BUSINESS 3050—Business Communications Summer

BUSINESS 3050—Business Communications Summer



Memos, letters, and other assignments



*Grading Scale

90 to 100 A

80 to 89 B

Oral presentation 5% 70 to 79 C
Exams (all)

Attendance/class participation



60 to 69 D

Under 60 F

Total 100%


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Learner Outcomes and Assessment Strategies

Demonstrate an understanding of composing and writing effective styles of business correspondence by creating pleasant, unpleasant, and persuasive business correspondence that meet course criteria.

Demonstrate an understanding of message formats including letter and memo by creating appropriately formatted letters and memos.

Demonstrate an understanding of emerging technologies in business communication by apply emerging technologies to include (but not limited to) e-mail, the Internet, and social media.

Demonstrate an understanding of employment communications by creating a resume and application letter that meet course criteria.

Demonstrate an understanding of researching and writing a business report using APA style by creating an analytical report using proper APA style.

Demonstrate appropriate skill in delivering business presentations including technology by delivering at least one business presentation using PowerPoint that meets course criteria.

Demonstrate proper use of spelling, grammar, and punctuation as applied in business communications by creating documents that exhibit proper use of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Access and retrieve relevant information from the CSULA library databases by creating a report based upon a minimum of ten (10) current, substantive refereed sources.


1. Prompt and regular attendance is extremely important. Excessive absence or lateness will lower your final grade.

2. Assignments are due on or before the date scheduled. Only one assignment may be submitted late and must be submitted before the assignments are returned to the class. All assignments must be submitted directly to the instructor; no email submissions will be accepted.

3. THE FORMAL REPORT IS DUE ON THE DATE SCHEDULED; otherwise, the grade for the report will be lowered 30%. The report must be submitted within one week of the report due date. NO EXCEPTIONS. A hard copy of the report must be submitted to the instructor, while the digital copy of the report must be submitted to Turnitin.

4. The written report once submitted and graded cannot be redone nor given back to you so you can make a copy. Students may be required to submit report notes and drafts.

The analytical report is the culminating product for the course. Failure to submit the analytical report severely lowers a student’s overall grade.

5. Report topics must come from the list provided by the instructor. Reports that are turned in based on unapproved topics will NOT be accepted, resulting in an F for the report grade.

6. The formal report, letter of application, and resume must be computer generated.

7. Spelling errors communicate to the reader that you are inattentive to detail. Any spelling error will cost you ten percent of the value of the assignment.

8. Written assignment grades will be based upon the writing quality as well as the content quality. An “A” document would contain no major errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling or sentence structure and would effectively achieve the business purpose. A document that is less effective and/or contains major errors would earn a “B” or a “C” grade. A document that contains

many errors and/or is ineffective in achieving the business purpose may earn a “D” or “F”.

9. Exams must be taken on the date and at the time scheduled unless prior arrangements are made. No makeup exam will be given unless arrangements are made before the exam is given.

10. Make up of in-class assignments and quizzes is not permitted. The lowest score on your quizzes will be discarded; if you miss a quiz, that quiz will be the one discarded. In-class assignments may occur during any class session, announced or unannounced.

11. You must make your oral presentation on the date assigned. Failure to do so will result in an “F” for 5 percent of your grade.

12. Your participation grade is based upon the quality of your participation in addition to your class attendance.

13. Information competency is a major theme of the business communication course. To receive full participation points, you must complete all information competency related activities, including surveys.

14. No tape recording of lectures is permitted.

15. Students are to retain all assignments graded and returned to them throughout the course.

16. No extra credit assignment or grading on a curve is permitted by the department.

17. This course, according to the University rules, may be dropped ONLY DURING THE FIRST WEEK of classes with no entry on your academic record. Thereafter, any withdrawal is permitted ONLY FOR SERIOUS AND COMPELLING REASONS WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE INSTRUCTOR AND THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR. Nonattendance, poor performance, misjudgment of the level of class work, failure to complete tests/assignments, dissatisfaction with the course materials/instructor, etc., are NOT serious and compelling reasons. THE STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE WRITTEN VERIFICATION OF THE SERIOUS AND COMPELLING REASON(S).

18. If you think you are eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for accommodation, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at (323) 343-3140, Student Affairs Building, Room 115.

19. Please turn off all cell phones when you come to class.

Classroom Etiquette and Behavior Expectations

To promote a classroom environment conducive to learning, the following behaviors are expected of each student:

1. Attend each class session, arrive to class on time, and stay until class is dismissed.

2. Participate fully in the class by preparing assignments to be submitted at the beginning of class sessions and completing the assigned textbook reading prior to class.

3. Use the computers only for BUS 305 in-class assignments; therefore, surfing the Internet; responding to text, cell, and email messages; using social networking sites; and other non- class related activities are not permitted. The classroom printer is to be used ONLY for BUS 305 in-class assignments.

4. Treat your classmates and instructor with courtesy and dignity, use professional language and avoid profanity, and cultivate a professional demeanor.

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