Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB6215
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Approved by SCNS
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 3/5/12. For MBA Prog Chng. Appd. To GC 3/19. to USF Syst 3/19. to SCNS 3/27. SCNS approved eff 5/5/12
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2773 2012-02-16 Department College Budget Account Number Business Administration BA 140500 Contact Person Phone Paul Solomon 8139745995 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title GEB 6215 Communication Skills for Managers Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 2 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Communication Skills Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
One of six Advanced Tools courses required for the MBA, Communication Skills for Managers focuses on developing the oral and written communication and presentation skills essential to projecting a professional image and influencing others.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
One of six Advanced Tools courses required for the MBA, this course addresses the oral and written communication and presentation skills essential to projecting a professional image and influencing others. Recommended by the MBA redesign committee and approved by the College’s Graduate Policy Committee and faculty, this course reflects the increased emphasis placed on communication, leadership and other “soft skills” by leading MBA programs. Because this will be a required Advanced Tools course for all MBA students, enrollment should generate a minimum of 80 SCH each time the course is offered.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
- Other Course Information
The objectives of Communication Skills for Managers are to:
• Enhance students’ ability to communicate clearly and correctly to avoid misunderstandings and get their message across
• Help students develop listening skills to diffuse conflicts and solve problems
• Improve students’ “writing awareness” including audience analysis and medium choice (memo, report, press release, etc.)
• Improve students’ ability to persuade and influence via oral and written communication
• Help students master the skills and techniques of successful presentations from planning to delivery
• Improve students’ understanding of and ability to communicate effectively during periods of crisis
B. Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will:
• Demonstrate effective listening skills
• Demonstrate writing awareness including audience analysis and medium choice (memo, report, press release, etc.)
• Demonstrate the ability to persuade and influence via oral and written communication
• Demonstrate the ability to develop a professional presentation and deliver it effectively
• Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to communicate effectively during periods of crisis
C. Major Topics
• Listening skills: the key to overcoming misunderstandings, diffusing conflicts and solving problems
• Effective memo, report, and email writing
• Speaking in small and large groups
• Developing and delivering effective presentations
• Crisis management
Security and Exchange Commission: A Plain English Handbook (http://www.sec.gov/pdf/handbook.pdf)
Paula LaRoque: The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well
Mary Munter and Dave Paradi: Guide to PowerPoint Version 2010
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Grades will be based on individual and group work. All written assignments will be reviewed and graded on content, organization, style, format and grammar, including spelling. Presentations will be evaluated on clarity, adaptation to the audience, organization, use of visual aids including PowerPoint or other presentation software, persuasiveness, and the ability to respond to questions. Final grades will be based on student performance in exams, written assignments, oral presentations, and participation:
First Exam 20%
Second Exam 20%
Written assignments 20%
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
All written assignments will be reviewed and graded on content, organization, style, format and grammar, including spelling. Presentations will be evaluated on clarity, adaptation to the audience, organization, use of visual aids including PowerPoint or other presentation software, persuasiveness, and the ability to respond to questions. Final grades will be based on student performance in exams, written assignments, oral presentations, and participation. Students are expected to turn all assignments in on time.
H. Attendance Policy
Attendance at all classes is an expectation.
Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,
Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.
I. Policy on Make-up Work
Students are expected to turn in all assignments on time; late work is unacceptable. Any assignment that is not handed in at the class period in which it is due will be considered late and will receive an automatic 10% grade reduction.
J. Program This Course Supports
- Course Concurrence Information
None; however, enrollment will be open to all College of Business graduate students.