Business Memo with Documented Research. This assignment will focus on the political, economic, and business climate for the country each student chose.

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Assignments Due: Journal Entry 3; Business Letter with Documented Research: Investigating and Reporting Cultural Considerations, both in the dropbox.

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Session 7: 4 February 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 9, “Creating Visuals and Data Displays” 

In-Class Activities: Rough draft workshop for the Business Memo with Documented Research,  as well as discussion of the readings and in-class activities (9.3, 9.6), and evaluation of the week’s Web sites.

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Session 8: 6 February 2013, Wednesday

Lecture and Reading Assignment: Chapter 10, “Making Oral Presentations”

In-Class Activities: Discussing the PowerPoint with Audio and Visuals assignment—(See the Left-Hand Menu of the online classroom (due week 5); discussing readings and completing in-class activities (10.2, 10.3, 10.4); sharing Journal Entry 4 in class.

Assignment Due: Journal Entry 4, plus Business Memo with Documented Research, both in the dropbox.

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Session 9: 11 February 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 18, “Writing Proposals and Progress Reports,” plus, the following pages from Chapter 17: 527-536; 547-559.

In-Class Activities: Discussing readings for the week, plus in-class activities (Answering the proposal questions on page 578—as a prewriting for the proposal/research project); rough draft workshop for the PowerPoint with Audio and Visuals assignment (Students should bring a copy of their PowerPoint printed as “handouts”. Go to the print-preview screen to choose this option.)

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Session 10: 13 February 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 19, “Analyzing Information and Writing Reports”

In-Class Activities: Discussing the readings and completing in-class activities (19.2, 19.3, 19.4) as well as sharing Journal Entry 5 in class; discussing the Research Proposal assignment (see the Left-Hand Menu).

Assignment Due: Journal Entry 5 and the PowerPoint with Audio and Visuals, both in the Dropbox.

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Session 11: 18 February 2013, Monday  

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 11, “Building Resumes”

In-Class Activities: Discussing the reading assignments for the day and completing in-class activities (11.3, 11.4, 11.911.10); evaluating the Web sites for the week; rough draft workshop for the Research Proposal assignment.

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Session 12: 20 February 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Chapter 12, “Writing Job Application Letters”

In-Class Activities: Discussing the reading assignment and completing in-class exercises (12.3, 12.4, 12.5); sharing Journal Entry 6 in class; discussing the Resume and Cover Letter assignment.

Assignments Due: Journal Entry 6 and the Research Proposal assignment, both to the dropbox.

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Session 13: 25 February 2013, Monday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Ch. 16, “Crafting Persuasive Messages”

In-Class Activities: Rough draft workshop for the Research Report; reading the readings with an eye toward the research paper, and completing in-class exercises (16.4, 16.6)

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Session 14: 27 February 2013, Wednesday

Lecture + Reading Assignment: Reviewing Ch. 19.

In-Class Activities: Discussion of readings and sharing of Journal Entry 7 in class, plus in-class activities; rough draft workshop for Research Report. Students will use this chapter as a method of self-review for the research papers; workshop time for the research papers and conference time with instructor.

Assignments Due: Journal Entry 7; rough draft of the business report;

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Session 15: 4 March 2013, Monday

In-Class Activities: In-class reflective exercise: what is your take-away from EN 306B. Informal reporting on the research projects, the processes and the content of the report (a 5 point reflective assignment).

Assignments Due: Research Report

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Session 16: 6 March 2013, Wednesday

In-Class Activities: Final in-class short essay answer test. If you miss class tonight, you must have a proctored time with the Park U. office to complete the exam.

Assignment Due: All materials need to be turned in by tonight.

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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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