BUS 209-WI: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESSDocument Transcript
BUS 209-WI: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS
Spring 2009, Section 4
W F Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Room E 201
Instructor: Bill Moylan Phone: 956-7681
Office Hours: TWRF 8:00 – 8:45 AM, and Office location: BUSAD C502H
Class website: http://faculty.shidler.hawaii.edu/wmoylan
An interactive writing class stressing persuasive writing in the context of memos, letters, and business reports
This is an extremely important course. The ability to write well is critical for success in business.
By the end of this course, you should understand:
• The essential elements of grammar for business writing.
• The process of writing: ideation, free writing, editing.
• The common business documents.
• The difference between good writing and bad writing.
• How to write persuasively.
• How to use technology to give your writing more impact and make it more successful.
• Shortcuts to writing better, faster.
We will use three methods to make you a much better writer:
• Written assignments • Class Exercises • Lecture
Locker, Kitty O. and Stephen Kyo Kaczmarek, Business Communication; Building Critical Skills, McGraw-
Hill Irwin, Fourth Edition, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-337772-8
Class Grade Components:
30% Take Home Written Assignments (6 total @ 5% each)
20% Final Project
20% In Class Written Assignments (2 total @ 10% each)
15% Unannounced Quizzes (2 total @ 7.5% each)
5% Polish Your Prose
11% Final Exam
Attendance*** (can LOWER grade)
BUS 209-WI WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS IN BUSINESS
Details for method and timing of written assignments will be discussed on the first day of
class. Two assignments will be completed in class.
There will be three unannounced quizzes at the beginning of class on the material that was
assigned for reading that day. Only two will count; your lowest score will be thrown out.
Polish Your Prose
Grammar exercises at the end all 30 modules (including those not covered in class) are your
Your Polish Your Prose should be typed, and will be handed in at the end of the day on
“Polish Your Prose” days.
Attendance and class participation
Attendance is MANDATORY!!! Students are expected to show up prepared for this class—
there are only 30 class meetings and they are all crucial. If you miss a class, download the
“Absence Report” from the class website, and fill it in and hand it in when you next come to
class. If it is a legitimate excused absence (doctor’s visit, student-athlete travel, etc.), it will
be an “excused” absence. After three unexcused absences, the course grade will be lowered
1/4 grade for each class missed. Tardies will count as ½ an absence.
A final, comprehensive exam will be given on Friday, May 15, from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the KOKUA Program for information
and services. Services are confidential and students are not charged for them. Contact
KOKUA at 956-7511 (voice/text), email@example.com, or Queen Liliuokalani Center for
Student Services, Room 13. Also, feel free to ask the instructor if accommodations are
BUS 209 Honor Code
Students are expected to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity. Students are
on their honor to NOT violate the honor code. All work MUST be the student’s own. Of
course, plagiarism will result in dismissal from the course and a grade of “F.”
I cannot stress the importance of turning in YOUR OWN WORK. I don’t like to do it, but I
don’t hesitate kicking out and failing cheaters!
Please download the honor code sheet from the class website, read it, sign it, and turn it in at
the next class meeting.
BUS 209: Business Writing
Class Date Topic Required Reading
(prior to class)
1 1/14 Intro to course
2 1/16 ASSIGNMENT: Personal description memo due!
The writing process Mod. 1
Adapt message to your audience Mod. 2
Planning, writing, and revising Mod 4
3 1/21 Resumes Mod. 27
4 1/23 ASSIGNMENT 1: Informative memo (A) due!
Polish Your Prose 1
5 1/28 Grammar Mod 14
6 1/30 Finish grammar; Visual Appeal Mod. 5
You attitudes Mod. 6
7 2/4 Catch up day
8 2/6 ASSIGNMENT 2: Resume due!
Positive emphasis Mod. 7
Reader benefits Mod. 8
9 2/11 Letters and memos Mod. 9
e-MAIL Mod. 13
Persuasive messages Mod. 12
10 2/13 Informative and positive messages Mod. 10
Negative messages Mod. 11
11 2/18 Polish Your Prose 2
12 2/20 Proposals and Progress Reports Mod. 21
ASSIGNMENT 3: Informative memo (B) due!
13 2/25 Revising Mod. 16
14 2/27 Working & Writing in Teams Mod. 18
15 3/4 ASSIGNMENT 4: Recommendation due!
Polish Your Prose 3
Class Date Topic Required Reading
(prior to class)
16 3/6 Use the right word Mod. 15
17 3/11 Brochures, Newsletters
18 3/13 In Class Written Assignment #1
19 3/18 Short Reports Mod. 23
Long Reports Mod. 24
20 3/20 ASSIGNMENT 5: Brochure due!
21 4/1 Polish Your Prose 4
22 4/3 Information Analysis Mod. 22
23 4/8 ASSIGNMENT 6: Analytical report due!
Final Project Discussion (see website)
24 4/15 Visuals Mod. 25
25 4/17 Catch up day
26 4/22 Presentations Mod 20
27 4/24 Building Critical Skills (see website)
28 4/29 Researching jobs Mod. 26
Resumes Mod. 27
Job Application Letters Mod. 28
Job interviews Mod. 29
Follow up letters Mod. 30
29 5/1 FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENT due!
In Class Written Assignment #2
30 5/6 Review
5/15 FINAL EXAM: Noon – 2:00 p.m.