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Annotated Bibliography

Assignment Requirements
This is for a Corporate Communication course.
Course Syllabus
BMAL 550
Effective executive communication
Course Description
Executives in professional organizations are expected to solve problems and make decisions, but ultimately, they must communicate them effectively to a variety of stakeholders. This course is designed to integrate knowledge of the pervasive impact of computer and other information technologies with time-honored communications principles to enable students to maximize their effectiveness in diverse and technologically dynamic business environments.
This course will enable students to grasp the many facets of effective communication in business. A proper understanding of communication is integral in order to create a positive public image, handle crisis, implement change, or deal with government regulation. From high-ranking CEOs to entry-level positions, the value of delivering and receiving a clear message, both internally and externally, is becoming increasingly salient thanks to emerging competition and new technology.
     I.               Prerequisites
BUSI 520, BMAL 530, BMAL 560
  II.               Required Resource Purchases
American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Argenti, P.A. (2013). Corporate communication (6th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/ Irwin. ISBN: 9780073403175.
The Bible. NIV, KJV, and NKJV are all acceptable for use in this course.
Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
Internet access (broadband recommended)
Microsoft Office

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Summarize the historical background of corporate communication through the events that have influenced the operating environment for business.
Discuss how the changing business environment has changed corporate communication.
Summarize the importance of recognition of corporate communication to the corporate strategic planning process.
Explain the importance corporate communication has to a corporation’s identity and image.
Analyze the importance of a corporation’s social and environmental obligations to corporate communication.
Determine methods for effective internal stakeholder and investor communications and relations.
Evaluate effective methods of government relations.
Integrate biblical concepts into the research of the business discipline.
Communicate effectively and logically within the business discipline.

  V.               Course Requirements and Assignments

Textbook readings and media presentations
Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum Threads (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will choose a case study question located at the end of the scheduled chapter readings and write a 350–450-word thread. The student will be required to provide academic research and a relevant biblical concept to support his/her ideas.

Discussion Board Forum Replies (4)

In the modules/weeks following each thread, the student will be required to post a 250-word minimum reply to at least 2 other students’ threads. This is not simply an agreement or disagreement with the thread, but it should analyze ideas and include academic research to support the analysis.

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

Prior to writing the Research Paper, the student will provide an annotated bibliography of 25 references (in current APA format with a cover page) that he/she plans on using for his/her research. Each reference should include a summary, analysis, and reflection.

Research Paper: Outline

The student will submit a detailed outline of the research he/she has performed which summarizes the order and content of the Research Paper. The outline should be very specific and include references.

Research Paper

The student will choose a topic covered in the text regarding corporate communication which he/she would like to research further. The research paper will be 10–12 pages.

Course Grading and Policies


Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forum Thread (4 at 80 pts ea)

Discussion Board Forum Replies (4 at 50 pts ea)

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

Research Paper: Outline

Research Paper



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Late Assignment Policy

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.
Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:
1.                       Late assignments submitted within one week of the due date will receive a 10% deduction.
2.                       Assignments submitted more than one week late will receive a 20% deduction.
3.                       Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the class will not be accepted.
4.                       Late Discussion Board threads or replies will not be accepted.
Special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, personal health issues) will be reviewed by the instructor on a case-by-case basis.

Disability Assistance

Students with a documented disability may contact Liberty University Online’s Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS) at LUOODAS@liberty.edu to make arrangements for academic accommodations. Further information can be found at www.liberty.edu/disabilitysupport.
The textbook for this course is:
Corporate Communication Paul A. Argenti Sixth Edition
My topic is : The Ways and Means of Managing Washington
I would like to conduct my research on the ways and means of managing Washington.  I think this would be interesting to connect how businesses reach out to the government.
Instructor comments: Kevin – If you would…please say a little more about your intent. Please be sure to focus on the communicative aspects of a topic.
On the surface, what I find of interest is how CEO’s, and senior leadership are able to break down barriers and create opportunities to engage government officials and legislators regarding their company or self interest. I would also be interested in understanding how a company CEO can take a different position and assert their idea/position how its value has deep impact that benefits many not just the few. Of course this extends to lobbying and PAC’s.
Directions for Annotated Bibliography
You will provide an annotated bibliography of 25 references that you plan to use for your research paper. This must be in APA format, with a cover page and references that each includes a summary, analysis and reflection. This assignment is due by 12 midnight (EST) on the Sunday of Week 3.
Why do an annotated bibliography? The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides an excellent response:
A good annotated bibliography:

encourages you to think critically about the content of the works you are using, their place within a field of study, and their relation to your own research and ideas.
proves you have read and understand your sources.
establishes your work as a valid source and you as a competent researcher.

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources and includes APA formatted references to the articles, books and resources (all which should have been found through the Liberty University Online Library) which one has compiled for a research assignment. Following each reference is a brief description and an evaluation of the source. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to benefit the researcher and provide the content, relevance and quality of the sources.
Do NOT simply cut and past the abstract as the annotation, as they are not the same. Abstracts are summaries of a source, whereas annotations also include a short summary. Abstracts include a critical aspect to note the source’s author (why should s/he be considered an expert) and they explain the usefulness of the research being performed. Along with being an excellent source for APA formatting guidelines, The Owl at Purdue has helpful information regarding annotated bibliographies and also provides helpful examples.
You can expect to keep copies of the annotated bibliography completed for this class, as some of the research may be applicable for research required for other courses. Having an annotated bibliography ensures that a quick review will help a student determine the applicability of articles previously reviewed to required research.
The APA format for an annotated bibliography is as follows:
Author Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (year). Name of journal article. Name of Journal
                is Next,volume(Issue), page numbers.
A brief summary of the article.
Assess the article according to the focus of the research and provide criticisms. Who is the author and how are they qualified? Reflect on the source and how it fits in the topic chosen to research. Is the source helpful? Too broad or too narrow? Explain how this research will fit into your research paper.
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