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  • 1. Business & Professional Communication 1053-012 TH 8-9:15 a.m. 1053-013 TH 9:30-10:45 a.m. Spring 2009 Instructor: Meredith Canales Office Information: MB 2.248 Cubicle #7 Phone: 458-6796 Office Hours: T 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cell Phone: 643-0890 (Please do not call after 8 p.m. Feel free to text any time.) E-Mail: Text: Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions By: Cheryl Hamilton (8th edition) Course Description: 1053 Business and Professional Speech [TCCN SPCH 1321.] (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013. Examination of the basic communication process through oral channels with practical applications for business. Emphasis is on techniques of business and professional presentation, including components of message strategies, nonverbal communication, multimedia support, and persuasive speaking. Oral presentations with written components required.
  • 2. Course Objectives: Students will have the opportunity to learn about: the elements of the communication process organizational communication interpersonal relationships effective listening techniques ways to overcome obstacles to organizational communication basic information for all types of interviews small-group communication and problem-solving participation and leadership in small groups informative presentations how to research, support and deliver your ideas how to use visual aids persuasive presentations Deportment: You shall conduct yourself respectfully toward others at all times. Please refrain from the following: using cell phones, beepers and pagers during class, sleeping, gathering belongings before the end of class, talking, whispering and using laptop computers. Laptop Policy: Please do not use laptop computers in my class. You should be able to take sufficient notes by hand, and all material covered on exams will be directly from the book. In addition, I will post a review for you on Web CT one week before each test. Therefore, extensive notes will not be needed, so laptops should not be needed. Academic Conduct: It is your responsibility to be familiar with the policy regarding scholastic dishonesty in the current UTSA Information Bulletin. Communication professors have a strict policy prohibiting “double- dipping” –that is, submitting the same paper or giving the same speech or reading for two classes. Any paper or speech, presentation or reading submitted for Com 1053 must be an original work for this course only!
  • 3. The University Policy (in part) reads as follows: “Academic or scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating (on a test or any other assignment–to include falsifying data or other information), plagiarism (the appropriation or obtaining by any means another’s work and the submission of it as one’s own academic work offered for credit), and collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit).” The minimum penalty for academic dishonesty will be failure of the assignment. More severe penalties may be assessed for egregious violations. Grading Procedures: (A) Attendance/Participation: A student gains skill at communication by both practicing the skill and also by observing the skill; therefore, your attendance and class participation are important. An attendance sheet will be posted by the door before class. It is your responsibility to sign the sheet as you enter the classroom. Do not expect me to remember if you were in class or not. I know “Life Happens”, so you will be given two free absences. All other absences count! It is not necessary to notify me of an absence unless you are missing an exam or a speech. You may not use your two (2) free absences on your informative presentation day, group presentation day or exam days. If you are absent on a day an assignment is due, it is still due! You will need to e-mail it to me or have a friend deliver it to me. 0 - 2 absences 100 points 3 absences 90 points 4 absences 80 points 5 absences 70 points 6 absences 60 points More than 6 absences will result in zero points, and you may not pass the course. We will discuss your options of passing the course after the 6th absence. This will not be a pleasant discussion.
  • 4. One hundred points can be earned for attendance. Active participation means you attend class and participate in class discussions. Participation may include individual or group discussions, and individual or group exercises. You may have points deducted from your participation points if you do not share in the discussions and/or exercises. Point deduction is at my discretion. I will post a guide to participation grades on Web CT. One hundred points can be earned for participation. (B) Informative Presentations: Students will deliver a 4- to 6-minute informative presentation on a topic related to business and communication in the business world. Topics will be discussed in class, and the assignment will be posted on Web CT. Either note cards or PowerPoint slides will need to be turned in on the day of the presentation. One hundred points can be earned on the informative presentation. Fifty points can be earned on the notecards/slides. (C) Group Presentations: Students will be divided into groups. The presentations will be 12-15 minutes in length. You will be given 4 class days to work on your presentations; however, additional group time may be needed outside of class. Each group will invent an object to be sold and then pitch the object to the class in the form of a persuasive presentation. The object will need to be something you can construct easily and cheaply (it is just a model, it doesn’t have to be fancy), and you will need to bring a model to class for the presentation. There will be no make-up for the group presentation. If one or more members are absent, the presentation must still go on. This is how the real world works! Other members will have to pitch in to get the extra work done. Missing students will receive zero points. NO EXCEPTIONS! The exact assignment will be discussed in detail in class and be posted on Web CT. Also, the group will turn in a folder with their note cards/PowerPoint slides, and a confidential group report will be turned in by each member. One hundred and fifty points can be earned for the group ensemble.
  • 5. One hundred points can be earned for the slides/note cards. Fifty points can be earned for the individual parts of the speech. (D) EXAMS: You will have three exams. The exams will be made up of 100 true/false and multiple-choice questions. You will need a Scantron 882-E form for each of these exams. Exam 1 covers chapters: 1,2,3,4 Exam 2 covers chapters: 5,6,7,8 Exam 3 covers chapters: 10,11,12 Each exam is worth 300 points, so a total 900 points can be earned from exams. (E) ASSIGNMENTS: You will have to write and turn in an application (cover) letter and a résumé when we cover chapter 10: Managing Interviews in the Workplace. Each is worth 100 points for a total of 200 points. (F) Quizzes: We will have six pop quizzes throughout the semester. All quizzes will be on book material that has previously been assigned and should have been read by the time you come to class. IF YOU ARE ABSENT: your quiz grade will be zero if one is given that day (unless you are at a university-sanctioned event). Each quiz will be five questions and worth 50 points. I will drop ONE of your quiz grades. There is a total of 250 available points for quizzes. (F) Other important details: 1. All speeches will be delivered from speaking notes (note cards) or a PowerPoint slide summary with notes attached. Note cards and
  • 6. PowerPoint slide summary with notes attached must be turned in at the end of the presentation. If you read your speech directly from the page, you will receive an automatic “F” for the speech (zero points). 2. No late note cards or PowerPoint summaries will be accepted. 3. A student may make up only one exam. I must be notified of the reason for missing the exam no later than the next class. The reason must be cleared by me and must be followed up with a written note, signed and dated. Alarms not going off, child care problems, work/tests in other classes, work schedule problems and not being prepared are NOT valid reasons for missing an exam! ALL missed exams will be docked 10 points unless the situation is the result of a UTSA sponsored event. A make-up time will be discussed and agreed upon, but it must take place within one week. 4. If you have to miss your informative presentation, I must be notified by e-mail of the reason for missing. Again, alarms not going off, child care problems, work/tests in other classes, work schedule problems and not being prepared are not valid reasons. If your reason for missing is valid, you will be allowed to make up the presentation (with a 10-point deduction) the following day, IF THERE IS TIME. After all scheduled speakers have gone you may give your make-up presentation, if time allows. If there is no time, you must come to class prepared the next time and so on. There is a chance we will not have time and you will receive a zero. 5. If your presentation does not meet the time requirements, 10 points will be deducted. There is a 30-second grace period. You will be asked to stop and sit down if your presentation goes more than two minutes past time. This is to ensure all students will have time to complete their presentations. 6. You are required to speak on your assigned day. Please do not ask me to switch you unless it is for a VERY valid reason. 7. Application letter and résumé not turned in on the due date will incur a 10-point deduction for each day they are late.
  • 7. 8. Cell phones, laptops, pagers, MP3 players, iPods, etc. are to be turned off during class. No one will be allowed to text or use their equipment during class. I will not call you out for opening your computer or having headphones on, but please know that I will take note of it and deduct from your participation grade accordingly. 9. Sleeping, doing work for other classes, texting, talking, passing notes, gathering up belongings before class is over, playing games or surfing the Web, etc. are examples of rude behavior and will not be tolerated. You will be asked to leave the class should this become a problem. 11.DO NOT enter the room while a presentation is being delivered! 12.Fifty extra points will be awarded to anyone who has perfect attendance (again, if you are at a UTSA-sponsored event, this does not count against your perfect attendance). This means you show up to every class, not that you only use one or two of your free absences. 13.I will let you out on time. Please do not gather your belongings until I release you. This is a distraction. I do not want to stay late any more than you want to stay late, so do not worry about getting out late. 14.If you should have to leave early for some reason, please clear it with me by e-mail before class. 1790-2000: A 1590-1789: B 1390-1589: C 1190-1389: D Below 1190: F
  • 8. GRADE SHEET Attendance __________ 100 points Participation __________ 100 points Exam 1 __________ 300 points Exam 2 __________ 300 points Exam 3 __________ 300 points Quiz 1 __________ 50 points Quiz 2 __________ 50 points Quiz 3 __________ 50 points Quiz 4 __________ 50 points Quiz 5 __________ 50 points (Dropped quiz) __________ 0 points Informative Speech __________ 100 points Note Cards __________ 50 points Group Speech __________ 150 points Group note cards/slides __________ 100 points Individual Portion of Speech __________ 50 points Application Letter __________ 100 points Résumé __________ 100 points Total __________ Maximum 2000 Points + __________ Extra Points Grand Total