Syllabus for COM-620

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS WRITING


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a comprehensive study of professional and business writing. The focus is to develop documents appropriate to audience and purpose that are well-argued and conform to standards of professional and business writing. It will examine such topics as the formation of professional communication as a discipline, business ethics, new media platform for business, and intercultural business and professional communication.  The course will also explore the context, purpose, audience, style, organization, format, results, and strategies for persuasion in typical workplace messages.  

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you will be able to:

 

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0321864949

ISBN-13 978-1412992503

New Jersey State Library Card

In each module, you are required to read journal articles that are available in the Business Source Premier Database via New Jersey State Library. In order to access the full-text of these articles, you must sign up for a free library card at the beginning of the course from the link above. Then on the same page, click Research Library (at the top of the page) - Electronic Resources - Databases. Scroll down to the bottom to click Business Source Premier.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Advanced Professional and Business Writing is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, discussion forums, and written assignments. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six graded discussion forums, and to complete six written assignments. You are also required to complete a final project.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six  graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six  written assignments. Written assignments focus on case analyses, scenarios or topics that are related to the topics covered in the modules.

 Written Assignment Rubric.

Final Project

You are required to complete a final project based on your research of product recalls to create internal and external communications to address the recall. The final project will be completed in four deliverables.

See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

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:

A

=

93–100

B

=

83–87

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–82

B+

=

88–89

F

=

Below 73

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.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC POLICIES

To ensure success in all your academic endeavors and coursework at Thomas Edison State University, familiarize yourself with all administrative and academic policies including those related to academic integrity, course late submissions, course extensions, and grading policies.

For more, see:

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