All assignments must be completed and submitted at the beginning of the
class period on the due date assigned and in the assigned format. You
will turn in BOTH a hard copy and an electronic copy. The hard copy will
be taken up at the beginning of class and the electronic copy should be
emailed to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the class period the assignment
These assignments are due in class at the beginning of class on the dates
indicated. Your assignment grade will be dropped by one full letter grade
for every day it is late. Some assignments are individual, while others
are group based. If the group assignment is late, everyone in the group
is penalized. However, it is not an absolute that everyone in the group
receives the same grade. I will conduct both self and group peer evaluations
as a means of monitoring the work load balance within the groups.
If you are going to be absent on the day that an assignment is due, email
the assignment to me BEFORE our class period and it will not be considered
late if you have emailed before class and bring a hardcopy to me on the
next class period that you are in attendance.
ASSIGNMENT 1 – Resume, cover letter (50 points each for a total
of 100 points)
For this assignment, you will need to locate a job opening in your field
and compose a resume and cover letter tailored for the job you select.
Both the resume and cover letter should conform to format, design, and
standards discussed in lectures, class discussions, and textbook/handouts.
You will need to turn in the job opening description (the ad) along with
your cover letter.
Find job openings in newspaper classified sections, trade/business journals,
or at the Career Resource Center. You may also search for openings online
or at http://www.monster.com
The job you select must be appropriate for your major/major field and
should be both professional and degree-appropriate or an internship that
you are actually thinking about applying for. You should avoid applying
for job that only require a high school diploma or job openings for wait
staff, golf caddy, or summer camp counselor.
The resume must be tailored for the job you’re applying for. Additionally,
it should be a resume you would send out when applying for a job. As a
result, you should ensure that the paper and print quality of your final
submission should be the highest possible. Be sure to follow both lecture
and Locker Chapter 17 guidelines for creating and formatting your resume.
The cover letter must match the job opening and should be a letter tailored
to the job and the company—not a form letter. You should also conduct
research into the company or business to which you’re applying.
Be sure to follow both lecture and Locker Chapter 18 guidelines for creating
and completing your cover letter.
-A resume/cover letter will be dropped one letter grade for one typo or
spelling error. After three typos or spelling errors the resume/cover
letter will receive a failing grade.
-A resume will be dropped half a letter grade for every consistency mistake.
ASSIGNMENT 2 – Informative/Positive news memo: Choice of 7.15 or
7.17 at the end of Chapter 7) (100)
Rubric: Check list on page 168.
ASSIGNMENT 3 – Improving a financial aid form in groups (p. 146-7)
ASSIGNMENT 4 – Negative message. Choice A: 8.7 on page 206 where
you can choose from A,B,C, or make your own company situation like some
of you did in the positive memo; Choice B: 8.19 on page 211. (100)
Rubric: Check list on page 202.
ASSIGNMENT 5 – Persuasive message –
ABC Case (100)
The ABC case is based off of the following case study:
Rubric from case study:
*Exhibit a clear understanding of the audience, use an appropriate tone
and style, establish the desired relationship, and motivate the desired
*Accomplish the purpose of the message by stating a clear position on
the issue and supporting that position with logical points/sub-points,
insightful reasoning and/or persuasive examples.
*Be well organized and easy to follow, include appropriate headings/bullets/lists,
and use smooth transitions.
*Demonstrate superior mastery of vocabulary and superior facility with
conventions of standard written English (grammar, usage, and mechanics).
*Use an appropriate format and document design.
ASSIGNMENT 6 – Intercultural memo (11.8.b p. 313-315) (100)
ASSIGNMENT 7 – Team report: see team project
Additional websites for business recommendation reports:
Sample recommendation reports:
ASSIGNMENT 8 – Team oral presentation (100)
Rubric in PDF
QUIZZES – (100)
In-class Writing and Participation – (150)
TOTAL POINTS - 1100