Assignment and Discussion

Choose one of the professional scenarios provided in Blackboard under the Student Center tab, or click here to view them in a new window.

Write a Professional Email Message (in the form of Figure 5.1 on page 84 of BCOM9) from the perspective of a character in the scenario. The email should discuss the communication issue provided in the scenario and should be addressed to another character from the scenario.

The message should take the form of an email; however, you will submit your assignment to the online course shell.

The professional email message must adhere to the following requirements:

1. Content:

Address the communication issue from the scenario.
Request a face-to-face meeting to discuss the issue (at a specific time).
Concentrate on the facts of the situation and avoid using overly emotional language.
Assume your recipient is learning about the situation for the first time through your communication.

2. Format:

Use a descriptive subject line or heading.
Include an appropriate and professional greeting / salutation.
Use email form including: To:, From:, Subject:, and Signature.

3. Clarity / Mechanics:

Focus on clarity, writing mechanics, and professional language/style requirements.
Run spell/grammar check before submitting.

4. Your assignment must:

This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.

5. Submitting your assignment:

Submit your assignment through the online course shell only.

6. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Plan, create, and evaluate professional documents.
Deliver professional information to various audiences using appropriate tone, style, and format.
Analyze professional communication examples to assist in revision.

Discussion

“Professional Format and Style”

How you do anything is how you do everything. – T. Harv Eker (from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind)

This course is a mixture of learning a new format (business style) and adapting your English language skills to a different audience. Business communication relies equally on format (how you communicate) and content (what you say).

Respond to ONE of the following:

Discuss the Eker quote as it pertains to your professional experience and the material for Week 2
Find a quality resource that discusses the importance of format OR find a quality support that proves format does not matter in the context of the professional environment.