ENC 3250 SYLLABUS Instructor: Robin Rudicell, PhD Email: email@example.com Campus Info: I teach online and classroom. English Dept.: Building 51, Room 133 Do NOT leave messages on University phone in office Office Hours: I am available for office hours via email every day. I generally do not respond to emails after about 9:30 pm. I will check email off and on during the day. eLearning Info: This course is ENC 3250: PROFESSIONAL WRITING; it will appear under the College of Arts & Sciences heading online. I. Required Materials: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK- (ALL assignments come directly from the textbook.) Business Communication Today. Courtland Bovee/John Thill. Pearson, 2011. 11th EDITION ONLY> ISBN: 0-13-815539-9. REQUIRED ONLINE READING- In eLearning, click Content > Important Course Information to read/print this course Syllabus and our Assignment pages. Also read through each weekly page as posted under Weekly Sessions w/Course Assignments; as the semester progresses, read each subsequent Weekly Session REQUIRED CONSISTENT INTERNET and EMAIL CAPABILITIES- You are willingly taking an ONLINE COURSE here at UWF; that means that YOU MUST MAINTAIN CONSISTENT INTERNET and EMAIL CONNECTIVITY. You automatically acquired a student ArgoMail email account from UWF when you created your ArgoNet account. Your ArgoMail email address is your official email address for all UWF communications. Make sure that you check your email daily. Student Email Address: Your student email consists of initials and numbers. These initials mean nothing to me. For this class you are required to set up your email so that you name appears on the email. If you enter yourself as a contact on your UWF email and put your first and last name in the Name block and your email address in the email block. II. Course Description & Prerequisites: Professional Writing is an advanced-level course relevant in business, industry, government, and other institutional settings; major elements of written organizational communication with emphasis on composition of letters, memos, proposals, resumes, reports, etc. with professionalism, accuracy, and tact. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg) By integrating the course Professional Writing into the technological environment via the internet, the instructor hopes to provide opportunities for students to improve ability and effectiveness in (1) computer knowledge and technology and (2) written communication skills. Both ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better. III. College of Business Grade Requirements: COB and most other specific fields require a grade of at least a C in this course for credit. Check with your advisor if you think you'll be at the low end. I'll try to keep everyone informed of serious grade problems as we go along. IV. Student Learning Outcomes: (1) To achieve and present clear, organized, and well-polished documents in the most common business formats, e.g., good news letters, bad news letters, persuasive letters, various management styles, memos, email, resume / letter of application, proposal & report writing, employment follow-up, by using the 3-step writing process of planning, writing and completing business messages. (2) To acknowledge and understand the complexities and foundations of the communication sphere of social, personal, and employment situations in which we must think, interact, and perform tasks. (3) To possess skills and knowledge needed for effective communication in business, industry, academic, and all other professional settings. (4) To expertly follow directions, comprehend information, and listen (pay attention) actively and effectively. (5) To effectively and efficiently participate in dialogs and internet-based research and technology by discovering and implementing online techniques for business writing or Computer Mediated Communication. (6) To achieve a thorough review of grammar and mechanics, as related to business writing, as well as to achieve a thorough review of researching, evaluating and communicating information from traditional and online/internet sources. (7) To develop a certain amount of confidence in his or her own business writing and to develop and/or polish basic communication and technology skills. V. Methodology: I have never taken a class as a student on elearning. Please call or email or chat with IT or seek help from knowledgeable students before you ask me. Making your technology work with the University system is your responsibility, NOT MINE. IT is available to you for any issue. If you have a significant problem you can send me an incident number from IT at UWF. Professional Writing is taught in a distance learning environment and is conducted 100% online in the eLearning platform, meaning that ALL work is done over the internet and via email. You will read, view and work on all class lectures, handouts, discussions, examples, text/chapter highlights, directions, and assignment guidelines and specifics in the eLearning platform online. You will never be required to come to the physical campus for any reason. If this course is the first distance learning course you have taken, you may notice that I assume a different role from that of the traditional lecture-type instructor. My job is basically to provide the materials and guidelines for you to teach yourself. Think of me as a mentor or facilitator. While I do email and post updates, basically, you're on your own. I make the assignments; you read the material and submit your papers. If the papers follow the material, and you have reasonably good grammar skills, you're well on your way. And of course, you can always email me with questions along the way. VI. Course Policies & Expectations- Workload, Documents, Grading/Feedback, Late Work: What I expect from you I expect a certain level of professionalism and participation. This means that your written work should be completed in a professional and timely manner. No matter what you do with your life, it is important that you know how to write; writing well will make you more successful in any career or job field. I expect you to work on time! Think of me as your employer and you are my employees who must adhere to strict deadlines when it comes to written work. When you hand in letters, reports and projects to your supervisor, the supervisor expects the work to be complete and ready to be used. When I grade your writing I expect you to present work that can acted on without any further editing. I expect you to devote considerable time to completing the requirements and assignments of the course. Online does not mean less work, believe me; it does allow more freedom in time management, however. I expect you to submit all required course work to our online course in eLearning (upload files, post messages, take quizzes (I will not require quizzes unless I have evidence that students are not reading and using the material), etc.); Work may be turned in via email only as a backup to a technology failure. I expect you to work only on the Weekly Sessions w/Assignments, Dropbox folders, Group forums, Quizzes, and Surveys that are open/available for you to access; if you can't click on it, then that assignment is NOT open yet, be patient. I expect you to complete and submit all writing assignments/documents as ONE FILE PER STUDENT, PER ASSIGNMENT; I expect you to complete and submit all writing assignments/documents using the following files: .doc / .docx / .rtf, created in Microsoft Word; I can only open and respond in Word. IT can help with conversion issues. Do not ask me how to do conversions. Call or email or chat with IT. I expect you to complete and submit all writing assignments/documents using single-spacing unless otherwise noted by me in the assignment link. I expect you to complete and submit all writing assignments/documents using a 10-point or 12-point business appropriate font. Do not use italicized or handwritten style. Here are some common examples that make reading documents online/on a computer screen considerably easier: Arial â–ª Arial Narrow â–ª Tahoma â–ª Verdana â– ª Calibri Times New Roman *And many others * I expect your writing documents to accurately respond to the assignment specifics using the 11th edition of the textbook in your content, format, tone, clarity, organization, orderly sequence of ideas, unity and focus, logic, diction, and grammar & mechanics. Remember that pertinent CONTENT and CORRECT FORMAT (letter, email, or memo) will most heavily factor into the grading criteria specified for each individual assignment. I expect you to use appropriate spelling, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure/style this means that before submitting work to the Dropbox folders, you are required to (step 1) RUN YOUR SPELL-CHECKER and to (step 2) READ PAPERS ALOUD. I expect you to read all writing assignment FEEDBACK FILES when I upload them along with your grade for the assignmentto their corresponding Dropbox folders; no exceptions. Since our assignments are cumulative, my feedback comments might help you avoid hefty point deductions on your next assignment. Plus, if you don't read them, I will stop returning your papers and no future grades will be granted until you catch up. What YOU can expect from me You can expect me to be readily available for questions and comments via email or our online Office Hours Discussion forum; and you can expect me to deliver a prompt reply to emails throughout the day/evening until 9:30. You can expect me to grade and return feedback files for any assignment approximately 7 days after the assignment's due date in the Fall/Spring terms. I work as quickly as I and will keep you posted on eLearning if I run behind. You can expect me to include pop-up Reviewing comments in every assignment feedback file, even if you received a perfect score; if you do not immediately see my colored pop-up comments when you open your feedback file, then go to View > Toolbars > checkmark Reviewing. If this doesn't work, you can print out the file and the comments will appear. On PAPER assignments you can expect me to provide detailed feedback on what works and doesn't work in your PAPER. I will use Track Changes in Word. i On your homework I will provide specific feedback on at least one of the practice pieces, and general feedback on the rest of the assignments. I will do most of my grading on the weekend. However DUE DATES for papers will be assigned according to the reading and assignment schedule so that the class keeps moving forward. I know that it is difficult to move forward in reading when you are still working on a paper from the previous chapter, but that will happen for each of the PAPER assignments. All papers are due at midnight of the due date (with a 4 hour grace period). I don't care how late you stay up doing your work. You can expect me to deduct late points when you fail to submit your assignments on time: ASSIGNMENTS WORTH 100pts > -25pt late penalty on the first day of the grace period; -50pt late penalty on the second day; no work will be accepted beyond the 2-day grace period. FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS UNDER 100pts> -13pt late penalty on the first day of the grace period; -27pt late penalty on the second day; no work will be accepted beyond the 2-day grace period. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED on the following assignments: optional Rough Drafts, Surveys, Quizzes, Class Discussions, or optional Extra Credit Opportunities. VII. Academic Honesty/Plagiarism Policy: As members of the University of West Florida, we commit ourselves to honesty. As we strive for excellence in performance, integrity personal and institutional is our most precious asset. Honesty in our academic work is vital, and we will not knowingly act in ways which erode that integrity. Accordingly, we pledge not to cheat, nor to tolerate cheating, nor to plagiarize the work of others. Finally, we accept adherence to this set of expectations for academic conduct as a condition of membership in the UWF academic community. YOU MUST READ the full UWF plagiarism policy found on the following page: http://uwf.edu/cas/docs/plagiarism.htm YOU MUST READ the full UWF Student Code of Conduct: http://uwf.edu/osrr/documents/BOTApprovedStudentCodeofConduct- 2007edition.pdf YOU MUST READ the full Academic Misconduct Policy: http://uwf.edu/academic/policies/misconduct/Academic_Misconduct_Policy_2 009.pdf Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated! It will be reported to the UWF Office of Academic Affairs- Academic Misconduct Committee and will result in a failing grade for the assignment or the course, depending on the situation. VIII. Grading Scale & Method: Final grades are based on an absolute point total established by the instructor. This is the standard UWF grading scale (percentages) converted to a points system for our ENC 3250 online course: 1000 available points in the Fall/Spring terms; 1000 available points in the Summer term >> *available points are subject to change at any time and for any semester, at the discretion of the instructor. 1000 pt GRADING SCALE Grade Points Grade Points A 940-1000 C+ 770-799 A- 900-939 C 730-769 B+ 870-899 C- 700-729 B 830-869 D+ 670-699 B- 800-829 D 630-669 F <629 INCOMPLETE grades: Only under extreme circumstances or emergencies will I give an incomplete. Incompletes require documentation for consideration and must be arranged in advance; a grade of ï¿½Iï¿½ is never automatic. IX. Assignments, Schedule, and Available Points: For complete individual assignment explanations and details, look under in the Content area online; each week contains a specific Assignment page. X. Accommodations: Students with a documented disability who require specific examination or course related academic accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (850) 474-2387 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (850) 474- 2387 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. For more information, please visit http://uwf.edu/sdrc/. Syllabus: Professional Writing Part II Course Requirements Reading, Group Discussion, Writing Exercises: in Business Communication Today, Parts 1 – 5 & 7, Chapters 1- 15, 18 and 19, 11th Edition, Bovee Each assignment will be posted in CONTENT and turned in to DROP BOX. Group discussions will be posted in DISCUSSION on e-Learning and conducted there. Each assignment has a deadline. I will not accept a bundle of work at the end of the term, or at any time. You must work through the course in a sequential and timely manner. The material builds on previous sections. You may do reading and Test Your Knowledge ahead, but I won’t accept papers turned in before the previous paper has been graded. Test Your Knowledge and Exercises and Group activities e-Learning for 15 Weekly Assignments. (27 points for each chapter) SUB Total 405 Writing Assignments Writing Assignments will be posted in CONTENT and will be turned in to the DROPBOX. Group writing projects will be done in DISCUSSION, and turned in individually. 1. Routine or Positive Letter, 300 = 500 words 50 2. Audience Focus/Group, 300 - 500 words 50 3. Good News Letter 300 - 500 words 100 4. Bad News Letter 300 - 500 words 100 5. Research Project 1 650 - 1000 100 6. Resume 50 7. Research Project 2l 650-1000 150 SUB TOTAL 600 SUB TOTAL from above 405 TOTAL 1,005 Reading the Text I selected Business Communication Today, along with other Professional Writing instructors because it has everything. Covers all kinds of business writing Great examples Good detailed case studies to work from Exercises that provide skill building practice Real world examples and consequences The text book is the basis of the class. Everything in this course will be in the book except for some research in your research project, and your personal information that you will use to refine your resume. The exercises and practice I have selected are chosen for two reasons - the first to have you engage with the material as in read it and show me you have read it. The second is to apply the writing approaches and skills. The book is available in E-format - so I understand - from the company, Pearson. I also have heard that some of you have to wait for financial aid before you can purchase the book. I have posted some or all of the first 3 chapters for you. Schedule For Turning in Papers Writing Assignments will be posted in CONTENT and will be turned in to the DROPBOX. Group writing projects will be done in DISCUSSION and turned in to the DROPBOX. Paper Points Due Dates 1. Routine or Positive Letter 50 1-29, Sun midnight (+4 hours) 2. Good News Letter 100 2-12, Sun midnight (+4 hours) 3. Audience Focus/Group 100 2-26, Sun midnight (+4 hours) 4. Bad News Letter 100 3-11, Sun midnight (+4 hours) 5. Research Report 100 4-10, Tue* 6. midnight (+4 hours) 7. Resume 50 4-15, Sun midnight (+4 hours) 8. Research Project or Prop 100 4-28, Sat. midnight (+ 4) SUB TOTAL  *Sunday, 4-8 is Easter so Paper is due Tuesday 4-10. GETTING STARTED: USING ELEARNING and ASSIGNMENT CHARTS In an online class you are responsible for reading all emails from your instructor and reading all of each email. The answers you are looking for may be buried in here. If your issues aren't answered, please let me know. Remember every post to elearning is public (to this class) except the DRJ andOPBOX this is how it will be for you using work email and online group tasks. Your individual emails to me are private, but in a business the receiver of the email could do anything that person wanted to do with it. Everything belongs to the business and is available to your supervisors and bosses and possibly to many other professionals. Treat this class in the same way. Using good subject lines and also making sure your name is clearly part of the address line of each email you send is part of professionalism. How would it look to send an email to your boss that didn't include your name in the address line? On the UWF gmail system you can set up a signature block for yourself. In your UWF gmail open settings and scroll down until you find the choice for setting up your signature. ELearning: I have never used eLearning as a student. I do have a student view. I use that to anticipate issues, but it doesn't always alert me things that may be confusing to you. Please recognize that I want you to succeed and will solve problems as they arise. ELearning occasionally goes down. If that happens, send your assignements to me by email and then post the assignment to the DROPBOX when eLearning comes back online. IT is your resource for solving technical problems. For example - in GROUP your team membership may listed under the heading "Members." If you do not open the areas in the GROUP tab you will not find the group you are assigned to. All of you have figured out Amazon, games, many complex software products and websites. Before you ask - read the screen before you and look at every area that you can open. Many times the answer is there. After you have done that, and you can't figure it out - then ask IT, me and/or other students. I have taught online classes in several different formats. I have worked professionally with offices, clients, court systems, editing formats etc. that have gone paperless. My techniques for posting assignments come from all these different experiences. Every class, however, is different. This class is a work in progress. I will do my best to clear up confusion and solve problems.
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