There are fifteen graded Discussion Topics in this course. The Discussion Topics relate to material covered in the textbook and resource materials for each week, and typically require analysis, research, and/or critical thinking. The Discussion Topics are included in the Syllabus and are also available in the “Discussions” section of the course at the beginning of each week. The first Discussion Topic is intended to have you introduce yourself to the class. Although it is not graded, your participation is required.
The Discussion Topics are worth ten points each, for a total of 150 points. You should read each Discussion Topic carefully to ensure that you are answering what the topic asks you to discuss. To receive full credit for each Discussion Topic, you must post your response to the question, as well as your comments on at least one other student’s original post. In other words, you will be submitting at least two posts for each Discussion Topic every week. Discussion Topic postings and responses are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Central Time) each week, except for Week Eight, when they are due by 11:59 p.m. Saturday (Central Time).
Your original response to each of the Discussion Topics should include one or more of the following: 1) an example from your personal or professional experience directly related to the Discussion Topic; 2) a reference and citation to material from the text directly related to the Discussion topic; 3) a reference and citation from one of the class resource materials or a credible outside source directly related to the Discussion Topic. (Note: citations must follow APA format).
Finally, a note about the style and format of the Discussion Topics. Although the style and format of your Discussion Topic postings need not be as formal as the style and format of a written assignment or business document, neither should the style and format be as casual and informal as an e-mail or text message. In other words, the style, format, and tone of your postings should be thoughtful, professional, and respectful. Postings that include errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and composition will be graded accordingly. Similarly, points will be deducted for the use of emoticons, emojis, abbreviated comments (i.e., LOL, OMG), and inappropriate language, slang, jargon, or other unprofessional terminology. This is, after all, a Business Communication class.
The Discussion Topics are intended to foster a dialogue among you and your classmates. Dialogue and discussion refer to the exchange of ideas, which sometimes involves disagreement. Please be respectful of classmates with whose opinions you disagree.
Students will be responsible for preparing and submitting two written case studies. One of the case studies will consist of written responses to questions pertaining to the assigned case. The other case study will require the preparation of a communication strategy memo. The case study assignments should be from 3 – 5 pages in length, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman or similar font. Case study assignments should be submitted to the Dropbox in Word format.
Students are not required or expected to consult or utilize any outside resources in preparing the case studies. Each case study assignment should reflect your original analysis and discussion of the case.
There will be two Quizzes, in Week Three and Week Seven. The Quizzes will consist of 25 multiple choice and True/False questions. The Quizzes will be open-book format, and will be timed, with students being allowed one-hour to complete each of the Quizzes.
The Midterm Exam will consist of one case study and related questions. Answer the questions using the same format as you did with the case study assignments. Submit your answers via the correct Dropbox folder. As with the other written assignments, the midterm should reflect your original analysis and discussion of the case, and should not include outside research.
During this course, you will be required to prepare a Case Study Analysis in PowerPoint format. The presentation will be due during the final week of the session. Although your presentation will not be lengthy (15-25 slides), the assignment does require a basic knowledge of PowerPoint techniques. For those of you who are unfamiliar with graphic presentation software programs such as PowerPoint, it is strongly recommended that you visit a PowerPoint tutorial at the following site:
This is an excellent resource if you are preparing your first PowerPoint presentation.
Work submitted in a previous course, in whole or in part, will not be accepted. If you have taken this course previously, you must inform the instructor of this fact as soon as possible so alternative assignments can be arranged.