The materials for BCOMM are available at the Penn State University Bookstore.

The required textbook:

  • Business Communication Essentials,  (Bovee and Thill)  7th edition
    ISBN-13: 978-0133896787
    ISBN-10: 0133896781

All other materials will be available via CANVAS.

How will you be graded in BCOMM?

Your grade in BCOMM will be based on individual activities (60%) and team-written materials (40%).

Assignment                                                      Type                Percent of Final Grade

In class Writing and Participation                   Individual              10%

Job Application Materials                                 Individual              15%

Business Correspondence                               Individual              15%

Topic-Approval Proposal                                  Individual              10%

Progress Report                                                 Team                      15%

Social Medial Profile                                          Individual               15%

Formal Analytical Report                                  Team                      20%


You will receive a letter grade on each assignment. For team projects, the entire team will receive the same grade, although your instructor may award additional credit in cases where a particular team member has shown extraordinary performance. Likewise, your instructor may give one team member a lower grade, if that team member has not contributed equally to the specific assignment. Your instructor reserves the right to disband or reconfigure teams to best meet the learning outcomes of this course.

Rubrics are made available for each assignment so that you may assess your own performance. In the end, the standards that would be applied in the “real world” will be applied to the assignments for this class.

How are letter grades on individual assignments calculated into a final course grade?

In BCOMM, we use the University Faculty Senate grade scale as follows (

Grade Grade-Point Equivalent
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
D 1.00
F 0

This grade scale shows course assignment grades. One major difference is you can make a C- on an assignment, but cannot receive a C- in the course.

A = 95 to 100, A- = 90 to 94.99, B+ = 87 to 89.99, B = 83 to 86.99, B- = 80 to 83, C+ = 75 to 79.99, C = 70 to 74.99, D = 60 to 65 D- 64-60, F = 59.99 and below. Note: The Penn State grading scale does not allow the option of awarding grades of C-, D+ or D- grades.

**If you disagree with a grade that you receive, you may submit a written request to dispute the grade. The written request should outline your argument, why you believe you should receive a different grade. Disputes will only be accepted from students who are registered in the course. The professor must receive the written request no later than three calendar days after the grade was assigned (electronic submissions of a dispute are acceptable). After review, the professor reserves the right to agree or disagree with the grade dispute.

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