AVM 371 Class Syllabus

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					                                       AVM 301
                     Aviation Management Writing and Communication
                                        Fall 2011
                                Mount San Antonio College

Instructor:   Dr. Samuel R Pavel
              Telephone:                     618-453-7269 (office) 618-559-6428 (cell)
              Email Address:                 spavel@aviation.siu.edu

Course Description:

           This course is a study of the writing communication skills used by managers in the
   aviation industry. Foundations of technical writing style and documentation are followed by
   descriptions of specific aviation-related technical writing applications such as
   correspondence, grants, manuals, progress reports and promotional materials. Specialized
   skills such as conflict resolution, technical presentations and electronic communication
   complete the course.

Course Objectives:

    Students will define and describe effective practices for planning and composing technical
     documents used in aviation.
    Students will practice basic technical writing skills such as situation analysis, readable style,
     design, documentation, and graphics.
    Students will distinguish between the components, style and tone of major technical and
     aviation writing applications.
    Students will be able to prepare technical documents, aviation presentations, and email.
    Students will show an understanding of the Internet and its usage in aviation.
    Students will define and describe effective approaches to conflict resolution in the workplace.

Assessment:

      Objective and subjective examinations and quizzes.
      Instructor evaluation of prepared documents.
      Instructor evaluation of an aviation presentation.

Textbooks:

   Required:
      Markel, Mike. (2010). Technical Communication (9th ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
      Aaron, J.E., (2010). The Little Brown Compact Handbook. (7th ed.). New York: Longman.
Grading Weights*:

   Attendance/Class Participation/Quizzes             10%
   Midterm Exams                                      30%
   Application Documents                              30%
   Training Manual                                    10%
   Training Manual Presentation                       10%
   Final Exam                                         10%

Grading Scale:

   The following table represents the grade scale*:

               A = 90% - 100%
               B = 80% - 89.9%
               C = 70% - 79.9%
               D = 60% - 69.9%
               F = < 60%
   * I reserve the right to change the grading weights and grading scale for extenuating
     circumstances to be determined concurrently by the student and by myself.

Attendance/Participation/Absence:

      Attendance and participation are very important. Absenteeism will have a significant
   impact on your grade and your ability to achieve the desired course objectives. Therefore,
   absences will only be excused for legitimate reasons (those which are beyond your control).
   Advanced notification of any absence should be given when possible.

       A large portion of this class will be used to develop and present oral presentations.
   Public speaking is an art that only can be developed and improved upon by practice, practice,
   practice. Some oral presentations will be prepared in advance. Other oral presentations will
   be extemporary. Be prepared to speak at a moment’s notice.

       Participation does not mean that you continually talk in class. Participation does mean
   coming to class prepared to contribute to the class discussion with questions and insights you
   learn from the reading assignment. I will check to see if you really are participating in class
   with unannounced quizzes.

       If you bring your laptop, iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, or any such item to class feel free to
   take notes on the device. However, the first time I see you surfing the Internet, texting, or
   calling your friend during class time all the devices will be banned for the rest of the
   semester. It is rude and inconsiderate of your neighbors and myself. If you must use the
   device for anything other than class purposes please go into the hallway.

       Please place your cell phone in silent mode. If the phone rings during class I reserve the
   right to confiscate the device and talk to the calling party.
Exams:

       There will be two (2) take-home term exams and one (1) take-home final exam. The
   dates of the exams are listed below. The material covered in the exam will be announced in
   class the week before so as to retain flexibility of the flow of the course.

   The Final exam is comprehensive, yes that means everything covered the entire semester.

       Exam Schedule:

              Mid-term #1 due by 12:00 pm September 2nd
              Mid-term #2 due by 12:00 pm September 16th
              Final Exam due by 12:00 pm September 30th

Application Documents:

       We will discuss six (6) types of documents in the course: Email, Letters, Memorandums,
   Informational Reports, Recommendation Reports, Proposal/Progress Reports. You will
   prepare an example of each type of document. Each will be graded according to the criteria
   discussed prior to their assignment.

Training Manual and Presentation:

       At the end of the course you will prepare a training manual for accomplishing some type
   of aviation task – Flying a C172, Building a Homebuilt Aircraft, Getting an Airworthiness
   Certificate, Getting a Private Pilots license, General maintenance on a PA28, etc. The
   manual will contain most of the elements we discuss and practice throughout the semester.
   In the body of the manual you will chose one subtask and create a detailed entry on how to
   perform the subtask. From this entry you will also create an oral presentation that you will
   give to the class on the last day of the semester. The format of the presentation is up to you,
   but it must be professional and complete.

       We will discuss topics and examples as the course progresses.

Safety Instructions:

       Instructors will provide guidance and direction to students in the classroom in the event
   of an emergency affecting your location. It is important that you follow these instructions
   and stay with your instructor during an evacuation or sheltering emergency. If you are
   located on a military installation, and depending on the type emergency, a senior military
   member may take control of the situation and direct you on the action to take. Please follow
   their instructions and do as asked. Similarly, if you are at a community college, their security
   personnel may arrive and take control of a situation, please follow their instructions as well.
Academic Dishonesty Policy:

       Students may be subject to disciplinary proceedings resulting in an academic penalty or
   disciplinary penalty for academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not
   limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, or collusion.


ADA Statement for Students Requiring Special Accomodations:

      As per Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American
   Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, if accommodations are needed, inform your instructor as
   soon as possible.


Course Schedule (subject to occasional revision):

       Date          Topic                                                 Reading

       Weekend       Course Introduction
         #1          Overview of Technical Communication                   Markel Chapter 1
                     The Writing Process                                   Aaron Part 1
                     Writing In and Out of College                         Aaron Part 2
                     Clarity and Style                                     Aaron Part 3
                     Sentence Parts and Patterns                           Aaron Part 4
                     Legal and Ethical Writing                             Markel Chapter 2
                     Writing Technical Documents                           Markel Chapter 3
                     Writing Collaboratively                               Markel Chapter 4
                     Making Oral Presentations                             Markel Chapter 21

       Weekend       Analyzing Your Audience                               Markel Chapter 5
         #2                 - International Readers
                     Researching Your Subject                              Markel Chapter 6
                     Organizing Your Information                           Markel Chapter 7
                     Designing Documents                                   Markel Chapter 11
                     Designing Graphics                                    Markel Chapter 12
                     Reviewing, Evaluating, and Testing Documents          Markel Chapter 13
                     Writing Letters, Memos, and E-Mails                   Markel Chapter 14
                     Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions   Markel Chapter 20


       Weekend       Writing Proposals                                     Markel Chapter 16
         #3          Writing Informational Reports                         Markel Chapter 17
                     Writing Recommendation Reports                        Markel Chapter 19
                     Conflict Resolution
                     Manual Presentations
                     Review and Catch Up

				
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