House Bill 2504 Fall 2013 Course Syllabus POFT-2312-01 - Busi Correspondence-Comm
Fall 2013 Course Syllabus
POFT-2312-01 - Busi Correspondence-Comm
|Instructor||Granger, Patricia A.|
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|Course Description||Development of writing and presentation skills to produce effective business communications.|
|Course Prerequisites||Keyboarding skills|
|Required Textbooks||English for Careers-Business, Professional, and Technical by Leila R. Smith and Roberts Moore, 11th ed, 2014 by Pearson Education, Inc.|
• Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.
• The instructor reserves the right to drop any student missing more than two weeks of class (6 MWF classes, 4 TR classes).
• Quizzes may be given at the beginning of the class period. Students coming in to class late will not be allowed to take quizzes already turned in. A grade of zero will be recorded for the quiz.
• Assignments are due at the beginning of each class; student assignment coming in late will be assessed a penalty, even if the student arrives to class late and turns in work.
• Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting.
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Exams 50% Assignments and Quizzes 10% Compositions 40%|
|Final Exam Date||December 4, 2013 - 8:00 AM|
Three exams, in addition to the comprehensive final exam; weekly assignments and quizzes on writing improvement, grammar, punctuation, number usage; assignments of editing, composing, and formatting e-mails, memos, letters, and reports
Unit 1 Mastering the Art of Good Writing; Editing and Proofreading; Planning to Write; Good Writing Practices
Unit 2 Knowing Your Subject; Resumes; Workplace Vocabulary; Writing Biases
Unit 3 Mastering Verbs and Modifiers; Letter Styles
Unit 4 Perfecting sentence Punctuation; E-mail and Templates; Memos
Unit 5 Writing for Career Success; Reports
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1 (August 27) Class introduction; Appendix A; Chapter 1 References and Resources; Editing and Proofreading
Week 2 Chapter 2 Parts of Speech; Planning the Writing Process
Week 3 Chapter 3 Sentence Elements; Good Writing Practice
Week 4 Exam over Unit 1 (Chapter 1-3); Chapter 4 Nouns and Plurals; Resumes
Week 5 Chapter 5 Nouns and Possessives; Resumes, Workplace Vocabulary; Chapter 6 Pronouns
Week 6 Chapter 7 Pronouns Continued; Writing Biases
Week 7 Exam over Unit 2 (4-7); Chapter 8 Verbs
Week 7 Chapter 9 Verbs; Letter Styles
Week 8 Chapter 10 Adjectives and Adverbs; Letters
Week 9 Exam over Unit 3 (Chapters 8-10)
Week 10 Chapter 11 Punctuation; E-mail and Templates
Week 11 Chapter 12 and 13 Other Punctuation; Memos
Week 12 Chapter 14 Polished Writing; Reports
Week 13 Chapter 15 Capitalization, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Week 14 Exam over Units 4- 5 (Chapters 11-15)
Week 15 Presentation Reports; prepare for final exam (last class day December 3)
(Schedule subject to change)
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
2. Demonstrates appropriate professionalism in the administrative workplace environment.
3. Uses current business administration skills.
4. Uses current business office software applications.
5. Proofreads and edits business documents.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1) Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading. (PSLO 1), measured by pre-post exam.
2) Apply critical evaluation techniques to business documents (PSLO 2), mesured by rubric
3) Recognize the importance of coherent, ethical communication principles in business and industry (PSLO 2), measured by embedded exam questions
4) Define basic terminology to technical and business writing (PSLO 2); measured by embedded exam questions
5) Produce effective business communications appropriate to industry (PSLO 3), measured by rubric
6) Use word processing software to produce business documents (PSLO 4), measured by rubric
7) Apply basic rules of grammar, spelling, capitalization, number usage, and punctuation (PSLO 5), measured by rubric
8) Develop proofreading and editing skills (PSLO 5), measured by rubric
9) Write sentences and paragraphs (PSLO 5), measured by rubric
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
• If you miss an exam, your lowest test grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero
• Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.
• There will be a comprehensive final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a “0” on the final exam.
• Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the second week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.
• If your book is a text/workbook, you will tear out and turn in your work. No facsimiles accepted.
• Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading.
• A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.
• Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any assignment; a second incidence of academic dishonesty on an assignment will result in the student being given an “F” for the course. Academic dishonesty on an exam is automatically an “F” in the course.
• Student IDs are required for the first exam. IDs must be visible on your desk before the exam is administered—no ID, no exam.
• Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students. Instructors do not “drop” grades.
• If you are in a course that is using a specific software, you MUST have the software available to you—either on your home computer or you must use the open lab provided in the Gates Library.
• Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses and many traditional courses.
• Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams. DO NOT wait until the “last minute” to complete class work or exams.
The following behaviors will result in the student being asked during class time to cease the action and/or leave the classroom: using cell phones, talking, or keying while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions; leaving class early without informing the instructor; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.
No cell phones should be visible or heard during class. Again, you will be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class. No blue tooth technology or recording of lectures in any format (unless approved by the instructor). No charging of cell phones in the classroom.
E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name. Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying student’s name, course, and any return phone number.Go to http://www.lamarpa.edu/qep/trainingvideos.html for help with heading strategies.
For important dates see your current course schedule on MyLamarPa.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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