Business Communications


  2. A. Course Title: Business Communications
    B. Course Number: BU 223 - 10295
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Puryear, Courtney
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 227
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-4714
    J. Office Hours: Please schedule an appointment via email at
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course covers the business communication environment. It includes business writing, business styles, business memos, short and long reports, job search and resume writing, oral business presentations, communication for intercultural business, and business ethics. This is a three credit course.


    BU223 is a standard course for Business Administration – this course can transfer to other community colleges, as well as four-year institutions. The course is a basic
    requirement in most Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Management, and
    Business degree plans (as well as others), and can fulfill a part of the Social Science
    requirement in other degree plans.



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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Regular Exams: 500 points
    Final Exam: 200 points
    Resume Homework: 200 points
    Discussion/Homework: 140 points
    Total: 940 points

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    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Business/Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2. Prepare and interpret documents,
    3. Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4. Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5. Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.


    1. Plan, organize, compose, design, revise, and edit business documents
    2. Prepare direct requests
    3. Prepare good news messages
    4. Prepare informative messages
    5. Prepare bad news and negative messages
    6. Prepare persuasive messages
    7. Prepare reports and proposals
    8. Prepare employment communication messages
    9. Recognize communication challenges
    10. Create a professional resume


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Responses to course related questions will be within 48 hours for Monday through Friday. Messages left on my office phone will not get a response until I return if I am out of town. Technical questions should be addressed to the help desk.

    I will return your emails and phone calls within 24-48 hours.

    Because this is a business communication course, all communication must be in a business professional manner. Any emails that are sent in a "texting" format or are unprofessional, will not be responded to.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Spring 2017

    Regular Exams: 500 points
    Final Exam: 200 points
    Resume Homework: 200 points
    Discussion/Homework: 140 points
    Total: 1040 points

    Week 1: 1.17-1.20
    Ahhhhh, Building a Resume!
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    Resume Homework (30 points): Due Wednesday
    EXAM 0 (100 points): Due Friday

    Week 2: 1.23-1.27
    It’s an Email to a Professional…NOT a Text Message to Your Buddy
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 3: 1.30-2.3
    Social Media Can Be #DANGEROUS #leaveyoujobless
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    Resume Homework (40 points): Due Wednesday

    Week 4: 2.6-2.10
    LinkedIN is For Old People…and People Who Want Jobs
    Read: TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    EXAM 1 (100 points): Due Friday

    Week 5: 2.13-2.17
    Networking is WHERE IT’S AT!
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    Resume Homework (50 points): Due Wednesday

    Week 6: 2.20-2.24
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 7: 2.27-3.3
    My Favorite Coworkers!
    Read: TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    Resume Homework (80 points): Due Wednesday

    Week 8: 3.6-3.10
    So, your boss is an idiot?
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    EXAM 2 (100 points): Due Friday

    Week 9: 3.13-3.17
    Want a promotion?
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 10: 3.20-3.24
    Thank you!
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 11: 3.27-3.31
    I’m So Glad You Wore Your Pajamas to an Interview. You Must Be Laid Back!
    Read TBA
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday
    EXAM 3 (100 points): Due Friday

    Week 12: 4.3-4.7
    (Spring Break, Campus Closed)

    Week 13: 4.10-4.14
    101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
    Read the Introduction: You Are in Charge (7)
    Read Chapter 1: The Interview Process (19)
    Read Chapter 2: Who are you? (45)
    Read Chapter 3: So, Tell Me About Yourself (55)
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 14: 4.17-4.21
    101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
    Read Chapter 4: Questions About Your Education (75)
    Read Chapter 5: Questions About Your Experience (87)
    Read Chapter 6: Questions About Core Competencies (113)
    Read Chapter 7: Questions About Your Current (or Last) Job (129)
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 15: 4.24-4.28
    101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
    Read Chapter 8: So Why Us? (147)
    Read Chapter 9: Questions About Your Personal Life (167)
    Read Chapter 10: Questions to Wrap Things Up (189)
    Read the Epilogue: I’ve Got a Secret (201)
    Discussion/Homework (10 points): Due Thursday

    Week 16: 5.1-5.5
    EXAM 4 (100 points): Interviews

    Week 17: 5.8-5.10
    FINALS (200 points): Comprehensive: Due Tuesday