COMM 286: Business & Professional CommunicationCourse Syllabus | Summer 2013Chigozirim UtahEmail: [email protected]Class Hours: TR 5:30-9:20pmOffice Hours: T 4:30-5:20pm or by apptIntroductionEmployers often identify “good communication skills” as a requirement in job descriptions and help wanted ads. But what does it really mean to have good communication skills? In this class, you will develop and refine communication skills that you will be able to apply in your workplace interactions. But achieving “good communication” in organizational contexts depends upon far more than organizational members’ possession and execution of these not-as-simple-as-they seem skills. Therefore, as you develop your basic 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.Required ReadingAdler, R. B., & Elmhorst, J. M. (2010). Communicating at work: Principles and practices for business and the professions (10th ed.). Boston: McGraw‐Hill.Assignments & ExamsYour final grade will be determined based on your performance on the following: Daily Objectives (8 @ 5 points each). In-class Assignment (10 points). You will need to have a laptop or access to internet on your phone. If you don’t have either, see me promptly.Impromptu Speech (10 points). You will deliver unrehearsed speeches on professional topics.Individual Presentations and Outline (125 points).You will research, organize, and deliver professional oral presentations that focus on business‐related issues.Team Project (100 points).You will use your team communication skills to plan and conduct a communication training program.Final Exam (100 points).You will demonstrate your basic knowledge and understanding of course material by answering multiple choice and true/false questions that ask you to identify, analyze, synthesize, and/or apply the material covered in the textbook.