{ACCT 421 Critical Communication Skills for Accountants}

College: Mays Business School
Department: Accounting
Type: C
Status: Approved

Proposer: Susan Fiecthner
Number: 5-9974
Email: sfiechtner@mays.tamu.edu


We recommend that ACCT 421 Critical Communication Skills for Accountants be certified as a Communication (C) course for four academic years (1/16 to 1/20). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 91% (Session I)
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 1250 (Session 1) plus 1100 words (Session II)
  4. Total minutes of oral performance: 8 minutes (Session I) plus 11 minutes (Session II)
  5. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:28
ACCT 421 is a two-credit course, with one graduate assistant for each section. Since it was first certified, a test-out system has been instituted that allows students averaging a grade of A in speaking and writing components at mid-term to opt out of the second half of the course. The writing and speaking components in the first half of the course meet all the C course requirements and are as follows: two business letters; a business memo; a slide presentation for which each individual produces three slides; a speech outline/script; a 3-minute impromptu presentation; a 3 minute presentation with slides; and a 5-minute final presentation. For each writing assignments, students review each other’s work and receive comments from the graduate assistant before they turn in the final copy. They are required to practice presentations at least twice within their groups and get formative feedback from their team. Instruction includes feedback on individual’s papers voluntarily shared with the whole group, outside readings and lectures on writing and speaking, and models of presentations. In addition, the first presentations are videotaped for self-assessment. For the second session, additional work in speaking and writing is required.

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