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1 MGT 303-Business Communication - ONLINE Texas A&M University-Commerce FALL 2021 Tentative Course Syllabus Instructor: E-Mail: Tonya D. Peak, MBA (The Online Virtual Office is the preference for all communications, unless your communications are of a private nature, then email is the preference. The Virtual Office is located in our course.) Start Date: Aug 30, 2021 12:00 AM End Date Dec 17, 2021 11:59 PM Subject area on all email correspondence your name, course name & section number Office: Virtual Office (See our online classroom) Office Hours: Monday - Friday via the course virtual office or e-mail. I check the course, participate in the course and discussion, and respond to questions and email every morning, Mon-Fri. I do not work on the weekends. I work each business day through the week. I am very active in my online courses.I love it here, so I am here often! Assignment Grading: Assignments are due on Sundays by 11:30 p.m. I will try my best to grade before the end of the business day (EOD) the following Thursday (That’s four days to grade). Proper communication will be provided, if I cannot meet my personal deadline (This is rare, if ever) for assignment grading. You will know your grade and where you stand in my class each week! Course Description A study of the fundamentals of writing both formal and informal reports, utilizing primary and secondary research. A team approach is used for problem solving and process improvement. Included is the study of life-long learning skills as related to interpersonal communication and intercultural business communication. Prerequisite: JUNIOR standing. Course Objectives This course is designed to develop the following professional skills: Students will understand how businesses communicate through formal and informal communication networks as well as in groups.

2 Students will be able to recognize communication meanings that are rooted in cultural experience. Students will develop the ability to express themselves in writing, including a thorough knowledge of grammar, mechanics and basic writing skills, differentiating between positive, negative, neutral and persuasive messages. Students will also analyze information gathered from research to draw accurate conclusions, utilize the formats for “direct and indirect” communication strategies and formal and information styles of reports and demonstrate techniques to graphically communicate information for written and oral communications. Students will be able to compare and contrast active, passive and not listening behavior as well as strategies to listen effectively while demonstrating the communication elements that are part of communicating using the “you view.” Students will understand the ethical goals of business communication and tools for communicating ethically in business. Textbook (REQUIRED): Thill & Bovee. Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition, ISBN 9780135192184 (Rental ISBN). Software (REQUIRED): You will need to purchase the presentation training software called PitchVantage. Purchase and download instructions will be provided in the online course, within the Week 1 Assignment directions. FALL 2021 Tentative Schedule All weekly assignments are due by 11:30 p.m. on Sundays Week Assigned Reading Assignment Overview Self-Awareness Series Week 1 Ch. 1, 2, and 3 Create Video Introduction and Performance Review 2%-(PitchVantage Software) (Due by the end of Week 3) Individual Assignment. Mini Quiz 0.5% (Due by the end of Week 2) Week 2 Week 3 Ch. 4 No readings assigned Strengthsfinders Paper on outcomes and thoughts 5% (Due by the end of Week 3) Individual Assignment. Intercultural Communication (Recognizing Cultural Variations) Discussion 5% (Due by the end of Week 4) Individual Assignment. Branding Series

3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Ch. 15 (Begin) Write Resume and Cover letter-share/review 10% (Due by the end of Week 5) Individual Assignment. Ch. 16 (Submit) Write Resume and Cover letter 10% Ch. 14 Create Elevator pitch video and Performance Review 5% (PitchVantage Software) (Due by the end of Week 7) Individual Assignment. Take the Mini Quiz 0.5% Week 7 Week 8 Ch. 8 Social Media Discussion 5% (Due by the end of Week 8) Individual Discussion Forum Assignment. No readings assigned Mock Interviews using Big Interview and Performance Review -5% (Due by the end of Week 9) Individual Assignment. Take the Mini Quiz 0.5% Week 9 No readings assigned Midterm (20%) (Not Accepted Late) Professional Communication Series Weeks 10 - 13 Ch. 5&6 Ch. 7&9 Ch. 10&11 Downward, Upward, Horizontal Communication (Due by the end of Week 13) Collaborative Discussion and Writing Assignment. 15% of course grade. Bigger Quiz 1.5% Week 14 No readings assigned Persuasive Comm./Create Presentation 5% (PitchVantage Software) (Due by MIDWEEK of Week 15, WEDNESDAY, not accepted late) Individual Assignment. Week 15 No readings assigned Final Review: Study Guide Released Week 16 Final Exam (20%) (Not Accepted Late)

4 No readings assigned TOPICS AND OVERVIEW Ch. # Title 1. Professional Communication in a Digital, Social, Mobile World (Week 1) 2. Interpersonal Communication Skills (Week 1) 3. Collaboration and Business Etiquette (Week 1) 4. Communication Challenges in a Diverse, Global Marketplace (Week 2) 8. Crafting Messages for Digital Channels (Week 7) 14. Developing and Delivering Business Presentations (Week 6) 15. Building Careers and Writing Résumés (Week 4) 16. Applying and Interviewing for Employment (Week 5) Midterm Exam 5. Planning Business Messages (Week 10) 6. Writing Business Messages (Week 10) 7. Completing Business Messages (Week 11) 9. Writing Routine and Positive Messages (Week 11) 10. Writing Negative Messages (Week 12) 11. Writing Persuasive Messages (Week 12) Final Exam Late Policy: None of the course assignments are eligible for late submission. With proper documentation of major life events and emergencies, we can work together on alternate due dates and waiving of late penalties. Contact me privately, via email, for any properly documented emergencies (Some examples: medical emergencies, military commitments). Attendance Attendance and participation will have a direct effect on your grade. Notification should be given via email should the student become aware prolonged inactivity/absence is inevitable. Excessive inactivity/absences can result in an administrative drop from the course. A contact or an attempt to contact a student regarding being administratively dropped from the course will be made. Students with 0 minutes of activity will automatically be considered for administrative drop. Students with a concern regarding absences should discuss their specific situation directly with the instructor. Course Grade Final course grade will consist of the accumulation of points (weighted) earned by completion of the following: Midterm Exam (20%), Final Exam (20%) and Assignments (60%). Your course grade will be based on a ten-point scale: 90% A, 80% B, 70% C, 60% D, 60% F. Extra Credit is not assigned. All exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short essay questions.

5 Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. The university will not condone plagiarism in any form. The faculty, administration, and students are expected to uphold and support the highest academic standards in this matter. Plagiarism is handled initially by the instructor. If the instructor feels the problem warrants more attention, it should then be pursued through the department head. If the department head wishes, it should be brought to the attention of the dean of the college for study and review before meeting with the standing University Discipline Committee. See 13.99.99.R0.03 Plagiarism ndardsstatements/rulesProcedures /13students/academic/13.99.99.R0.03Plagiarism.aspx Notes and Reminders- All exams may consist of a combination of multiple choice, matching, true/false and short essay questions. A grade of 0 will be assigned for a missed exam. Class participation points will be based on assigned activities, assignments and preparedness. Students will be prepared for the class period having read the material for the week/discussion, prepare/discuss current events, and be ready to participate activities and discussions. Occasional quizzes may be given to verify preparedness. Student Conduct A&M-Commerce will comply in the classroom, and in online courses, with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and related retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. Further, an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression will be maintained. Texas Senate Bill - 11 (Government Code 411.2031, et al.) authorizes the carrying of a concealed handgun in Texas A&M University-Commerce buildings only by persons who have been issued and are in possession of a Texas License to Carry a Handgun. Qualified law enforcement officers or those who are otherwise authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Texas are also permitted to do so. Pursuant to Penal Code (PC) 46.035 and A&MCommerce Rule 34.06.02.R1, license holders may not carry a concealed handgun in restricted locations. For a list of locations, please refer to andardsStatements/rulesProcedur es/34SafetyOfEmployeesAndStudents/34.06.02.R1.pdf) and/or consult your event organizer). Pursuant to PC 46.035, the open carrying of handguns is prohibited on all A&M-Commerce campuses. Report violations to the University Police Department at 903-886-5868 or 9-1-1. Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection 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 have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact: Office of Student Disability Resources and Services Texas A&M University-Commerce Gee Library, Room 162 Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835 Fax (903) 468-8148

6 Counseling Center: The Counseling Center at A&M-Commerce, located in the Halladay Building, Room 203, offers counseling services, educational programming, and connection to community resources for students. Students have 24/7 access to the Counseling Center’s crisis assessment services by calling 903-8865145. For more information regarding Counseling Center events and confidential services, please visit

5. Planning Business Messages (Week 10) 6. Writing Business Messages (Week 10) 7. Completing Business Messages (Week 11) 9. Writing Routine and Positive Messages (Week 11) 10. Writing Negative Messages (Week 12) 11. Writing Persuasive Messages (Week 12) Final Exam Late Policy: None of the course assignments are eligible for late submission .

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