• Business Communication - Class Syllabus

    Posted by Joe Derrig on 6/19/2019

    Business Communication Syllabus 2021-2022

    Course Description

    This project based course will teach students to communicate in a clear, courteous, concise, complete and correct manner on both personal and professional levels. Competency will be developed in oral and written communication for both interpersonal and employment applications. Listening skills will be incorporated throughout the semester. The overriding goal is to provide students with a solid communication base.

    Improve your communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, internet, e-mail, and telephone etiquette as well as verbal and non-verbal communication. In addition, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills will be learned and practiced.

    As an integral part of Business Communications, every student will be encouraged to learn, practice and test for certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist in both Power Point 2016 and Word 2016.

    Resources and Topics Covered:

    Textbook:                              Professional Communication – Gooodheart-Wilcox Publisher

    Student Workbook:              Professional Communication - (Handouts and Online)

    • The Writing Process
    • Vocabulary
    • Workplace Communications
    • Proofreading
    • Verbal & Non-Verbal Communications
    • Goal Setting
    • Situational Language
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Technical Writing
    • Peer Assessment
    • Verbal Presentations
    • Research Documentation
    • Ethics
    • Teamwork

    Supplies:

    • notebook paper
    • pen and pencil

    Guidelines for Success:

    • Attendance – you are expected to be in your assigned seat ready to participate with ENTHUSIASM when the bell rings.
    • Work cooperatively and respectfully with your peers and teachers as a team. Respect equipment, materials and supplies. Treat guest speakers and teachers with respect.
    • You are responsible for obtaining all make up work. All assignments will be posted weekly on the white board.
    • Use appropriate language at all times.
    • Electronic devices are not to be SEEN or HEARD during class time. Please see “Personal Electronic Device Acceptable Use Policy” (attached).
    • No food or drink in the room. This is a computer lab.
    • Do your own work. Cheating will result in a failing grade for that task

    Grading Categories

    10%        Daily Work/Homework

    90%        Assessments/Tests/Projects and Business Work Habits (21st Century Skills). 

    Grading (Use Skyward Family Access to check your grades often)

    • A 93-100
    • A- 90-92
    • B+ 87-89
    • B 83-86
    • B- 80-82
    • C+ 77-79
    • C 73-76
    • C- 70-72
    • D+ 67-69
    • D 60-66
    • F 0-50

    Daily Work, Projects and Assessments

    Point values (ranging from 5 to 100) for assignments and assessments vary based on formative or summative nature of the task. Watch the overhead, whit board and/or written rubrics for assignment details, points possible, and due dates. It is extremely important that you have regular attendance and that you arrive to class on time to ensure that you don’t miss out on demonstrations, directions, and lab time.

    Late Work/Makeup Work

    Sufficient class time is available to accomplish Daily Work, Projects, and Assignments. The expectation is that all work will be turned in on time. Timely completion of assigned work is a 21st century skill. However, we do understand that this is not always possible. Therefore, depending on the circumstances, points may be deducted for late work. To avoid losing points, do work outside of class time prior to due dates. Our goal is to help you be successful and your teacher will work with you to allow you to complete your work for this class; however, you need to make an effort in class and outside of class when needed. Remember to talk to your teacher.

    Skyward Tips

    • Use skyward, located on the BHHS home page, to access your assignments and grades.
    • To get student and/or parent/guardian access, contact Susan Jones at 709-7825.
    • To conserve paper and help students develop responsibility, students and guardians should access Skyward to stay current on progress.
    • Please read comments that may be provided by your teacher for assignment scores.
    • A score of zero indicates an assignment has not been completed or has not been turned in. Occasionally, student may have a file saved on their “H” drive but may not have printed or submitted it to my drop box.
    • Please note that Skyward uses an asterisk (*) to denote that no grades have been posted for an assignment and a message appear4s indicating that the assignment is missing and past due. However, in Intro to Digital Communications an asterisk means that we have entered an assignment description, point value, assigned date and due date but that we have not corrected and/or entered the score into Skyward. In the case of asterisks, please be patient with us.

     

     

    Leadership/Employability Skills (21st Century Skills)

    Throughout the class period, your teacher will observe your ability to begin assignments quickly; follow directions; stay on task; arrive on time; keep your material organized; assist others; cleanup your work area and other traits as indicated on the Leadership/Employability skills handout. The purpose of this is to practice “soft skills” that are vital to developing workplace skills. Leadership is an integral part of all CTE (career and Technical Education) courses, and we encourage students to continue building upon the skills learned in class by participating in the CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization). One such option at Black Hills High School is DECA an international association of high school students of marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and services. If you are interested in joining, please contact your teacher.

    Attendance (Follow School Policy)

    • Tardy – Loss of leadership/work habit points.
    • Unexcused Absence/Truancy – We will enforce the steps outlined in the student handbook.
    • Disruption of Learning Environment – first, the teacher will talk to the student to get to the root of the problem. If the behavior continues, the teacher will email/call home to seek parental support. Finally, the teacher will refer the student to the office (see student handbook).

     

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