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Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management
GEB 3213 V1, V3, VE: Business Writing
COURSE Policies and SYLLABUS

Instructor:
Dr. Meghan Griffin
Term:
Fall A 2013
E-Mail:
[email protected]
Meeting Days:
Online
Phone:
386-506-3085 (office) 407-497-9236 (cell)
Meeting Hours:
Online
Office:
DB-150 room 303
Location:
Online

Welcome
Welcome to Business Writing, an upper-level writing course in the BAS in Supervision and Management program. Throughout the course, we will focus on writing skills relevant to professional communication. We’ll cover the major genres used in business writing and survey the methods and distinctive features of effective professional communication. My goal is for you to leave this course ready to write persuasive memos, reports, and letters in the workplace and effective essays, case studies, and correspondence within the BAS program of study. My office hours can be found on my faculty webpage at http://tinyurl.com/93frzwy. I encourage you to contact me if you plan to come by, as I’m often in meetings on campus. I am happy to meet with you on campus, via telephone, or via Skype. Please email or call if you’d like to make those arrangements. I will do my best to return phone calls within 24 hours. Course Description

This course emphasizes the basics of business writing while reviewing the various kinds of written business correspondence. Students are expected to integrate business decision-making and analytical thinking skills into the content. Students must be able to determine solutions to problem-based exercises. PR: ENC 1101 or equivalent; junior level status or permission of the chair is required. (This course number was formerly GEB 3212). FA, SP, SU. Learning Outcomes and Methodology

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Recognize and illustrate how business writing affects business outcomes. Draft workplace-appropriate documents in accordance with the Plain Language Movement Master the basic features of business writing genres including letters, reports, proposals, and memoranda Prepare and deliver effective media and technology based presentations. Write collaboratively in a team

Select and/or create reader-centered information graphics and visually appealing page designs Demonstrate the strengths and weakness of communicating using different mediums (electronic, telephone, fax, letter) Integrate concepts from other BAS courses

I will guide you in an active learning environment and you are expected to follow this guidance to influence other classmates in a positive manner. You will utilize all six of the following levels of learning: 1. Knowledge – recall and memorization

2. Comprehension – the ability to paraphrase and interpret information in your own words 3. Application – use knowledge in a new situation
4. Analysis – break down knowledge into parts and show interrelationships 5. Synthesis – bring together parts of knowledge to form a whole 6. Evaluation – make judgments based on given criteria

These six methods allow us to integrate real-world applications, life experience, and instructional materials into the course.

Texts and Materials

Required: Ober, S. (2005). Contemporary Business Communication (6th ed.). Houghton Mifflin.  ISBN: 0-618-47252-5. You can lease this text for $25 through membership in the BAS club. Club membership requires a one-time $20 donation, after which you can lease all the books in the BAS program. Call Cindy at 386-506-3086 for details. Additional required readings may be provided via pdf online.

Recommended: Writer’s Workbench Version 8.3. All students in the BAS program are encouraged to purchase and utilize the Writer’s Workbench software to improve writing skills throughout the curriculum. Faculty expect you to use this software to improve your grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling. You can purchase the software by viewing...