Suggested Supplemental Materials: (not required)
We will apply the principles and techniques of effective business communications through a variety of assignments designed to help you master the tasks of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting business information. By "effective," I mean communications that work. Your written and oral communications must be clear, convincing, and graceful. We will use proper formats and conventions, and appropriate visual aids used as necessary. All of these elements are in the service of the individual document's goals (to inform, persuade, etc.). Excellent communication skills will contribute to your success in business and in life in general.
We will necessarily spend time on the effective use of technology (word processing, visuals, etc.) to produce high-quality, professional documents. The main emphasis of the course will, however, be on excellent writing in the context of various business situations. Technology is no substitute for a firm command of the language.
Toward the goal of producing effective business communications, we will take a mastery approach. We will discuss assignments in class, you may submit rough drafts (as time permits) and final drafts of written projects may be subject to further revision until they are satisfactory. Nota bene: Having me review an early draft does not guarantee an "A" on a final draft. The quality of your writing assignments remains your responsibility.
Remember that writing is a process. When you first put your thoughts to paper, you may find that you are not clear about what you really think. Conversely, you may begin with a firm idea of what you want to say--but come to realize that your evidence leads you to an entirely different conclusion. Be prepared to follow your evidence and make your point clearly and forcefully, even if it takes several drafts. Plan on doing lots of revising--and proofreading.
Overall, my goal is to help you learn to approach business, and especially the demands of business communications, with clarity, intelligence, and respect for colleagues and clients.
Policies and Procedures:
To pass the course, you must complete all writing assignments. Better to turn them in late than not at all. Your papers will generally be assessed according to the following criteria (varying as appropriate):
Please bear in mind that a grade is not meant to be a reward or punishment, but a reasonable assessment of what you have actually accomplished. Remember too that the worst I can do is give you an "F" for an assignment or your course grade, but when you get out into the professional world, your boss can fire you. Use my class as a safe place to learn and grow. If you don't succeed the first time, be willing to try again and I will help you do better. In summary, here is how grades should be interpreted:
MGMT 346 Assignment Schedule, Spring 2002
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