COMM 286: Business & Professional Communication Course Syllabus | Spring 2020 COMM 286: Course Syllabus | Spring 2020 1 Course Description and Objectives One doesn’t have to look far to see the importance employers place on good communication skills in prospective hires. In fact, the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook once again rates verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team as among the most highly desired characteristics in new and potential employees. It’s no secret that the ability to effectively communicate your ideas in public and interpersonal spaces in the professional environment and to negotiate workplace relationships often means the difference between getting that promotion and being passed over for it. Evidence of your ability to communicate well is one of the top skills that interviewers assess when evaluating job candidates. But what does it really mean to have good communication skills?In this class, you will develop and refine your oral communication skills so that you will be able to apply them in your workplace interactions, at the interpersonal level, in teams, and in a more public space. But achieving “good communication”in organizational contexts depends upon far more than organizational members’ possession and execution of these often taken for granted and under-developed skills. Therefore, as you develop your oral communication skills set in this course, we will examine communication issues that are important to contemporary organizations, as well as the communication-based problems with which they grapple. After completing this course, you will be able to: ❑Use theories and concepts to advance your understanding of communication ❑Use theories and concepts to expand your communicative repertoire to help you successfully navigate professional life ❑Develop/enhance your ability to research, organize, and deliver professional oral presentations ❑Develop/enhance impromptu speaking skills ❑Develop/enhance teamwork skills and specific strategies to work effectively in teams ❑Use theories and concepts to understand and intelligently discuss communication issues and challenges in contemporary professional life Required Reading & ResourcesAdler, R.B., Maresh-Fuehrer, M., Elmhorst, J., & Lucas, K. (2019). Communicating at work: Strategies for success in business and the professions. [Customized e-textbook for the University of Nebraska Lincoln].Lincoln, NE: McGraw Hill. The required text for this course is a custom package pre-loaded into your Canvas course shell. In addition to the text chapters that have been drawn from multiple texts, the faculty have included content in the textbook package necessary for success in this course. Further, the faculty have worked directly with the publisher to provide a cost-effective package to UNL students in the e-book format. Students taking this course are expected to utilize the components of the package available within the course shell.