COM 323 Business and Professional Communiction
Dr. Marcia D. Dixson
Office hours: 4-5:15 MTR
Phone: x 16558
Need an appointment?
email Dr. Dixson
Return to syllabus
Educational philosophy of your instructor.
I believe there is a lot of useful information for you to learn about communication in the business and professional environment. I also believe you best learn that information by applying and practicing it. Therefore, when chapters are assigned, I expect you to read and understand the material (or let me know) so that we can practice and apply it in the classroom. I do minimal lecturing and try to maximize your time to try out and enhance your communication skills. However, that time is wasted if you have not put in the time to prepare by learning about the skills before you come to class. Reading and understanding the material is your responsibility. Providing opportunities to apply it is mine.
Assignments: Papers are expected to be typed, double-spaced. Turn them in on time. Late assignments (papers, presentations etc.) (up to one class period) are subject to up to a 20% reduction of points (two letter grades). If you have a bona fide excuse (hospitalization, car accident etc.), talk to me.
Missed classes: If you cannot or do not attend class, get the notes from someone. Group presentation points can only obtained by being here and active. If you know you must miss class, talk to me and your group ahead of time. In case of emergency, call ASAP. Treat this like you would a job! Good work habits are an asset in many situations.
Grade complaint/question policy: Except in the case of error (I added wrong), all grades are final. I will be happy to discuss your grade, i.e., why you received it, how you can improve it the next time, etc. I won’t change it.
Hamilton, Cheryl. (2005). Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions. 7th edition. Thomson/Wordsworth Publishing.
|Assignments||Percentage of Course Grade|
|Interview Project (includes resumes, job description, interview protocol, video tape, job decision, critique)||20|
|Redesigning a Company Project||15|
|Analysis of Leadership Paper||10|
|Paired Competitive Presentation||10|
|Exercises in class and homework||15|
Unit One: Getting a Job
16: Introduction to the class; Chapter 1
17 Chapter 8: Discuss Interview Project: Link to web resumes
19 Chapters 5 and 7; Job descriptions due; Place analysis due
23 Interview Project Interviews (resumes and interview protocols due): Interview Schedule
24 Interview Project Interviews (resumes and interview protocols due): Interview Schedule
Unit Two: Keeping a Job
26 Chapter 2: Begin Redesigning Company Project; Interview Project decisions due
30 No class
31 Chapter 9: Short paper on teamwork; BRING A CALCULATOR!; Intervew Project critique due
2 Chapters 11 and 13: Teamwork paper due
6 Chapter 3 and 6: Methods of successfully collaborating
7 Chapter 4
9 Redesigning Company Presentations
Unit Three: Movin' on up!
13 Chapter 14: Decide on pairs of Competitive Paired Presentations; Analysis of persausive messages assignment
14 Chapter 10: Participation and Leadership; Meeting management
16 Leadership analysis
20 Paired Competitive Presentations Schedule: Leadership analysis due
21 Paired Competitive Presentations Schedule: Self-analysis due
23 Final Test
Useful On Campus Resources
Services for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability or acquire one and want to find out about what special services and accommodations are available, you may contact Services for Students with Disabilities in WALB 118 and 218
Writing Center: Can help you with general writing problems or specific assignments.
CASA (Center for Academic Support and Advancement): Offers many kinds of services to students.