to English 3000: Business Writing. Here is a syllabus for the course. You are responsible for the information therein, so
read it over carefully and print out a hardcopy.
In this online course, you will be responsible for completing multiple reading and writing assignments within the context of five modules. This is the first module. While strict deadlines will be upheld for assignments, you are encouraged to work at your own pace. Bear in mind, this is a summer course in which 15 WEEKS (the duration of a semester during the normal school year) are compacted into 6 WEEKS, so the assignment load will be a bit heavier each week. I have made the load relatively light for the first two weeks, however, so that you may work ahead.
email me with questions via Pilot. I always answer within 24 hours, usually sooner, on the condition that your emails are written in complete sentences and free of mechanical errors. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME IN TEXTSPEAK. This is a college writing course. Make sure your queries are polished and professional and I will promptly address your concerns.
course is run by way of my
own website in conjunction with Wright State University's
distance learning program Pilot. The index page will operate as your primary resource for the course. You may access
this page via www.wright.edu/~david.wilson or via Pilot.
major and minor assignments should be submitted to me via Pilot on their respective due dates and times. Go to the Dropbox and upload your work accordingly. Assignments may be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf files.
You are responsible for monitoring the upload of each assignment you submit. Assignments submitted after their due dates have elapsed (whether it be one day, ten days, or one minute) will not be accepted. Assignments are due every Friday at 11 a.m. with the exception of sixth week when they will be due on Thursday at 11 a.m., the last day of A term. These modules and Pilot provide you with all due dates from the beginning to the end of the course so that you can organize and manage your time. Never wait until the last minute to submit work in case of computer glitches or other issues that might crop up. Always provide yourself with enough time to upload your work.
Grades are based upon a point system tallied throughout the quarter by Pilot. Major assignments are worth 100 points and minor assignments are worth 50 points.
most major assignments, you will be asked to produce a piece of writing
for a hypothetical company or position in the business world. Whatever
the assignment, you should always attempt to distinguish and individuate
yourself in some way from other potential candidates, co-workers, etc.
You will be graded on the dynamism and effectiveness of how you represent
yourself in your writing in terms of CONTENT as well as STYLE.
These modules contain numerous readings regarding the stylistics and mechanics of business writing as described in The Business Writer's Handbook. You will not be tested specifically on these readings, but your writing will be expected to exhibit the rules that they explain, so it is important that you read them thoroughly.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should parents or guardians of students
contact me with questions or concerns regarding a student's performance
or the course itself. Such matters are confidential and protected by
university policy. Parents and guardians need to contact the Wright
State University administration with questions or concerns. Students,
however, may contact me freely and are encouraged to do so.