Course Details

Conducted by
Professor Logandran Balavijendran
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Office : 305-809, Office Tel : 02-820-5586


  • Tuesday/Thursday (10.30 to 11.45 @ Law 407)
  • Tuesday/Thursday (1.30 to 2.45 @ Law 407)
  • Tuesday/Thursday (3.00 to 4.15 @ Law 504)

Consultation Time (please make an appointment because my schedule might change)

  • Wednesday, 2 to 5pm

Class Policies

Language - This class is done in English but is not a class about English. That means I will not be teaching you English in class, nor will I be grading your English (pronounciation, grammar, spelling etc). However if you have questions about the language, please feel free to talk to me about it and I will gladly help you. That said, one of the objectives of this class is to build your confidence using the English language, so all communication (even group assignments) should be done in English.

Assignments - Assigments are a core feature of the class, and there will be in-class as well as take home assignments. Almost all assignments in class can be re-done, either to get a better score or just to try a different style. When possible, this must be redone at most one week after I give you back the assignment, and the topic (or some other component) must be changed. More details will be provided in class.

Evaluation - The emphasis of evaluation for this class is more practical than theoretical, therefore we won't be using a textbook and the majority of your grade will come from assignments. That said, theoretical understanding is also important, so a part of your score will come from quizzes. All quizzes will use material from this website and what was discussed in class, and will be announced at least one week before. The evaluation plan is as follows

  • Assignments - 60%
  • Quizzes - 30%
  • Participation - 10%

Lesson Plan - FALL SEMESTER 2011

This is a brief overview of what we will cover this semester. Other items may be added as required.

A) Writing Skills

B) Job Hunting Skills

  • Quiz 2 : 27th of October, quiz range is Resumes (Powerpoint Slides), Cover Lettersand Interview Skills
  • There is NO CLASS ON THE 18th, 20th and 25th of OCTOBER (mid-term week). Class will be replaced by the Job Hunting Forum
  • IF you did manage to choose a job in class, then the only job available for you is Job No 1 : Knowledge Trainer at Thomson Reuters. There is only 12 spaces for each job. If you wrote 13 and 14, you should also do Job No 1.

C) Social Networking

D) Negotiation

Negotiation Simulation

For students of Professor Jemi Choi


Other Notes

Understanding Media and Message Creation

Writing Your Message



Assignments & Grades

Please note that some of these were assignments given last year. Many details will be different.

Reference Textbook

  • Business Communication Today, Bovee / Thill, Pearson / Prentice Hall, 8th edition. ISBN 0-13-196873-4
  • the textbook is NOT compulsory for this course, but complementary and useful if you want to learn more about business communication. You can get a copy from the library if you are interested.


  • Emails - I will communicate with you mostly through emails. Please make sure I have your email address.
  • Grades - your grades will be published on this page. The file name will be the latest date of update. If there is a mistake, please send me an email.

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