EGL 1320: Writing for Business Fall 2010 Dr. Kapai

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EGL 1320: Writing for Business
Fall 2010
Dr. Kapai
Office: M 3075; Mailbox in M 3072
Hours: T Th 7:30-8 a.m. and 1-2
Other hours by appointment only
Voicemail: 301-322-0592
E-mail: [email protected]
CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this second semester composition course, students develop and sharpen critical thinking and writing
skills, applying them to materials from business and the professions with an emphasis on evidence-based
analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and persuasive presentation.
PREREQUISITE: A passing grade of C in EGL 1010
EXPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
1.
Plan, organize, and write in cogent, standard English: business letters, memoranda, reports of
various types, résumés, employment, employment-related correspondence, and other business
documents.
2.
Write in clear, concise style appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and writer’s role.
3.
Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics, and apply conventions of business
writing and documentation.
4.
Produce professional-looking, current, standard formats for business letters, memoranda, reports,
and other documents.
5.
Collect, select, analyze, interpret, and organize data, and use it appropriately in business
communications.
6.
Conduct primary and secondary research, and present this information in a formal documented
report.
7.
Integrate visuals, headings, and other graphics into business communication.
8.
Explain cross-cultural, ethical, and legal considerations pertinent to business communication.
9.
Give an effective oral presentation (may include oral reports, employment interviews).
10. Work effectively in a collaborative or team communication situation
REQUIREMENTS
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Read assigned sections of the text before coming to class
Attend classes regularly and on time and participate in all class activities
Complete writing assignments according to the directions provided and submit them on time
Work responsibly in collaborative tasks
TEXT
Flatley, Marie and Kathryn Rentz. M: Business Communication. McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Please note that used copies of the text will not include the code required for accessing useful
material on the website. Additional information on the e-book version of the text or renting the
text for the semester is available from the publisher (www.mhhe.com). Please arrange to have
the text by the end of the first week of classes.
You will also need
 A dictionary: a standard desk dictionary
 A handbook: any handbook used in our composition courses
 A flash drive for saving your assignments
RESEARCH PROJECT
You will be working collaboratively (in teams of two, maximum three) on a research project. The project
will require research, both primary (questionnaires and interviews) and secondary (books, journals and
websites). To assist you, topics based on real business world situations will be suggested. For the chosen
project, you will be submitting a proposal/work plan and a working bibliography.. You will also be
required to make an oral presentation to the class using PowerPoint. If you have never used the software, it
is a good opportunity to learn. Attendance at the formal oral presentations is required (for the presenters
as well as the other members of the class).
GRADING
Final grade will be computed as follows:
Miscellaneous writing assignments
Memorandum
Routine inquiries
Claim letter
Refused request
Résumé and cover letter
`
10%
10%
10%
10%
5+5 % 10%
50%
Research project
Project proposal and working bibliography 05%
Final report (group grade)
10%
Oral report presentation (individual)
10%
Mid-term
Final exam
Class participation and submission of work on time
25%
10%
10%
05%
Total
100
GRADE SCALE
Total all scores and use the following table for percentage to calculate your grade.
A
=
90+
B=
80-89
C
=
70-79
D=
60-69
F
=
Below
60
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CLASS POLICIES
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Attendance: No more than three unexcused absences are allowed in a semester. You are
responsible for obtaining all information and assignments for any class missed and for submitting
assignments on time. If you foresee a problem, please talk to me before the task is due. Missing a
class always counts as an absence even if you have an official excuse or a doctor’s note. More
than three absences will lower your final grade. Two late arrivals (more than ten minutes)
count as one missed day. If you miss seven or more class meetings, you are likely to fail the
course.
Assignments not submitted on time get a full letter grade lowered for each class meeting they are
late; after three class meetings, a late assignment automatically receives a failing grade. If there
are extenuating circumstances, please discuss the problem with me and obtain an extension in
advance.
All assignments submitted must be typed. Always save the text on a disk/flash drive to facilitate
revision and easy availability in case of loss of documents.
No eating or drinking (except bottled water) is allowed in class. Please turn off the cell phones/
beepers before you enter the classroom.
DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS:
When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining
at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
Mid-term
Last day to withdraw from classes
Project Report due
Oral presentations
Final exam
October 21
November 19
November 30
November 30--December 2
December 14
A Statement on Civility at Prince George’s Community College
To promote a community of scholarship and civility, everyone at Prince George’s Community
College is expected to be respectful, tolerant and courteous towards others at all times, adhere to
college policies and procedures, and respect college property. Creating a culture of civility both
inside and outside the classroom is everyone’s responsibility.
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EGL 1320: Writing for Business
Calendar Fall 2010
FALL
2010
TOPIC FOR CLASS
DISCUSSION
Aug. 31
Overview of the course
Syllabus review
Sept. 2
Sept. 7
Sept. 9
Sept. 14
Sept. 16
Sept. 21
Sept. 23
Sept. 28
Sept. 30
Introductions; importance of
communication skills in the
business world
The writing process
Assignment 1: due Sept. 16
Discussion of Chapter 2: The Main
Forms of Business Messages
Selecting Appropriate Words
Peer review of draft Assignment1
Due: Assignment 1
Writing Clear Sentences
Assignment 2 given: due Sept. 28
Writing Clear Paragraphs and
Writing for Positive Effect
Form research teams
Research teams; peer review of
Assignment 2
Due: Assignment 2
Types of reports: proposal writing
Preparing formal reports :
Research Project proposal due: Oct.
14
ASSIGNMENT TO BE COMPLETED AT HOME
TEXT: FLATLEY/RENTZ.
M: BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Browse through the text. Prepare an oral presentation (no
more than three minutes) for introducing yourself at the
next class meeting.
Study Chapter 1: Communicating in the Work Place
Study Chapter 2: Understanding the Writing Process
Study Chapter 4: Using an Appropriate Style
Prepare draft of Assignment 1
Review Chapter 4
Study Chapter 5: Writing Good News and Neutral
Messages
Browse Chapter 3: Using visuals
Read the section on Proposals in Chapter 6,
pp. 168-173; handout for course-specific proposal
provided.
Browse Chapter 6 and Chapter 7
Plan the proposal for your project.
See Chapter 8 for formal reports
Chapter 9 for short reports. Follow instructions provided
in class.
Work on refining your proposal
Oct. 5
Resources for research: meet in
the library
Oct. 7
Discussion of preliminary
proposals
Working bibliography: due Oct. 19
Review working bibliography in
progress
Documenting sources: MLA and
APA Style
Research proposals due
Review for mid-term
Due: Working bibliography
Open
Mid-term Test
Claim: Assignment 3: due Nov. 4
Sign up for individual conferences
Start work on preparing the working bibliography
Prepare a preliminary draft of bibliography for review
No classes: College Enrichment
Day
Discussion of Assignment 3
Prepare the final draft of Assignment 3.
Oct. 12
Oct. 14
Oct. 19
Oct. 21
Oct. 26
Oct. 28
Finalize working bibliography
Consult your handbook for formatting details
Revise the bibliography for submission on Oct. 19
Continue research; take notes
Review the section on Claims in Chapter 6(110ff)
Review Chapter 7. Work on Assignment 3 and your
project
Continue project research with your team mate.
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Review Chapter 6: communicating bad news messages
Nov. 2
Nov. 4
Nov. 9
Nov. 11
Nov. 16
Nov. 18
Nov. 23
Nov.
25-28
Nov. 30
Dec. 2
Open for conferences as needed
Peer review of Assignment 3
Due: Assignment 3
In-class Assignment 4:
Communicating bad news
Meet in M 3088
Using visuals, formatting reports
Open
Discussion: Oral presentations:
using audio-visuals
Conferences as needed
Peer review of the draft (Your last
chance to get feedback)
Open
No class
Continue work on the research project
Refer to Chapter 3.
Continue work on the research project
Prepare the draft of the report
Review Chapter 10, pp. 268 -280
Revise the report as needed
Get the report ready for submission
Thanksgiving Break
Due: Final Project Report
Oral presentations: dress to fit the
occasion
Missing the presentations—your
own or others’—will end in a 0 for
this task.
Presentations continued
Assignment 5: Due Dec. 14 (Final
exam day)
Dec. 7
Résumé and cover letters:
discussion
Dec. 9
Peer review of the résumé and
cover letter
Dec. 14
Due: Assignment 5
Final exam: meet in M3088
Please be present on time.
Start your résumé planning
Study Chapter 11:Communicating in the Job Search
Get Assignment 5 ready for submission
This schedule is subject to change if necessary, so stay informed of announcements in class.
Due Dates for the Research Project Tasks
Proposal
Working Bibliography:
Final Report
Oral Presentations
October 14
October 19
November 30
November 30—December 2
I look forward to sharing a rewarding semester with you.
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