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MGA303SP2009Syllabus(S2A) - MGA 303(S2A Communication for...

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MGA 303 (S2A): Communication for Accountants January 12 through February 13, 2009 Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. 320 Jacobs Management Center Contact Information Instructor: Mary Ann Rogers Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Accounting and Law School of Management Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. By e-mail By appointment Office: 249 Jacobs Management Center North Campus Phone: (716) 645-5246 Fax: (716) 645-2863 Email: [email protected] (Please have MGA 303 as start of subject line) Textbooks Required: Claire B. May and Gordon S. May, Effective Writing: A Handbook for Accountants , 8 th ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-13-602908 "Communication Strategy" from The Guide to Managerial Communication . This handout will be distributed on the first day of class. Course Structure This one-credit course will meet twice per week for the first five weeks of the Spring 2009 semester, with the exception of January 19 (due to the observance of Martin Luther King Day). The term will consist of nine class meetings. A course Web site will be maintained via UBLearns, though all instruction will take place in class.
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Course Description This course will focus on developing the practical skills necessary to prepare and deliver effective oral and written communications. The goal is to improve how accounting students write, speak and conduct themselves in a business context. Course Prerequisites Acceptance to the University at Buffalo Accounting program. Course Objectives 1. Understand the components of verbal and non-verbal communication 2. Understand key components of communication strategy 3. Increase clarity and accuracy in business writing 4. Learn how to prepare and deliver a formal presentation 5. Gain confidence in the ability to communicate both orally and in written form Course Requirements Students will have the opportunity to understand communication strategies and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. The exercises identified in the course schedule below involve the writing of documents within the context of the accounting profession. Focus will be placed on improving students’ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively.
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