Diploma in Communications and Public Relations Course Syllabus CPR.

0005 Credit: 12 Hours
Instructor: E-mail: Jane Doe janedoe@yahoo.ca All contact should be done by email, except for extraordinary conditions. For emergency use only: 514-000-0000 Students may leave a short message which includes their name, student number and a contact phone number if necessary. Office Hours: By appointment Room xoxo Normally appointments will be made immediately after class on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:00. Wednesdays 08:45-11:30 online and TBA Wednesday, September 9th, 2013 or continuous continuous...

Business Writing for Communications and Public Relations


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please be sure to notify the TA of this matter. You must notify us of your intentions not to show up for this class in advance. is free to request/insist upon confirmation regarding your religious commitment from a local. 2013 is the last day for academic withdrawal from this course. If you are a student whose worship requires them to miss a class other than the ones noted above. Messages to any other address will not receive a response. Final grades will be posted online and entered into each student’s dossier. Please DO NOT e-mail the instructor to request your grade in this course. To your professor’s knowledge. Disabled students are responsible for the arrangement of their own exams should they wish to take them at the Department for Students with Disabilities. 2013: Hajj (Islam) November 25th is the date of the final exam in this course. Students for whom these are religious holy days in which you normally celebrate. Please note that your professor. the religious holy days which occur on dates of this course are: -September 16th. 2013 is the last day to withdraw with a full refund and without academic penalty. there will be a makeup date established. 2013 is the last day to register for this course. who will be missing class on November 25th. please feel free to notify the TA of your needs. Students MUST use the course e-mail address as noted above. Please be sure to notify the TA as soon as possible regarding your upcoming absence on these dates.numbers may not receive a response. (DNE) September 21st. September 20th. 2013: Lailat al Kadr (Islam) -September 23rd. Remember. 2013: Navaratri (Hindu) -November 25th. when contacting the instructor AND NO OTHER. absences for these dates will not be counted. For all Islamic students. it is not acceptable that you simply do not show up on these dates. November 2nd. (DISC) Religious Holidays: Concordia University and your professor are dedicated to respecting the religious beliefs and holy days of students and faculty. recognized religious leader. Should a disabled student require specific assistance in class. should he deem it necessary. Required texts:  Notes and handouts posted on course Moodle site . Students with disabilities must register at Access Services (Department for Students with Disabilities) on campus should they wish any specific accommodation regarding their disability.

readings and their studies to help refine their understanding of the subject material. seldom brings about a rich understanding of human interaction. Practical applications include writing organizational emails." this course is designed to help the student understand and apply writing skills in a variety of formats.Interoffice Memos. Theoretical material of the course will be applied in practical manners and workshops devoted to an end of course practicum which synthesizes course knowledge. memos. . web content culminating in a practicum of writing either a basic business plan or industry white paper. Reports & Assessments. Models of writing are presented and applied in different contexts in a practical fashion. the primary objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of: • • • • • • Organizational Writing . reports and assessments. press releases.  Business Writing (Eunson) 2012 Elements of Style (Strunk and White) – can be found online Course Description This course focuses on the business aspect of writing in diverse formats. Students are encouraged to use research. “Wild speculation” although inevitable in an introductory course. Press Releases Research and Documentation Web Content and Promotion Basic Business Plan Writing White Paper Analyses and Assessments Practicum: Mini White Paper or Rough Business Plan The approach to learning and teaching in the classroom will involve lectures. Professor’s Goals This is considered an introductory course in Business Writing for Communications and Public Relations. Your professor’s goal is to help students learn to think in a disciplined and academic manner. Students are encouraged to interact both as individual contributors and questioners so that they are active participants in their learnings. However. The professor hopes to teach students to begin to think as a Business Writer. Thus. students will have opportunities in the classroom to learn experientially by participating in large and small group discussions. Emails. Starting with a quick review of Strunk and White's "Elements of Style.

etc. As you look around. read the assigned materials. Attention-seeking and disruptive behaviour are not acceptable here. gather symptoms of a patient. law school. and this development is an .” it is experiential learning. engineering. in medical school. Course Objectives Swiss theorist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) stressed the importance of disequilibrium (a sense of being unbalanced and/or uncomfortable) in the learning process. it is his goal to help you gain an introductory understanding of various theories and a disciplined way of thinking so that you might use them and develop them in the future. and participate in class activities and discussions. must be left behind in high school. not High School or CEGEP. would you like to fly in an airliner with a pilot who had only studied the principles and physics of aviation but had never actually been in a cockpit or flown a plane before? In this course you will in small groups work on projects and then discuss your groups findings in class as part of your learning. Learning by doing helps integrate theoretical and academic information. In law school. That is. Experiential Learning The department accents what we call experiential learning. students go through Moot court where two panels of students must take on opposite sides of a case and argue a case before their classmates and professor. For example. As in medical school. It is not your professor’s goal or intention to convince you to believe in one theory or another. This sense of disequilibrium motivates people to develop cognitively. For further details about the matters addressed here. Think about it for a minute. Rather. comments such as I’m too shy to speak up or talk with others. young students will go on rounds with a doctor. you can see this is a large class of 150 students. or convince others they should think exactly like you…you will probably have difficulties with this course. prove you are right.If you have taken this course in order to learn how to manipulate others. and achieve an optimal working environment. This is a University course. learning by doing. This course is about students gaining an in-depth understanding of how human systems work and how to help the individuals within those systems resolve their problems. please be sure to read the document entitled “Course Outline Supplement One” in our course Moodle site. students are often presented with actual cases which they must attend to. You must discuss and interact with fellow students and at times present to the class as a whole. This is not “experimental learning. Once again. and make an educated speculation on a diagnoses and course of treatment. Student’s Responsibilities Students are responsible to attend class. I remind you that this is a University course.

This course makes use of experiential learning and in this course you will learn about systems: how they work. and comments on business writing to create a pool of shared knowledge with other members of your discussion group and class as a whole demonstrate an understanding of developmental processes within and behind the business writing process. For this reason. contribute your observations. insight. what helps them work and function. the course will work at the “learning edge” as this is part of the educational process. and improve business writing skills link your observations of writing to models of business writing at times. To access materials from this course online do the following: Step 1: Go to: our website and log on with your student NetName and Password.com Step 4: Select the course: Bus. All materials missed from class may be gathered from a fellow student.important goal for each student. and it will require reflection. The goals of this course are for you to develop your observational and diagnostic skills within systems. In this course you will have opportunities to: • • • • develop. practice. Step 2: Select “Course Websites” from the menu near top of the screen on the left. This course will challenge you and your beliefs.000 (just an example) . All students are personally responsible for any materials or lecture notes from classes they may miss. and what interferes with a systems’ functioning. Step 3: Select the submenu item named: “Powered by Moodle” This will bring you to www. and a fair amount of hard work. and to acquire an understanding of the theoretical concepts behind systems and relevant forms of interventions within human systems. analyses. OR You may access course material from the university website. to acquire skills in appropriate participation and interventions in groups and human systems.ourwebsite.

If a student does produce a medical certificate. this is an academic fraud and will be dealt with by your professor accordingly. There will be a total of three exams for this course: . it is important that students participate and attend in class. Any student who misses more than one class in this term will need to present a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation to be eligible for full class attendance credit. plus or minus two days. Both students involved in this matter are responsible for the fraud. and therefore are equally responsible. Signin sheets will be withdrawn 15 minutes after the start of each class. 1.Course Requirements NOTE Each class will have a sign-in AND sign-out sheet. If you don’t wish to attend class regularly. the certificate must be dated on the day the student missed class. Students who have missed four or more classes may need to apply for a medical withdrawal or may be required to retake the course. if you have another student sign-in or sign-out for you. For every day missed after the one day of grace. a student will not be given 5 points to a total of 10 points for 2 days absence. will not be considered valid. It must also identify that the student attended the clinic for specific treatment and that treatment was given. Students may miss one class as a day of grace. As this is part of the course requirements. Certificates which merely say the student was ill on a given date without addressing that the student has received treatment for an illness. then attend another course. which will involve working with other students in the classroom. Obviously. students who sign in and then leave the class for an extended period (more than 15 minutes) only to return later in order to sign out will not be considered as having attended that class. Students who have signed in and not signed out or the reverse will not be considered to have attended that class. Students who miss more than 3 classes are responsible to make an appointment with the professor in order to discuss their circumstances. one cannot participate if they are not in attendance. Attendance and Participation (10%) Due to this course’s emphasis on class lectures and experiential learning. In addition. Important note: Students must sign in and sign out for themselves.

not less. Your presentation will involve theories. 2009 In small groups (4-6 students) you will present a practicum presentation. and short answer items on theories and material presented up to this point. Learning Paper (5%) Due last day of class (December 2nd) by 9:00AM All students are required to write a one page paper in bullet form entitled “My Learnings. Details of this Practicum Presentation will be addressed in a separate document. You must list a series of learnings which fill one complete page. There will be no class after the exam. However. Exam 1 (15%) October 7th. fill in the blank. Policy on missed exam or presentation . Not more. This is not a difficult requirement and is considered by your professor a relatively easy way to earn 5%. 6. 3. will not be seen as acceptable excuses. 2013 08:45-10:15 The test will consist of multiple choice. There’s no reason why students must wait until the last minute to submit this paper.2. Presentations are considered by your professor as part of the course and therefore attendance by all students is mandatory. this paper must be handed in on time. Final Exam (25%) November 25th. You could easily submit and print it several days in advance. 4.” Be sure to include your name and student number. There will be class after the exam. practice and interventions either a business plan or a business white paper. fill in the blank. and students are to use font size 12 when writing this paper. The bullets are to be 2 spaces/lines apart. 5. excuses such as “my printer ran out of ink”. 2013.” etc. and short answer items on theories and material presented on November 4th through to November 18th inclusively. 2013 08:45-10:15 The test will consist of multiple choice. Be advised. “my internet went down”. Exam 2 (20%) November 4th. To copy the work from a fellow student will be considered plagiarism and seen as an academic fraud. This paper must be submitted twice (2): once to the course email address by 9:00 on December 2nd and the second time on hard copy in class on the morning of December 2nd. This paper must be original work and reflect your personal learnings. Each bullet is to refer to a separate idea. “my computer crashed. fill in the blank. Practicum Presentation (25%) December 2nd. 08:45-09:45 The test will consist of multiple choice. There will be class after the exam. and short answer items on theories and material presented on October 7th through to October 28th inclusively. be a full page and contain viable learnings in order to receive full credit.

I may post my notes so as to assist your learning. never been given my professor’s notes.00 55 50D0. Professor’s Notes It is important that students understand that your professor is not required to post his notes online or give them to the students in any manner. Therefore.7 0 2. I also wish them to read the given materials in their original form. I have never. “I slept in”.70 52 3. You do not have any such right. One ploy students often try with a professor in order to receive his/her notes is to say. He is not limited to these options and the choice of option is at his discretion. the student will unfortunately receive zero for that exam or presentation. I am 53 years old.80-84 0 Very Good 76B+ 79 73B 75 70B72 Average 66C+ 69 63C 65 60C62 Marginal Pass 56D+ 1.0 0 2. In such a case.0 A 85-89 0 3. and not merely go over my notes in order to prepare for an exam. If a student is considered an exceptional case by the professor.” This does not work with me. Somehow students have developed the false belief that they have a right to the professor’s notes. At the same time I do wish to help my students learn. he/she needs to provide a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation to be considered by your professor as an exceptional case. Outstanding 904. Final grades are based on this scheme. Through all my years of study. Examples of unacceptable reasons for missing an exam or presentation are. Grading Scheme The following chart shows the conversion of letter grades to percentages to grade points. However.Should a student miss the exam or presentation. “all my other professors do it. “I had to work” or “I drove my mother to the airport”.3 0 2.7 0 Grades As Evaluated By the Standards Of Our Institute .3 A+ 100 0 4. but be clear I am not required to do so and I probably will do this after class so as to encourage you to first read the materials at hand.0 0 1. they may be asked to take a supplemental exam or his/her next exam/test/presentation may be increased in value by the number of points from the missed exam or a paper on an assigned topic may be requested.3 0 3.30 59 53D 1. These are some of the options available to course instructor. which makes reading very labour intensive. a Masters and a Ph.7 A. I have taken countless courses and have completed a Bachelors.D. And by the way I have a visual impairment.

Students found by the professor or T. if applicable. The instructor may not. but does not demonstrate a depth of understanding above the average student. and a student is putting a significant risk on his/her academic success. Work which shows a depth of understanding and/or integrates theory in a unique and profound manner. Remarkable work which is above and beyond a simple completion of the course requirements.Work which is conspicuous by way of its excellence. impose a sanction on the student. Pending the outcome of any proceedings under this Code. . Important note on Plagiarism/Cheating Plagiarism/Cheating and copying work from a fellow student in an exam is an academic offence that is handled very seriously by the Institute Article 21 of the Code of Conduct (Academic) states: “21 An instructor who. on his or her own authority.A = Outstanding . The instructor shall forward the Incident Report to the Dean as defined in article 7 of this Code. in the course of grading a student’s work or through any other means has reasonable grounds to believe that a student in the instructor’s course or working under his or her direction has committed a non-examination related offence shall complete a Code of Conduct (Academic) Incident Report (“Incident Report”). D = Marginal Pass . the instructor shall withhold the grade for the course. there is to be no use of CELL PHONES or TEXT MESSAGING during class or group meetings. often this work teaches your professor something new. Please. This work meets most or all of the course requirements.” PLEASE DO NOT PLAGIARIZE/CHEAT! We have no discretion as to how to handle any such case. B = Very Good .Work which has not met most if any of the course requirements.This is work which has met some of the course requirements and not at a level commensurate with satisfactory university work. C = Average . F = Fail . this is simply distracting to you and other students.This work is consistent with a level of performance that most university students can and do meet.A to be texting or on the phone during class. Additionally the work done is at a very poor level and not consistent to university standards.This is work which has met all the course requirements and at a level commensurate with quality university work. will be considered as not having attended the class.

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