BMGT 1305.FIC- Communications in Management
Notice: It is the student’s responsibility to check the online syllabus for updates and changes during the semester. Students will be notified of changes, if any, in timely manner.
Required Text: Business Communication Building Critical Skills 6th Edition by Kitty O. Locker and Stephen Kyo Kaczmarek. McGraw-Hill/Irwin Publisher. ISBN: 9780073403267.
Course Description (Catalog Description): BMGT 1305 Communications in Management (52.0201) (3-0) 3 credit hours. Basic theory and processes of communication skills necessary for the management of an organization’s workforce. End of Course Outcomes: explain the communication process; identify and remedy major communication barriers; describe how communication contributes to effective management. (COs 1,2,4,5 & 6) Prerequisite: None.
Course Objective: This course is designed to help student explain the communication process; identify communication channels and their relationship to semantics and perception; compare and contrast the relationship of communication and management; and demonstrate competencies in verbal and written communication skills through oral and written presentations.
Class Website: http://www.odessa.edu/dept/management/sjones/communication.htm.
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Expectations: This is a college level course and you will, therefore, be expected to uphold established college standards as outlined in the most recent Odessa College Bulletin. Your final grade will be based upon a combination of the following factors:
Note that preparedness and purposeful participation are the first two elements of the grading criteria. This is not strictly a lecture course. Students will be required to actively participate in the discussions, both individually and in assigned groups. You cannot participate if you are not present in class, and purposeful participation is difficult to achieve if you are not prepared. If you must be absent, please contact your instructor before the absence if possible or as soon after the missed class as possible to make arrangements for the make-up work or missed assignments. This is your responsibility. Show respect to everyone in the class by communicating appropriately - do not sleep or put your head or feet on the tables or chairs. Cell phones should be placed on either vibrate or silent mode and are to be accessed in emergency cases only
Business Leadership students are encouraged to make an appointment with Connie Nichols or Sue Jones to discuss both academic and career goals toward the end of each long semester.
Departmental and Instructor Course Requirements, Evaluation Methods and Grading Policy: There are projects and/or assignments associated with this course as well as a Final Exam. The assignments must be completed and turned in by due date. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 community leadership meetings during each semester. Check the community meetings page located on the instructor’s website for a list of organizations, meeting dates and times, and instructions. (http://www.odessa.edu/dept/management/sjones/meetings.htm )
Your grade will be a compilation of the following categories:
The projected cutoff point for A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s are based on a 90%, 80%, 70%, and 60%, respectively. At the end of the semester these projected cutoff points will be adjusted (i.e. raised or lowered) in order to reflect the overall performance of the class. Thus the actual grade will not be known with certainty until after the semester is over.
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Business Leadership; students should be aware that a grade of a “C” or better is necessary to meet the degree or certificate requirements.
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Objective of the Business Leadership Department: The primary object of the business leadership program is to prepare each student for full time employment. The business leadership program is not intended to serve as preparatory work toward a baccalaureate degree although courses are transferable to several colleges and universities. Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should consult the upper level institution of their choice regarding transferability of courses.
Department Web site: http://www.odessa.edu/dept/management/
BMGT 1305.F1Communications in
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