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BUAD 620

Business Communication


Office Hours

John Krajicek, Executive Professor

Wehner 385K
Wednesdays 1:00 3:30 (or by appointment)

Course Overview, Objectives, Required Texts

Please refer to the BUAD 620 syllabus for the Fall, 2015 semester.

Course Grading
This is essentially a 3-hour course, transcripted as follows:
Fall, 2015 semester 1 hour
Spring, 2016 semester 1 hour
Fall, 2016 semester 1 hour

Spring 2016 Semester Assignments (and % of Spring 2016 grade):

Assignment #1 (TED Talk) 20%
Assignment #2 (Book Review presentation in MGMT 614) 20%
Assignment #3 (Team meeting with Krajicek re. New Ventures prep) 10%
Assignment #4 (Layoff memo associated with layoff exercise in MGMT 614) 20%
Assignment #5 (Venture Challenge Written Report) 10%
Class participation 20%

Class Participation Grade

I believe strongly in the classroom as a social learning environment. I expect you to be
physically and mentally present during our scheduled meetings, to be engaged, and to
participate fully in class discussions, group work, and workshops. This class is an
opportunity to improve your writing and speaking skills through interaction with your peers,
lectures, and guided practice, and your focused presence is required.
I expect you to show up to class on time, in your seat, and ready to go. Arriving late will
impact your class participation grade.
Please be very careful with respect to laptops and other electronic devices. I realize that
many of you like to use your laptop to take notes, as well as occasionally surf the web for
information that might bear on the discussion at hand. However, we all know how easy it is
to inadvertently check out with these devices (checking email, surfing, looking at
materials for your other classes, etc.). Also, students sitting near you tend to be distracted
by your screen. Again, be very careful, as a lack of presence will hurt your class
participation grade.

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I do not count your specific in-class comments and questions, or otherwise track your
participation in a statistical manner. Rather, I remain tuned in and connected to my
students. I stay fully engaged, and although I tend to give the benefit of the doubt, I pretty
much know when you are with us and when you are not fully engaged.

Academic Integrity & Unacceptable Assignment Policy

Please refer to the BUAD 620 syllabus for the Fall, 2015 semester.

Accommodation for Disability

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that
provides comprehensive civil rights protection 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 Department of
Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 845-1637. For
additional information, visit the website http://disability.tamu.edu/.

Spring, 2016 Assignments

In addition to reading assignments, class participation, and in-class work, the Spring, 2016
assignments are as follows:
Assignment #1 TED Talk: Due: January 12, 13, and 19
Assignment #2 Book Review presentation in MGMT 614 various
Assignment #3 Team meeting with Krajicek re. New Ventures) February 15 and 16
Assignment #4 Layoff memo due date to be announced
Assignment #5 Venture Challenge Written Report) due date to be announced

Spring, 2016 Semester Class Meetings (topics subject to change)

CLASS #1 TED Talks (1 of 3) Tuesday, 1/12/16
CLASS #2 TED Talks (2 of 3) Wednesday, 1/13/16
CLASS #3 TED Talks (3 of 3) Tuesday, 1/19/16
CLASS #4 Disaster City AAR Tuesday, 1/26/16
CLASS #5 Team meeting with Krajicek 2/15/16 & 2/16/16
CLASS #6 Venture Challenge AAR Wednesday, 2/24/16
CLASS #7 The FINAL LECTURE Tuesday, 4/26/16

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