NSU   College of Business & Technology
Department of Information Systems & Technology
Fall 2018

1. Course Prefix, Number, CRN, Credits, and Title:
Prefix: IS (Information Systems)
Number: 3113
CRN: (Course Reference Number) 20108
Credits: 3 hours undergraduate credit
Title: Business Communications

2. Instructor Name:
Name:     Dr. Bill Rosener
E-mail: rosener@nsuok.edu
Homepage: https://www.billrosener.com
Office Location: 221-D Business and Technology  
Office Hours: Office Hours
Phone: (918) 456-4482 (cell)
(918) 444-2923 (office)

3. Course Delivery Mode:
Section 20108:   Face to face ___     Blended  ✔      Online ___

4. Class Days / Times:
Tuesdays 11:00-12:15 (BT 128). Aug 21, 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11

5. Course Prerequisites and/or Co-requisites:
Computer proficiency. Sophomore standing or above.

6. Catalog Description:
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive view of business communication, its scope and importance in business, and ethical and international considerations. The various types of business communication media are covered including: business letters, memos, reports, and oral presentations.

7. Course Purpose / Goals:
Business Communications is designed to equip you with the communication skills needed in today’s dynamic workplace. The abilities to read, listen, speak, and write effectively are crucial to being successful in the demanding new world of work. Highly developed communication skills lay the groundwork for success.

8. Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing IS 3113, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate basic language skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, number usage, and sentence structure.
  2. Exhibit advanced communication techniques including skillful use of words, parallelism, emphasis, unity, tone, and style.
  3. Communicate in a concise, clear, straightforward language.
  4. Develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by analyzing business problems, resulting in functional business documents: memoranda, letters, and reports.
  5. Strengthen reading and analytical skills by studying inductive and deductive strategies, as well as comparing effective and ineffective business documents.
  6. Demonstrate that they are perceptive and skillful communicators and that they have the interpersonal, listening, and speaking skills necessary in both independent and collaborative situations.
  7. Apply functional and flexible communication skills within an expanding business environment constantly affected by international, ethical, and diversity needs.
  8. Integrate electronic elements in the oral and written communication process.
  9. Identify important aspects of and develop materials for the job-search process.

9. Instructional Methods / Strategies:
The expected course outcomes will be realized through a variety of instructional strategies including: training videos, lecture notes, textbook, and other related readings and activities.
Additional course materials will be provided as handouts, assigned URLs, or placed on the Web.

10. Learning Outcome Assessment Methods:
Weekly Assignments 150  
Presentation 1 25  
Presentation 2 50  
Resume Assignment 40  
Letter Assignment 20  
Midterm Exam 100  
Final Exam 100  

Total 485  

The point assignments shown above are approximate and the actual point assignments at the end of the semester may vary from the breakdown shown above. Grades are awarded on a total earned basis as a percentage of possible points for the semester.

Chalk & Wire is utilized to assess three assignments in Business Communications. Please ensure that you possess an active license and that you can login and submit assignments through Chalk & Wire.

11. Instructional Materials:
Cardon, Peter W. Business Communication: Developing Leaders for A Networked World, Third Edition, NY: McGraw Hill, 2017. ISBN 978-1-259-69451-6.

Students might consider purchasing a USB flash drive (e.g., Jump Drive). These portable storage devices can be very helpful in storing, carrying, and transferring information between home and school. All students are expected to have their accounts on the NSU networks by the end of the first week of the semester.

12. Grading Policy / Scale:
Letter grades are assigned at the end of the semester based on the following scale where X denotes your average.

        Your Average     Grade
X >= 90%   A
90% > X >= 80%   B
80% > X >= 70%   C
70% > X >= 60%   D
60% > X   F

13. Class and Instructor Policies:
All work is to be prepared and submitted according to the directions given. Extended illness, injury, or emergency situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis at the professor's discretion.

14. Academic Policies / Required Information:
Please go to https://offices.nsuok.edu/academicaffairs/SyllabiInformation.aspx for required information pertaining to:

The College of Business and Technology (CBT) Standards of Professional Behavior are designed and established to foster a safe, secure, and respectful learning environment conducive to the preparation of students for success in an increasingly challenging, diverse, and global society. Students enrolled in classes offered by the CBT are expected to behave according to those Standards of Professional Behavior. The complete text of the CBT Standards of Professional Behavior may be found on the CBT website at: https://academics.nsuok.edu/businesstechnology/CBT-Standards.aspx

15. Class Calendar with Assignment Due Dates:
See Class Calendar