Business Communication
In the business environment, employees are expected to be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to persuade, dissuade, or inform their peers about a variety of topics.  In the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program, students will be required to express themselves through presentations, technical papers, pamphlets, or by other means to communicate pertinent information about topics that they are studying and/or discussing in class.  

For each writing assignment, students will be expected to write with the following:
  • Organization
  • Correct Grammar
  • Correct Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Persuasion and/or Informational Writing
Students will be graded on how well they organize their thought and use correct grammar and spelling.  Also, they are expected to ensure that the goal of their papers, presentations have been met; otherwise, they have not communicated effectively.  For each writing assignments, grading will consist of the following process:
  • Students will be required to submit a cover sheet with their writing to determine how they feel about their composition.  This should include areas of strength and weakness, if the student felt that their point was proven, and what areas of improvement that the student feels need to be worked on.
  • The instructor will read the composition and then provide feedback to determine if the overall goal of the project / written assignment was met.
  • Editing will not be done by the instructor, but errors will be pointed out within the feedback
  • Students are expected to improve with each writing assignment.  Those who do not improve will have their grades impacted.
  • Students will be given a grade of Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Excellent (89 - 100) - This grade will be awarded when the student meets the following criteria:  
    • No spelling and capitalization errors
    • No grammatical errors
    • No organization errors
    • Paper can be followed without difficulty (excellent flow)
    • Student fully met the objective of the assignment
  • Good (79 - 88.99) - This grade will be awarded when the student meets the following criteria:
    • Very few spelling and capitalization errors
    • Very few grammatical errors
    • Maybe some organization problems
    • Paper can be followed with little difficulty (may have some flow problems)
    • Student almost meets the objective of the assignment
  • Fair (70 - 78.99) - This grade will be awarded when the student meets the following criteria:
    • Assignment has many spelling and capitalization errors
    • Assignment has many grammatical errors
    • Assignment has organization problems
    • Paper can not be followed without difficulty
    • Student does may meet the objective of the assignment but other elements significantly distract from the reader being able to determine the objective
  • Poor (Grade of 0) - This grade will be awarded when the student meets the following criteria:
    • The paper is unreadable
    • The paper is returned to the student without the instructor reading it
    • Students who fall into this criteria will be referred to the Writing Center; subsequent papers may be not accepted unless proof of a writing center visit can be provided.
Students will also be given assignments throughout the semester.  These may be discussion postings, papers, pamphlets, flyers, hands on labs/exercises, etc that will require the student to apply the knowledge they have learned in class.  Any assignment that is not classified as a quiz or exam, will be classified as a special project and will be weighted as such.  Students will be notified prior to the assignment so that they will know how the assignment will be weighted.  Special projects will be specific to each class and students will be given specific instructions in the tab that depicts their class.

Students are encouraged to meet with the professor and make appointments with the Writing Center to get help so that their Writing Skills can be improved.  The expectation for the student is that the student's writing will/must improve.

Students often ask how many pages is a certain word count.  Please use the chart below and gauge accordingly:

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25
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7500
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12,500
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30,000
35,000
37,500
40,000
45,000
50,000

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2500
3750
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6250
7500
10,000
12,500
15,000
17,500
18,750
20,000
22,500
25,000