|Course Number||MGMT 4300 - 25020|
|Course Title||Critical Thinking and Communication Skills for Managers|
|Prerequisites||ENGL 1301 and 1302|
|Office||University West 268 (Victoria)|
|Office Hours||Wed 11AM-2PM Victoria|
Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.
Introduction to the theory and practice of communication in workplace settings. Students learn and gain experience in common business communication genres through analyses of business problems and preparation of effective written and oral communication solutions. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302
Guffey & Loewy, Business Communication: Process and Product, 7 ed., South-Western Cengage Learning, ISBN 9780538466264(Required)
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Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.
|A||90% or higher|
|B||80 to 89%|
|C||70 to 79%|
|D||60 to 69%|
|F||Less than 60%|
|Company Website Project (Weeks 1-2)||50 points|
|Job Application Project (Weeks 3-7)||230 points|
|Group Proposal Project (Weeks 9-16)||405 points|
|Online Discussions (Weeks 2-7, 9-10, 12-13)||200 points|
|Individual Exercises (Weeks 8 & 16)||115 points|
Your small group will form a company and create a website with a company description, history, mission statement, executive bios, and contact information
Your small group will form a company and advertise for positions, while you will also apply for positions // position description and announcement (15 points); cover letter (25); written resume (50); interview video (50); thank you letter (15); resume ratings (15); offer letter (15); rejection letter (15); acceptance letter (15); declination letter (15)
Your small group will form a company, request a proposal, and also respond to a request for proposal // meeting agenda (15 points); meeting minutes (15); individual proposal section (150); final group proposal (120); presentation video (80); presentation PowerPoint (25)
Your small group will discuss weekly chapter readings and online lectures // 20 points per week for 10 weeks
Midterm exercise: positive and negative messages (50 points); final exercise: personal business communication philosophy (50); group evaluation questionnaire (15)
Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.
Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.
The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.
Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours. You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class. You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.
Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.
Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.
Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.
UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.
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Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.
Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.
The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at http://www.uhv.edu/studentsuccesscenter/ or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).
|Aug 26-Sep 1||1||Course Introduction; Formation of Groups||Syllabus||(1) self-introductions; (2) certification statements|
|Sep 2-8||2||Effective and Ethical Communication at Work; Basic Communication Models||Chapter 1; Online Lecture||(1) weekly discussion; (2) group websites|
|Sep 9-15||3||Group and Team Communication Practice and Theory||Chapter 2; Online Lecture||(1) weekly discussion; (2) job descriptions and announcements|
|Sep 16-22||4||The Job Search, Resumes, and Cover Letters||Chapter 15||(1) weekly discussion; (2) resumes and cover letters|
|Sep 23-29||5||Interviewing and Following Up||Chapter 16||(1) weekly discussion; (2) interview video and thank-you letter|
|Sep 30-Oct 6||6||Electronic Messages and Digital Media; Positive Messages||Chapters 7, 8||(1) weekly discussion; (2) offer and rejection letters; (3) resume ratings|
|Oct 7-13||7||Negative Messages||Chapter 9||(1) weekly discussion; (2) acceptance and declination letters|
|Oct 14-20||8||Midterm Exercise||None||Midterm Exercise|
|Oct 21-27||9||Planning, Organizing, Writing, and Revising Business Messages||Chapters 4, 5, 6||(1) weekly discussion; (2) meeting minutes|
|Oct 28-Nov 3||10||Report and Research Basics; Proposals, Plans, and Reports||Chapters 11, 12, 13||(1) weekly discussion; (2) meeting minutes; (3) final request for proposal|
|Nov 4-10||11||Group Work||None||(1) weekly discussion; (2) meeting minutes; (3) final request for proposal|
|Nov 11-17||12||Intercultural Communication Practice and Theory||Chapter 3; Online Lecture||(1) weekly discussion; (2) meeting minutes|
|Nov 18-24||13||Persuasive and Sales Messages; Theories of Persuasion||Chapter 10; Online Lecture||(1) weekly discussion; (2) meeting minutes; (3) draft proposal|
|Nov 25-Dec 1||14||THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY||None||None|
|Dec 2-8||15||Group Work||None||(1) meeting minutes; (2) final proposal|
|Dec 9-13||16||Business Presentations||Chapter 14||(1) video presentation and PowerPoint; (2) philosophy statement; (3) questionnaire|