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Main Campus · Richards College of Business · Marketing/Real Estate

Business Communication
ABED-3100

  • Fall 2020
  • Section 02D
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
  • Modified 08/10/2020

Description

A study of written and oral business communication to develop process and theory skills including writing, speaking, listening, business meetings, teamwork, presentations, and cross-cultural communication. Students write standard business letters and deliver oral and written presentations and reports. Management concepts of business ethics and problem analysis are integrated with communication process and theory.

Requisites

Prerequisites:
(COMM 1110 or XIDS 1004 or ENGL 2050 or THEA 2050 or ART 2000 or PHIL 2020 or COMM 1100 or SPAN 1001 or SPAN 1002 or FREN 1001 or FREN 1002 or GRMN 1001 or GRMN 1002 ) and ENGL 1101 Minimum Grade: C and Richard College Upper Division RCUD
Corequisites:

Contact Information

Name:

Dr. Webb  -  Susan Hall Webb, Ph.D.

Office Location:

Miller Hall 2314

Office Hours:

Google Hangout Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

https://meet.google.com/qrt-hjko-xfv

Click on the above link directly to video conference with professor) or by appointment (campus/phone/Google Hangout). NOTE: Prior to attending office hours, please coordinate through either email or text app.

Contact Information:

Campus Office: 678.839.4841

Home Office:  404.490.1246  

Email:    [email protected] **

Text:      https://www.remind.com/join/3100online (Remind.com App)

** Communication Preference: Please use [email protected]; do not use the email function in CourseDen.

Meeting Times

100% Online - Each Wednesday, an attendance question will need to be completed by 11:59 p.m. online - Certain days of the semester there will be synchronous learning where all students will meet online through Google Meet (see CourseDen for synchronous learning dates).

Materials

Required Textbook

McGraw-Hill Connect + Smart Book (ELECTRONIC):   Cardon, Peter.  (2018). Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World. 3rd Edition.  McGraw-Hill Education.  ISBN: 1260883183 (NEED ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO TEXT & RESOURCES)

Connect Access Card for Business Communication  
List Price: $80.00 (register for your e-text and e-resources on CourseDen) NOTE: If needed, a courtesy period is offered to all students through MH Connect so you do not have to pay the full amount on the first day. NOTE: It is suggested you order this directly from our access in CourseDen. Through this portal, it has a discounted rate of $80 compared to the UWG Bookstore that charges over $100.

Other Requirements

Microsoft Office 365 (Upload for FREE from www.westga.edu/its)

Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (Provided FREE through Microsoft Office 365 from westga.edu/sits)

Webcam for Google Hangouts and Video Presentations

Outcomes

Learning Goals

Course Objectives Related to Learning Goals/Learning Outcomes (LG-BBA)

  1. Students will effectively incorporate technology to produce high-quality professional documents (LG1; LO1)
  2. Students will make a professional presentation (LG1; LO2)
  3. Students will effectively use a presentation program (LG3; LO3)
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the current situation of an organization and to develop a plan to ensure organizational viability (LG6; LO2)

Other learning objectives include:

  1. Develop communication skills essential for career advancement
  2. Demonstrate writing techniques using problem-solving activities
  3. Develop critical skills of brainstorming, researching, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and formatting various business documents
  4. Display oral communication skills through individual and team projects
  5. Analyze the communication processes including interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intercultural communications
  6. Interact through team projects and evaluations to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making

View Learning Objectives for the Richards College of Business at https://www.westga.edu/academics/business/undergrad-learning-goals.php

Evaluation

The following assignments will measure your understanding of and ability to apply course concepts to accomplish the learning objectives established.  Assignments that are to be completed individually are to be completed 100 percent on your own and without assistance from others.

PARTICIPATION =  35% of Total Grade

TEAM PROJECT  =  22% of Total Grade

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT  =  18% of Total Grade

COURSE EVALUATIONS  =  25% of Total Grade

 

Criteria

UWG GRADING SCALE

A=          90-100

B=          80-89

C=          70-79

D=          60-69

F=           59 –

Breakdown

You can earn up to the total amount of points listed below (under ASSIGNMENTS) for each assignment/activity.  The assignments are weighed according to the percentage each represents toward your final grade.  While grades are not usually “rounded up,” please be aware that meaningful participation and positive contributions to the success of the class may be considered in the case of a borderline grade.

Assignments

The following assignments will measure your understanding of and ability to apply course concepts to accomplish the learning objectives established.  Assignments that are to be completed individually are to be completed 100 percent on your own and without assistance from others.

PARTICIPATION - 715 points (35% of total grade)

  • Attendance Questions - 120 points
  • LearnSmart Chapters + Practice Questions - 145 points
  • MH Connect Activities - 240 points
  • Assignments - 110 points
  • Discussion Boards + Assignment Boxes - 100 points

 

TEAM PROJECT - 450 points (22% of total grade)

  • Team Project Presentation Formal Outline (individual) - 150 points                    
  • Team Project Presentation w/ Slide Recordings (individual) - 200 points              
  • Presentation Participation (YouTube Postings) - 50 points                 
  • Presentation Video Critique (individual) - 25 points                     
  • Team Project Reflection Survey (individual) - 25 points

 

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT - 350 points (18% of total grade)

  • Job Search – Part 1: Job Posting + Reflection - 25 points
  • Job Search – Part 2: Salary Search + Reflection - 25 points
  • Job Search – Part 3: Linked In Profile - 300 points

 

COURSE ASSESSMENTS - 510 points (25% of total grade)

  • LearnSmart Achieve (Grammar/Mechanics) - 100 points
  • Chapter Review Quizzes - 110 points
  • Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) - 100 points
  • Exam 2 (Chapters 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16) - 100 points
  • AACSB Project: Business Communication Report - 100 points
  • Final Exam (OPTIONAL) - 50 points

 

TOTAL POINTS/PERCENTAGE:        1,925 points = 100%

Schedule

Course Calendar

This is a tentative calendar of assignments and due dates. Please refer to CourseDen for the accurate daily calendar (due dates are listed by CHECKLIST and under CONTENT).

 

Week 1, 8.12.20 – 8.16.20

 ACTIVITIES:

  • Sign up for Remind.com
  • Class Orientation Video + Quiz
  • New Student Information Survey
  • Photo Upload to CourseDen & UWG Gmail
  • Personality Quiz & Reflection Survey
  • Business Communication Pre-Assessment Survey
  • Logon Procedures for McGraw-Hill Connect. How to navigate through CourseDen
  • Create an Introduction Video on MH Connect about your personality qualities and teamwork skills (see CourseDen for specific instructions)

DUE:

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Registering for McGraw-Hill Connect
  • New Student Information Survey
  • Sign up for Remind.com
  • Photo Upload to CourseDen & UWG Gmail
  • Personality Quiz & Reflection Survey
  • Business Communication Pre-Assessment Survey

 

Week 2, 8.17.20 – 8.23.20

 ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (DUE BY WEDNESDAY) - REQUIRED; IF NOT, CONSIDERED ABSENT
  • Watch + Peer Review Introduction Videos from Week 1 of other class members on MH Connect – Go to Link in MH Connect under Week 1

 READING + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 1: Establishing Credibility (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Credibility for a Young Manager, Case Study on Credibility)
  • Chapter 2: Interpersonal Communication & Emotional Intelligence (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Your Emotional Intelligence, Steps in Active Listening, Video Case on Interpersonal Skills)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 1: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
  • Chapter 2: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
  • Peer Review of Video Introductions on MH Connect – Go to Day 1 on MH Connect

 

Week 3, 8.24.20 – 8.30.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)

READINGS + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 3: Team Communication & Difficult Conversations (ACTIVITIES: Video Case on Team Meetings, Running Effective Meetings)
  • Chapter 4: Communicating Across Cultures

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Discussion Board: Ideas for Team Policies + Expectations

ACHIEVE:

  • Introduction to LearnSmart Achieve: Phrases – Clauses - Fragments + Parallelism (see MH Connect)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 3: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
  • Chapter 4: LearnSmart Reading and Practice Questions (See MH Connect)
  • Discussion Board: Ideas for Team Policies and Expectations
  • LearnSmart Achieve: Phrases, Clauses, and Fragments + Parallelism

 

Week 4, 8.31.20 – 9.6.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Week (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Registering for com

READINGS + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 5: Creating Effective Business Messages (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Self-Assessment of Your Writing, Case Study for Logic, Using Different Voices in Business Messages)
  • Chapter 6: Improving Readability with Style & Design (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Using Active and Passive Voice, Identifying Active versus Passive Sentences, Parallelism in Sentences, Evaluating Writing Styles)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.;

  • Submit Screenshot in Assignment Box of Grammarly.com Profile
    • Chapter 5: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
    • Chapter 6: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)

 

Week 5, 9.7.20 – 9.13.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Review for Exam 1: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Chapter Review Quizzes (MH Connect)—MANDATORY (EARLIER DEADLINE)

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Discussion Board: Meet Your Team (you’ll be given team members names and email addresses)
  • Team Meeting Arrangement: Determine a good day/time in Week 6 for a team meeting using Google Meet/Google Hangouts

EXAM 1

  • Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Available beginning on Thursday due by Sunday (NOTE: Must complete the review quizzes prior to taking Exam 1)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day
  • Review Quizzes on MH Connect
  • Discussion Board – Meet Your Team

DUE BY SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Exam 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Thursday – Sunday Window; MUST BE STARTED AND COMPLETED WITHIN 60 MINUTES)
  • Optional: Extra Credit for Exam 1 (Thursday – Sunday Window)
  • Determine a good day/time for team meeting in Week 6

 

Week 6, 9.14.20 – 9.20.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Videos + Expectations of Team Project—Restaurant Recommendations Outline + Presentation
  • Team Meeting (Week 6) to discuss: (1) Team Project Roles and Expectations, (2) Selecting the Team Policies for the Project, and (3) Determining what kind or type of restaurant consulting company your business will be (beginning thinking and brainstorming about your consulting company’s name, slogan, and logo)
  • Discussion Board – INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY: Create and/or brainstorm a name, logo, and slogan for your team’s consulting company (must review all student ideas by going into the Discussion Board in CourseDen)

ACHIEVE:

  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement + Pronoun Reference (see MH Connect)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • LearnSmart Achieve: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement + Pronoun Reference
  • Discussion Board – Creating a Name, Logo, Slogan for Your Consulting Company
  • Team Meeting Screenshot or Photo (submit in CourseDen) – Week 6
  • Team Project - Finalize and Submit Team’s Policies and Expectations

 

Week 7, 9.21.20 – 9.27.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Survey: Expectations about Your Employment Preferences, Outlook, and Skills
  • Two-Minute Speech: Employment + Technology Skills Speech (on MH Connect)

READINGS + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 7: Email and Other Traditional Tools for Business Communication (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions)
  • Chapter 10: Persuasive Messages (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions)
  • Chapter 16: Employment Communications (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions – NOTE: Longer than usual chapter and practice questions – 25 points)

ACHIEVE:

  • Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices + Numbers

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 7: LearnSmart Reading/Questions (See MH Connect)
  • Chapter 10: LearnSmart Reading/Questions (See MH Connect)
  • Chapter 16: LearnSmart Reading/Questions (See MH Connect)
  • Survey: Your Employment Preferences, Outlook, and Skills
  • Two-Minute Speech: Employment + Technology Skills (on MH Connect)

 

Week 8, 9.28.20 – 10.4.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (Jobipedia—CourseDen) (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Introduction to JOB SEARCH PROJECT – Developing an Effective Linked-In Profile
  • Interview Stream Activity

READING + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 16 (continued): ACTIVITIES: Effective Resume Statements, Telling Success Stories, Video Cases of Interviews—Part 1, Video Cases of Interviews—Part 2

ACHIEVE:

  • Faulty Comparisons + Sentence Types

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 16: Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
  • LearnSmart Achieve Assignments (See MH Connect)

 

Week 9, 10.5.20 – 10.11.20

 ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Part 1: Job Search Project - Finding a Job Posting + Reflection
  • Part 2: Salary Search + Reflection
  • Part 3: Developing an Effective Linked In Profile—See CourseDen (MUST FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS + CRITERIA + NETWORKING—EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A LINKED IN PROFILE)

DUE:    

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • JOB SEARCH PROJECT--Part 1 (Job Posting + Reflection)
  • JOB SEARCH PROJECT—Part 2 (Salary Search + Reflection)
  • JOB SEARCH PROJECT—Part 3 (Linked In Profile)

 

Week 10, 10.12.20 – 10.18.20  

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)

READING + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 13: Completing Business Proposals and Planning for Business Reports (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Ensuring Recommendations, Distinguishing Information on Proposals)
  • Chapter 8: Social Media for Business Communication (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions)

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Discussion Board -- Ideas for your Consulting Company’s Background
  • Discussion Board – Researching Online Reviews of Restaurants and/or Products
  • Discussion Board – Providing Ideas for Recommendations for EACH Team Member
  • Team Meeting Arrangement: Determine a good day/time in Week 11 for a team meeting using Google Meet/Google Hangouts

ACHIEVE:

  • Semi-Colons + Verb Tense – Voice Shifts + Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE BY SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 13: LearnSmart Reading/Questions; Interactive Activities (See MH Connect)
  • Chapter 8: Social Media for Business Communication (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions)
  • LEARN SMART ACHIEVE assignments (See MH Connect)
  • Discussion Board: Researching Online Reviews of Restaurants
  • Discussion Board: Ideas for your Consulting Company Background
  • Discussion Board: Ideas for Recommendations for EACH Team Member

 

Week 11, 10.19.20 – 10.25.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)

READING + ACTIVITIES: 

  • Chapter 14: Planning Presentations (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions)
  • Video + Quiz—Delivering Persuasive Presentations (including quiz on video found in CourseDen)
  • Activity – Collecting Images for Team Presentation Slides

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Team Meeting: Discuss final ideas for recommendations for each team member’s presentation; create a team worksheet of Recommendations for Different Types of Complaints and/or Complements Found on Restaurant Reviews. REQUIRED (submit screenshot or picture of meeting in CourseDen)

DUE: 

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 14: LearnSmart Reading/Questions (See MH Connect)
  • Quiz for New Rules for Persuasive Presentations
  • Activity – Collecting Images for Team Presentation Slides
  • Team Worksheet of Recommendations for Different Types of Complaints and/or Complements Found on Restaurant Reviews
  • Team Meeting Screenshot or Photo – Week 11

 

Week 12, 10.26.20 – 11.1.20

ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)

READING + ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter 14: Planning Presentations (Continued). ACTIVITIES: Planning a Presentation; Audience Analysis
  • Chapter 15: Delivering Presentations (ACTIVITIES: Practice Questions, Focus of Your Presentation; Fielding Questions During Presentations)

 TEAM PROJECT:

  • Presentation Slides – Determine format and content for individual presentation slide recordings and slides
  • Activity—Slide Recording Practice for Presentations
  • Presentation Outline – Begin working on the team’s individual presentation outline
  • Each student in the Team will submit two of their slides (to be determined by student – must include slide title, text and/or image(s), and slide recording) showing their selected professional background, font size/style, video recording frame size, professional clothing, some of their selected professional images (Refer to Slide Recording Practice for Presentations).

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Chapter 14: Planning Presentations (MH Connect activities)
  • Chapter 15: Delivering Presentations (reading, practice questions + activities)
  • Activity – Slide Recording Practice for Presentations

 

Week 13, 11.2.20 – 11.8.20

 ATTENDANCE + ACTIVITIES:

  • Attendance Question of the Day (REQUIRED; IF NOT, ABSENT)
  • Review for Exam 2: Chapter 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 – Chapter Review Quizzes (MH Connect)—MANDATORY (60 points)

 EXAM 2

  • Chapter 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 – Available beginning on Thursday due by Sunday (NOTE: Must complete the review quizzes prior to taking Exam 2)

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Team Meeting Arrangement: Determine a good day/time in Week 14 for a team meeting using Google Meet/Google Hangouts – REQUIRED INVITE YOUR PROFESSOR TO YOUR TEAM MEETING

A.A.C.S.B. WRITTEN ASSESSMENT REPORT:

  • AACSB Project: Business Communication Report (directions, examples, and details) – NOT DUE UNTIL WEEK 15 (11.22.20).

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Attendance Question of the Day
  • Review Quizzes on ME Connect – EARLIER DEADLINE

DUE BY SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • EXAM 2 will be taken online (individually); this exam will be timed for no longer than one hour (unless you have accommodations for extended time)
  • Determine a day/time for a team meeting in Week 14 (must invite your professor)
  • Team Meeting Participation Survey – Complete a brief survey on CourseDen

 

Week 14, 11.9.20 – 11.15.20

TEAM WORK DAY:

  • No Attendance Question; Work on Team Proposal and Presentation

TEAM PROJECT

  • Team Meeting with your Professor – Invited your professor in Week 13 to go over final team project details
  • Complete Team Project Individual Presentation Outline
  • Continue Working on Slide Images and Slide Recordings in PowerPoint for the Team Presentation

 

Week 15, 11.16.20 – 11.22.20

FINALIZE TEAM PROJECT (MONDAY – WEDNESDAY):

  • Finish recording slides (ALL slides must have a recording + images + text); work on formatting and preparing the proposal and presentation
  • Upload final presentation to Google Drive
  • Submit Finalized Team Presentation Outline in CourseDen

A.A.C.S.B. WRITTEN ASSESSMENT REPORT (THURSDAY – SUNDAY):

  • AACSB Project: Business Communication Report (directions, examples, and details)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • Upload Final Team Project Presentation (Upload to Google Drive and Share with Instructor—See Video on CourseDen). NOTE: Once received, your instructor will upload the team presentation videos to YouTube for your review and comments
  • Submit Individual Finalized Team Project Presentation Outline in CourseDen

DUE SUNDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P,M.:

  • AACSB Project: Business Communication Report (with Cover Page) – See Week 13 for Details + Directions

 

Week 16, 11.23.20 – 11.25.20

FINAL COURSE ACTIVITIES:

  • Communication Post-Assessment Survey (follow-up to Communication Pre-Assessment at the beginning of the semester)

TEAM PROJECT:

  • Team Project Participation: You will need to go view 10 individual presentations (2 from each team) and submit positive comments on YouTube
  • Individual Presentation Video Critique
  • Team Project Reflection Survey

DUE:

DUE BY WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M

  • Team Project Participation: You will need to go view 10 individual presentations (2 from each team) and submit positive comments on YouTube
  • Individual Presentation Video Critique
  • Team Project Reflection Survey
  • Communication Post-Assessment Survey

 

Final Exam, Week 17, 11.30.20 – 12.2.20

(OPTIONAL) FINAL EXAM + BONUS ACTIVITIES:

NOTE: The Optional Final Exam will be required for any student who missed more than two (2) attendance questions or a letter grade will be lowered. All other students may OPT to take the optional final exam in order to boost their GPAs.

(1/2 of questions from Exam 1 and 1/2 of questions from Exam 2)

DUE:

DUE WEDNESDAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M.:

  • (OPTIONAL) Final Exam
  • (OPTIONAL) MH Connect BONUS LearnSmart Achieve Assignments

College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

About the Richards College of Business

Vision
To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.

Mission
We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences.

Strategic Goals and Values

Student Success
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.

Academic Success
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.

Operational Success
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.

Ethical Values
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance: http://www.usg.edu/hb280/additional_information#

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance: https://www.westga.edu/police/campus-carry.php

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.

COVID-19

Proctored Exams/Online Instruction: Students should be aware and plan ahead for the possibility of having to complete all courses and/or exams online or in a proctored environment. This means talking with your instructors about what minimum technical requirements (software and hardware) will be required should your class move online or a student's personal needs dictate. This also includes making plans for internet access at whatever location participation may occur.

Virtual or in-person proctored exams, if your instructor should require them, may result in an additional cost to the student. Please discuss these details with your instructor or see the information provided here.

Face Coverings: Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia institutions, including the University of West Georgia, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Student FAQs: For more information about UWG COVID-19 guidance for students visit the Student FAQ webpage

 

Additional Items

Course Policies

 

Attend class.  The attendance policy is strict since this is a course about “communicating” … due to the fact this is an online class, you can expect to communicate through writing and speaking assignments each day.  Therefore, each day (beginning on Day 2), you will have an attendance question in CourseDen that will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. for that day. If you miss more than two attendance questions, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade (or be required to take the OPTIONAL Final Exam at the end of the semester).  If you miss more than four classes, you may be automatically dropped from the course.  So…being absent from class will have a detrimental effect on your final grade.  If you must be absent, contact me by email and/or phone immediately to find out what you missed so that you can be prepared for the next class (you may have to make up an assignment depending upon what is missed). If you are absent for a medical or another important “documented” reason, please provide rationale in writing by emailing me a photo of the documentation along with an explanation.

 

Professionalism.  You are expected to communicate in a professional manner during speaking and writing assignments. This includes using proper English, grammar, formatting, and spelling on all correspondence and assignments including emails to your professor. Points will be deducted for not using proper English language arts skills. NOTE: Throughout the course, you will be completing grammar and punctuation building activities to help support and enrich your knowledge and how you apply it to your writing and speaking skills.

 

Submit professional documents.  All documents must be typed using MS Word using black fonts (unless the assignments indicate using another application or color font).  Use an appropriate document format and unjustified text.  Use APA style format as directed for citations.  Assignments must be saved with .docx extension.  Student work should display the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar rules for all assignments or points will be deducted.  NOTE: Students will be required to upload Microsoft Office 365 from the University of West Georgia Student Information Technology Services website (westga.edu/sits). This version of the Microsoft Office Software Suite is FREE to all registered students.

 

Deliver professional presentations. Although this is an online course, you will be expected to deliver speaking assignments using your webcam on your computer and/or video function through your phone (on some assignments). When you do complete a speaking assignment, you will need to dress in “business professional” clothing—see assignment details in CourseDen for minimum dress requirements. Do NOT wear any hats or garments that hide any part of your face; do not chew gum.

 

Meet every deadline.  Turn in all writing assignments on the dates specified on CourseDen. You will earn a “0” for missing the deadline of an assignment/activity or failing to deliver your speaking assignments as scheduled.  If you miss a deadline due to a verifiable emergency, contact me at [email protected], 404.490.1246 (home office), or 678.839.4841 (work office) immediately, and I will consider a make-up or alternate assignment based on the circumstances (a late penalty may apply).

 

Follow these policies.  As a member of this class, you agree to abide by the policies stated in this syllabus.  Asking me to make an exception to these policies breaches our social contract as a group, so please resist the temptation to request special consideration.