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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication
COM 323 Business and Professional Communication Summer Session I 2003 3 credits
Section 01 Call Number 31070 MTR 5:30-7:50 p.m. Neff Hall 147

Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin Office: Neff Hall 230E
Office Hours: MTR  4:30-5:00 p.m. and other times by appointment
Phone: 481-6553 E- Mail: mallini@ipfw.edu
 Course Web Site: http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/


I. Course Description: The study of oral communication problems and responsibilities in the business-organizational environment.  This course is not available for credit for any communication major or communication minor.

II. Course Goals: Upon completing this course, you should:
1) be able to apply the theories and techniques of interviewing in preparing for and conducting interviews;
2) be able to apply relevant theories of small group communication, communication ethics and conflict communication  the behavior of yourself and others;
3) be able to evaluate the usefulness of some of these theories for enhancing communication competence in your own workplace; and
4) be able to apply the principles of public speaking to your own speechmaking in the business and professional context.

III. Course Tools:

One required textbook, available from Folletts IPFW Bookstore in the Kettler Hall basement and from various web-based booksellers:

Andrews, P. H., & Baird, J. E., Jr.  (2000).  Communication for business and the professions (7th ed.).  New York: McGraw Hill.  (ISBN: 0-697-32727-2).

The following two articles:

Gladwell, M. (2000, May 29).  The new-boy network.  The New Yorker, pp. 68-72, 84, 86.  Retrieved May 14, 2003 from http://www.gladwell.com/2000/2000_05_29_a_interview.htm

Hackman, J. R.  (1998).  Why teams dont work.  In Tindale, R. S., et al. (Eds.), Theory and research on small groups (pp. 245-267).  New York: Plenum.

You are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web.  Important course information and readings may be distributed via e-mail or the course web site.  Accordingly, it is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam.

IV. Course Assignments: This course will be graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:

Tests (2 at 150 points each = 300 points).  The tests will cover material in lecture, class discussions and readings.  The tests will not be cumulative, except as explicitly noted in test review.

Employment interview project (300 points).  This project will require you to research a job you would like to have, prepare a brief report explaining the position and organization, prepare an appropriate resume and cover letter and be interviewed by one of your classmates for this position.  You will, in turn, also interview one of your classmates for the position he or she is seeking.  This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class.

Paper on Group/Team Communication (150 points).  This assignment will ask you to respond to specific questions applying the course material to your own experience in a well-written, detailed, typed and stapled three to five page essay.

Presentational Speaking Assignment (150 points).  This assignment will require you to research, prepare and deliver a 6 to 8 minute presentational speech.  This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class.

Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class.  Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course.  Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important.  In addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned.  This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments.  Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 10 points.  All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you wont be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record.  2) In emergency situations where you cant tell me in advance of your absence, its your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, its your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence.

V. Grading Scale: A = 900-1000; B = 800-899; C = 700-799; D = 600-699; F = 0-599.

VI. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, written assignments will not be accepted after the class period in which they are due, and examinations not taken on the designated date can not be made up.  Failure to turn in an assignment or take a test will result in a grade of F for the course.

VII. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in  parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is published on pages 36-52 of the 2002-2003 Student Handbook and Planner and available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/senate/stu_code.htm>.

As Professor Carr says on his syllabi, if caught cheating or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for the assignment and/or an F for the course. Any instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice Chancellor and may result in expulsion from the University. Most instances of academic dishonesty result from a combination of the last-minute rush, poor judgment and a lack of familiarity with academic propriety. Consult the instructor well in advance of an assignment due date to clarify your responsibilities.

VIII. Written Work: You are expected to keep a copy of all written work prepared outside of class.

IX. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given in compliance with IPFWs policy on incomplete grades, as set forth on page 282 of the 2002-2004 IPFW Undergraduate Bulletin, and then only under extraordinary circumstances.  If such circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss whether an incomplete is appropriate.

X. Campus Services:

Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/ssd>.  If you have or acquire a disability, I will work with you, through that office, to make whatever accommodations are necessary for you to complete this course.

The Writing Center, Kettler Hall 234, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.edu/engl/wchome.htm>, provides one-on-one assistance with writing.  Sign up for appointments ahead of time on the bulletin board outside Kettler Hall 234.

Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA), Kettler Hall G23, 481-6817, <http://www.ipfw.edu/casa>, provides tutoring by appointment.  You may also find useful the hints on their web page for note taking, text reading, and test taking.

Child Care Center, 4133 Hobson Road (Cor. Stellhorn),  485-4187,  <http://www.ipfw.edu/childcar/>, provides childcare services for students.

A variety of other student services are described on pages 5-18 of the 2002-2003 Student Handbook and Planner.

XI. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other handouts you may receive from the instructor throughout the semester, explains some of the official course policies.  Please read it carefully.  If you have any questions, ask your instructor immediately.  After the first week of class, your continued attendance in class signifies that you understand these policies and agree to participate in this course according to them.

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