Georgia Highlands College Spring 2010, Kemper


                   Basic Course Information


ENGL 2151-20607/BUSA 2105-20608 (Communicating in the Business Environment)


             9:30-10:45 a.m.  TR (3 credit hours)

Withdrawal Deadline – March 4 (last day to withdraw with a “W”)


This is a course emphasizing both interpersonal and organizational communications, including written and oral exercises appropriate to business, technical and professional practice.





English 1101 with a "C" or higher




Successful Writing at Work, by Philip C. Kolin, concise 2nd edition


Changes in Course Plan/Instructor absences


The instructor reserves the right to alter dates, material covered, or format of any exam after notifying the students in advance.


Any anticipated absence by the instructor (to attend professional meetings, etc.) will be announced no later than the class period just prior to the expected absence, and students will be told what will take place during class time while the instructor is absent. In the event of an unexpected absence by the instructor (due to illness, etc.) an effort will be made to notify students or to find someone else to meet the class. (There are no provisions for substitute teachers at colleges.)


Disability Support


Any student who feels he or she may need an     accommodation based on the impact of a disability may discuss this with the instructor or contact Student Support Services (706-295-6336). This should be done as early in the semester as possible. GHC has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms, or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses.


Electronic    Devices


All electronic devices (cell phones, etc.) will be turned off and stored out of sight during class. It is not appropriate to leave class to take a phone call.


Course Description


This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of business, professional, and technical communication. The course includes experience in writing business letters, memoranda, short reports, and a long report based in part on library research, as well as practice in work-related oral presentations.


While the essay form taught in English 1101 and 1102 is helpful in preparing students for the Regents' Test and in teaching logical organization and correct grammar and sentence structure, essay writing is seldom called for outside the classroom. BUSA 2105/ENGL 2151 will show the student how to apply the essay writing and oral communication skills gained in English 1101 (and 1102 if taken) to job-related communication.


Since the course is being designed to apply to students of various majors and with various career goals, students will be able to select subjects relevant to their fields for the written assignments. They will also use the style suitable to their subject area. Students may be asked to keep a file of formats, articles, etc. related to their field. When appropriate they may be asked to read and summarize journal articles in their field or to interview a person currently employed in their field about the types of communication he or she uses on the job.



Course Outcomes


·         Students will develop job-related writing skills by drafting and revising, with feedback from the instructor, business letters and memos, short reports, and a longer report based on research. They will be encouraged to pay attention to the design and appearance of the written work as well as its content and to include graphics as appropriate. The final version will be keyboarded on a computer and should be free of distracting errors in punctuation, grammar, or spelling. (The researched report and possibly other class assignments support the college’s QEP of Information Competency.)


·         Students will develop oral communication skills in formal and informal presentations as well as in group interaction. During at least one presentation they will be encouraged to "dress for success" and required to use appropriate visual aids.



                    Procedures and Policies


Course Grade


The grading scale is as follows:


The grading scale will be as follows: A 90-100; B 80-89, C 70-79, D 60-69, F below 60.


The course grade will be calculated according to the following formula.


     60%  Major written assignments--A student may earn a "C" (75 points), a "B" (85 points), or an "A" (95 points) for this part of the course grade. No "D" will be offered in this part of the grade since the "C" level represents the minimum of achievement for successful work-related writing.  Each grade level represents the completion of a specific number of acceptable writing assignments.  All requirements at each grade level must be completed before the student is given that grade for the major written assignments section of the course. Students who do exceptional work in their level or who do finish some assignments of a higher level may be given up to five bonus points in this part of the course at the discretion of the instructor.  Failure to complete the "C" level requirements will result in an "F" (0-55 points, based on the amount and quality of work turned in) for this segment of the course.  Five points will be deducted from the major written assignments grade each time a student fails to show progress in his or her writing assignments during a scheduled conference or workshop.


     20%  Quizzes--Approximately five short quizzes will be given throughout the semester. They will cover the assigned reading material and other information brought out in the class.


     20%  Daily grade exercises and writing assignments, oral            presentations, and the professional file







Class Policies      


  1. Attendance: Class time will be used for (1) discussion and exercises designed to prepare for or to supplement the major writing assignments, (2) presentation of information that may be on the quizzes, (3) conferences and checks of the writing stages, and (4) oral communication practice.  Therefore, absences of any kind will significantly reduce a student's chances of doing well in the course. In addition, most daily grade assignments cannot be made up. A makeup quiz will be given only if serious or acute illness or severe personal problems prevent a student from taking the quiz with the rest of the class. If this happens, the instructor must be notified immediately. (You may contact me at my office in F-136, 706-368-7626 or 1-800-332-2406, or email me at Also, a penalty may be assessed on a makeup quiz. Any requests for makeup work due to an anticipated extended absence must be approved in advance by the instructor and then by the humanities division chair.


By Humanities Division policy if any student accumulates 5 unexcused absences in a class that meets two days a week, he or she may not return to class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days after the fifth absence. Three “lates” count as one unexcused absence.


Absences may be excused by the instructor if you notify the instructor prior to the absence or within two days after the missed class. You will also need to hand the instructor a written request for an excused absence the day you return to class. The written request must have your name, the current date, the course name and section number, the date of the class missed, a brief statement of the reason for the absence, and your signature. If you have a medical excuse, attach it to the written request. Please note that any absence—excused or not—may interfere with your ability to succeed in the class.


(Please note that college policy requires that the Financial Aid Office be notified of excessive absences by students receiving certain types of financial assistance.)


2.   Conferences: Students will have conferences with the instructor at regular intervals to review their progress on the major writing assignments. Most of these will be in class, but some out-of-class conferences may be required.


3.   Due dates for major writing assignments:  A list of suggested due dates for first drafts of "C" level writing assignments will be provided to help students stay on schedule.  The types of writing (letters, reports, etc.) should normally be done in the order they are assigned in class, though students working for an "A" or a "B" in the major written assignments part of the course may choose to work ahead. Those who are attempting the extra "A" or "B" level work are expected to stay caught up in their "C" level written assignments. There will be cut-off dates near the end of the semester by which work must be completed.


4.   Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas or words as if they were the writer's own. Plagiarism in on-the-job writing is a serious offense. It may lead to the loss of a job and in some cases to legal action against the plagiarist and the firm he or she represents. A charge of plagiarism may also permanently tarnish a person's professional image. In this course each student is expected to do his or her own writing and to document ideas or words borrowed from research sources. Words copied directly from a source must be in quotation marks and documented. Summaries and paraphrases, while not direct quotations, must also be documented. In addition, a paper which resembles that of another student in ideas, organization, or phrasing will not be accepted. If a student turns in a plagiarized assignment, it will receive 0 credit, and the student may be given a grade of “F” for the class. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action by the college.


The Georgia Highlands College “Academic Integrity Code” and polices on student conduct are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the student handbook at . There you will find a detailed definition of plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty and a description of the procedures and sanctions relating to violation of the Code.


The formal researched report and possibly some other assignments may be submitted to is an Internet service subscribed to by GHC in order to encourage originality and careful documentation of all research used in student writing. Documents submitted to are compared to numerous active and archived Internet sites, other publications, and’s database of submitted student papers. Since does compare submitted student papers, you should be careful to not let students in other classes use your work since you could be implicated in a plagiarism or excessive collaboration situation, both of which are prohibited by the college’s Academic Integrity Code. You should not use work submitted in this class in another course without the approval of the instructor of the other course.


5.   Student's record keeping:  The student is responsible for keeping all handouts, all special assignments, and all written work, including first drafts and all revisions. The papers should be kept in order so they can be quickly and easily produced during conferences and whenever else the instructor requires them. If a student cannot show his or her papers on request, the student may be asked to redo them. A notebook with several file pockets is good to use    to keep papers in order. At the end of the semester, the student should be able to produce all written assignments upon request.


6.   Corresponding class assignments:  Students may coordinate written assignments for this course with those of another class they are taking this semester if both instructors are notified and give their approval and if all planning and writing requirements for English 2151/BUSA 2105 are met.



GHC Student Learning Outcomes for ENGL 2151/BUSA 2105


Business: (1) Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.


Communication: (1) Students will demonstrate their ability to express ideas logically and clearly in standard written English. (2) Students will demonstrate their knowledge of and application abilities regarding effective human discourse for individual, interpersonal, and group settings. (5) Students will be able to recognize and identify the components of effective and ineffective public speaking verbal and nonverbal behaviors.


Computing Technology: (1) Students will demonstrate ability to prepare course assignments in a variety of courses using computer technology.


Special Note


To students receiving financial aid: Federal regulations state that if a student does not attend classes and receives failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. Any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class. Students who have passed at least one class for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time he/she signed the withdrawal form.