College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF C COURSE: AGSM 440
We recommend that AGSM 440 Management of Agricultural Systems II be certified as a Communication (C) course for four academic years (1/19 to 1/23). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria: (1) 45% of the final grade is based on writing quality; (2) the total number of words is 2000; (3) the total minutes of performance is 15; (4) the instructor to student ratio is 1:23; and (5) the assigned writing and speaking are appropriate to the major.
A teaching assistant helps with the course. There is collaborative writing and speaking, but only individually written or delivered products are counted above. Students present four progress reports, with each student individually presenting one, and work in groups to present a final project presentation and poster presentation. . For writing, they write one section of the final report individually and they collaboratively produce the full report. Feedback in writing consists of comments on a draft of the individually written section. The individual progress report is peer reviewed. Feedback in speaking is done through videotaping students’ performance, for which they must turn in a self-assessment. Lectures are given on business writing style and oral presentations and examples are used to illustrate. An optional course text is Rules of Thumb for Business Writers.