ADMN-1305: Business English ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Bobbie Hawkins

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

MAB 257e Macon Cove

Office Hours

Email for appointment

Instructor Phone


Department Fax

(901) 333-4377

Department Phone

(901) 333-4150 Technologies Department

Course Information
Course Description

This course reviews and strengthens the basics in punctuation and English grammar usage, both oral and written, using business-related topics as its content base.  Special emphasis is given to the acquisition and use of business related vocabulary and proofreading techniques.

Student Learning Objectives


The student will be able to perform the following tasks: 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of punctuation rules and usage in business writing
  • Demonstrate proper parts of speech in business writing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential elements of grammar for business writing
  • Apply common proofreading techniques
  • Develop a professional voice for use in the business environment.


Instructional / Learning Methods


This is a combination of:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Online assessments
  • Quizzes
  • Reading textbook
  • End-of-Chapter assessments
  • Unit Exams
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements

Microsoft Office Word 2016 should be used for all submitted assignments.

Southwest is a Microsoft approved e-Academy and is offering Microsoft Office 365 University, which is the Microsoft Office 2016 suite, to current students. More information about this can be found on your my.southwest account.

Required Text

English for Careers:  Business, Professional, and Technical-11th Edition

Authors: Leila R Smith & Roberta Moore

ISBN-13:  978-0-13-261930-1 


Supplementary Materials

A flash drive is necessary for saving materials.


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

50% = Weekly Assignments

50% = Exams

Grading Scale


A  = 90-100

B  =   80-89

C =    70-79

D =    60-69

F =      0-59

For students earning the AAS Degree in Administrative Professional Technology and/or the Computer Software Specialist Technical Certificate, minimum standards for successful completion of ADMN 1305 (Business English) will be a grade of "C."


Testing Procedure / Policy


All students will be required to take tests in the online environment. Access to a reliable broadband Internet connection is required to take the online tests.

All tests must be taken within the scheduled time to receive full credit. Any missed tests may be required to be made up on the Macon Cove Campus at the discretion of the instructor, and the score will be reduced ten [10] points.

It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor for a make-up test.


Major Assignments


The student is expected to read the textbook, apply what has been read in chapter exercises and assessments, and submit all assessments on time.

Note: The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the assignment schedule and due dates as necessary.

Each student should plan on spending a minimum of six [6] hours per week on this course.

Note: It is the student's responsibility to have access to a reliable computer and Internet connection. If a home computer is not available, computers are available in campus open labs, libraries, and academic support centers. "My computer crashed" or "the server was down" is not a legitimate reason for not submitting graded materials on time.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Logging into the course does not count as attendance. Attendance will be counted by completing assessments as specified on the course calendar.

Additional Policies


Students are expected to complete assignments in a timely manner.  I suggest that you do not wait until the last minute to take an online assessment or submit an assignment. You are required to check the calendar for changes and dates of assignments and tests.

You are expected to answer questions to both students and the instructor with professional behavior. We need to be professional at all times.


Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule



  • References and Resources
  • The Parts of Speech
  • Sentence Fundamentals
  • Nouns: Forming Plurals 
  • Nouns: Forming Possessives
  • Pronouns: Types and Their Uses
  • Pronouns: Agreement and Writing Principles
  • Verbs: Types, Tenses, and forms
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Punctuation: The Comma
  • Punctuation: The Semicolon, Colon, and Other Marks
  • Punctuation: The Fine Points
  • Polished Writing Style
  • Capitalization, Abbreviations, and Numbers


Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.