Syllabus for MCO-740
Management Communications sharpens written, oral, and listening skills to meet the demands of a successful managerial communicator. Emphasis is placed on strategically evaluating and creating articulate communications relative to managerial situations along with effectively and efficiently developing procedures for solving communication problems. Topics include structuring message content and argument; communication style, tone, and strategy; presentation graphics; ethics; and technologically mediated, intercultural, and crisis communications.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Marketing Management is a two-credit, five-week online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include an overview (“Food for Thought”), topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in three (3) graded discussion forums and in two (2) synchronous events as well as to complete two (2) written assignments. You are also required to complete all steps of the final project,
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
This course requires you to participate in three (3) graded discussion forums. Discussion Board assignments allow interaction with the class. Since discussions are interactive, these activities enable intellectual exchange with one’s peers. The ability to collaborate successfully with colleagues is an ongoing requirement of managerial communications.
There are also three ungraded but required forums: an introduction forum in module 1,a peer evaluation activity in module 2, and a concluding forum in module 5. These are not graded, but they are required.
The Discussion Board area of the course includes several other forums as well:
Graded discussion board assignments are assessed and graded on two bases: i.e., the original composition posting and peer interaction. Subject-specific directions are found within the Modules. However there are certain common requirements for every posting:
Consult the course Calendar concerning due dates. The two-step submission process provides students with time to read all the contributions and then reply accordingly. Once assignments are graded, students may certainly continue to dialogue on the study topic; however, these entries do not affect or change a posted grade.
Discussion board postings are graded based on a rubric, found in the Rubrics section of the course site.
You are required to complete two (2) written assignments. The written assignments require you apply the concepts and theories to answer questions or analyze scenarios that are related to the topics covered in each module. Written assignments are emulations of managerial reports. The goal of these compositions is to prepare students to write efficient and effective managerial prose. Students should reference their copies of The Business Writer's Handbook to assist with business style as well as issues of grammar, syntax, structure and composition.
Students must also submit their research proposal, final project written report, and PowerPoint presentation through the Submit Assignments area of the course Web site. See the course Calendar for the due dates.
Professionals always give credit where credit is due, and this concept extends to ideas as well as precise wording. Within all managerial communications, citations serve this purpose. Thomas Edison State College requires that students format citations in either MLA or APA style. In business, APA is the more common format. Examine the following examples of proper APA citation.
Kelly, E., A. Ellis, and S. Rosenthal. "Crisis of Conscience: Pharmacist Refusal to Provide Health Care Services on Moral Grounds." Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal 23.1(2011): 37. ABI/INFORM Global,ProQuest. Web. 27 Jul. 2012.
Students can locate information about proper APA or MLA citation formatting online by conducting a Google search. Microsoft Word’s References Manager toolbar takes the labor out of creating a bibliography and in-text citations. Students who are unfamiliar with using Word’s Reference Manager should select one of the many online training tools that can be located on the Internet.
Requirements and Directions
Specific requirements and directions for each written assignment are found within the appropriate module. Students are encouraged to perform a cursory review of all eight modules at the start of the term.
Written assignment postings are graded based on a rubric, found in the Rubrics section of the course site.
Students are to submit their written assignments by the due date specified in the directions. Assignments should never be emailed to the mentor; they should be submitted only through the Submit Assignments course area.
You are required to participate in two synchronous events during Week 2 and 5 of the semester. You will use Skype for these requirements. Before week 2, you must create a course Skype account with a professional account name, e.g., MaryAnnSmith. Your free account provides the necessary capabilities to successfully participate and present in this course. To establish a free Skype account, visit: http://skype.downloadfrontier.com/dl.php?t202id=33371&c1=skype&c2=skype&t202kw=free%20skype
Both synchronous events will focus on elements of your final project. See the Module 2 and Module 5 areas of the course Web site for further details.
The final project for Management Communications allows the student to apply the concepts and theory learned during the course within a comprehensive managerial report. This document must be properly researched and cited and should demonstrate the communication competencies learned within this course, such as clear organization; presentation of appropriate information into tables, charts, or graphs; and articulate communication.
Students will select a topic by the end of Week 1, it must be approved by the course mentor via a Skype discussion within Week 2. (Note: Once approved, the topic discussion serves as fulfillment of the oral presentation requirement.)
In addition to the written report itself, the student is required to produce a PowerPoint Presentation that includes images and graphics. Using Skype, students will present an oral summary of their report in Week 5 and engage in real-time discussion, thus simulating communication methods used in today’s workplace.
See the Final Project area of the course site for complete details of this assignment. The PowerPoint Presentation and the final project will be graded based on rubrics, found in the Rubrics section of the course site.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.
Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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