Hennessy, Terri A.
Vaughan, David K
Decker, Amy B
1.Short memo: due at the end of Week 1, June 9 by midnight. 2.Project #1 (audience analysis memo): due at the end of Week 1, June 9 by midnight. 3.Memo 2 with research: due at the end of Week 2, June 16 by midnight. 4.Proposal Report: due at the end of Week 3, June 23 by midnight. 5.Presentation: due at the end of Week 4, June 30 by midnight. 6.Cover letter & Resume: due at the end of Week 5, July 7 by midnight. 7.Progress Report: due at the end of Week 6, July 14 by midnight. 8.Journal: due at the end of Week 7, July 21 by midnight.
9.Business Report: due at the end of Week 7, July 21 by midnight. 10.Proctor “Final” essay exam: take during week 8 (July 22-28) 11.Weekly Discussions: due each week by Sunday evenings
Summary of Weekly Assignments
Readings: Read the Guidelines thread in the Course Home section of our online classroom; read Lecture Week 1; read chapters 1 and 2 in our primary text for this course, Locker and Kienzler’s Business and Administrative Communication. Students should also look at the Table of Contents for the grammar text for this course, The Gregg Reference Manual, which is intended primarily as a practical reference work.
Discussions: What is the cost and the worth of communication in 21-century businesses and other organizations? Discuss strategies and techniques for preventing and detecting plagiarism.
Project #1: All-Weather Case: Students will develop an Audience Analysis Memo based on the case study provided.
Writing Assignment #1: Students will select a country that interests them and create a hypothetical company and business that will be doing business in the country they have chosen. Students will research and write a memo describing current business and economic conditions in the country that might affect the company’s operations.
Readings: Read Lecture Week 2; read Chapters 5 (Communicating Across Cultures) and 6 (Working and Writing in Teams) in Locker; read pages 417-419 in The Gregg Reference Manual (GRM).
Discussions: Create a Web page of international information for workers and managers who will be going to a specific foreign country to work, and explain how you developed the page. Discuss how you can measure whether your writing meets standards for readability.
Writing Assignment #2: Students will continue to develop the scenario of assuming they are part of a company that is considering operations in the specific foreign country already identified. They will write a letter with documented research explaining how cultural factors in the chosen country may affect business operations, social contacts, shopping, and other considerations if the company you have created decides to move an operation to that country. The letter will also make appropriate recommendations.
Project #1 due
Writing Assignment #1 due
Readings: Read Lecture Week 3; Read Chapters 7 (Planning, Composing, and Revising) and 8 (Designing Documents), and the sections on proposals in Chapter 18 in Locker; Skim Section 12 (Editing and Proofreading) in The Gregg Reference Manual (GRM).
Discussion: Mosaic case-study: content of and standards for annual reports.
Writing Assignment #3: Research Proposal for the Business Research Report (Writing Assignment #7). Based on scenario for Assignments #1 and #2, students will prepare and submit a research proposal requesting approval to focus on specific areas for Writing Assignment #7 (Business Report with Recommendations), including a list of at least ten (10) references from their preliminary research.
Writing Assignment #7: Business Research Report (due Sunday of Week 7). See the details in Week #3 for this assignment, which is the Core Assessment for the course.
Writing Assignment #2 due
Readings: Read Lecture Week 4; read Chapters 9 (Creating Visuals and Data Displays) and 10 (Making Oral Presentations) in Locker; Skim Chapter 17 (Planning and Researching Reports).
Discussions: All-Weather case study: critique and revise visuals of quantitative data; evaluate PowerPoint slides for substance, organization, style, and correctness; critique a presentation.
Writing/Speaking Assignment #4: Students will prepare and deliver a presentation to hypothetical company employees at all company locations in the US who may be involved in starting an operation in the country you are investigating.
Writing Assignment #3 due
Readings: Read Lecture Week 5; read Chapters 11 (Building Résumés) and 12 (Writing Job Application Letters) in Locker.
Discussions: All-Weather Case study: Analyzing Job Applicants Based on Their Résumés; researching and comment on a job ad.
Writing Assignment #5: Students will submit a focused resume, with a cover letter.
Writing Assignment #4 due
Readings: Read Lecture Week 6; read Chapters 14 (Sharing Informative and Positive Messages); Chapter 15 (Delivering Negative Messages); and the sections on Progress Reports in Chapter 18 (Writing Proposals and Progress Reports) in Locker.
Discussions: All-Weather Case: Communicating the negative messages associated with layoffs; create and explain the rationale of a Human Resources Web page that promotes a benefit or resources employees
Writing Assignment #6: Students will submit a progress report for Writing Assignment #7.
Readings: Read Lecture Week 7; read Chapters 16 (Crafting Persuasive Messages), 18 (Planning and Researching Reports), and 19 (Analyzing Information and Writing Reports) in Locker; read sample exam.
Discussions: Evaluate five Web sites that are possible resources for your report; analyze and comment on a report and its press release(s); discuss strategies for taking the final exam.
Writing Assignment #7 due Sunday, Week 7
Journal due: Sunday, Week 7
Readings: Read Lecture Week 8; review all previous readings
Discussions: Coach a writer on revising and proofing techniques for e-mail messages; discuss your plan for proofreading your report.
Final Exam administered