Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1321- Section: 71
Business and Professional Communication
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Instructor Information
Instructor Casi Rekieta
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Educational I - Room: 131
Hours:MWF= 8:30 - 10 & 10:50-11, M (only) = 11:50 - 2:00, W (only) = 11:50 - 2:40
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes - Demonstrate communication competence and critical thinking through an understanding of the foundational
communication models.

- Demonstrate essential public speaking skills in professional presentations.

- Demonstrate written and oral competencies as it relates to employment (including job searches, interviews, interpersonal interaction, conflict management, leadership and performance appraisals.)

- Apply essential dyadic and small group processes as they relate to the workplace.

- Utilize various technologies as they relate to competent communication.

- Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication.
Core Objectives - Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

- Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

- Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

- Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

No Textbook Required.
*Course will utilize an open educational resource (OER).

Additional Materials:
- Notebook for writing and taking notes.
- Must have materials for creating Visual Aids or access to Powerpoint.
- Must have materials needed to record and submit speech presentations.
- Must have the ability to print documents for class.
- Must be able to access Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
- Business Communication
- Business Ethics and Plagiarism
- Professional Meetings
- Oral vs Written Communication
- Informative Speaking
- Persuasive Speaking
- Texts, E-mail, Netiquette
- Memos & Business Proposals
- Cover Letters
- Career Search
- Job Search
- Resume
- Interviewing
- Group Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 6, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 900- 1000 = A
800- 899 = B
700-799 = C
600-699 = D
0- 599 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
30% - Tests
20% - Speeches
20% - Group Project
30% - Assignments & Activities
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Communication between student and instructor is essential for student success. You are required to check your LSCPA email every 24 hours.

The instructor will not conference with students regarding assignment 48 hours before the due date, unless you have an appointment.

The instructor's records will be the final determination of grades. Contact your instructor for grade discrepancies during designated office hours or by appointment within 48 hours of grades being made available. DO NOT wait until the end of the semester to review your grades. Grade discrepancies will not be changed after week 14.

Missed exams, presentations, quizzes, and class activities will result in deduction of the maximum point value per assignment. Makeup assignments will NOT be allowed unless: (1) the student receives prior approval from the instructor, (2) has a documented medical emergency (3), or is at a school-sponsored event. Make-up assignments are determined at the instructor's discretion.

All written work must be typed using correct grammar and spelling.

Participation is a critical portion of your final grade. Participation includes participating in class activities, discussions, as well as being an active and respectful audience member during face-to-face meetings.

Plagiarism, written or oral, will result minimally in the failure of the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense).

Appropriate dress is expected for speech days. This will be discussed in class.

Students must use their Lamar PA email account when sending email to the instructor.

Please allow 24 hours for a response to emails during the week and 48 hours over the weekend.

Please turn off ringers before class begins. If you have a special need to keep your phone active during class, talk to me ahead of time.

Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend virtual class meetings and/or watch recordings of virtual meetings and lectures.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other I will not discuss your grades over the phone. If you want to discuss grades, please contact me through your LSCPA email.

All grades will be posted on Blackboard for your convenience. Please check Blackboard regularly for announcements, content, etc.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.