Report Writing Syllabus

 
 
 
Lincoln University
COURSE SYLLABUS

 
Course: Report Writing
Department and number: English 99
Credit: 3 units
Course prerequisites: none
Instructor: Dr. Sylvia Y. Schoemaker Rippel
Course-related email for the semester: profsylvia@gmail.com
Office hours and location: T, Th 11:45-12:30 and by arrangement, room 307
Office phone: 510-628-8036
 
Instructional Materials and References:
 
Required Texts:
 

Kuiper, S. A. (2009) Contemporary business report writing. (4th ed.). Mason, Ohio: South-Western Cengage Learning. (ISBN: 978-0-324-58742-5)

 
Recommeded Text:
Tensen, B. L. (2007) Research strategies for a digital age. (3rd. ed.). Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. (ISBN: 978-1-4282-3129-0)
 

Online Adjunct: Tensen: Student Resource Center

Description
ENG 99 – REPORT WRITING
The course instructs the student in the various forms of written reports. Students prepare informational and analytic reports. Computer tools and programs, as well as Internet resources, will be used as relevant. (3 units)

Course Objectives
▪Expansion of academic and professional report writing skills
▪Development of research and documentation skills
▪Ability to write reports for specific purposes
▪Ability to employ various rhetorical modes as required for specific subjects and purposes
 

Format
 
The course sessions will include presentation, discussion, and application modes as relevant.
 
Assignments Overview
Students will complete the following: individual and group research assignments in selected business areas, including oral and written presentations of research findings.
For each of the units (as well as additional assignments given in class), students will do the following:
· Read assigned materials with care and understanding,
· Create a personalized, three-level outline for assigned readings, turning text headings into questions for the first level of the outline, and developing the second and third level with your main and more detailed answers to your formulated questions.
· Reflect on the assignments in writing (a brief paragraph or two), discussing your thoughts on the primary content; include points of personal interest.
· Email your assignments to me at profsylvia@gmail.com, with your outline and reflections written (or copied and pasted) in the body of your email. Be sure to keep a copy of the email for yourself and add it to your ePortfolios/PowerPoint presentations for midterm and final submission and sharing.
 
Assignments are due on the dates indicated on the schedule below. Revisions to the schedule will be announced in class as needed. Class attendance is mandatory for content, interactions, and presentations. Researched materials must be documented using a consistent style for both in-text and end-text citations of sources using the published standards of the most recent subject-appropriate style guide, such as APA (social sciences) or MLA (humanities), for example.
 
SCHEDULE
Session
Notes
Unit
Assignment
1
 
Introduction
Research and Reports
Kuiper C1 Report Characteristics

Tensen PART I: RESEARCH BASICS.
Tensen C1, 1 — Step 1: Choose a Topic.
Step 2: Narrow Your Focus Exercises

2
 
Planning & Drafting

Find the Perfect Match: Effective Search Terms.

Kuiper C2 Planning the Report
Kuiper C3 Producing the Report

Tensen C2, 19
Where Do You Find the Perfect Match? How Do You Find the Perfect Match? Exercises.

3
 
Proofing
Designing

Become a Research “Supersleuth.”

Kuiper C4 Writing Style and Lapses
Kuiper C5 Illustrating the Report

Tensen C3, 35 Ask Questions. Make Connections. Background Checks.
The Thrill of the Hunt. Exercises.

4
 
Formatting

Databases: Get Immediate Results.

Kuiper C6 Formatting the Report

Tensen C4, 55
Get to Know Your Databases. What Is a Database? Exercises.

5
 
Routine Reports

PART II: RESEARCH USING THE WORLD WIDE WEB
Effective Web Searching: Cast Your Net in Stocked Ponds.

Kuiper C7 Writing Routine Reports

Tensen C5, 71 Academic Research on the Internet Must Be Authenticated. Academic Research on the Internet Must Be Done in “Stocked Ponds. Use the Best Commercial Search Engines. Academic Research on the Internet Requires Careful Evaluation. Exercises.

6
 
Nonroutine Reports

Field Research Online.

Kuiper C8 Writing Nonroutine Reports

Tensen C6, 87
Conducting an Interview.
Developing a Survey.
Exercises.

7
 
PART III: RESEARCH DOCUMENTATION.
Documentation: General Rules
Tensen C7, 99
A Few Words About Plagiarism: DON’T DO IT! A Sure Way to Impress: Incorporate and Document with Skill.
Exercises.
8
 
Midterm

 

   
 
Research Plan

Documentation: MLA Format, 1

Kuper C9 Planning and Delivering an Oral Report
Kuiper C10 Planning the Research

Tensen C8, 111 Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. MLA In-Text Citations. MLA Works Cited Entries.

10
 
Data Sources
Secondary Sources

Documentation: MLA Format, 2

Kuiper C11 Selecting Data Sources
Kuiper C12 Using Secondary Sources

Tensen C8, 134 Sample Research Paper Using MLA Style. Sample Literary Analysis Research Paper Using MLA Style

11
 
Primary Sources
Documentation

Documentation: APA Format.

C13 Using Primary Data Sources
C14 Documenting Data Sources

Tensen C9, 151 Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. APA In-Text Citations.

12
 
Analysis

Documentation: APA Format

Kuiper C15 Analyzing Data for Complex Report
Kuiper C16 Writing Business Research Reports

Tensen C9, 155 APA Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using APA Style.

13 
 
Research Reports

Documentation: CSE Format.

Kuiper C17 Writing Policies, Procedures, and Instructions

Tensen C10, 179
Directory of Citation and Entry Formats. CSE In-Text Citations.

14
 
Policies, Procedures, Instructions
Business Plan
Documentation: CSE Format


Kuiper C18 Writing the Business Plan
Tensen C10, 182
CSE Reference List Entries. Sample Research Paper Using CSE Style.

Tensen C11, 211
Directory of Note and Bibliography Entry Formats. CMS Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographies. CMS Footnote/Endnote and Bibliography Format. Sample Research Paper Using CMS Style
      All assignments due: emails, outlines, summaries/reflections, exercises, applications (including suggested mini reports), ePortfolio/blog/site for course, personalizations, etc. by last class session — April 26.
15
  Final Closed-book essay exam on all material since midterm.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA & METHOD OF EVALUATING STUDENTS
Students will demonstrate their level of proficiency and achievement through appropriate and accurate application of written communication theory and skills. Assessments of improved competence in writing descriptive, narrative, informative, and persuasive essays and personal and peer evaluations and reflections are fundamental to the grades attained.

Grading Guidelines

Class Participation
15%
Quizzes, midterm
10%
Projects
15%
ePortfolios/Blogs
30%
Presentations
10%
Final Exam
20%
Total
100%
 
 
 
 
100-95
A
94-90
A-
89-87
B+
86-84
B
83-80
B-
79-77
C+
76-74
C
73-70
C-
69-67
D+
66-64
D
63-60
D-
59 or <
F