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Writing for the Workplace 2

IV. Course Objectives: After completing this course, the student will be able:

    • 1.

      To discuss the importance of written and oral communication in the workplace.

    • 2.

      To compose and edit various forms of business-related documents.

    • 3.

      To implement a business vocabulary and articulate a lucid, succinct style of business writing.

    • 4.

      To write proposals, reports, emails, memos, letters, and research/analysis.

    • 5.

      To locate information sources for business writing, particularly Web resources (i.e. Hoovers), and to develop skills in library research methodology as applied to business (i.e. Lexis-Nexis).

    • 6.

      To engage both individually and collaboratively in the process of writing for a business environment: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and reviewing documents .

    • 7.

      To present business-related material through an oral report.

    • 8.

      To use appropriate software to compose and design business documents.

  • V.

    Grading:

Eight documents worth 130 total points. One individual conference worth 25 total points. Participation grade worth 35 total points. One oral presentation worth 35 total points.

Total Points Available: 225

Eight Writings (130 total points):

  • 1.

    Email Correspondence (one page; 10 points)

  • 2.

    Cover Letter (one page; 10 points)

  • 3.

    Resume (one page; 10 points)

  • 4.

    Memorandum (one page; 10 points)

  • 5.

    Letter of Complaint/Adjustment (one page; 10 points)

  • 6.

    Proposal for Formal Report (one page; 10 points)

  • 7.

    P&P Description (two pages; 20 points)

  • 8.

    Formal Report: Summary w/visuals (1000-word minimum; four sources; 50 points)

One Individual Conference (25 points): You and I will meet, in person, during the course of the semester. I will give you a checklist beforehand and you will prepare all the materials listed on the checklist. You then will be graded on a 25-point scale. If you are prepared, you will do well. If you are not prepared, you will do poorly. Please be prepared.

Participation (35 points): I take attendance during each class session. There are 42 class sessions. You will earn ½ point for each class you attend for a total of 21. I also will check rough drafts of the cover letter, resume, memo, complaint, proposal, P&P, and formal report. Each rough draft will be due on an assigned date and will be worth two points, for a total of 14.

Oral Presentation (35 points): Your oral presentation will directly reflect your short report. It will involve PowerPoint and should incorporate summary, analysis, and specific examples. Graphics should be included. A source slide should be included.

VI. Plagiarism

Definition (from “KU Policy on Academic Dishonesty”) Plagiarizing the work of others and presenting it as one’s own without properly acknowledging the source or sources. At its worst extreme, plagiarism is exact copying, but it is also the inclusion of a paraphrased version of

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