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Face-to-Face Syllabus (Tuesday/Thursday Section, Spring 2009)

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    Face-to-Face Syllabus (Tuesday/Thursday Section, Spring 2009) Face-to-Face Syllabus (Tuesday/Thursday Section, Spring 2009) Document Transcript

    • Diablo Valley College Syllabus Business Division Fall 2009 Course: BUS 250-3126 Business Communications Telephone: (925) 685-1230, Ext. 2306 (3 units, 54 hours) Meeting Time/Place: Tuesday/Thursday 8-9:15 a.m.., Fax: (925) 687-6384 Room BFL 103 Instructor: Carolyn M. Seefer E-Mail: cseefer@dvc.edu Instructor's Web Site: Office: BFL 227 (Business/Foreign Language Building) http://voyager.dvc.edu/~cseefer/carolyn.htm Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 7:00-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, 2-2:30 p.m. (on campus) COURSE OBJECTIVES BUS 250 is an introductory course designed to help you develop and refine the skills necessary to communicate effectively in a professional business environment. The focus will be on communicating clearly, concisely, considerately, correctly, and confidently, both orally and in writing. You will learn to plan, compose, and evaluate basic business documents, including letters, memos, and short business reports; to use technology to communicate, including e-mail and discussion boards; and to prepare and deliver oral presentations. The course will also contain an introduction to employment communication, including résumés, application letters, and interview skills. Emphasis throughout the course will be placed on intercultural communication and the ethics of communication. Teaching/learning methods will include reading, close analysis of business and professional documents, in-class writing and oral exercises, brief lectures, formal writing assignments, group projects, and examinations. Through class meetings and out-of-class work, you should expect to do the following: 1. Understand the process of communication from the positions of “receiver” and “sender” in a variety of business and professional contexts. 2. Apply specific reasoned, practical, and ethical business communication principles to composing and delivering typical business and professional messages. 3. Enhance awareness of communication contexts and practices in other cultures. 4. Practice business communication skills in both independent and collaborative/team situations. Recommended Prerequisites BUS 101, eligibility for ENGL 122 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) The purpose of this course is to help students develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in a professional business environment. 1. Students completing this course will be able to evaluate communication critically by analyzing and defining complex problems. COURSE WEB PAGE http://webct.dvc.edu TEXTBOOK WEB PAGE http://www.meguffey.com
    • TEXTBOOK Essentials of Business Communication, 8th Edition; Mary Ellen Guffey; Cengage, 2010, ISBN 0-324-58800-3 (required) Save money and buy the eBook version of textbook: http://www.ichapters.com SUPPLIES Scantron Form 882-E (Green two-sided form) (4) GRADING Tests (will drop lowest score) 20% Writing Assignments 30% Oral Presentations 30% In-Class Activities/Homework 20% A grade of 90 percent or higher earns an A grade; 80 to 89 percent earns a B grade; 70 to 79 percent earns a C grade; 60 to 69 percent earns a D grade; anything below 60 percent earns an F grade. GENERAL PROCEDURES Attendance It is important to attend class each day. Lectures and class activities extend your understanding and application of your new skills and knowledge. If you must miss a class meeting, you are responsible for any missed assignments or handouts. NO MAKEUP TESTS WILL BE GIVEN OR LATE WORK ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. Outside Work Please plan to devote at least three hours per week in addition to class meetings for completing homework assignments, reviewing, studying for tests, and preparing for the next class session (a 54-hour class requires an additional 54 hours of homework per state educational requirements). In order to be prepared for each class meeting, you should complete each homework assignment prior to the following class meeting. Classroom Rules 1. You are expected to arrive for class on time each day. 2. All assignments are due on the date indicated. 3. Plagiarism or cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. 4. Please take advantage of the textbook web page for extra help with your assignments. 5. It is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. If you drop the course, please let me know so that I can update my records. 6. Learn a lot, and apply what you learn in school and on the job. 7. Show respect for all class members, and relax and have fun!! Important Dates September 11: Last day to drop a class without having it appear on your transcript September 11: Last day for CR/NC option (if you choose this option, you must earn at least a “C” for a CR grade) November 20: Last day to drop a class (W on transcript) Tuesday, December 15: Last day of class (class meets from 8-10 a.m.)
    • ASSIGNMENTS Date Chapters/Topics Assignments Introduction to Course Introduction to Course Week 1 Discuss Chapter 1 Chapter 1 August 18 Career Success Begins With Homework for 8/20 (check when completed): Communication Skills  Read Chapter 1 Chapter 1, cont. Discuss Chapter 1, cont. Career Success Begins With August 20 Communication Skills Homework for 8/25:  TBA Leadership/Communication Style Analysis Week 2 Leadership/Communication Style Analysis August 25 Homework for 8/27:  Prepare for Oral Presentation (introduction) Presentations  Oral Presentation (Introduction) August 27 Homework for 9/1:  Read Chapter 2 Week 3 Chapter 2 Discuss Chapter 2 Planning Business Messages September Homework for 9/3: 1  TBA Discuss Chapter 2, cont. Chapter 2, cont. September Planning Business Messages 3 Homework for 9/8:  Read Chapter 3 Week 4 Discuss Chapter 3 Chapter 3 September Composing Business Messages Homework for 9/10: 8  TBA
    • Date Chapters/Topics Assignments Discuss Chapter 3, cont. September Chapter 3, cont. 10 Composing Business Messages Homework for 9/15:  Read Chapter 4 Week 5 Discuss Chapter 4 Chapter 4 September Revising Business Messages Homework for 9/17: 15  Complete 2 discussion board assignments and replies Discuss Chapter 4, cont. September Chapter 4, cont. 17 Revising Business Messages Homework for 9/22:  Study for Test 1 Week 6 Take Test 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4) Test 1 September Homework for 9/24: 22  Read Chapter 5 Discuss Chapter 5 Chapter 5 September Electronic Messages and 24 Homework for 9/29: Memorandums  TBA Week 7 Chapter 5, cont. Discuss Chapter 5, cont. Electronic Messages and September Memorandums Homework for 10/1: 29  Read Chapter 6 Discuss Chapter 6 Chapter 6 October 1 Positive Messages Homework for 10/6:  TBA Discuss Chapter 6, cont. Week 8 Chapter 6, cont. Positive Messages Homework for 10/8: October 6  Read Chapter 7
    • Date Chapters/Topics Assignments Discuss Chapter 7 Chapter 7 October 8 Homework for 10/13: Negative Messages  TBA Discuss Chapter 7, cont. Week 9 Chapter 7, cont. Negative Messages Homework for 10/15: October 13  Read Chapter 8 Discuss Chapter 8 Chapter 8 October 15 Persuasive Messages Homework for 10/20:  TBA Discuss Chapter 8, cont. Week 10 Chapter 8, cont. Persuasive Messages Homework for 10/22: October 20  Study for Test 2 Test 2 Take Test 2 (Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8) October 22 Homework for 10/27:  Read Chapter 11 Chapter 11 Discuss Chapter 11 Week 11 Professionalism at Work: Business Etiquette, Ethics, Teamwork, and Homework for 10/29: October 27 Meetings  TBA Chapter 11, cont. Discuss Chapter 11, cont. Professionalism at Work: Business October 29 Etiquette, Ethics, Teamwork, and Homework for 11/3: Meetings  TBA Chapter 11, cont. Discuss Chapter 11, cont. Week 12 Professionalism at Work: Business Etiquette, Ethics, Teamwork, and Homework for 11/5: November 3 Meetings  Read Chapter 12
    • Date Chapters/Topics Assignments Chapter 12 Discuss Chapter 12 November 5 Business Presentations Homework for 11/10:  Complete Writing Assignment 2 (Rough Draft) Week 13 Discuss Chapter 12, cont. Chapter 12, cont. November Business Presentations Homework for 11/12: 10  TBA Discuss Chapter 12, cont. November Chapter 12, cont. 12 Business Presentations Homework for 11/17:  Study for Test 3 Week 14 Take Test 3 (Chapters 11, 12) Test 3 November Homework for 11/19: 17  Read Chapter 13 Chapter13 Discuss Chapter 13 November The Job Search, Résumés, and Cover 19 Letters Homework for 11/24:  TBA Week 15 Discuss Chapter 13, cont. Chapter 13, cont. The Job Search, Résumés, and Cover November Homework for 12/1: Letters 24  TBA November No Class! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! 26 Discuss Chapter 13, cont. Week 16 Chapter 13, cont. The Job Search, Résumés, and Cover Homework for 12/3: December 1 Letters  Read Chapter 14 Discuss Chapter 14 Chapter 14 December 3 Interviewing and Following Up Homework for 12/8:  TBA
    • Date Chapters/Topics Assignments Discuss Chapter 14, cont. Week 17 Chapter 14, cont. Interviewing and Following Up Homework for 12/10: December 8  TBA Chapter 14, cont. Discuss Chapter 14, cont. December Interviewing and Following Up 10 Homework for 12/15:  Study for Test 4 Week 18 December Take Test 4 (Chapters 13, 14) 15 (NOTE: Test 4 Class meets 8-10 a.m. today) December No class today We meet only on Tuesday this week 17 Note: This is a fast-paced, intensive course which will require a lot of outside work and preparation. It will be assumed that you have a good understanding of basic business English grammar and punctuation rules. These will not be covered extensively in class. Please see your instructor as soon as possible if you feel you need extra assistance or would like exercises covering these rules. Also note that Appendix A in the back of your textbook summarizes these rules and includes exercises. If you don’t feel you have these basic skills, it is strongly advised that you take BUS 101 Business English first. You should also be aware that proofreading and revision are extremely important when preparing business documents. All final writing assignments submitted should be final drafts and of the quality you would feel comfortable submitting to your supervisor. Only error-free, sendable documents will receive an "A." Your instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the above syllabus. NOTES