Questions relevant to all levels:
If I want to register for a section that is closed, can I obtain an over-ride from the instructor?
No. Class size is limited to 22, so instructors can provide you with individual attention, provide you with constructive feedback on your assignments, and meet one-on-one with you. You are also able to work with other students in the class and engage in class discussions. You and your instructor get to know each other, and you get to know all of your classmates!
Can I take the course online?
Yes. The course is offered both face-to-face and online. The face-to-face sections are preferable so you can communicate more directly with other students and the instructor. The online sections are intended for you if you are obtaining an online degree, travel extensively in your work so would miss too many classes, or live outside the FAU service area.
Are students’ presentations videotaped?
Yes they are. The benefit of having a video is that you can see yourself as others see you and thereby identify and critique the strengths and weaknesses of your content and delivery.
Does the class require reference papers?
Knowing how to find, analyze, and cite information from other sources is an important skill for students, so we provide you with the opportunity to write papers where you must integrate information from many sources into a unified argument and properly cite these sources.
Do we use APA or MLA for citations?
Business generally uses APA to cite sources. Instructors will go over APA in class and point out many resources that are available to help you.
Does the course require peer-reviews?
Yes, you will work in peer-review groups and many writing assignments will be reviewed by your team members prior to submitting the final version. Revision is an important part of the writing process, and working with your peers helps improve your final product. You also learn by reviewing the work of others.
Where can I find resources to help me with my writing skills?
The FAU University Center for Excellence in Writing provides consultations for students. However, consultants provide writing assistance—not editing.
Where can I find resources to help me with my presentation skills?
Our business communications instructors are available to work with you one-on-one to prepare you for your presentations. Additionally, you are encouraged to join the The Toastmasters Club at FAU to improve your public speaking skills and become more comfortable when presenting. The group meets each week in BU409 on the Boca Raton campus.
Why do all undergraduate students in the College of Business have to take a business communications course?
Studies show that an increasing number of employers and recruiters rank strong communication skills at the top when making hiring decisions. By taking a course that emphasizes written and oral communication in the business world, FAU students have a competitive edge when they graduate.
GEB 6215 and GEB 6217:
I am already in the workforce and am pursuing an MBA. Do I still need to take the graduate business communications course?
Yes, you’ll still need the course; it will help you prepare for assignments in your graduate courses, and it will give you strategies for effective communication as you continue to move up in your career.
I earned my BBA/BS at FAU and took GEB 3213. Do I still need to take the graduate course? What’s the difference between the two?
Yes, you’ll still need to take GEB 6215. GEB 3213 provides an introduction to business writing and speaking to prepare students to either enter the workforce or prepare for advancement. GEB 6215 or GEB 6217 provides greater in-depth analytical and persuasive strategies for students who have more extensive business and management experience; it also prepares them for upcoming assignments in subsequent graduate courses.
Why is GEB 6215 a pass-fail course?
To pass GEB 6215 means the student’s work is at least “B” level. Because FAU’s College of Business knows that its students will be more successful if they have strong communication skills, it does not want us to pass students with a lower grade. To reach the level of at least a “B” on each assignment, students are given opportunities to revise their work until it is satisfactory; we work closely with students to help them achieve this level. Students will receive a “U” if they don’t meet the attendance requirements or work with us to complete the assignments satisfactorily; they then re-register for the course. However, our goal is for all students to pass with communication skills that will help them succeed in their graduate work and their careers.
Why do most students earn an “I” at the end of the semester in which they take the course?
This course requires students to (1) satisfactorily complete the coursework during the semester they attend the class and (2) demonstrate that they’ve mastered the material taught in GEB 6215 by submitting designated papers and presentations assigned in concurrent or subsequent courses in their program. Because this requirement cannot usually be satisfied in the same semester they take GEB 6215, students generally earn an “I” to give them 3 semesters to complete the requirements. When the requirements are successfully completed, the “I” grade is converted to “S”; if they are not satisfactorily completed, the “I” grade is converted to “U.” However, we work with all students to help them successfully complete the requirements.
Do students have to register for the course again in order to complete the GEB 6215 integrated assignments?
No, not usually. The “I” gives most students time to complete the integrated paper and presentation requirements, so no further registration is necessary. However, students who do not successfully complete the course or the integrated assignments receive a “U” and will have to reregister. We encourage all students to work closely with their GEB 6215 instructors to complete the process smoothly.
Do students get help in completing the GEB 6215 requirements even after the class sessions are over?
Yes, GEB 6215 instructors work very closely with students in preparing for the assignments and in revising them. The aim of the course is for students to pass the course with an increased awareness of their own communication strengths and weaknesses along with strategies for successfully applying them in their careers. The instructors will be available as “communication coaches” throughout the students’ graduate coursework and even beyond in their careers.